Fall 2021 Windgate Artist

Amy Pleasant (Birmingham, AL)

Amy Pleasant photoAmy Pleasant’s work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition. Pleasant explores the fragmented figure as sign or symbol. With a limited palette and an economy of line, she draws images like writing a letter, documenting essential, universal motions and human behaviors. This repetitive and calligraphic drawing process creates a visual language over time, like an alphabet. In her clay work, she uses a similar process, cutting figurative forms out of hand rolled slabs, maintaining a sense of directness and intuitiveness that is similar to her drawing and painting practice.

She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).

She has held solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary (NYC/Millerton, NY), Laney Contemporary (Savannah, GA), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson/NYC), whitespace gallery (Atlanta, GA), Augusta University (Columbus, GA), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IN), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Atlanta Contemporary (GA), Auburn University’s School of Liberal Arts (AL), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Candyland (Stockholm, Sweden), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL) among others.

She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2015). 

Learn more: https://www.amypleasant.com/

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Please join us! 

The  Windgate Foundation Artist Residency Program Inaugural Exhibition
Mortin Gallery 
June 4 – July 30, 2022 
Join us as the Zuckerman Museum of Art presents
works of Amy Pleasant and Anthony Goicolea.
Learn more.