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Miami artists Geoff Riggle and Alysia Fischer win top awards in national juried exhibition "Fine Contemporary Craft"


Best of Show: Geoff Riggle and Lisa Wilson,
Best of Show: Geoff Riggle and Lisa Wilson,
Geoff Riggle (MFA '09), visiting assistant professor of art at Miami University, and artist Lisa Wilson (MFA '09), won Best in Show for their work "2012" in the National Biennial Juried Exhibition "Fine Contemporary Craft" at ArtSpace in Raleigh, N.C.

Alysia Fischer (MFA '11), lecturer in the Center for American and World Cultures, received the Award of Distinction for her work "Curtain." The three artists received their master’s of fine arts in studio art at Miami with Susan Ewing, Distinguished Professor of Art and associate dean of the School of Creative Arts.

Their work was among 34 pieces selected for exhibition from a pool of more than 430 works of art.

Award of Distinction: Alysia Fischer,
Award of Distinction: Alysia Fischer, "Curtain," inner tube rubber, inner tube (photo courtesy Alysia Fischer)
Juror Gwynne Rukenbrod selected pieces for the exhibition that conveyed “the idea of conceptual craft."

"These artists use labor-intensive practices to create work that is deliberate and elaborately constructed, utilizing traditional craft materials such as metal, wood, fabric, glass, ceramics, and recycled materials.

However, unlike traditional craftspeople, these artists use their highly-refined skills to produce work that is rooted in the conceptual, moving beyond the physical craft process to a more complex set of ideas. In essence, their craft exists in service of content.”


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