Anna Westfall

Anna Westfall

Office Phone: (540) 432-4214

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 275G

Assistant Professor

Visual & Communication Arts Dept

Anna Westfall earned an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and a B.F.A. from James Madison University. Westfall is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work often explores the complex relationship between memories, genetics, cycles in nature and the larger system of culture that inform identity. Her sculptures and installations attempt to create the essence and energy found in the natural world while speaking to human perception and understanding of its character. With various materials including porcelain, steel, video projections, acrylic sheet and light, she attempts to capture the ephemeral and fluid nature of identity as well, while speaking to the duality of an immutable essence that exists beyond the material. In addition, Westfall is interested in the value of functional objects that are used in daily life, which shape personal and cultural aesthetics. Westfall has exhibited her work in Virginia, New Mexico, Georgia, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts.

Education

Master of Fine Arts (05/05)
Concentration: Ceramic/Sculpture (Installation, Time Based Art, Mixed Media)
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Bachelor of Fine Arts, (05/99)
Concentration: Ceramic/Sculpture
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Publications

Bibliography & Reviews
Natale, Naomi. “Cradle to the Grave: The Making of an Art Activist.” Virginia Quarterly Review, A National Journal of Literature & Discussion Fall 2012: n. pag. Web. May 2016. (Photograph of artwork)

The Cradle Project: Benefiting the Firelight Foundation 2010: 26-27. Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Cudlin, Jeffry. “Penumbra” Washington City Paper 3 May 2007: Print. (Review & Photograph of artwork)

“Penumbra, Push Pause.” Hyperlocal News. Hartburg, Colby. Verizon Cable Network. Washington D.C. May 2007. Television. (Video interview)

Weideman, Paul. “An Earthy Muse.” Pasatiempo 21-27 October 2005: 40-42. Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Pulkka, Wesley. “Porcelain sculptures exude mystery and intrigue” Albuquerque Journal June 26, 2005: F5. Print. (Review & Photograph of artwork)

Becker K., Kaitlyn. The Ninth Annual Juried Graduate Student Exhibition March 28-May 9, 2003: Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

• Blueprint: Self and Systems, Slide lecture and presentation, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2005)

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

Solo &Two-Person Exhibitions
• Penumbra, Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington DC-Two-Person (2007)
• Blueprint and Drifting, Eastern Mennonite University Hartzler Library Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA –Solo (2007)
• Blueprint: Self and Systems, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)-Solo (2005)

Selected Group Exhibition
• [Dis]connection, Currents New Media 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Collaborative Installation, Juried, Video Catalog) (2017)
• Adjunct Faculty Exhibition, The Cleo Driver Miller Gallery Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA (2011)
• The Cradle Project , Albuquerque, NM- collaborative (Selected for publication)(2008)
BOR Exhibition, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (2008)
• Faculty and Student Exhibition, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA (2007)
• Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, Albuquerque, NM- Representation (2006)
• N.I.S.D.A. Art Challenge II, The Silo Gallery, Nantucket, MA (Juried) (2005)
• High UV , The Land/ An Art site, Inc., Mountainair NM (Juried) (2005)
• Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, Albuquerque, NM- Featured artist (2005)
• Shaping Spirit: 25 Years of the Arita Method of Porcelain at UNM, Maxwell Museum, Albuquerque, NM (Juried) (2005)
• The Next Generation, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM (Juried) (2004)
• Fecund, Traver Lucero Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (2004)
• University of New Mexico Ceramics Club Exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2004)
• Graduate Art Association, Silent Auction, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (Collaborative) (2004)
• The Ninth Annual Juried Graduate Student Exhibition, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM Jurors: Thomas Barrow, Dan Devening, Ellen Landis (Juried, Catalog) (2003)
• Celebration of Clay, Works in Clay by Members of the New Mexico Potters Association Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2003)
• Eight Squared, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM (2003)
• Graduate Art Association, Silent Auction, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2003)
• Small Works Show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque,NM (2002)
• Incoming Graduate Group Show, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (2002)
• Outdoor Sculpture, Franklin Street Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA (2000)
• Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (Juried) (1998)

Performance and Productions
• Sculptor (sculpture and sculptural hats), EMU’s fall 2016 theater production Far Away (2016)
• Water Vignettes, KUNM 89.9 FM, Radio Presentation (Collaborative) (2003)

Church, Community and Professional Service

• Juror, 6×6×30 Art Show Spitzer Art Center, hosted by VMRC, Harrisonburg VA (3/17)
• Art Donation, Nasaruni Academy for Maasai Girls (4/17)
• Art Donation, Nasaruni Academy for Maasai Girls (4/16)
• Art Donation, The Cradle Project, The Firelight Foundation Albuquerque, NM (06/08)
• Instructor (workshop), 19th Annual Black Heritage Festival Course: Sculptural Ceramics for children and adults (2/9/08)
• Instructor (workshop), 18th Annual Black Heritage Festival Course: Sculptural Ceramics for children and adults (2/10/07)
• Sculpture Monitor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Department of Art and Art History (9/98-12/00)
• Assistant to Instructor (workshop), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA The Summer Arts Institute. Course: Ceramics (Summer 1998)

Honors, Awards and Grants

Honors Research Institute Grant
Honor’s Collage, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
(Collaborative Project) (2017)

Flashpoint Gallery Stipend (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts)
Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC (2007)

Graduate Research and Development Grant
Graduate and Professional Student Association
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2005)

Student Research Allocation Committee Grant
Graduate and Professional Student Association
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2005)

Research Project and Travel Grant
Office of Graduate Studies
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2005)

Department of Art and Art History Supplemental Research Project and Travel Grant
Department of Art and Art History
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2005)

Student Research Allocation Committee Grant
Graduate and Professional Student Association
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2004)

New Courses Taught

• Survey of World Art (New in Spring 2017)
• Art Internship (New in Fall 2016)

Courses Taught

• Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art
• Survey of Western Art
• Ceramics, Intermediate Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics
• Three-Dimensional Design
• Foundations of Design, Two-Dimensional Design
• Art History (Prehistory to 1400)
• Sculpture
• Introduction to Art, (Art Appreciation)
• Kiln Firing

EMU Service

• Gallery Director, 2016-17
• Served on the library committee, 2016-17
• Faculty advisor for the newly formed Arts Club, 2016-17
• Search committee member, new faculty search in VaCA, 2016
• VaCA Advisor, 2015-present