Allison Newsome

Allison Newsome, photograph by Scott Lapham.

Allison Newsome, photograph by Scott Lapham.

Originally inspired by the redwood forests in her native California, Allison Newsome sculpts on site, in response to the land. She writes, “I tote my clay, wax, aluminum, plaster, into the elements and then return to my studio with the memories embedded in my fingertips, like a naturalist returning from the field with specimens.” Her work addresses issues of environment and human interaction. It provides an avenue into figuration with embedded abstraction, at the same time inspired by ancient forms. Newsome has a BFA in sculpture from Chico State University in California and an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches in the ceramics program at Harvard University. Her work has been shown at the RISD Museum, the Newport Art Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Beatrice Wood Museum and internationally. A recent project is the series of glazed terracotta lions atop Newport’s Audrain Automobile Museum.

Source: NetWorks 2015 – 2016 Catalogue

Ojai Harvest, 2009 “Once Fired” stoneware, 24 x 34 x 8 in.

Ojai Harvest, 2009
“Once Fired” stoneware, 24 x 34 x 8 in.


Video by: Richard Goulis
Additional video by:
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Lucy Bean Films, LLC “The Eagle Has Come Home”
Special thanks: David Sachs, Parker Construction
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

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- Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.

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