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Phyllis Lear

Phyllis Lear

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    My work encompasses who and what I come into contact with on a daily basis. For me, art is everywhere. Any life experience can become a work of art.

    Most recently, I have begun to explore the fabric Yo-Yo (Suffolk Puff) as an art form. Traditionally used as a quilting technique, I have appropriated the Yo-Yo as a module for building fine art pieces.

    I have sewn since I was eight years old. Most of the women in my family sew – my sisters, my mother, my grandmother, and godmother. I clearly remember my Grandmother Lear hand-quilting in the middle of her tiny living room – the quilt taking up nearly all of the available space.

    I continue to honor her and that tradition.
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    PHYLLIS LEAR
    www.illearstrations.com

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
    2019
    • Ties That Bind Gallery One's 2019 Juried Art Quilt Exhibit. Ellensburg, WA, March – April
    • Out of Darkness: Representations of Mental Health
    Bossier Parish Community College, Juried exhibition, January – March.
    2018
    • Louisiana French: Myths and Movements
    Curated by CODOFIL, Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA, September 7 – October 14, 2018
    2016
    • Louisiana Crafts Guild Exhibition, NSU, November 11 – December 9
    2015
    • Faculty and Friends: Artists Among Us Alexandria Museum of Art; Alexandria, LA; June-Aug.
    2014
    • Louisiana State Museum – Patterson, LA November 2014 – September 2015
    2013
    • Under the Influence, Gallery exhibition, Baton Rouge Gallery, June 2013
    • Invitational Group Show, Zigler Museum of Art, Jennings, LA, April 2013
    2012
    • Chalices, Baton Rouge Gallery, June 2012
    2011
    • Kinetics: The Energy of Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge Gallery, November 2011
    • Downtown Thibodaux Art Gala, Dansereaux House, Thibodaux, LA – September 2011
    2010
    • Parallel Journeys – Group Exhibition, Baton Rouge Gallery – October 2010
    • Second Saturday Art Walk, Gallery 549, Lafayette, LA – Don LeBlanc, Owner – April 2010
    • Venus Envy, Baton Rouge Gallery – Anonymous Juror – April 2010
    2009
    • CASA of Lafourche Oktoberfest Art Show; Chris Robichaux, Chairperson, October 2009
    • Baton Rouge Gallery 2009 Group Show; Baton Rouge, LA
    2008
    • Louisiana Women Artists; River Oaks Center for the Arts, Alexandria, LA, October – November, Juror: Mark Tullos
    • Two Person Show; Gallery 549, Lafayette, La, October, Owner: Don LeBlanc
    • Southern Open 2008; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, La, Juror: Peter Frank
    • 11th International Open Juried Exhibition; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 2008, Juror: Barbara Koenen

    SELECTED AWARDS:
    • 2016 – Derby Endowed Professorship
    Award to fund ongoing research on PPOs, Northwestern State University, May 2017-2018
    • 2007 - Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 111th Annual Open Exhibition
    Cecelia Cardman Memorial Award
    • 2007 - Masur Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention
    • 2005 Louisiana Artist Fellowship - Visual Arts
    Louisiana State Arts Council and Louisiana Division of the Arts

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
    • The Sunday Advocate – “4 Artist Members Displaying Works at Baton Rouge Gallery”, October 24, 2010, pg. 5E
    • Point of Vue Magazine - March 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 3 – pgs 24-26
    • Southern Art Federation Pod-Cast, 2008 – http://podcast.southarts.org/SAFEpisode44.mp3

    GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
    • Baton Rouge Gallery; Baton Rouge, LA
    • Sans Souci; Lafayette, LA

    EDUCATION:
    • Louisiana Tech University, M.F.A. in Visual Arts, May 1999
    • Louisiana State University, MA in Art History, May 1998,
    • Northwestern State University of Louisiana, MA in Visual Arts, May 1992
    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, BA in Art and Industrial Arts Education, December 198

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