Faculty Lecture Series Continues with Professor Amy Podmore

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 3, 2017—Amy Podmore, professor of art, will be giving the fifth lecture in the Williams College 2017 Faculty Lecture Series titled “Finding Elsa.” The talk will be held on Thursday, March 9, at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Schow Atrium.

In her lecture, Podmore will discuss her use of animation in her sculpture projects to “enhance, highlight and charge the sculpted form.” She will also reflect on how this impulse can be found in different ways throughout her practice, with a focus on her two most recent works, including the piece that inspired the name for this talk, “Finding Elsa.” She will also describe how she was initially inspired by the work of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and explore how it relates to her art making process. The baroness was an avant-garde poet-artist who is rumored to have been the true creator of Duchamp’s famous “Fountain” and assembled many eclectic sculptures and paintings during her lifetime.

Podmore is a professor art history and studio art currently teaching classes in drawing, sculpture, and sculptural costume and performance. In addition to her work as a professor, Podmore is a talented artist who uses sculpture, installation, sound and video to “create experiences that probe questions about immobility and gesture, and in turn, focus on implications of movement within the still… (her work) navigates acts of altering and shifting ideas of muteness and displacement with sculpture…and navigates acts of altering and shifting ideas of stillness.” She also uses animation to help “activate” the sculpted form and will be discussing this practice in her lecture. Podmore was the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Fellowship in Sculpture, the Artist’s Resource Trust Grant, and the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award. She has been published in the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Art New England. She holds a B.S. from the State University College at Buffalo, an M.E. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and an M.F.A. from University of California, Davis.

This is the second-to-last lecture in the 2017 Faculty Lecture Series. The final lecture in this series will feature Frederick Strauch, an associate professor of physics who will speak about “Testing Reality with Quantum Physics.” The Faculty Lecture Series was founded by 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt and the current chair of the series is Keith McPartland, associate professor of philosophy.

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