Craft artist Sonya Clark talks about her work, which uses hair as a subject and a medium.
Professor Clark is chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a master's degree in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a bachelor's degree of fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in African studies from Amherst College. She credits much of her knowledge to her African ancestors, who were valued more for their craft skills as weavers, blacksmiths and potters than for their humanity. And she values the humble and masterful artists she has learned from in her travels throughout the world.
"Art in Place / The Place of Art" is a collaboration among the Departments of Music, Theater and Dance and Art and the History of Art and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium Fund, the Amherst Arts Series Fund and the Dean of the Faculty.
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