Clay Art Center is pleased to present Concurrent Solo Exhibitions by Artists-in-Residence
In the Gallery: June 23 – August 4, 2022
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 25th from 4 – 6pm.
Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
We will be celebrating the artistic achievements of our current resident artists Able Broyles, Anny Chen and Breana Hendricks (Westchester Community Foundation: The Emily & Harold Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund Young Artist Residency).
Learn More: https://www.clayartcenter.org/events-at-clayartcenter/2022/6/artists-in-residence-concurrent-exhibitions
Annabelle “Able” Broyles holds a BFA from the University of Georgia – Lamar Dodd School of Art. Able has spent the last three years in New Orleans, LA working as an auto mechanic. They completed their Post Baccalaureate studies at Tulane University in 2020. Able has exhibited works in solo and group exhibitions in Louisiana, Georgia and Italy.
“My work is an excavation of memory, the mind, and where we hold core events in our bodies. I am interested in the subconscious and where identity and the concept of “I” come into play. Through the action of making, I access deeper parts of myself; my hands become interpreters for concepts and feelings I do not yet have the language for. Though my work is often rooted in the personal, it holds universal truths that speak to the human experience of identity, consciousness, and community.”
Anny Chen’s wheel thrown and handbuilt ceramic stools are influenced by traditional Chinese craft practices and motifs central to the Chinese-American diaspora. Through her work, Anny questions what it means to belong to a family, a community, or a place, along with the entailing responsibilities attached to those relationships. She was born in New York, New York, and raised in Nowata, Oklahoma interspersed with visits to her ancestral home in Fuzhou, China. Anny holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has studied at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. While in residence at Clay Art Center this year, she has focused on how to best direct her climate anxiety into actions.
“I translate my most vivid feelings of belonging into objects that become “home.” I carve swirling clouds into bone-dry gourds. I join wheel-thrown parts into stools. I hand-press 212 terracotta bricks into a bed. These rituals of hard work quiet my longing for home and allow me to achieve mental and emotional freedom.”
Breana Hendricks is Clay Art Center’s Westchester Community Foundation’s Young Artist Fellow. She earned her BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. Before coming to Port Chester, she received the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award by the Center of Craft in Asheville, NC. Breana has exhibited in galleries across Hudson Valley, New York and served as a Chili Bowl Intern and Instructor at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. She has been with Clay Art Center since 2019 as a Community Arts Assistant and Westchester Fellow.
“My connection to craft is formed when I use a richly colored clay body to build sculptural vases with figurative references. I decorate my pots with terra sigillata, underglazes and inlays referencing my personal library of floral anatomy. My vessels examine the intersection of my racial and gender identities; observing the voluptuous forms of the perpetual “unknown woman maker” leads me to a new understanding of my matriarchal lineage.”
Clay Art Center’s Residency Program
For 24 years, emerging artists have been advancing their careers at Clay Art Center in our nationally recognized artist-in-residence program. The past two decades have seen 50 young artists get the chance to launch their artistic careers and gain valuable skills in teaching. Each year their residency culminates in a year-end exhibition highlighting their artistic achievements throughout the past year. This is a great opportunity to view the work of these emerging talents. Many past residents have gone on to thriving artistic careers in the U.S. and across the globe.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, New York 10573
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022 - Thursday, August 4, 2022
Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Presenter: Clay Art Center
Presenter Phone: 9149372047
Presenter Website: www.clayartcenter.org