Meet our Artists-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 Season
We are proud to introduce our 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence. These two emerging artists from across the country were selected for this highly-competitive program. During their eight-month residency they will share their unique talents with the Armory and the community while teaching classes, developing their work in their studios, giving lectures, and participating in outreach, exhibitions, and fundraising programs.
The Armory Art Center’s Artists-in-Residence for 2019-2020 are Nikki Lau in ceramics and Corran Shrimpton in sculpture.
Nikki Lau was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She was a 2010-2011 Alumni of AmeriCorps/Public Allies, resulting in her work shifting to themes of social justice and identity politics. She received her MFA with a concentration in ceramics at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA in 2016. Penn State awarded her the Bunton Waller Assistantship. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2008.
After graduating from Penn State, Nikki moved to Philadelphia, PA. She joined the all woman’s art collective This Many Boyfriends Club. She’s exhibited her work across the US. She has collaborated and worked with several non-profits in Philly including Spiral Q, The Clay Studio, Sankofa Farms, The Horticulture Center, PAWS, and Fleisher Art Memorial. She loves cooking for her friends and is recently finishing up a one-year artist residency at The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.
Corran Shrimpton is from Syracuse, NY and received her BFA with a minor in philosophy from Alfred University. She is the recipient of the Lisa Elwell Ceramic Artist Endowed Encouragement Award and has exhibited throughout New York. She has worked as a studio intern and gallery director at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her work offers a unique take on figurative ceramic sculpture. While staying true to a classical realism it explores fantasy and surrealism. The sculptures combine the familiarity of the human form with non-figurative elements to create an image that extends beyond reality and invites the viewer to investigate, to empathize, and to connect on an emotional level. corranshrimpton.com