Susan Tunick, artist and President of Friends of Terra Cotta, received a B.A. and M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont.
Tunick presents ceramic tiles and free standing works that reflect her strong interest in color, texture, and form. The playfully patterned and brilliant clay pieces utilize negative space along with layers of complimentary and striking colors. Influenced by a number of sources, including her training in painting, perhaps the most dominant one has been architecture. Susan Tunick states, “Many of the exceptional buildings I have studied have helped to foster my love of geometry. Building units – whether bricks, roof tiles or hexagonal pavers – and the repetition and variation they make possible, have played an important role in my work.”
One of her publications, Terra-Cotta Skyline(1997) won that year’s New York Society Library Award and the Brendan Gill Award from the MAS. She recently completed a commission include three outdoor clay and cedar sculptures for a property in Vermont. In addition, she has worked on a number of public projects including: Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station, Bayonne, NJ, murals in PS 222, Jackson Heights, Queens and varied works for 3 locations in the New York City Subway. Her work has been featured in numerous books including Public Art for Public Schools, Ceramics in the Environmentand Along The Way: MTA Arts for Transit. She has received various grants, as well as the Landmark Lion Award from Historic Districts Council (2018); the International Ceramics Award, presented by Ceramic Arts Foundation (1999) and the Tile Heritage Foundation Award (1997).
January 10 - February 6, 2019
Color in Space