Renwick Invitational 2020” Virtual Conversation: Artist Rowland Ricketts and Curator Emily Zilber

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  • On Tuesday, December 8, SAAM presented a lively online conversation with Rowland Ricketts, one of the four artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber. Discover how Ricketts’s  farm-to-studio artistic practice uses natural dyes and historical techniques to create contemporary textiles and immersive site-specific installations. This program is presented in partnership with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

    Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 was presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum at its Renwick Gallery from October 16, 2020, to June 27, 2021. The exhibition features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts. Each of these invited artists looks to nature as a way to contemplate what it means to be human in a world increasingly chaotic and divorced from our physical landscape. Representing craft media from fiber to mosaic to glass and metals, these artists approach the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world through unconventional and highly personal perspectives.