Anne Hirondelle’s “Off the Wall” ceramic creations will be the focus of both a public art exhibit and a Studium Generale presentation at Peninsula College this fall. The exhibit will run from September 19 through October 26 in the PUB Gallery Art, located in the Pirate Union Building. A Studium talk and reception on October 26, beginning at 12:35 pm in the Little Theater, will round out the show.
Hirondelle’s beginnings as an artist were with clay. For over 20 years she was drawn to the vessel as an abstraction and metaphor for containment taking ideas from traditional functional pots and stretching them into architectural and organic sculptural forms. In 2002, to explore more formal ideas, she abandoned her signature glazes for unglazed white stoneware and moved the work from the horizontal to the vertical plane. A year later she began painting the surfaces. Simultaneously, her drawings, once ancillary to the sculpture, took on a life of their own. Derived from the ceramic forms, drawn with graphite and colored pencil on multiple layers of tracing paper, they are further explorations of abstraction.
Hirondelle has exhibited nationally in one-person and group shows including: New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Scottsdale and Seattle. Her pieces are in myriad private and public collections including: The White House Collection in the Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR; The Museum of Arts and Design, NY; The L.A. County Museum of Art and the Tacoma Art Museum.
She was the recipient of an NEA Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 1988. In 2004, Anne was a finalist for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award. In 2009 her accomplishments were recognized by the Northwest Arts Community with the Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The University of Washington Press published Anne Hirondelle: Ceramic Art, a book about her work in February 2012. In 2014, she was one of four Washington State artists selected to participate in the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program.
Hirondelle was born in Vancouver, Washington, and spent her childhood on a farm near Salem, Oregon. She has lived and worked in Port Townsend, Washington, since 1977. Both the exhibit and Studium presentation are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Peninsula College Foundation.
For more information contact Michael Paul Miller at (360) 417- 6476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.