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Mary Babcock My work is

Mary Babcock My work is principally concerned with unifying two characteristically divergent paradigms of art-making: art as beauty and art as social criticism. The content focuses jointly on the potential for and blocks to human understanding at both international and interpersonal levels. In the 2004 presidential election, I watched a nation engaged in a devastating war purportedly based on the ideals of democracy and freedom, vote—state by state—to ban the “sacred” union between thousands of individuals who against all odds remain in love and deeply committed to one another. This defense against the “gay agenda” played a more important role in American politics than issues of economics or international policy. In fact, most statistics reveal that nearly half of American heterosexual marriages heretically break the sacred bond and end in divorce. And the sanctimonious “red” states have a divorce rate 27% higher than “blue” states. Makes you wonder… What is the anxiety here? Why does my love make you so nervous and scared? The title of this piece, Teachings on Love, is borrowed from a book of the same name by Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master, political exile, poet and peacemaker. He quotes Nagarjuna, a second century Buddhist philosopher: Practicing the Immeasurable Mind of Love extinguishes anger in the hearts of living beings. Practicing the Immeasurable Mind of Compassion extinguishes all sorrows and anxieties… EDUCATION 2002 MFA Studio Art, University of Arizona l 1996 BFA Painting University of Oregon,1988 MA/PhD Psychology, University of Pennsylvania l 1985 BA Psychology, Cornell University SELECTED ONE- & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 2004 Circumspect, The Jones House, Boone, NC l 2003 Dirty Laundry, performance and installation, The Wedge Gallery, Asheville, NC l _____., installation and CD, Printmaker’s Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO l 2001 Residue—in two acts, collaborative installation, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ l Coming to Terms, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2004 The Fifth International Biennial on Contemporary Textile Art (cd), Kherson, Ukraine, juror: Ludmila Egorova l 2004 American Gourmet, Appalachian State University Faculty Show, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Boone, NC l 2004 13th North American Sculpture Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, juror: James Surls l 2003 Art in Craft; Craft in Art: The 3rd Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea, jurors: Oh, Won Tack, Eun, Byung Soo l 2003 Wrapped in Cloth: The Human Figure in Textiles, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, juror: Julie Sasse, Tucson Museum of Art; awarded special recognition l 2002 The Fifth Annual International Festival of Tapestry and Fiber Art (catalogue), Beauvais, France, juror: Denise Bigot l 2001 The Breath of Nature: The Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea, fiber jurors: Sheila Hicks, Kim Le-na, Lin Le-cheng l 2001 ArtCultureNature, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ, jurors: Shawn Skabelund, Alan Petersen COLLABORATIONS 2005 “Double Agency” at Convergence: installation/performance with Christopher Curtin, Project CREO, St. Petersburg, FL l 2004 “Converse” at Conversations with the Contemporary Figure: installation with Kerry Phillips, Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta, GA, curator: Danielle Roney l 2003 “____” at Couplets (CD): Artist/poet collaboration with poet Steve Burt, The Writer’s Place, Kansas City, MO l 2002 “Isoline” at in response…with Kerry Phillips, The Red Gallery, Savannah, GA, juror: Robin Cembalest of ARTnews l 2001 Five Wily Muses: Subverting the Prevailing Paradigm (collaborative installation), Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Surface Design Journal, Summer 2005 l Interview by Patricia Malarcher, Fiberarts Design Book 7, 2004 l 22nd North American Sculpture Exhibition catalog, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 2003 l Art in Craft; Craft in Art: The 3rd Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale catalog, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea, 2003 l Jours de l’Oise, Beauvais, France, September 2002 l “Beauvais, capitale de al Tapisserie” The Breath of Nature: The 3rd Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale catalog, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea, 2001 SIGNIFICANT AWARDS 2004 HR Meininger Company Award, 22nd North American Sculpture Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO l 2003 Richard T. Barker Award for Outstanding Creative and Scholarly Achievement, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC l 2003 Special Citation in Mixed Media, 3rd Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea l 2001 Silver Award in Fibers, 2nd Cheongju International Craft Competition and Biennale, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-city, Korea SIGNIFICANT GRANTS 2005 Professional Development Grant, Surface Design Association, Sebastapol, CA l 2003 University Research Council Grant, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC l 2002 University Research Council Grant, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC l 2002 Amazon Foundation Grant, Tucson, AZ l 2000-02 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC l 1986-88 National Science Foundation Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC SELECTED COLLECTIONS Department of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ l Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA Mary Babcock is Assistant Professor/Fibers Area Head in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Mary Babcock Teachings on Love, 2005 detail hand-embellished antique wedding dress, detail

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