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Name  Alyson Shotz

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Education  Rhode Island School of Design

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Alyson Shotz is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Glendale, Arizona, in 1964. She graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1991.


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Alyson Shotz investigates concepts of space, light and perception with sculptures made from a range of synthetic materials such as mirror, glass beads, plastic lenses, thread and steel wire.

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In The New York Times, Karen Rosenberg wrote: "Ms. Shotz evokes natural phenomena with accumulations of beads, pins and other common materials...Often they respond to the challenge of visualizing concepts from theoretical physics (string theory, dark matter)."

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Art reviews

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The New York Times:

  • "Light and Landscape," Sept. 21, 2012
  • "Phase Shift," March 13, 2009
  • "Space Exploration, Conducted on a Spiral," July 20, 2007
  • "The Artist as the Star of a Silent Comedy," March 6, 2005
  • "Impressions of the Yard, Visual and Olfactory," June 27, 2003
  • Permanent public installations

  • Stanford University, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Palo Alto, CA
  • University of South Florida, Carol and Frank Morsani Health Center, Tampa, Fl.
  • Ohio University, ARC building, Athens, Ohio
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, New York, NY
  • University of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston, TX
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Public Collections

  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
  • The Broad, Los Angeles, CA
  • Davis Museum at Wellesley College
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC 
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Kunst am Bau Foundation, Germany 
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art  
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 
  • New York Public Library
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA 
  • Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY 
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 
  • Recent exhibitions

  • "Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature," at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton NY
  • "Pattern: Follow the Rules," at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
  • "Fluid State," Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • "Ecliptic," Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • "Geometry of Light," Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, Japan
  • "The More Things Change," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • "Sightings: Alyson Shotz," Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
  • "Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum," The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • "Standing Wave," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
  • "5+5: New Perspectives," Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
  • "Material World," Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
  • "New Work: Ċ½ilvinas Kempinas, Alyson Shotz, Mary Temple," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • "Currents: Recent Acquisitions," Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  • "The Shapes of Space," The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY.
  • References

    Alyson Shotz Wikipedia