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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clemson University Art Department MFA, Alyssa Reiser Prince, Selected as Emerging Artist in Residence at Penn State Altoona

Clean50"x50". Acrylic on Canvas, 2013, Alyssa Reiser Prince

2014: Alyssa Reiser Prince 

(CU MFA, Painting, 2013)


Alyssa Reiser Prince was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, spent her childhood in the northeast, and in Charlotte, NC. She has exhibited at Miami University's Young Painters Competition in Oxford, OH., the Zhou B. Art Center's Wet Paint Exhibition in Chicago, IL., the Center for Visual Arts in Greenville, SC., the McColl Center of Visual Art in Charlotte, NC., and the NoDa arts district in Charlotte, NC., among others. She graduated from Clemson University with a MFA, emphasis in Painting, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a BFA, emphasis in Painting with an Art History Minor.

Artist Statement

As we recall moments from our past, we remember our visual experiences, the way the light hit the trees, the way in which we felt very small compared to our surroundings, or the infinite space around us. In turn, the paintings reflect these ideas; they display a fragmentary visual structure that alludes to our senses, and emotional feelings of awareness and wonder of the experience.
The act of remembering is an imaginative, reconstructive process. Our minds do not function as a filing cabinet, retrieving information that was stored away for safekeeping. We actively engage, change, distort and recreate our memories in every instance. Sometimes, the more we try and remember, the more distorted our memories become. Yet, they no less influence us. Our memories start to become stories we've told ourselves over and over again, with the narrative changing ever so slightly each time. Through remembering, we amplify some things: a cold touch, a sweet taste, and warmth that envelops us, while other details fall to the wayside. We remember and experience past memories under the lens of our subjective and ever changing present. Simultaneously we occupy past and present through these experiences. Time disappears and forgoes its linear quality. My paintings convey these ideas of remembering and reconstructing by depicting the partial and incomplete, referencing multiple sensations, and alluding to the ever shifting and fragmentary nature of our experience over and through time.

The residency is designed to offer an emerging artist substantial time to develop a new or existing body of work.  Duties include teaching one studio workshop in Painting during the Spring 2014 semester (January 13-May 8, 2014), lecturing about ongoing and future work, and serving as a resource for Visual Art Studies students. The Emerging Artist in Residence will also mount a solo exhibition. 

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