Constance McBride

Ivystone Studio Gallery, Downingtown, PA


Ceramics & Sculpture

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride's work addresses the human condition in relation to nature. When residing in the Southwest, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her practice. Exploring themes of identity and memory, the emphasis is placed on issues most experienced by women. Her work has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum, Philadelphia Sculptors and the Covid-19 Arts Aid PHL program. Museum exhibitions include Phoenix Art Museum and Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art in AZ, Las Cruces Museum of Art in NM, San Angelo Museum of Art in TX, and Biggs Museum of American Art in DE. Notable gallery exhibitions include Craft Forms at Wayne Art Center and The Clay Studio National in PA, America's ClayFest in CA and Beyond the Brickyard at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in MT. McBride's work has received attention from several publications including Yahoo News, Visual Art Source, Philly Artblog, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill Valley Journal and the international platform Ceramics Now. Now living and working in Chester Springs, PA, she is actively involved with art communities in the Philadelphia metro area. McBride earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.

Artist's Statement

I create my work through a lens of empowerment to address contemporary issues faced by women. I use clay (a medium historically excluded from the fine art world) to investigate the aging process, a notion rejected by many and specifically linked to failure as it relates to women. Through unidealized female faces and figures, I explore themes of identity and memory; referencing my own body to claim agency as the subject and owner of my work. I hand build my pieces with stoneware and paper clay and often incorporate bits of nature, wire and metal to illuminate a specific narrative. Recent surface treatments include layers of sgrafittoed text. Words are power. They give strength to a piece, and when combined with gesture they elucidate experience. Colorants including under glazes, stains, oxides and graphite are applied to a figure’s surface to further magnify a countenance of grace and wisdom seen in senescent women. My figures are presented as standalone objects on plinths, hung on walls or placed within a larger installation to foster an engaging sensory experience. My goal is to create a space where the viewer is drawn in for a closer look; to contemplate, to question. Not only the work, but themselves within it.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo and Two-Person
2021
The Lonely Girls, Tubbs Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2020
Between Two Worlds, Clay on Main, Oley, PA

2018
From the Hearts of Stars, Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA), Phoenix, AZ

2017
In Nature's Way, Royse Contemporary Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Fragility and the Lonely Girls Club, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ

2016
A Show of Hands Take Two, Coe House Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

The Presence of Absence, Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

A Show of Hands, the monOrchid, Phoenix, AZ

Reflections of Arizona Juror's Exhibition, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

PsychoPomp, {9} Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
With Dean Reynolds

2015
Place out of Time, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

2014
Timescapes, Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

2013
Silver Blue, R. Pela Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ
With Eric Cox

Group
2022
Get out of your Skull
Arti et Amicitiae (Art Space), Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Leut Fabriek, Sas van Gent, Netherlands

2021
Get out of your Skull
Zilverhof Exhibition Space, Ghent, Belgium
La Providence Art Centre, Ille sur Tet, France
World Art Delft (WAD), Delft, Netherlands

Chester County Studio Tour, Scarlett Thicket Farm, Kennett Square, PA

Emerging Artists 2021, 29th Annual, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

The Feminine Face of Dreams, Myths, and Terrors Cecil College Galleries, North East, MD

Home Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA

2020
20/20, 20 Years of Eye Lounge, Step and Northlight Galleries at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Remembering the Suffragists, 100 years of Women Voting in the United States, InLiquid OnLine

Chester County Studio Tour, Scarlett Thicket Farm, Kennett Square, PA

Congruence, I Like Your Work Podcast Summer Online Show

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Subversion Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

CFEVA Annual Member Exhibition, Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Figurative, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA
With Diane Cirafesi and John Suplee

Professional Artist Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Transformation, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019
Craft Forms 2019, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Gifted, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Unwrap an Original, Teresa Haag Gallery, Phoenixville, PA

Crafting Narratives, Art in City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Biggs Body, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Salon des Refusés Philadelphia, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Clay Speaks, Clay on Main, Oley, PA

View, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Dealing with the Trauma of Sexual Assault, Holy Family University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

NOW! WCA Philadelphia and Women Holler Exhibition, Art in City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Gifted, The Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Phoenix Issue Showcase Exhibition, Areté Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hosted by Snax Magazine

Philadelphia Sculptors Present, Art in City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Opening Up, Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Shelter, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Artlink Art d'Core Gala Exhibition, Warehouse 215, Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Artists Guild Celebrates 90 Years, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Exploring AZ Talent, Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, AZ

Going Once! Contemporary Forum Auction and Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2017
Frankenstein in the 21st Century: The Waking Dream>/em>, Gallery @ the Civic Center Library, Scottsdale, AZ

Contemporary Forum Grant Recipient Group Show, Marley Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

No Paint Required, Coe House Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite, Grand Arthaus, Phoenix, AZ

Five15 to the Fifth, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ

Mudworks MMXVII, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Unmasking Identity, Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA), Phoenix, AZ
With Malena Barnhart, Karolina Sussland

2016
The Clay Studio National, Harrison and Reed + Smith Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Biennial: CLAY, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ

21st San Angelo International, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

Clay: Body, Mind + Soul | ClayHouston Biennial, Jung Center, Houston, TX

Beyond the Brickyard International, Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

9th Annual Human Form Show, Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

SNOW, Coe House Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Five15 to the Fifth, Five15 Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Intimate and Universal; the Figure Forward, Manheim/Arc Gallery, Cottonwood, AZ

IN SIGHT, Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

Mud Works MMXVI, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ

2015
A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

6th Annual Visions in Clay, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA

Clay in the Garden, Seedboat Center for the Arts, Silver City, NM

America's ClayFest III, International, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SMoCA MIX, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Avant-Garde, Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

Exploring AZ Talent, Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, AZ

Who's Afraid of Feminism, National Online Exhibition, Women's Caucus for Art

Next Level, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

Eye 2 Eye, Shemer Art Center & Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Self-Made, Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ

Feminism Today, Shade Gallery at the monOrchid, Phoenix, AZ

2014
Artlink's 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

Family Portraits: The Demography of Us, Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

Off the Beaten Path, Gallery Hazel, Phoenix, AZ

Consumerism, Frontal Lobe Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Off the Wall, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

Restory, Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
With Cherie Buck-Hutchinson and Madison Creech

2013
9th Annual Art Kudos International OnLine Exhibition,

All Art Arizona, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

All AZ CLAY, Peoria City Hall Gallery, Peoria, AZ

Artlink's 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, A.E. England Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2012
Best of 2012, Women's Caucus for Art National Online Exhibition

Still Here: Aging in America, Herberger Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Exploring AZ Talent, Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, AZ

Phoenix +, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2011
From the Ground up XXV, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM

All AZ CLAY, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ

2010
Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival, Cave Creek, AZ

Resolutions & Articulations, Blink Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2009
All AZ CLAY, National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts, Phoenix, AZ

Argillaceous Art, West Valley Art Museum, Peoria, AZ

Emerging Artist Series Inaugural Exhibition, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ

2008
All AZ CLAY, Shemer Art Center & Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Artist's Bibliography

2020
Featured artist profile, Ceramics Now, October 19

Mitchell, Lisa, "Clay on Main Hosts Socially Distanced Exhibition, Between Two Worlds", Berks-Mont News, September 17

"Image, Memory Fragment (no. 6)", Philadelphia Stories, p. 17, Spring Issue, March

2019
Superstition Review, Arizona State University Online Literary Journal, Issue 23

Website Featured Artist, April, Women's Caucus for Art, National

"Check our Constance McBride's Artwork", Voyage Phoenix, January 15

2018
"Chapter News, Philadelphia", Women’s Caucus for Art Newsletter, Pulse, Image: Lonely Girl Room 315, December

Snax Magazine, The Phoenix Issue, Image: From the Hearts of Stars, p. 45-50, October.

Krieger, Deborah. "Sculptors probe the impossibility of 'Shelter' at Da Vinci Art Alliance", artblog.org, September 24.

Young, Amy. "Constance McBride Heads to Philly...", Java Magazine, p. 16, 17, Issue No. 266, March.

2017
Kapsalis, Jim. "Phoenix Art Museum 2016 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners", Art Collector World Magazine, September 4.

Foley, Kaye. "Phoenix’s Cultural Renaissance is Heating Up", Yahoo News, Cities Rising w/global anchor Katie Couric, August 28.

"Member-At-Large Tribute", Women’s Caucus for Art Newsletter, Pulse, Image: Truth from Within (no.1/Balasana), May.

2016
Young, Amy. "A Show of Hands", Java Magazine, p. 15, 17, Issue No. 252, December.

Tower, Nikole. "Local Artist Explores Aging, Human Body...", Downtown Devil, December 2.

Kozinski, David. "Beauty in the Ephemeral – The Sculptures of Constance McBride", Schuylkill Valley Journal, October 14.

Simcox, Shannon. "Art of the Mind", Making Sense of Alzheimers, July 13.

Dungan, Ron. "Inglorious Arizona", Arizona Republic, p.1F, 2F, July 10.

Royse, Nicole. "Fresh/Art Series", North Valley Magazine, p. 26, 27, June 1.

Trimble, Lynn. "Phoenix Art Museum’s 2016 Contemporary Forum Winners", Phoenix New Times, May 12.

Miholca, Amelia. "PsychoPomp – Review", The Arts Beacon, April 8.

Young, Amy. "Art in Unusual Places", Java Magazine, p.19, January.

2015
"Who’s Afraid of Feminism", Women’s Caucus for Art, Image: Bodyscape (no 18), p. 136.

Trimble, Lynn. "The Best Art Shows in Metro Phoenix in 2015", Phoenix New Times, December 22.

Estes, Mikey. "Studio Visit Q+A", Phoenix New Times, July 22.

Ross, Deborah. "Eye 2 Eye - Recommendation", Visual Art Source, July.

Sherwin, Brian. The Art Edge, April 23.

Proce, Douglas. "Valley Spotlight Series - Feminism Today", ConnectedFilms, YouTube Video, March.

Royse, Nicole. "Artist Spotlight", Arizona Foothills Magazine, January 19.

2014
Bartkowski, Becky. "100 Creatives", Jackalope Ranch, July 21.

Hirdo, Vasi. Online Featured Artist Profile, Ceramics Now, July.

Royse, Nicole. "'TIMESCAPES' Exhibition at Eye Lounge", Localrevibe, July 7.

2013
"Paperclay: Art and Practice by Rosette Gault", University of Pennsylvania Press, Image: Will There Ever Be Peace, p. 83.

2012
"Superstition" Review, Arizona State University Online Literary Journal, Issue 9.

2011
Portrait Contest/Honorable Mention, Professional Artist Magazine, Image: Will There Ever Be Peace, February 17.

Publications

Current
Weekly Art Live Column, Chadds Ford Live, Chadds Ford, PA

Past
Art Exhibition Reviews, The Arts Beacon, Phoenix, AZ

Art Exhibition Reviews, Java Magazine, Phoenix, AZ

Group Projects & Tours

2020
Chester County Studio Tour, West Chester, PA

2019
Chester County Studio Tour, West Chester, PA

25 Days of Minis

Arising
Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, Montreal, QC
Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany
Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, UK

2018
Collaborate. Craft. Change. Art Market/Residency, Women’s Caucus for Art, @ CultureWorks, Philadelphia, PA

The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

2017
Ceramic Research Center Ceramic Studio Tour, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

2016
Ceramic Research Center Ceramic Studio Tour, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Arising, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

2015
Women Do It, National Traveling Postcard Exhibition, Women’s Caucus for Art

2014
Off the Beaten Path, letter press design, AZ School for the Arts with Hazel & Violet Ink, Phoenix, AZ

Public Collections

Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Artlink, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ

Public Commissions

Launch Realty's Schmooze Cafe, Scottsdale, AZ

Private Collections

Arizona
Indiana
Michigan
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Texas
Washington State

Curatorial Projects and Juries

2021
Immersion, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA
Curator

Winter Exhibition, Arizona Artists Guild (AAG), Phoenix, AZ
Juror

2020
Fresh Perspectives CCAA, Henry Gallery @ Penn State University Great Valley, Malvern, PA
Curator

2019
79th Annual Members’ Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Prize Juror

Clay Speaks, Clay on Main, Oley, PA
Juror

2017
No Paint Required, Coe House, Phoenix, AZ
Curator

Visual Feasting, Herberger Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Juror

Annual Scholarships Juror, Arizona Artists Guild/Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

2016
Annual Scholarships Juror, Arizona Artists Guild/Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

SNOW, Coe House, Phoenix, AZ
Curator

Reflections of Arizona, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Juror

2015
Avant-garde, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
Curator

Body of Work, Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ
Juror

2011
Members Annual Exhibition, Sun City Clay Club, Peoria, AZ
Juror

Additional Activities

Writer, Art Live Column, Chadds Ford Live, Chadds Ford, PA

Guest Host, Art Watch, WCHE 1520 AM Radio, West Chester, PA

Awards and Honors

2020
P.S. We Love Our Members Grant, Philadelphia Sculptors | Arts Aid PHL Grant

2019
Best in Show, Summer Showcase, Clay on Main, Oley, PA
Juror: Mike Miller

2018
Artist Residency, Give Voice to Women through the Arts via US State Department Grant, Sias University, Xinzheng, China

2017
Semifinalist, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

2016
Artist Grant, Contemporary Forum/Phoenix Art Museum; from the Nathan Cummings Foundation Endowment, Phoenix, AZ

2014
Figure50, selected to represent Arizona, National Figurative Artists Competition

2013
Emerging Artist Award, All AZ CLAY, Peoria City Hall Gallery, Peoria, AZ
Juror: Kurt Weiser

2012
Best in Show, Arizona Artists Guild Inaugural Body of Work Exhibition
Juror: Kevin Caron

2011
Professional Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts

2010
Best in Show, Retro 2009: A Look Back, SunDust Gallery, Mesa, AZ

2009
League for Innovation Award, representing Paradise Valley Community College, International Competition

Lectures & Talks

"Finding your Artistic Voice", City Lights Bookstore, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Guest Artist Talk, The Art Alliance, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Guest Artist Talk, Benyuan Community Academy, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Elite Women Open Forums, Sias University, Xinzheng, Henan, China

Creative City Symposium Panelist, Phoenix Community Alliance/Artlink, Art Works PHX, Phoenix, AZ

Guest Artist Talk, Arizona Artists Guild Sculptors’ Group Monthly Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

Women’s History Month Guest Artist Talk, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ

High School Art Instructors In-Service Day Presentation, Deer Valley Unified School District, Deer Valley, AZ

Reflections of Arizona Exhibition Juror Statement, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Professional Practices for Artists and Designers Class, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Women in the Arts Series Presentation, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Visions Teen Program Presentation, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Education

Bachelor of Arts
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Ceramics/Sculpture
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Lisa Clague Studio, Bakersville, NC
Oregon College of Art/Craft, Portland, OR
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ

Drawing/Painting
Hudson River Valley Art Center, Greenville, NY
Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Foundation Courses, Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching

Current
Clay on Main, Oley, PA
Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

Past
Sias University, Xinzheng, Henan, China
Art Alliance, Zhengzhou, Henan China
Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Vision Gallery, Vision Kids Program Chandler, AZ
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Visions Teen Program, Scottsdale, AZ

Boards and Memberships

Current
InLiquid, Artist Member, Philadelphia, PA
Main Line Art Center, Professional Artist Member
Philadelphia Sculptors, Haverford, PA
Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, Philadelphia, PA
The Art Trust- Board Member, West Chester, PA
American Craft Council

Past
Artlink, Board Member, Arts Committee Chair, Artist Council, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Artists Guild, Board Member, Sculptors’ Group Chair
Arizona Clay Association, Board Member, Newsletter Editor
Ceramic Research Center @ Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Eye Lounge Artist Collective, Past President, Phoenix, AZ