Allyson Vieira

Allyson Vieira

George Washington University, Washington, DC
The Preparatory and Professional School of Fine Arts, Panormos, Tinos
Arts Pedagogy, Sculpture, Marble-carving, Heritage Craft
October 2024 – January 2025

Artist Allyson Vieira holds an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College, and a BFA from The Cooper Union.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Foundations at the Corcoran School of Art and Design at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and one of the few faculty members responsible for sculpture pedagogy at the university.  Vieira lives and works in New York City.  In her work, time is often stretched, folded, and twisted: the past, present, and future layered like an archeological site. She asks, “How can sculpture, commonly thought of as a three-dimensional, spatial medium, present itself in relation to its fourth dimension of time? How can objects’ duration––the key condition of their existence and our perception of them––be revealed within an object-making practice?” 

Vieira’s recent exhibition, “You Too” (“ΚΑΙ ΣΥ”), reimagines ancient Greek apotropaia––magical images, phrases, and actions intended to ward off evil––in architecturally-scaled plastic weavings, recontextualizing them alongside recent textual excerpts from the Human Interference Task Force cryptically typeset in ancient boustrophedon and spiral forms, to protect against contemporary and future dangers. These works are contemporary warnings, using apotropaia and language forms of the past to communicate from the present to the future, and from the future back to us. Vieira has exhibited extensively both internationally and in the U.S., including institutional projects at Kunsthalle Basel, Swiss Institute, Storm King Art Center, PinchukArtCentre, Non-Objectif Sud, FRMoCA, Frieze Projects, The Public Art Fund, The Highline, Art Gallery of Burlington, The Gund Gallery, and SculptureCenter, and she was a 2021-2022 Visiting Artist Fellow at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies.  Her book of interviews with Greek master marble carvers, On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews, for which she was the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, the Henry Moore Foundation, and FLACC, is available from Soberscove Press, Chicago, and her catalog, Allyson Vieira: The Plural Present, is available from Karma Books.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Vieira will be studying the traditional technique and pedagogy of marble carving, as specifically taught at the Preparatory and Professional School of Fine Arts in Panormos, Tinos. During her time in Tinos, Vieira will research, study and interact with fellow students on advancing the mastery of marble carving.