The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.
The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov and Phoebe Toland.
2018 Visiting Artist: Michelle Gregor
The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program recipient for 2018 is ceramic sculptor Michelle Gregor, a nationally recognized artist and tenured art professor at San Jose City College. Gregor received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. She has been teaching and exhibiting in the Bay Area for twenty years, gaining strong admiration for her creativity and unique approach to the arts.
About the Artist
Sculpture is a tributary that runs deeply through the great creative current. The process of sculpture in clay, with its slow beginning, heavy physicality, and transformations through both water and fire, compels me.
To practice this art form is to be deeply humbled by its treasures, exquisite and remarkable. This long conversation between artist and material takes many courses: a wandering dialogue. Through the vehicle of the Figure, my intention is to articulate something of the precious source that animates us. My usual subjects are travelers, protectors, sentinels and guardians. The transient state of our existence is the muse.