James Renwick Alliance Hosts Distinguished Artist Series Featuring Annie Evelyn

By Editorial Team on March 3, 2020
Courtesy of James Renwick Alliance.
Workshop: Saturday, March 7 from 9:30am to 12pm
Lecture: Sunday, March 8 from 2pm to 3pm

When interacting with artist Annie Evelyn’s furniture, expect the unexpected. Joy and laughter are central to her aesthetic, steering her towards unorthodox materials and designs. You might encounter a wavy wooden chair topped with glass vials to hold individual fresh flowers. Or, a pair of motorized coin-operated tables that cause objects to skitter off and crash. Seats made of concrete or aluminum, seemingly rigid materials, are cleverly tessellated to provide flexible seating that conforms comfortably to the body. Evelyn’s work is lightened by humor but grounded in impeccable craftsmanship, making for a joyous and satisfying interaction with each piece.

From 2014-2017 Evelyn was an artist in residence at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and in 2016 was awarded The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. She received both her BFA and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Evelyn has taught at RISD, Parsons – The New School, Anderson Ranch, Haystack Mountain School, Penland School of Craft, and others. Her work has been featured on the cover of American Craft Magazine and published in Laura Housely’s book, The Independent Design Guide. She has been awarded Windgate Furniture residencies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018), and San Diego State University (upcoming-2020). In 2018 Evelyn was a finalist for the Burke Prize for contemporary craft and her work was included in an exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). Currently, Evelyn is the Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Furniture Department of California College of the Arts.

The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. If you are not already a member, they invite you to become one. More information can be found on their website: https://www.jra.org/

James Renwick Alliance is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440.