Spring Artist-in-Residence to visit Feb. 26 through March 10

February 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Spring Artist-in-Residence to visit Feb. 26 through March 10


By Lori Neuenfeldt

The next artist-in-residence hosted through the collaborative efforts of Mississippi State University Department of Art and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge will be Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman.

Zuckerman will stay out at the Noxubee Refuge for 13 days, Feb. 26 – March 10. During her stay she will get to experience and observe the wildlife of Northeast Mississippi and interact with the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

The artist-in-residence program is unlike any other in the state and in the nation. It is the only residency program at a national wildlife refuge. Artists from all over the country are encouraged to apply for this unique experience. This residency is an exploration of environments – from wilderness, to the nearby city of Starkville to the resources in the MSU Department of Art.

Artists stay for two to four weeks at a fully furnished house located on the wildlife refuge. While there, artists conduct research or may create artwork, sketches and drafts that are influenced by their surroundings. Artists get to enjoy access to all parts of the Refuge, accompanying Refuge staff on routine duties, visiting hiking trails, identifying various flora and fauna and kayaking on Bluff Lake.

There are many activities for artists off the Refuge as well. Artists will visit MSU Department of Art facilities, just ten minutes away from the Refuge, where they will get to talk about their artwork to art students and faculty.

Artists are also encouraged to participate in outreach to the local community. During Zuckerman’s visit, she will spend an entire day at Starkville Academy, demonstrating her own sculpting techniques and work to K-12 art students. There are also plans for her to visit the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville to work with students there as well.

Zuckerman was selected from an application process overseen by members of the community and staff from the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, the MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The review panel is very excited about the unique qualities of Zuckerman’s work and is curious to see how her time at the Refuge and visiting MSU and the local community will influence her work.

Looking at Zuckerman’s recent work one does not see the typical “vessel” form commonly made by most ceramicists. Instead, the pieces look like trays with compartments, some open or notched on the side. Having open or missing walls questions the idea of the functional versus non-functional. Other pieces have no walls at all and are just connections of linear elements and asymmetrical forms. They are very minimal, oftentimes lacking colorful glazes, but beautiful and simple, allowing the viewer to see the natural reddish-brown color of the clay and the impressions of the artist’s fingerprints.

Zuckerman grew up on a farm in Greensburg, Pa. According to Zuckerman’s artist biography, “richly colored clay not only bears the vast and complex history of earthenware ceramics but also her memories of home.” In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Penn State University. Zuckerman’s work is influenced by her time in Morocco studying contemporary ceramics. Zuckerman notes, “I seek to translate into a tangible form the emotional senses of curiosity, sincerity, utility and generosity. Clay has the ability to be both tactile yet intelligent. I work to create and invite contemplative moments, where both experiences of the physical hand and intellectual mind can coexist.”

For more information or for an application to apply to be an artist-in-residence, visit: friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html or contact steve_reagan@fws.gov.

The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, Friends of the Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

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