Lorie McCown
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  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • United States
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Contact Email
lhmccown@verizon.net
Website
http://www.loriemccown.com
Art Interests
3-D Design, Art History, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
It's all about God and art.
I can not remember a time when I did not, or was not, interested in making art. My influences are broad. I love children’s illustration, ethnic and ancient art, the Impressionists and landscape art. Books and music play an enormous part in my creative process. I love ancient civilizations and history in general. I am interested in context as well as content when looking at and making art. Organic forms and the ebb and flow of our spiritual life are great influences on my work.
My art quilts take a closer look into the extra ordinary in the ordinary. In my work, I use the everyday landscapes, scenes, elements, that we all see, pass by and witness as a base for eliciting a sense of the infinite and the beautiful. I am amazed and inspired by things as simple as stones, leaves and water. The everyday color and mood of these seemingly small scenes influences my work both in the concept and completion of pieces which invoke feelings, and elemental responses to it.
I chose fiber as a means to convey the tactile quality in a piece as well as the symbology of the fibers which create it. Fiber is such an elemental, base material; it lends itself to infinite possibilities of expression. Ancient civilizations’ production of fiber and both its cultural uses and its everyday workings are always in my mind when producing the work. I dye my own fabrics as well as use commercial fabric for the work.
Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different fiber, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. The idea of capturing the beauty in the overlooked landscape is a driving force to many of my pieces. There is feeling of reminiscence and familiarity to my quilts because they are of subjects that everyone has seen or driven past, or seen before.
Accomplishments / CV
Lorie Hancock McCown
born: Lynwood, Ca.

EDUCATION:
B.A. in Art, 1986 California State University, Long Beach, Ca.
Graduate studies in Studio Art, 1988 San Diego State University, San Diego, Ca.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
"elemental grace", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Member's Gallery, Fredericksburg Va. January 2011
"New Visions" Studio A, Fredericksburg Va., November 2009
"A Writer's Art" Salem Branch, Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg Va. December 2009

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
"Fresh Fields", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Member's Gallery, Fredericksburg Va. March 2010

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
"Viewpoints" National juried show, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Va. March 2011
Art in Embassies program, Freetown, Sierra Leone 2010
"Uniquely Fredericksburg", First prize, mixed media catagory, Fredericksburg, Va. August 2010
"King George Art Show", Judges choice award, Honorable mention, King George, Va. June 2010
"Personal Commentaries", 2nd place, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg Va. June 2009
"A Fine Line" Richmond Francis Art Gallery, Richmond Va. January 2009
"Child's Eye View" 1st place, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg Va. November 2008
"Celebration", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Honorable mention, Fredericksburg Va. July 2008
"LibertyTown Patron Show", LibertyTown Arts Gallery, Fredericksburg Va. May 2010
"Regional Art Exhibition", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg Va. May 2008
"Feast for the Eyes", Honorable mention, LibertyTown Arts Gallery, Fredericksburg Va. April 2008
"Fragments", Honorable mention, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg Va. March 2008
South Florida Regional Art Show, 2nd place, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 1998
East and West Art Show, Iwakuni, Japan, June 1995
Laguna Beach Art Show, Student Showcase, first prize, drawing catagory, Laguna Beach Ca. 1989

JURIED ART SHOWS AND FESTIVALS
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, National show, Hampton, Va., Feb. 2011
"Inner Harbor Art Festival" October 2010, Baltimore, Md.
'Neptune Art Festival" Septemer 2010, Virginia Beach, Va., Best use of media
'Arts in the Park" May 2010, Richmond, Virginia
"Fredericksburg Art Festival" May 2010, Fredericksburg Virginia

GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Craft Council
The Textile Museum
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Surface Design Association
Christians in the Visual Arts

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