Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Mr. Bryce draws with clay. In his figurative sculpture and in his narrative incised panels, he molds and marks the clay, creating sometimes serene, sometimes playful figures, suspended in an eternal moment of joy or contemplation. The pieces express a simple and familiar action-stirring a pot, offering a bowl, striking a note, but he always imbues the movement with a feeling of stillness. With a calligraphic stroke, or the folds of ribbons of clay, he captures his robbed figures at their daily tasks. Mr. Bryce was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently completed his MFA at the Queens College of the City of University of New York. He has been a featured artist in numerous galleries and exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Museum, and the Museum of Art (Munson-Williams Proctor Institute).
Aaron Hequembourg was formally trained in engraving and printmaking on a scholarship to the University of Iowa. Upon graduating, without a press, Aaron started to produce abstracted figurative paintings engraved into wood panels. In 1997 Aaron and his wife Hope were married in the front yard of a farm that has been in her family since 1815. They proceeded to move into the farmhouse and have four children, over the course of their lives there, a family member suggested burning down the sharecropper houses that were scattered over the farm. First seeing the value of the wood Aaron began to salvage materials for his contemporary work, however after experiencing the history of the buildings and the objects inside them he was inspired to research period photography for subject matter. The result is the most successful body of work he has ever produced.
Ms. Phillips is a Seattle based artist know for her radical use of alternative materials and her avant-garde approach and manipulation of processes like enameling in combination with electroforming. She holds degrees from Loyola University, New Orleans (BA Communication Design 1986) and the University of Washington, Seattle (MFA 1997). Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. Ms. Phillips’ work has been published in the books The Art of Enameling, 1000 Rings and 500 Brooches and The Penland book of Jewelry in which she wrote a chapter on the process of Electroforming. She has taught and lectured at various programs and universities throughout the United States, and most recently exhibited in the Home+Work Project at the Laconia Gallery, in Boston, MA.
Ms. Prickett is a Visual Arts Resource, Project Consultant, and Studio Artist. She is the former (retired) Visual Arts Director for Salina Arts & Humanities and the Smoky Hill River Festival. Ms. Prickett has an extensive background in arts administration, public art policy, and project facilitation. She has her BFA in Art Education from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.
Trudi C. Van Dyke
Ms. Van Dyke is an independent curator and fine arts consultant who specializes in exhibitions of fiber and fine craft. She curates arts exhibitions nationally and internationally. Ms. Van Dyke was formerly director of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA) and the Ellipse Art Center (Arlington, VA). With 15 years experience she has presented numerous exhibitions in all media at galleries, embassies and international venues. 2015 curatorial projects included the Rawls Museum (Cortland, VA.) 7 East Gallery, (Woodstock, VA.) the Barry Gallery, (Arlington, VA.) and The Hockaday Museum of Art (Kallispel, MT). Ms. Van Dyke writes on the Arts for Fiber Arts Now Magazine. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Masters in Arts Management Program at George Mason University (VA) where she developed a course in Gallery Management. Ms. Van Dyke serves on the arts advisory committee of Northern Virginia Community College, the Barry Gallery (Marymount University) exhibition committee and the Board of the Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts. Ms. Van Dyke holds a Master of Science Degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.