MATERIAL GIRLS is a newly formed collective of self-identified women sculptors.
MATERIAL GIRLS exude and transcend identity through materiality. Enmeshed in their own material world, Cameron Coffman, Devra Freelander, Hilliary Gabryel, Maggie Grymes, Claire Lachow, Gracelee Lawrence, and Rachael Starbuck share a proclivity for altered self representation and expression throughout their works.
MATERIAL GIRLS believe in the power of objects and the personal significance they exude.
Devra Freelander (b. Suffern, NY 1990) received her BA with honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 2012, and her MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She has exhibited at the New York Design Center, the RISD Museum, Zoya Tommy Gallery in Houston TX, the White Gallery in Lakeville CT, and the Fjuk Arts Centre in Iceland. She is a recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a participant in the 2016-2017 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and will attend the 2017 Arctic Circle Residency.
Hilliary Gabryel (b. 1991 Lynchburg, VA) received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Post-Baccalaureate program there in 2013. She is Co-Founder of and In-Residence-Curator at New York based project space Era VI VII VI. Her work has been exhibited in New York, NY and Richmond, VA; her sculpture is a permanent feature at Try-Me Urban Restoration Project and Contemporary Art Collection in Richmond, Virginia. Gabryel will be attending the Wassaic Artist Residency in the winter of 2017.
Cameron Coffman (b. Austin, TX 1991 ) received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, attended Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Studio Program in 2015, and is a MFA candidate (2018) at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has participated in Ox-Bow School of Art, Grin City Collective Residency, and the Art Students League of New York.
Maggie Grymes (b. 1990 Williamsburg, VA) received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, where she was the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Undergraduate Fellowship. Grymes has shown in Richmond, VA and New York, New York.
Claire Lachow is an artist and writer whose work maneuvers between physical and digital environments. She frames issues around commodification, desire, and the human body in a variety of media including video, collage, drawing, and performance. She has shown work in Brooklyn, NY; Oberlin, OH; and Sydney, Australia. Lachow is the managing editor of Foundations Magazine; she received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2011, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Gracelee Lawrence (b. 1989 Sanford, NC) is currently a Luce Scholars Fellow in Thailand as a visiting artist at Chiang Mai University and recently completed her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a co-director/founder of Pig and Pony Gallery, founder of the Virtual Studio Visit Network, and a contributing writer for the International Sculpture Center Blog. She has held solo exhibitions nationally at Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, TX; grayDUCK Gallery in Austin, TX; BLUEorange Contemporary in Houston, TX; Saint Cloud University in Saint Cloud, MN; and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. Lawrence is the recipient of the 2015 UMLAUF Prize, the 2014 David Womack Memorial Fiber Arts Scholarship, 2013 Eyes Got It Prize, and the 2011-12 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant.
Rachael Starbuck (b. 1988, Miami, FL) is currently living and working in Austin, TX where she is attending the Studio Art MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a resident at ACRE Projects, The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, The Wassaic Project and The Vermont Studio Center. She has shown work in Richmond, VA, Providence, RI, Chicago, Austin, Houston, New York and London.