Anne Stanner Bio
For over 30 years I have been engaged with metal sculpture and have also worked in other sculptural media, such as clay, plaster, concrete, wax and bronze casting. My metal sculpture consists primarily of found metal objects assemblage, welded together to form masks, semi-figurative 3D pieces, and wall pieces such as the ones in this show. I also carried out a series consisting of geometric curved triangles and at one time worked in ceramics, creating functional plates, cups and other items, sometimes with geometric or expressionistic designs. For the past several years I have mostly been working on naturalistic figurative sculpture from the live model, having become fascinated with anatomy and the expressiveness, grace and rhythms of the human body.
I am currently a technical instructor in the Art Students League of NY’s metal program, and in the past taught art in New York City public schools and served as an assistant welding instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School in the Lower East Side.
I was born and grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens and moved to the East Village in 1971. I received a BA degree from Queens College where I majored in English, and later went on to obtain a Master in Fine Arts from The City College of NY. I also studied art, with an emphasis on sculpture, at a number of other schools including: Hunter College; The New School; Empire State College; Instituto Allende in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico; The Educational Alliance Art School; and the Art Students League of NY, where I received a Merit Scholarship. Over the years, I also received numerous awards for sculpture.
I have held one-person exhibitions at the Ellenville (NY) Public Library and Museum, Pace University, Long Island University and the City College of New York. Two-person exhibits include The Brooklyn YWCA and Midlesex County College (NJ). I participated in numerous group shows in galleries and other venues including the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, Pleiades Gallery, Noho Gallery, Broome Street Gallery, 2/20 Gallery, Salmagundi Club, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, and A.I.R. Gallery, all in New York City, and Bertoni Gallery in Sugar Loaf, NY, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, Kleinert Gallery in Woodstock, NY, the Kinston (NY) Sculpture Biennial outdoor installation, and Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Conn. I curated or organized group exhibitions at the Theatre for the New City, Third Street Music School, The Art Students League, Pfizer Corporate Headquarters, and a major show for the Sculptors Alliance in April 2010 at the Tompkins Square Library.
Professional affiliations include the Sculptors Alliance, Inc. (President), the New York Society of Women Artists (President), and the City College of New York Art Alumni (Treasurer).