Inside the Studio: Grace Kubilius
Grace Kubilius creates sculptural works of art out of fabric. Although they are certainly wearable, she says that she doesn’t necessarily think of her work as fashion, but rather art that happens to take the form of clothing.
Grace began her residency with us in June after completing her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her studio is filled with finished pieces from her college days mixed with works in progress and fabric swatches just waiting to take their final form. In her work, Grace often uses unexpected materials and repurposes them to create clothing that is both surprising and beautiful. She has already drawn the attention of the St. Louis fashion community and will be exhibiting her work as part of FABRIC, the official St. Louis Fashion Week kick-off party.
We are eager to see how Grace’s work continues to evolve over the course of her residency, and you can, too, by stopping by our Grand Center studios and saying hi!
Artwork by Todd Hoyer, currently on view in Precision Cut in our Delmar Loop Gallery.
The wooden sculptures of Keith Holt explore the figurative side of woodworking. On view in Precision Cut, now through October 26.
Works from the exhibition Precision Cut, opening Friday, September 5. Featuring handmade wooden artwork by Peter Exton, Keith Holt, Todd Hoyer, and Leah K. Woods.
We are proud to have called St. Louis home for the last 50 years, and we are eager to see what the next 50 will bring! In this video, Executive Director Boo McLoughlin gives a little background on our growth from an artist co-op in 1964 to the nonprofit organization we are today.
Inside the Studio: Audrey Peck
Our artists-in-residence are integral to our Grand Center operations. For anywhere from 3-12 months, they make a little home in our studios, and bring life and excitement to the Kranzberg Arts Center on a daily basis. Each artist brings a different energy and perspective to their residency – and we love seeing how the spaces are transformed by all of them.
Audrey Peck, our current metals artist-in-residence, is a collector. She collects twigs, stones, found metal, and various other bric-a-brac that she transforms into incredible wearable art. Her studio is full of boxes containing amazing and unexpected items, some of which end up in her work. She has a real sense for how disparate objects can work together and each of her pieces is lovingly made by hand from start to finish.
One of the things that is so striking about Audrey’s work is her sensitivity to the natural world and our relationship to it. This theme can be seen in much of her work, which utilizes wood and other natural objects she has collected in her travels. Old wood from a demolished home becomes a necklace. Rusty metal is polished and smoothed to find new life in her jewelry. This focus on repurposing and reusing materials manifests itself in truly one-of-a-kind objects.
Audrey will be crafting and teaching with us in our Grand Center studios through February 2015. Stop in to our Education Center on the lower level of the Kranzberg Arts Center to meet Audrey and check out her work and studio for yourself!
I don’t think art should be only for the select few. I think it should be for the mass of the American people.
Ruth Ann Reese, Question: What are you pretending not to know? Reply: …that the answers are written within. Photo Credit: Patty Sheppard
This piece was created by Ruth during her residency at Craft Alliance in 2013 and is currently on display in our Grand Center gallery in the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition. See it in person before the show closes on August 24!
Metal sculptures by artist Hunter Creel. On view now in our 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition.