Artist Statement

     I address memory, place, and identity, as experienced during periods of transition, through my lens-based practice, incorporating photography, video, and installation to convey this liminal space, the in-between. In my photographic work, I use structures, natural surfaces, and aggregates of domestic and construction materials as surfaces for projection. The photographs of these ephemeral, site-responsive works, become both discrete works and documentation of the impermanent. 

     In my choice of imagery and surfaces for projection, I contrast the real with the idealized as a means of questioning the internal and external expectations of place, of home, and the veracity of perception. This body of work addresses projection, in a psychological sense, by pointing to preconceptions, contradictions, and unknown truths in the narrative.

      My work exists at the edge of uncertainty where change— unwanted, feared, unavoidable— is a constant. I address this disquieting state of ambiguity by merging image with surface, the rigid, geometric format of the resulting digital photograph or video containing the discomfort of the vague and ill-defined. This constrained space imparts a sense of order and familiarity.

Short Bio

Allison Roberts recently completed her MFA at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where her lens-based work led to an award from the UW Arts Institute. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Roberts holds a BA in Fine Arts and Journalism from Indiana University- Bloomington. She has been awarded multiple grants including a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and two Fiber Artist Project Grants through the Textile Center of Minnesota. Ms. Roberts is currently affiliated with the UW- Madison as a Lecturer in the Art Department.


CV

EDUCATION

2017     Master of Fine Arts (MFA), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2016     Master of Arts (MA), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2013     Master of Arts (MA) in Visual Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN

1988     Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts and Journalism, Indiana University-Bloomington, IN

1992     Teaching Certification, Art K-12, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

GRANTS/AWARDS

2017   Sanaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship, UW Arts Institute Award, UW- Madison, WI

2016   Technical Assistant Grant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

2014    Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

2014    Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant, Textile Center of Minnesota

2013    Fellowship Grant, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight

2013   Professional Development Grant, Surface Design Association

2010    Emerging Artist Grant, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight

2009    Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant, Textile Center of Minnesota

2008    Emerging Artist Grant, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight

RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS

2018   Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

2018   Hinge Arts, Fergus Falls, MN

2017   I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, CT

2017   Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, GA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017   Vicissitude, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2017   Anamnesis, The Ahrnsbrak Room, University of Wisconsin- Marathon County, Wausau, WI

2016   The Thing Not There, MA Exhibition, Gallery 7, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2015    Gaze Even Here, MN Artist Initiative Grant Exhibition, Waseca Art Center, Waseca, MN

2014    Fractured Nostalgia, PLRAC/McKnight Fellowship, The 410 Project, Mankato, MN

2013    Mythology of Control, MA Thesis Exhibition, Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State Univ., Manakto, MN

2011    Material Marks, Emy Frentz Arts Guild, Mankato, MN

2010    Stitched Abstraction, Waseca Art Center, Waseca, MN

2009    A Varying Tale, School of Art Gallery, Mankato, MN

TWO/THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015    Overlap, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI

2015     Reimagining the Domestic, Art installation in association with the Mt. Horeb Historical        Society, Gelsy Verna  Project Space, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

2014     Truth Telling, Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant Exhibit, Concordia Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2011     Healing Arts Program, Featured Artist, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

2010     Mind at Hand, Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery,        Minneapolis, MN

2006    Eclectic Stitches, Bollington Arts Centre, Bollington, England

CURATED/JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (select)

2017    Art Through the Lens, International Juried Exhibition, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

2017    Off the Wall, video art screening series, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI

2016    Untitled 12: SooVAC’s Juried Exhibition, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

2016    Home as a Sacred Space, University of St Thomas, St. Paul, MN

2016    Beyond Function, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI    

2015    Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts, International Juried Art Exhibition of the Surface Design Association,  Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg,TN 

2015     Juried Exhibition 2015 (Award of Excellence), Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN

2014     It’s Between Us, Curated Show, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI                                

2014     Juried Exhibition 2014 (Award of Excellence), Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN

2014     Annual Juried Show (Best of Show Award), The 410 Project, Mankato, MN  

2013     2nd Student Intl. Small Print Show, El Minia University and Opera Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt