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Gracelee Lawrence



Email: graceleelawrence@gmail.com
URL: http://www.graceleelawrence.com

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Artist Statement

I lived the first ten years of my life on a tobacco farm in the smallest county in North Carolina. It was through my rural beginnings that I was encouraged to “see” as an artist. From a very young age I was taught to be a keen observer, noticing things that most people overlooked. Playing in the broomstraw field or watching chickens scratch in the sand were the tactile and visual experiences that presented me with a parade of textures and patterns. This same basis of observation is at the core of my sculpture practice today. Working with parts of overlooked materials and ideas, my instinct guides the process.

My work focuses on women’s experiences. The subject matter, relating to women’s regimens and personal events, is the catalyst for the creation of my work. They are the products of my own interpretations and excerpts of histories or imagined situations, ideas and forms that are broken down and reconstituted into singular objects or moments. The impetus for creating the work may not be blatant at its completion; many times the processes that have taken place abstract the overtly recognizable yet leave clues of its origin behind. Using ideas and imagery from internal human anatomy, cosmetics, fertility products, and historical gender roles, I take facets of the forms and beliefs associated with these entities and extract the fundamental.

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EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, Master of Fine Arts Candidate, May 2016

Summer Studio Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, June-July 2012

Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture, May 2011

CIEE Program of Architecture and Design, Barcelona, Spain, Spring 2010

GRANTS & AWARDS

2013-2014 David Bruton, Jr. Endowment for Graduate Fellowships in the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Honorable mention, Your Art Here, The City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC. 2013 Partial Fellowship, Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY, August 2012

3rd place, Contemporary South, The Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC. 2012. Awarded by juror Xandra Eden

2011-2012 Ella Foundation Pratt Emerging Artist Grant, The Durham Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council

Featured Artist, Art & Art Deadlines, November 2011

2010 James S. Laing Art Scholarship, Guilford College

2009 Merry More Winnett Art Scholarship, Guilford College

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Sculpture by Gracelee Lawrence, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, June-July 2013

Suggestress, Kiehle Gallery, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN, March-April 2013

Sculptress, Hanover Gallery, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC, February 6-March 6, 2013

Artifacts and Creatures, Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough, NC, July 27-August 25, 2012

hypertridimensional, The Cube Gallery at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, May 2-June 22, 2012

Small Sculptures, MJH Gallery at the United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC, March 2-May 30, 2012

Sculpture by Gracelee Lawrence, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC, January 31-February 10, 2012

Sculptures and Artifacts, Sertoma Arts Center, Raleigh, NC, January 3-30, 2012

RESIDENCIES

(Upcoming) Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, 2013

Artist in Residence, Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY, August 2012

Online Artist in Residence, 365 Days of Print, November 2011

Iron Casting Residency Intern, Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, MN, July 24-August 8, 2011

NOTABLE ACTIVITIES

Gallery Assistant, Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin, August 2013-Present

Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, August 2013-Present

Contributing Writer, Paradigm Shift Blog, April 2013-Present

Artist Services Coordinator, Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY, September-November 2012

Contributing Writer, Catapult Art Magazine, April 2012-Present
Installation Artist, Durham Storefront Project, November 2011-January 2012

Performer in Kate Gilmore’s live installation Wall Bearer, Persona: A Body in Parts, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, September 17-December 11, 2011

Work Study Student, Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, NC, July 2011

Member, Artist Instructor and Demonstrator Database, Cultural Arts Division, City of Asheville, NC

SELECTED GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

ThinkSmall7 Biennial International Miniature Invitational, Artspace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, October 28th-December 18, 2013

Short Shorts Summer Short Film Series, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA, August 21, 2013

Come Out and Play Sculpture Invitational, Carrboro, NC, July-October 2013

TINY: Attention, Exploded. The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC. April 30-May 12, 2013

Restraining Order: The Art of Self Control, The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, Durham, NC, December 14, 2012-February 22, 2013

Approach: Separateness and Harmony in Performance, The Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, October 20-November 25, 2012

Come Out and Play Sculpture Invitational, Carrboro, NC, July-October 2012

It’s Not Without Interest, The FAB Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, July 22-26, 2012

Willow Walk Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Willow Walk Park, Burlington, NC, June 1-3, 2012

InEquality: PoorQuality, The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, Durham, NC, June 1-August 31, 2012

2011-2012 Exhibitions Series, Public Arts Office, Chapel Hill, NC, May 2-June 31, 2012

Exchange Gallery Exhibitions Series, Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange Association & Gallery, Raleigh, NC, January 3-31, 2012

Creative Dishonesty: Cheat Codes, The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, Durham, NC, December 3, 2011-January 31, 2012

Durham Academy Alumni Exhibition, Durham Academy Auditorium Atrium, Durham, NC, September 23- October 6, 2011

ThinkSmall6 Biennial International Miniature Invitational, Artspace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, October 28th-December 18, 2011

RIPE, 2011 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition, Founders Hall Commons and Quadrangle, Guilford College, April 22-May 8, 2011

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

The N.E.W. Show, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, September 6-26, 2013

Your Art Here, The City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC, August-September, 2013

Radius250, Artspace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, June 28-August 18, 2013

Formations International Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art Curve Gallery, Annapolis, MD, August 1-October 1, 2012

Contemporary South, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, January 6-26, 2012
Radius250, Artspace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, June 24-August 21, 2011
Texas National 2011, Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX, April 9 – May 21, 2011