Anne Currier

Biography

Anne Currier is a sculptor whose medium is ceramic. She has been recognized as a major figure in contemporary ceramic art since the early 1980’s, exhibiting her sculptures nationally and internationally. In addition to numerous private and corporate collections, Anne’s sculptures are held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; the Museum of Art and Design, NYC; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, D.C.; the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HA; the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Quebec, Canada; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyung-ju, South Korea and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Major commissions include Arrow International, Reading, PA and Miller Theater, Alfred, NY.

Anne has received major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, 1986; the New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship 1988, 1993, 1997; the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Recognition Award, 1991 and 1st Place Award, 2017; the American Crafts Council College of Fellows Award, 2012; and the Burchfield Penney Art Center Langley H. Kenzie Award, 2017.

Anne holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago (BFA 1972) and the University of Washington, Seattle (MFA 1974). She taught ceramic art at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 1975-1984. From 1984 until 2016, Anne was a professor of ceramic art at the New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University. Anne retired from Alfred University in 2016, recognized as professor emerita.

Anne has a studio in Scio, NY where she lives with her husband George Hrycun, an artist and avid fly fisherman.

Artist Statement

I make ceramic sculptures that are shaped by the interplay of masses and voids. Absence and presence, light and shadow, stasis and motion are subject matter. Most recently, the structural flatness and synthesis of planar shapes in Juan Gris’ cubist still life paintings intrigue me.

The rich, tonal subtleties of winter hues that I experience in Allegany County are sources for color: slate grays, deep rusts, and cool tans. The subdued colors and sand-like glazed surfaces direct the focus to other issues and create ambiguities about visual and tactile perceptions.

The interior and exterior curves of cylinders and cones in concert with the angles and directions of edges and planes: for me, these are elements that are infinitely connectable and interchangeable in time and space.

Addendum for Cast Cups:
Cups and cup boxes were the primary premise for my graduate studies from 1972-74. Beginning in 2014, I returned to this hand-held utilitarian object – specifically, cups intended for adult beverages. The shapes of the cups are predicated on elements of my sculptures. White glazes are essential, communicating modernism and allowing the color of the liquid inside to be seen.