Detail photo of a pink and blue ceramic sculpture of a geometric patterned shag rug by Risa Hricovsky. Detail photo of a pink and blue ceramic sculpture of a geometric patterned shag rug by Risa Hricovsky. Detail photo of a pink and blue ceramic sculpture of a geometric patterned shag rug by Risa Hricovsky.

Risa Hricovsky: Then Is Now

December 19, 2023 – April 28, 2024

AMFA welcomes Risa Hricovsky, a Knoxville-based artist, for a solo exhibition in the Robyn and John Horn Gallery. Hricovsky produced all new work for the exhibition and created a site-specific painting and sculpture installation, transforming the gallery with color and pattern that carries deep messages.

The exhibition comprises playful “shag rug” ceramic wall sculptures. A fragment of domestic décor, these rugs furtively evoke 1960s counterculture and the call for peace, love, and progressive change. Rather than soft carpet, Hricovsky uses hard porcelain—a nod to how fossilized and unchanged some of those 1960s ideals turned out to be. However, the artist suggests they represent contemporary idealism and are as relevant as ever.

In addition, Hricovsky created a wall-sized installation bringing together her love of competing materials, patterns, and textures. The artist’s practice aims to “push the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and between art, design, and craft,” making her a perfect complement to the AMFA Foundation Collection. AMFA hopes this exhibition will spark lively conversations about materials, process, and meaning.

Photo of Risa Hricovsky sitting on a couch in front of a colorful art installation.About Risa Hricovksy

Risa Hricovsky received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a post-baccalaureate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. Recently, Hricovsky received a Bailey Opportunity Grant, Current Art Fund Grant, and won First Place in mixed media at the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally and attended many prestigious residencies. Most notable residencies include the Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skealskor, Denmark; and SIM in Reykjavik. Iceland.

Currently, Hricovsky is an Assistant Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.

Artist Talk

April 17, 2024 / 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an insightful talk with artist Risa Hricovsky as she discusses her new work in this exhibition.

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Artist Demonstration

April 20, 2024 / 2:00 p.m.

Watch how Hricovksy develops different stains in clay to create colorful ceramic tiles during an intimate demonstration.

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Risa Hricovsky: Then Is Now is organized by the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and is supported by the Alan DuBois Fund for Contemporary Craft.