Sculptor and Williams College Art Professor Amy Podmore Receives Lillian Heller Curator’s Award

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Chesterwood Announces Sculptor and Williams College Art Professor Amy Podmore is the Recipient of its Lillian Heller Curator’s Award

A reception with Amy Podmore, who is artist-in-residence at Chesterwood in June, will be held on Sunday, June 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Stockbridge, Mass. (June 20, 2014) – Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announces that Amy Podmore, noted American sculptor and Williams College Professor of Art, is the recipient of its annual Lillian Heller Curator’s Award. Podmore is artist-in-residence at Chesterwood through June 30; open studio hours with the artist will be held on June 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A reception with Podmore will be held at Chesterwood’s Morris Center on Sunday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Working at Chesterwood has been a real gift. Daniel Chester French made an exquisite studio in this beautiful setting, very conducive to creative work,” said Podmore. “It has been wonderful to be able to immerse myself in the studio with fewer of the normal daily interruptions. I have been using the month to make new pieces and to experiment. I’m working on several sculptures and have begun a relief painting, which was triggered by the find of an oddly small and colorful vest.”

While at Chesterwood, Podmore is also filming a sculptural/dance/video project with director Dave Simmons (who directed the documentary film “Cherry Cottage” about a historic house in Stockbridge), three dancers: Berkshire Pulse’s Ruth Bruno and Susan Quinn, as well as Charlie Reetz, and Nick Zammuto, of Zammuto Sound, who is creating the soundtrack music.

“We are delighted to have Amy in residence this June at Chesterwood. I became familiar with her sculpture the first time she exhibited in the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2006 exhibition and I have been following her work ever since,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.

Podmore’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Her work has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Bell Gallery (Brown University), Mass MoCA, Williams College Museum of Art, The Islip Art Museum, Allston Skirt Gallery, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Art Space, San Antonio Art Institute, Albany Airport Gallery, the Wassaic Project, Sculpture by the Sea (Australia), Massachusetts College of Art, Institute for Contemporary Art, Rose Art Museum (Brandeis University), and the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center among others. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant Program.

About the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award

To memorialize sculptor Lillian Heller’s love of the arts and her commitment to encourage and recognize sculptors, her sons Philip and Fred Heller, their wives Anita and Cynthia Heller, together with her grandchildren Benjamin Heller, Gregory Heller, Elizabeth Pyle, and her husband Jeffrey, established an endowment to fund the annual Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood Curator’s Award named in her honor.







Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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