Current Exhibitions

On View: Spool, gold coast journey by Sonya Clark

DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:30am to Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 6:00pm 

LOCATION: Temple Contemporary

Sonya Clark, Gold Coast Journey, 2016. 5242 inches of 18k gold wire on hand carved ebony wood spool. The length of the gold, scaled in inches to miles, measures the distance between the former Gold Coast (Ghana) and Richmond, Virginia, the second largest port for human trafficking at the height of the Transatlantic slave trade. Photo credit: Taylor Dabney


Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2006 – 2017 she served as chair for the Craft/ Material Studies Department. In 2016, she was awarded a university-wide Distinguished Scholars Award. She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first college degree is a BA from Amherst College where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in over 350 museum and galleries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. She is the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner award, an 1858 Prize, Art Prize Grand Jurors Award, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a Red Gate Residency in China, a BAU Carmago Residency in France, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in Italy, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Knight Foundation Residency at the McColl, a Civitella Ranieri Residency in Italy, a Yaddo Residency, and a VCUarts Affiliate Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.