Elizabeth Essner serves as consulting curator for Making Place Matter.
An independent curator, writer, and researcher, she is looking forward to bringing her collaborative curatorial voice to this socially engaged and ambitious project.
With a focus on craft materials and histories, Elizabeth has organized exhibitions for institutions including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. At The Woodlands, a historic estate in West Philadelphia, she curated Graffiti & Ornament, a site-responsive exhibition with Leo Tecosky and Roberto Lugo. A researcher for the forthcoming publication Shapes from Outta Nowhere: Towards Abstraction in Clay, 1890 – 2018. The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, Elizabeth earned her MA from the Bard Graduate Center in New York.
For this inaugural exhibition at The Clay Studio’s new home in Kensington, Elizabeth is excited to work with Curator of Artistic Programs Jennifer Zwilling to examine the complex meanings of place by building direct connections between artists, audiences, and clay.
A sampling of Elizabeth's curatorial projects can be seen in the slideshow below.
1. Graffiti & Ornament at the Woodlands, Philadelphia, PA
Roberto Lugo, Do You Know How Hard it is to Get a Black Man Through High School, 2019. Photo: Ryan Collerd, Courtesy of Past Present Projects
2. Graffiti & Ornament at the Woodlands, Philadelphia, PA
Roberto Lugo and Leo Tecosky. Photo: Ryan Collerd, Courtesy of Past Present Projects
3. Shari Mendelson: Glasslike at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY
Shari Mendelson, Deer Askos, 2018. Photo: Nils d’Aulaire
4. Shari Mendelson: Glasslike at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Nils d’Aulaire
5. Handheld, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Works by Laura Livingston Fischer, Kay Sekimachi and David Clarke. Photo: Jason Mandella for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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