Sonya Clark — Fanoon Visiting Artist, Spring 2015
Since 2006 Sonya Clark has been Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Formerly, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded their first Mid-career Distinguished Alumni Award. She has a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Amherst College where she received a B.A. in psychology.
She is the recipient of awards including the Grand Juror’s Award at Art Prize for the Hair Craft Project, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, an 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, and a United States Artist Fellowship. She has exhibited in over 300 museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Critics have favorably reviewed her work in several publications including the New York Times, Mother Jones, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and Huffington Post. Sonya lives in Richmond with her husband, Darryl Harper, a jazz musician and chair of the Music department at VCU.