UAS faculty Bonilyn Parker art exhibit “Animism Manufactured” is to be featured at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum from December-January

UAS faculty Bonilyn Parker, M.F.A. has been chosen as the featured solo artist during the months of December 2023 and January 2024 at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Her exhibition “Animism Manufactured” will feature a collection of ceramic works exploring the significance of connections through objects and imagined histories.

“My current body of work is made from layers of torn and cut sections of porcelain slabs impressed with textures from disposable items such as newspaper, bubble wrap, and cardboard, resembling ghosts of the items we leave behind. I assemble the pieces in a way that is reminiscent of scraps of fabric that might be found in a patchwork quilt. Careful placement of slip cast and press molded sections of single-use items such as plastic bottles, styrofoam containers, and aluminum cans collaged with care for treatment of the seams suggest ideas of repurposing, mending, and resourceful use of a byproduct,” states Parker.

Bonilyn is a teaching artist at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), serving as a Term Assistant Professor of Art. She teaches ceramics, ceramic handbuilding, and art appreciation. Bonilyn earned her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Ohio University. She also holds a Bachelor of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture from UAS. She has held several residencies as an artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, and most recently at Gallery One Visual Art Center in Ellensburg, Washington.

UAS Dean of Arts & Sciences Carin Silkaitis remarked, “I’m honored to congratulate Bonilyn Parker, one of our faculty members at the University of Alaska Southeast, for her upcoming solo exhibition, “Animism Manufactured,” at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Bonilyn Parker’s ceramic works are a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to the art of repair and the connections between objects and their histories. We are proud to have her as part of our faculty; her exhibit is a testament to her dedication to the craft. I encourage everyone to attend the opening reception on First Friday, December 1st, from 4-7 pm, and explore her thought-provoking and inspiring work. Her exhibition promises to be a remarkable experience for all who attend. Congratulations, Bonilyn, on this well-deserved recognition, and we look forward to seeing your art enrich the cultural landscape of our community.”

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition on First Friday, December 1, from 4-7 pm.