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Front Page - Friday, May 4, 2018

Hunter Museum announces large scale commission

Artist Alyson Shotz’s “The Shape of Space,” on display at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. - Photograph provided by from www.alysonshotz.com

Hunter Museum has commissioned a large-scale installation to be completed in early 2019. New York-based sculptor Alyson Shotz was selected through a three-year process helmed by Hunter Museum curators and approved by the museum’s board of trustees. A significant undertaking for the museum, the first major Hunter commission in years will hang in the grand foyer of the museum’s west wing, which overlooks the Tennessee River.

Working with man-made materials such as mirrors, glass beads, acrylic lenses, thread and steel wire, Shotz builds her sculptures by combining thousands of these tiny parts into larger structures that capture and reflect light. Her works change with the daylight or as viewers interact with them, and often evoke natural phenomena, such as rain drops, ice and clouds.

“The Acquisitions Committee was enamored with the alluring quality of Alyson’s work and felt the dynamic nature of her proposal would be the perfect complement to the grandeur of the foyer – beautiful, welcoming and always changing,” says Virginia Anne Sharber, executive director of Hunter Museum.

“The proposed sculpture will have a quality in between presence and absence. It will change constantly: appearing at times very substantial and full of color, and at other times and from other angles ethereal and more subtle,” Shotz says.

“The motion of the sun throughout the day, the change in light over the seasons and even the movement of people around the space will change the sculpture’s appearance dramatically. Seen through the windows or from the water or the bridge, it will have these same qualities.”

Coinciding with the completion and unveiling of the permanent installation in early 2019, the Hunter will open a temporary exhibition of works by Alyson Shotz to offer visitors a broader look at the artist’s body of work. The special exhibition will run through May 27, 2019.

Shotz received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She has had solo exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, San Francisco MOMA and others.

Shotz’s work is in several collections around the country, including the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the High Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Storm King Art Center, San Francisco MOMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain.

Source: Hunter Museum