Sculptor lectures, holds workshops on campus April 1

"stratobbird" by Elizabeth Emery

“stratobbird” by Elizabeth Emery

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art hosts a workshop and lecture by guest artist, mixed media sculptor Elizabeth Emery, on Wednesday, April 1, in Bliss Hall.

The visit is sponsored by the Department of Art Lecture Series.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Room 1059 of Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, followed by a lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the McDonough Museum of Art. Emery’s exhibit, “Ambient Time,” is installed in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall. A gallery reception will take place at 5 p.m.

Emery’s work has been exhibited nationally at visual arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland), William Busta Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Zygote Press, Spaces, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, The Clay Studio, and internationally in Slovakia, China and Korea. In 2011 she won the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts from Syracuse University.

Emery grew up in Philadelphia and Lawrenceville, N.J., and then lived in New York  from 1986 to 1999, where she designed textiles for clothing. In an unexpected and complete career change, Elizabeth then raced bicycles professionally for 10 years, traveling worldwide. Athletics remain important to her in part because of the physicality of her sculptural process.

She holds a master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she splits her time between working part time at Zygote Press Inc. and at her studio.