Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood
Date: November 27, 2019 through March 8, 2020
Location: Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
Title: Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood

Exhibition Description
Motherhood in our society is at a crossroads. This intersection of home, career and societal expectation is not a new one, but is now being examined through the unforgiving lens of social media and the rapid pace of contemporary society. Crowns refocuses this frantic search for the “perfect mother” by exploring varying maternal experiences in beautifully crafted, sculptural works of art. Each piece encapsulates carefully selected imagery, emotion, and individuality while speaking to the simultaneous joy and pain of motherhood in modern society.

IMG_4362In Crowns, the artists are creating work that reflects their experiences – physical and emotional – in relationship with their role of motherhood. We are literally crowned by our mother’s hips as infants in the womb, and the role of motherhood might be described as a crowning moment for some. Motherhood causes artists to redefine who they in their lives and careers. Crowns explores the transformation of artist to artist-mother.

Artists in Crowns include Stephanie DeArmond, Carole Epp, Kathryne FisherJessica Gardner, Eva Kwong, Rhonda Willers, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Summer Zickefoose, Erin Furimsky, Rose B. Simpson and Kristen Cliffel. Exhibit curated by Jessica Gardner.

Exhibition Photos by Casey Renee




 Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother
Date: September 7-23, 2018
Location: The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title: Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother

Pygmy Rabbit by Darla Jackson

Project Concept
The weight of parenthood is both lovely and exhausting. These three women, who are each at different stages of motherhood, are also actively practicing artists. They will spend the month installing work they feel addresses the weighty concerns of being both an artist and a mother. The exhibition will also engage the project Both Artist and Mother, created by Kate Fisher. On Saturday, September 23, 12-2pm we will host an event for parents in the arts to come together for discussion and support. Children welcome.

How Does this Project Fit in with the Vision of the Both Artist and Mother Site?
We would like to honor the idea of supporting other mothers in the arts by building on the great foundation created by Both Artist and Mother, rather than creating a project with no ties to the other mother artists who have worked on this concept before. Inherent in the concept of motherhood is nurturing, I believe your project succeeds in applying that nurturing to colleagues and I’d like to reflect it with our show at The Clay Studio.

Anna Wesner by Jennifer Johnson

Created By Jennifer Zwilling
Bio: Jennifer Zwilling joined The Clay Studio as Curator of Artistic Programs in January 2015. She administers the Gallery, Shop, Artist Residence Program, Guest Artist Program and The Clay Studio Collection.

An active member of the craft world in Philadelphia and beyond, Zwilling has forged relationships across museum, academic and media boundaries. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Craft NOW Philadelphia. Before coming to The Clay Studio she was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 14 years, where she has held numerous positions, most recently Project Assistant Curator for American Decorative Arts and Contemporary Craft. Jennifer taught the History of Modern Craft for ten years at Tyler School of Art, as well as American Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She holds a BA in History from Ursinus College and an MA in Art History from Temple University, Tyler School of Art.

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