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Meet Alison Pebworth, Creativity Explored Artist-in-Residence

Posted on May 5, 2016

Creativity Explored is pleased to introduce Artist in Residence (AiR) Alison Pebworth. During her residency (April 25 through July 25, 2016), Pebworth will take art lessons from Creativity Explored artists. 

The first portion of her residency is devoted to immersing herself in the Creativity Explored studio and learning to work in front of others. Talking with the CE artists, seeing how they use materials, and taking lessons from selected artists, gives Pebworth a chance to not only suppress her own methods but also allows her to be an active observer and to become more uninhibited and spontaneous in her own art practice. 

Gerald Wiggins gave Pebworth a portrait lesson in clay teaching her his preferred method of working quickly. Using the technique that Wiggins taught her, Pebworth then created a portrait of Wiggins. 

Peter Cordova taught Pebworth a lesson in mapping, which actually he originally learned from a previous workshop at CE that Pebworth had taught. Cordova and Pebworth drew portraits of each other. Also, using the mapping technique, mapped their commutes to CE. Pebworth is struck by how Cordova is not hesitant in his representational artwork. 

This residency by nature is spontaneous. The idea of spontaneity is something Pebworth has investigated in previous projects. In Beautiful Possibility, a traveling exhibition and research project that takes the prototype of the 19th century American Traveling show as inspiration for engaging others about what is means to be American. In his project, Pebworth traveled from California to South Dakota across the northern United States and lower Canada and then Minnesota to the East Coast. The project developed and materialized by feeding off of her experiences and people she met along the way. This residency has a similar trajectory in that the residency will materialize out of her experiences working with the Creativity Explored artists. 

Pebworth is the recipient of Artist Grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous institutions including Recology, Ucross Foundation, Claremont, WY, and the de Young Museum. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Salt Lake Art Center, in Salt Lake City, and in the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure and Headlands Center for the Arts. 

Portrait drawing with Peter Cordova
Gerald Wiggins with clay portraits

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