Emeryville, CA – Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area presents an exhibition showcasing work by recent Artists-in-Residence: Heather Deyling, Carrie Ann Plank, and Jenn Shifflet. In Residence: Bay Area will be on view August 13 – October 22 and will run in conjunction with In Residence: New York, which will highlight works from recent resident artists from the Bullseye Resource Center New York.
Since 2014, the Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area has hosted six artists to take part in exploratory kiln-glass residencies since 2014. The residencies are awarded to artists and designers who are seeking to either explore kiln-glass for the first time or wish to pursue work that isn’t possible in their own studios. In Residence: Bay Area gathers the work of three recent residents, providing a glimpse into the research and explorations made possible in a material-based studio residency. Heather Deyling re-creates “mutated and amalgamated” drawings and sculptures based on the observation of natural forms. During her residency she focused on using glass powders and frit to create “alien flora, fauna, and fungi capable of surviving in an increasingly inhospitable environment.” Carrie Ann Plank used the language and tools of printmaking, casting relief-print matrixes and silk screens glass powders onto layers of sheet glass. “As a classically trained Printmaker, the idea of impression is both the consequence of the process and the resulting image,” Plank explains. The resulting works reinterprets microscopic visual information, searching for patterns within organic forms. Jenn Shifflet draws from her background as a painter by using glass powders to create subtle, shifting color fields. “Inspired by the amorphous structure of glass, I focus on variant gradients: of hue, tone, opacity, transparency, form and formlessness,” says Shifflet. “The overlapping…transitions between these elements is the point of interest for me.”
Heather Deyling is an artist and educator whose ongoing body of work, the Invented Hybrids series, includes drawing, sculpture and installation. Her studio practice is driven by research and observation of natural forms, such as succulents, fungi and marine invertebrates. She earned an MFA in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BFA from Kent State University. Deyling has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States. Recently, she completed a residency at Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Emeryville, California, where she explored translating her drawings into kilnformed glass. Deyling is Professor of Foundation Studies in eLearning at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives and works in San Francisco.
Carrie Ann Plank is an artist working in the mediums of printmaking, painting, and glass. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Plank’s work is included in many private and public collections, including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Also, Plank is the Director of the Printmaking MFA & BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University. She is active in the local arts community as a participant, juror, and volunteer, and is a board member of the California Society of Printmakers. She received her BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and her MFA in Printmaking from Pennsylvania State University.
Jenn Shifflet is a painter and a glass artist. Shifflet was an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts between 2004 and 2007. In 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area. Recent solo shows include an exhibit at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland. She has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Her awards include the Smithsonian Resident Associate Honors Award, an honorable mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Affiliate Artist Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is a Pollock-Krasner Grant Awardee.