Stamps MFA graduate student Carolyn Clayton has been awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. Two MFA students are selected from a national pool of nominees each year.
Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art. As we work to inform and educate the public, we strive to maintain the high standards of our founder, who in addition to being a great artist was also active as a writer, lecturer, and teacher.
The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States.
From the Dedalus Foundation announcement:
Clayton has long been interested in the traces that human beings leave on material things: the observable scratches, smudges and smells that hint at past occurrences, and broader human contact. This positioned her to ask whether object history is retained in fragments of everyday things, which she explores by collecting, photographing, pulverizing and reassembling still lifes of second-hand objects.