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Karen LaMonte to Lecture at New Mexico Museum of Art

Friends of Contemporary Art presents a lecture by renowned sculptor Karen LaMonte in conjunction with SOFA WEST. The lecture will take place in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Avenue, at 10am on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

The cost of the lecture is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lensic Box Office by calling 505 988 1234. They may also be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the lecture will benefit the New Mexico Museum of Art’s contemporary art programming.

About Karen LaMonte

Karen LaMonte is world-renowned for her monumental cast-glass sculptures of dresses and other drapery studies. Though originally from New York, the artist now lives in the Czech Republic, where there are facilities with the capacity to cast glass of the scale she requires. LaMonte graduated in 1990 from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she first began exploring clothing as a vehicle of portraiture in absentia. “I use clothing as a metaphor for identity and human presence,” she has said of her remarkable sculptures. “I believe we have two skins that outline and define who we are. One of course is our natural skin, but we obscure and conceal it beneath clothing which is a second skin, our social skin.”

In 1999, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Czechoslovakia, where she ultimately moved. LaMonte’s other explorations have included cast glass mirrors with photographic imagery and printmaking. Most recently, LaMonte began investigating the use of ceramic in her sculptures at the European Ceramic Work Centre and was the recipient of the Corning Museum of Glass/Kohler Arts Center Joint Residency for working with ceramic and glass.

Karen LaMonte has received many prestigious awards, including: Corning Museum of Glass/Kohler Arts Center, Joint Artist-in-Residence Program; Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award; Japan-United States Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Artists ExchangeFellowship; Virginia A. Groot Foundation Recognition Award; UrbanGlass Award for New Talent in Glass; Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award; Fulbright Grant: Cast Sculpture in the Czech Republic.

Her work is included in many museum collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, the deYoung Memorial Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Musée des arts décoratifs, National Gallery of Australia, Chrysler Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, and Museum of American Glass.

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