Finding Freedom

January 23 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark
Artist and Professor of Art and the History of Art, Amherst College

American artist Sonya Clark’s (American, b. 1967) mixed media works use everyday objects to address tangled histories, cultural heritage, and race. Recently, Clark has turned her attention to creating installations that coincide with national conversations about racism and violence and who “owns” history in the United States. To that end, the Phillips Museum of Art is delighted to present Sonya Clark’s new site-specific installation Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom which highlights Lancaster as a location along the Underground Railroad and the use of the night sky, specifically the Big Dipper constellation, to orient those seeking freedom. 

Sonya Clark is a Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College in Massachusetts and was a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Amherst College where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in over 350 museums and galleries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. She is the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner award, an1858 Prize, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

This event was proposed by Amy Moorefield and is sponsored by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Collaborative Residency in Art History; F&M Art & Art History Department; Conrad Nelson Speaker Fund; F&M Humanities Initiative; F&M Ware College House; F&M Africana Studies program; F&M Economics Department Initiative in inequality, poverty, power, and social justice; African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania; and the Phillips Museum of Art.
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