In Flux

July 19 - December 28, 2019

Jessica Smith is a visual artist who lives and works in western Alabama. She has taught at the University of West Alabama for fourteen years and currently serves as an associate professor of art.  

Of her work, she says:

“Each sculpture is comprised of many clay gummy bears that are assembled into a tessellating composite. Moldmaking is my effort to celebrate systems of mass-production while recognizing the tender reality that each cast offers slight fluctuations. Inferior pressings experience rebirth through the clay reclaim process. Ultimately, there is an erosion of the original mold because a mold breaks down the more it is used. These sculptural forms speak toward obsessive compulsion and the comfort of smallness. Movement, chance, and rhythm are concerns explored during the fabrication state. Ceramics is a material that effectively captures and responds to an environment.”

Smith grew up in the Chicago area, completed a B.F.A at the New York State College of Ceramics, and received her M.F.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans. When she is not in her studio, chances are good that you can find her baking pastries in her kitchen or swaying on her yoga mat.   

 

Featured Above: Image courtesy of Jessica Smith

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.