Between One Thing and Another
Anne Stagg’s work straddles the line of mass production and the hand-made: systematic repetition in contrast with individual quirkiness. Play and experimentation are guiding forces in her work and she employs digital fabrication technology alongside traditional hand skills like painting, sewing, and wood/metal work.
Stagg is the Associate Chair of the Department of Art at Florida State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of foundations, professional practices, critique, and thesis. Her research investigates subjects related to the human experience including communication, place, survival, and situational relationships. She is the recipient of many awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and a research grant from Florida State University to support a series of paintings titled, “Edits and Omissions.” A catalog of this work is available at the gallery and includes an essay written by Buzz Spector. About her work he says, “As long as I’ve known Anne, she has explored the ways in which abstract art bears with it the traces of writing… artists aspire to transmogrify their imaginings into substance. In this sense, then, painters of a certain bent behave a lot like writers.”
Prior to joining the faculty of FSU as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Chair of the, Department of Art, Stagg served on the faculty at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) where she taught painting and drawing. While in Birmingham, Stagg co-founded a non-profit (501c3) teaching gallery called Blue Shirt Project as a means to provide a hands-on, professional practices learning environment for her students. Her love of art and community led her to volunteer at Space One Eleven where she eventually found herself filling in as their Visual Arts Coordinator and Education Outreach Specialist during a transitional time for the organization. Space One Eleven is an amazing non-profit arts organization that provides contemporary art exhibitions, arts education and after school programming for at-risk youth. This love for community and art led to her research, investigating subjects related to the human experience, such as displacement, loss and survival. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of critique, theory, professional practices and foundations, Stagg is a devoted artist, mother and wife.
March 2 – March 30, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, March 2, 6-10PM
Closing Reception Saturday, March 30, 6-9pm