Women Working with Clay: A Shared Purpose at the Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA

Women Working with Clay: A Shared Purpose at the Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA

Linda Sikora in “Women Working with Clay: A Shared Purpose” at the Valentine Museum

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After 12 years, over 64 artists have participated in the Women Working with Clay Symposium at Hollins University. Women Working with Clay: A Shared Purpose highlights the work of 24 former regional presenters.

Featured artists include Jennifer Allen, Mary Barringer, Raheleh Filsoofi, Andrea Gill, Eva Kwong, Winnie Owens-Hart, Ellen Shankin, Linda Sikora, Lydia C. Thompson, gwendolyn yoppolo, Cynthia Bringle, Gerald A. Brown, Danielle Carelock, Louise Deroualle, April D. Felipe, Silvie Granatelli, Dara Hartman, Jeanine Hill, Suze Lindsay, Liz Lurie, Sana Musasama, Donna Polseno, Stacy Snyder, Shoko Teruyama.

This exhibition is organized Dara Hartman in conjunction with Coalescence, the 58th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts held March 20-23, 2024 in Richmond, Virginia.

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Linda Sikora HERE

Women Working with Clay: A Shared Purpose

The Valentine | Richmond, VA | March 20, 2024 – March 23, 2024

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Beth Lipman: ReGift at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Beth Lipman: ReGift at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Beth Lipman: ReGift at the Toledo Museum of Art

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ReGift is a sculptural installation created specifically for the Toledo Museum of Art. It will go on view in Gallery 18, August 12, 2023.

Motivated by histories Lipman discovered in the archives at the TMA, the project features a three-quarter life-sized recreation of the parlor in Edward and Florence Libbey’s Old West End house. Using the Libbey’s bookplate as a visual guide (the only known image of their home interior) Lipman filled this architectural space with objects found in the image that she fabricated in transparent and opaque white glass.

Some of these original household objects, including furniture, were gifted to the Museum by Florence Scott Libbey upon her death in 1938 and later sold in the 1990s. Lipman’s project symbolically gifts these objects, along with their stories, to the entire Toledo community. By looking closely at an internal aspect of Florence’s life, the project aims to emphasize her deeply personal commitment to the Museum. It emphasizes her involvement in building the Museum’s legacy and, importantly, the impact of the Libbey’s on Toledo.

Glass elements for ReGift were made in the TMA’s hotshop at the Glass Pavilion during a 2022 GAPP residency. A glass press, donated to TMA by Libbey company was also utilized to create components, conceptually triangulating the founder’s business with the Museum and the Libbey’s personal life. Through the GAPP residency, the project fulfills an institutional goal to continue to promote experimentation in the glass studio, connecting past history to present creative practice.

For artist Beth Lipman, the project’s intent is to accentuate the impact of Toledo Museum of Art founders and reaffirm the Museum’s position as a catalyst within community. Lipman states, “Today, our trust in institutions has been undermined; ReGift is an opportunity to strengthen and reinvigorate the Museum’s critical role in our culture.”

A short film will accompany the installation. Commissioned for the project, filmmaker Atesh Atici found inspiration in Florence Scott Libbey’s approach to her community in the early days of the Toledo Museum of Art. Considering current polarization within our society and a growing separation from public spaces, Florence’s desire to, “encourage attendance on the part of all people irrespective of condition of life” is key to refocusing attention on the Museum’s ethos of creating a space for serving the community of Toledo and beyond. The film evokes Florence’s ideas through a dramatization of these ideas.

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Beth Lipman HERE

Beth Lipman: ReGift

Toledo Museum of Art | Toledo, OH | August 12, 2023 — September 1, 2024


Beth Lipman: ReGift shares some of the unwritten histories that artist Beth Lipman discovered while conducting research in the archives of the Toledo Museum of Art. Her exploration inspired a room-sized recreation in wood, glass, and metal of a scene from a bookplate used by the museum’s founders, Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey. Lipman was particularly keen to examine Florence’s life, and in conversation with curator Diane C. Wright and archivist Julie A. McMaster, she discusses the project’s origins in her own artistic practice and its relationship to shifting understandings of institutions and their publics. An essay by Wright and McMaster draws on additional archival materials to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of Florence Scott Libbey’s life.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Beth Lipman: ReGift, exclusively at the Toledo Museum of Art, August 12, 2023-September 1, 2024.

Written by Diane C. Wright, Senior Curator of Glass and Contemporary Craft, Toledo Museum of Art; featuring a conversation with Beth Lipman and contributions by Julie A. McMaster, Archivist, Toledo Museum of Art.

Softcover, 9 1/4″ x 6 3/4″
Published by the Toledo Museum of Art. © 2023 Toledo Museum of Art



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Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda

January 11 – February 24, 2024

Exhibition at Friedman Benda
515 West 26th ST |  New York, NY 10001

The New Transcendence, the last in a series of three pace-setting exhibitions curated by Glenn Adamson for Friedman Benda, will explore the place of the spiritual in contemporary design today. The works on view are infused with profound significance, whether as relics, ritual tools, or representations. The New Transcendence is not an exhibition about religion in the organized, traditional, or dogmatic sense. Rather, it aims to discover how design can serve as a vehicle for personal and societal transcendence.

The exhibition includes work by six designers: Ini Archibong, Andrea Branzi, Stephen Burks, Najla El Zein, Courtney M. Leonard, and Samuel Ross. Each of the participants has their own perspective, yet one thing unites them: the impetus to provide an objective, material anchor for the subjective and ultimately private nature of spiritual belief. The immaterial means something different, today, in our digital age – perhaps making physical artifacts more crucial as anchors for transcendent experience.

Read More & View the Exhibition Page HERE

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Courtney M. Leonard in BOUNDLESS at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

Courtney M. Leonard in BOUNDLESS at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

Courtney M. Leonard in “BOUNDLESS” at the Mead Art Museum

Courtney M. Leonard featured in

Boundless is a nearly museum-wide exhibition that features work by Native American writers and artists, grounded in but not contained to the Northeast. Boundless takes shape like water, moving across generations and geographies, and expanding conversations about kinship, presence, resistance, and history through its flow. The exhibition never chooses one path, but moves in multiple directions and broadens as it goes. A wide range of materials from Amherst College’s Collection of Native American Literature and the Mead form the core of the exhibition, and are joined by key works on loan from artists and other institutional and private collections.

The importance of place—including not only land, but water—is featured in Boundless. Water actively names the original peoples of what we now call southern New England. For example, Nipmuc means People of the Freshwater, while the Niantic are People of the Long-Necked Waters because their lands are near a bay; these names are at once a location and the name of its people. Each tribal name is filled with an image, a place, a relationship, and a story referenced in the works of Boundless.

Objects in the exhibition span from the present back to the eighteenth century, and range from paintings to sculpture, video, historical texts, basketry, cookbooks, and more. As well, some objects by non-Native artists provide contrast and context, and are themselves recontextualized.

The broader Boundless project will include an open-access publication through Amherst College Press in 2024, K-12 digital curricular resources and materials developed with Genevieve Simermeyer (Osage Nation of Oklahoma) that will be available this November, in addition to other museum programming throughout the year. Reading rooms within the exhibition offer guests a chance to explore Native American-authored and illustrated books and zines for all ages.

The exhibition is researched and organized by writer and guest curator Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe).

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Courtney M. Leonard HERE


At the Mead Art Museum | Amherst, MA | August 29 – January 7, 2024

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH: Logbook 21 | Collider Study #1,” 2021, mixed media, clay, acrylic on canvas

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH #2, from BREACH: Logbook 21”, 2016-2021, ceramic on wood pallet


The Mead hosted an evening reception for Boundless and Seeping In: Elizabeth James Perry on Thursday,  September 14th, 2023, at 6-8pm. All were invited to a celebration of both exhibitions involving remarks, performances, and refreshments

Amherst College
220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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