Visual Arts and Art History student Ashley Kerr has been awarded a 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Honorable Mention by the International Sculpture Center. Ashley was chosen from 376 students from over 148 colleges and universities worldwide. The jury, which included Monika Burczyk, Acting Director/President of the Board at Post Contemporary, NY; Paul Hubbard, Professor of MFA studio art and fine arts at Moore College of Art & Design, PA; and Emily Nelms Perez, Sculptor, NJ, reviewed more than 959 images of student art work to make their selections for this prestigious award. Ashley will be recognized in the 2016 October issue of Sculpture magazine, as well as on the www.sculpture.org website.
Julie Ward, assistant professor of Visual Arts and Art History, had this to say about Ashley: “As a new tenure hire in Sculpture at FAU, the first student I met upon arrival was Ashley Kerr. I knew at that moment she would change my life, and over the past year and a half she has. I have seen her grow through sculptural material investigations, and challenge herself with academic research. She has learned self-introspection through her writing that allows her to be vulnerable and honest about her work. She uses writing as a method of inquiry and lets it open unseen areas within an object, an installation, or digital exploratory works. She is dedicated, through sculpture, to exploring space, both traditional and virtual.
Not only is Ashley a maker, but she inspires and assists others to make. We all have several jobs as artists, and Ashley is no exception. She is an experienced Art handler and installer at several galleries, museums, and art fairs from Miami to West Palm Beach. Once I met her, I knew I needed her as a Sculpture studio technician for FAU. She is skilled in traditional ways of working in the Sculpture studio and always instructs other students in a safe and approachable manner. She is reliable, safe, and kind to all students.
Kerr will be attending Alfred University in New York in fall 2016 to begin her MFA degree in Sculpture. She received a full tuition waver and graduate assistantship.
Purple in a Waving Field, Red (installation view), 2015
Installation view of two freestanding, human sized, unpainted, painting canvases formed
through bent wood lamination