RWCSF Award - 2015 - Anna Metcalfe
Originally from a small rural town in NW Virginia, Anna Metcalfe now lives in Minneapolis where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with her MFA. A professional artist and educator, Metcalfe is interested in how art can be a vehicle for social change and can reflect a concern for the environment, food cultures, and creating vibrant communities. For Metcalfe, clay is the medium that weaves history, landscape, culture and art together. She is a recipient of several awards and grants, notably a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist’s Project Grant for Public Art in 2009, a Jerome Foundation Study and Travel Grant in 2014 and two MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in 2013 and 2015.
She says about her work: “My art practice stems from a love of the natural world, good meals, and community engagement. My work strives to reframe our relationship to land and agriculture, and create meaningful ways to better understand each other. Clay, a medium that finds its way into every home - as a sink, a dish or a decorative object - is a ubiquitous and tactile material. I use it as a springboard for engagement. I often collaborate with community members who create narrative imagery and record stories that I then weave into the pieces I make and events that I facilitate. These collaborations manifest in many ways: traditional recipes as narrated by family elders printed onto ceramic plates, water stories from teenagers on sculptural porcelain boats, and a recorded account of making coffee in Ethiopia that brings meaning to a ceremonial set of coffee cups.”