Visual Arts Lecture Series
The Visual Arts Lecture Series brings contemporary artists and other experts in this field into the Dairy Arts Center to present and discuss their work in an effort to connect the visual arts to everyday life.
Ashley Hope Carlisle, "Wind Driven"
Free and open to the public
Sculptor Ashley Hope Carlisle will visit the Dairy Arts Center and discuss her own work while exhibiting her installation I'll Fly Away in the McMahon Gallery.
Carlisle is a noted sculptor in mixed media works that often push and pull between drawing, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in the United States, Italy, England, and Canada.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ashley Hope Carlisle received her Bachelor's Degree in fine arts from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997 and her MFA from the University of Georgia-Athens in 2002. She currently is associate professor and area head for the sculpture program within the art department at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She has taught at UW for the past 14 years and has created art in the form of sculpture and drawing for 22 years. As an artist, Ashley has been the recipient of the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award aand was chosen as a Fellowship Artist Grant Recipient by the Wyoming Arts Council for 2007. She is a member of the Cross Pollination Experiment group of artists and scientists from Wyoming which has led her to be a Co-Pi on a million dollar National Science Foundation Grant that will bring artwork informed by researching bees to the larger community in October of 2017.
Speaking of her own work, Carlisle says, "In my work, I explore an imaginary world that contains a crossover between human and plant-like conformations. What makes us comfortable and uncomfortable and how do we deal with the inevitability of surviving as inhabitants of this planet? Uncomfortable circumstances are reality, so instead orf dwelling on this veracity of life, I seek to bring hopeful awareness to happenings that normally evoke anxiety and fear. Using materials as my vocabulary, I strive to glorify the illusion or false comfort of protection. I utilize formal concerns, the sensitivity of touch, and luscious materiality to produce works that take both roles as visual guidance when confronting the uncomfortable, as well as reassurance when dealing with the inevitable."