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Ellen Driscoll

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Ellen Driscoll was born in Boston in 1953 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and in Tivoli, NY. She is Program Director of Studio Arts at Bard College. Prior to her current position at Bard, she was Professor of Sculpture for 21 years at Rhode Island School of Design, and Head of the Sculpture Department there from 2008-2012. She studied at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (BFA cum laude, 1974), and Columbia University, New York (MFA in Sculpture, 1980). Driscoll’s sculptures, drawings, installations, and public projects explore a range of subjects including resource consumption, material lineage, mapping, and social, political, and economic histories. Her public commissions include Night to Day, Here and Away (2014, Sarasota National Cemetery), As Above, So Below (1998, Grand Central North Terminal, New York), Pro patria Mori (2006, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri), Filament/Firmament (2009), Cambridge Public Library, Massachusetts), Aqueous Humour (2004, South Boston Maritime Park), Wingspun (2008, Raleigh Durham airport International Arrivals corridor), and Catching the Drift (2003, Smith College Museum of Art women’s restroom). Among Driscoll’s solo exhibitions and installations are Core Sample (2012) at the College of St. Rose in Albany, Distant Mirrors (2011, Providence tidal river), Still Life, (2010, Allendale Farm pond, Brookline, MA), Fastforwardfossil (2009; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York); and Revenant and Phantom Limb (2007; Nippon Ginko , Hiroshima, Japan). Publications include Distant Mirrors (2011), with text by Jenn Joy; and FastForwardFossil (2010), an artist’s book collaboration with the writer Patricia Phillips and the book designer Karen Davidson. She is the recipient of an Academy of Arts and Letters Fine Arts Award (2014), St. Botolph Foundation Distinguished Artist Award in Sculpture (2012), Robert and Margaret McColl Johnson grant from the Rhode Island Foundation (2011), LEF Foundation grants for FastForwardFossil #2 and Lumina (2005, 2009), Anonymous Was a Woman (1998- 99), Radcliffe Institute Bunting fellowship (1990-91), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (1987), and National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Sculpture (1986, and 1984) among many others .


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