Virgina A. Groot Foundation

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Kitty Wales
1991 Runner-up recipient

Lives and works in Massachusetts

“Using detritus of everyday life as material for her installations- such as old sweaters, discarded tires, or mismatched silverware- Wales alters the gallery setting in surprising ways to create a psychological context for her immersive animal landscapes.” - Abigail Satinsky, Curator DeCordova Museum.

Statement

For an extended period of time I have been working in and around the animal world exploring narrative installations, drawings and prints. My interest is in weaving a multi-layered context into a specific setting. The material I use to fabricate sculpture for these narratives is often salvaged from domestic life and has a recognizable history, recycled to provide us with unexpected connections to the animal world.

Education

1988 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, MFA, Sculpture
1982 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, BFA, Sculpture
1980 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, BFA, Art Education, graduated cum laude

Recent Employment

2009-11
Visiting Lecturer, Sculpture Professor, Boston University
2007
Artist in Residence, Sculpture Professor Brandeis University
2006
Faculty, Artist in Residence, AIB at Lesley University, Boston, MA
2005-06
Faculty, Welding School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Faculty, Ceramics and Sculpture, The Commonwealth School, Boston.
2003-06
Visiting Artist, Drawing, 3D Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston
2003
Artist Residency, Arts on the Point, Harbor Art gallery, UMass
Boston

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2012
Sharks, Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2011
New Work: Animatrons, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT
Four Sculptors, Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport, NY
2010
Late Summer Show, New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME
2009
Dog Machine with Renewable Energy, site specific installation, Vinalhaven, ME
Four Maine Artists, New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME
Trash Menagerie, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Continuum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008
After Dark, Fuller Craft Museum Courtyard Gallery, Brockton, MA
Bird Drawings and Sculpture, New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME
2007
Border, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME
2006
Artist in Residence, The Art Institute of Boston Gallery, Boston, MA
Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2004
Broken Sleep, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
In Nature’s Company, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2003
New Work: Bare Bones, Harbor Art Gallery, UMass, Boston
Collection Connection, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
2002
Visual Perspectives: 14 Year of the Virginia A. Groot Awards, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Photofest, Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art, Houston, TX
Kent Gallery, Key West, FL
New England Bio Lab Gallery, two-person exhibit, Beverly, Massachusetts

Selected Awards and Grants

2007
First Place Award Recipient, The Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Chicago, IL
2005
Third Place Award Recipient, The Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Chicago, IL
Artist Resource Grant (Installation Quarry) Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Select Commissions & Public Sculpture

2001
Auburn Park, Public Sculpture Park, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts - Marsh Passage bronze, concrete
1997
The DeCordova Museum, Outdoor Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts - Pine Sharks steel, refrigerator parts
1989
Tucson Pima Arts Council, Convention Center, Tucson Arizona - Feral Swine steel, farm implements

Public Collections

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park , Lincoln Massachusetts
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts
Auburn Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England Bio Lab, Beverly, Massachusetts
South Shore Conservatory, Hingham, MA
Meditech Corporation, Canton, Massachusetts
The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Fidelity Corporation, Providence, RI

Select Public Talks, Lectures & Visiting Artist Residencies

Colleges, Universities
Massachusetts College of Art
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Graduate Critiques, Visiting Artist Lecturer
University of Arizona Humanities Department
University of Arizona Sculpture Department
Clark University
Boston University, Graduate Critiques
UMass Boston
Wellesley College
Pima College, Tucson , AZ
College of Marin, Marin CA
Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University

Events, Arts Organizations, Museums
2005 National Art Association Convention, Boston MA- Key Note Speaker
Howard County Art Teacher Association, Baltimore, MD- Keynote Speaker
Washington Ceasefire, Seattle, WA
The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, NYC
Worcester Art Museum
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

 

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