AC+D Alumni, Molly Ryan, shortlisted by ACC for 2020 Emerging Voices Award!

February 06, 2020

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We're so excited for Molly Ryan (AC+D '19), who was recently shortlisted by the American Craft Council for the 2020 Emerging Voices Award! The Emerging Voices Award celebrates new makers and thinkers significantly shaping directions and dialogues in contemporary craft.

"ACC’s Emerging Voices Awards are given biennially in recognition and support of the next generation of makers and thinkers in the field. The awards build on the legacy of the “Young Americans” exhibition program initiated by ACC in 1950. Reflecting the multiple paths for emerging talent in the current craft climate the awards recognize the talent of artists within five years of their major training (including apprenticeships and residencies) in addition to formal academic training." -American Craft Council

Molly graduated from Applied Craft + Design joint degree program from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and Pacific Northwest College of Art this past May. While in school, her work was primarily conceptual, dealing with the durational effects of grief and the rituals of mourning. Her process is always steeped in the manipulation and reuse of material. She finds the stains left on a drop cloth as interesting as the completed artwork. Of her work Molly says “I am fascinated by the by-product of working with materials. The unintended results that some see as refuse, I see as fuel. I am interested in elevating modest materials and finding beauty in the unexpected results of making."

Molly is in the process of launching a line of fabric goods inspired by her studio drop cloths. "When I discovered that my studio drop cloth had become a work of art in its own right, I upgraded it’s status from drop cloth to art canvas and used it to make my first pillows and bags.”

Molly works out of her shared Portland based studio where she has joined forces with fellow AC+D alumni Lilia Hernandez Galusha and Brittany Rudolff to create the artist collective Material Loop.