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Richard Brown

Rick Brown
East 109

Rick Brown and his wife, Laura have a passion for making. They work with a wide range of materials, tools and techniques which has led them to working in many media. Their sculptural works are large-scale environmental installations reflecting their pleasure in the physicality of building.

They like to make pieces bigger then themselves and generally site specific installations, which always present a number of unknowns encountered while making a work for the first time in and on a unique location. Each new piece presents a new set of challenges and there always exists the possibility that a piece could fail. These components result in a dynamic working environment that they perceive as a learning/making adventure! Their work has is influenced by family, nature, travel, culture and history. Often the pieces are ephemeral and have what they call a ‘natural life’ reflecting a sense of time or suggest notions of birth, life and death.

M.Arch, Harvard University; MFA, Washington University, Saint Louis; BFA, University of Georgia
Professional Experience: 
  • 1999 - present - Handshouse Studio and Educational Activities, Co-Founder/President
  • 2007 - Fulbright Research Grant to Poland, 2007: A Comprehensive Study of The Zabludow Synagogue; Architecture /Art / Cultural Icon - Building a Replica 

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 - Namassakeesetts in "Selections," Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt
  • 2016 - Namassakeesetts in "Sculpture NOW," Lenox, MA
  • 2011-2014 - Butterfly Effect, Duxbury Arts Complex, Duxbury, MA
  • 2013 - Housatonic at Stockbridge, Chesterwood National Historic Trust, Stockbridge, MA, Lillian Heller’s Curator’s Award 
  • 2010-2012 - Is Good Ole Goodloe Gone – ArtInPlace Exhibition, Charlottesville, VA

Selected Awards and Grants

  • 2015 - College Arts Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
  • 2015-  MassArt Foundation Faculty Fellowship
  • 2014 - Award for Distinction in Art, Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts,
  • 2011- University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art: Wilson Center Visiting Scholar Program Grant
  • 2010 - Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • 2007 - The Fulbright Scholars Research Grant to Poland, 2007


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