5/31/08 - 10/5/08

Emily Driscoll, Williams Class of 20015

The work of Emily Driscoll (American, 1983-2007), Williams Class of 2005, is featured in this exhibition of works on paper, the artist’s principal medium. The works are meticulously rendered in wax, pen, ink, and marker. Many depict figures in a dream-like world, where the inhabitants have curious attachments, additions of apparatus or extra limbs, and are in the act of either putting on or removing the items as if they were accessories and clothing. The figures, in their curious garb, seem to be simultaneously connected to and bound to others in a collective drama that comments on the human condition.

An exceptional artist, dedicated friend and community-builder, and beloved member of the Williams community, Emily Driscoll was fatally hit by a car on November 16, 2007 while walking home to her Brooklyn apartment. Driscoll’s family has established the Emily Driscoll Foundation for Arts and Athletics, which combines her two passions.

About the artist

Driscoll’s work has been shown in Voice: A National Exhibition of Work by Women in Contemporary Art, an exhibition juried by Kara Walker at the Providence Art Club. She was awarded a solo show at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, Mass. in January 2007. This exhibition, entitled “Attachment,” was curated b Nick Capasso, the curator of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. In addition, Driscoll has had exhibitions at artSPACE@16 Gallery (Somerville, MA), Greenlease Gallery (Kansas City, MO), LynnArts, Inc. (Lynn, MA), Studio 54 (NYC), Wilde Gallery (Williamstown, MA), the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (Pittsfield, MA), the Contemporary Art Center (North Adams, MA), and the Williams Club (NYC).

In 2005, Driscoll was awarded the Berkshire Art Association Fellowship and the Hubbard J. Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship. After graduation, Driscoll spent a year teaching art at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in her hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, where she became involved with the local art scene, keeping studio space at Lynn Arts and volunteering at Raw Art Works. After traveling extensively in Ireland, Italy, and India she moved, in December 2006, to New York City with partner Walker Waugh, Williams Class of 2002, to use her fellowship and pursue her dreams of opening a gallery and studio space.