A Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts Lecture: Finding Form: A Sculptor's Story
February 24, 4:45-5:45pm, Cole Cinema, Campus Center
In her Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts Lecture, Scheer will address both the inspirational and the pragmatic in her art making practice by sharing insights into, and examples of, her sources and process.
Lisa Scheer, a member of St. Mary's College art faculty since 1981, is this year's recipient of the Steven Mueller Distinguished Professor in the Arts. She is a D.C.-based artist who is widely known for both her public and private scaled sculptures. She has exhibited her work at many distinguished Washington area institutions including one-person exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the American Institute of Architecture, and the Kreeger Museum. She has received several national grants and awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Maryland Arts Council Fellowship. Her gallery affiliations have included the Nancy Drysdale Gallery, and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. She maintains a studio in the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood of Washington, D.C. where she works in frequent collaboration with her artist husband, Hugh McKay.
Scheer creates sculptures that are abstract yet infused with subtle suggestions of imagery and narrative. Her love of expressive architectural environments has led her to create large-scale sculptural installations and public sculptures that directly integrate into surrounding architecture and landscape features. The dominant aspect of Scheer's sculpture practice since 2005 has been the creation of public commissions. Her projects include works created for the Reagan National Airport, the Eastern District Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, the BWI Airport in Baltimore, and the Petworth Metro Station in D.C. She has also completed many commissions in partnership with private developers that enliven public streetscapes and building interiors including works located at the Park Van Ness Center in Washington, D.C., the Clarendon Center, in Arlington, Virginia, and Tysons Park Place II, McLean, Virginia.