Ceramics Faculty member Adelaide Paul won first place in the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Grant competition.
Posted 05.01.11 by MICA communications
Ceramics faculty member Adelaide Paul won first place in the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Grant competition. The grant was established by the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work. This $35,000 award is a testament to the importance of Paul's work, her position in the field, and speaks to the national and international recognition of the Ceramics Department faculty and program.
Paul makes finely modeled, semi-figurative sculptures that investigate the relationships between domesticated animals and humans. "We humans would not have evolved as we have without the animals we have tamed, modified, exploited, eaten and revered. This may not be a consensual relationship; I would argue, however, that it is most certainly a symbiotic relationship," Paul said in her artist's statement. "My work is about posing questions regarding this complex liaison between species.
Paul received her B.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1993 and an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1996. She was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2007 and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2005. Her installation, 30 Days, was purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston as part of their permanent collection.
For more information, visit the Virginia A. Groot Foundation.
Image Caption: Adelaide Paul, "Green Eyed Dog" (Courtesy the Virginia A. Groot Foundation).