Burlington City Arts

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Multi-Faceted Artist Carrie Dickason Exhibits at the Vermont Metro Gallery in March

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Burlington, VT:  Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Industry Practice, at the Vermont Metro Gallery. The exhibition, showcasing work by artist Carrie Dickason, opens on Thursday March 3rd, 2016, with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm. This exhibition will feature installations created with materials that reflect Dickason’s background in the automotive and textile industries of Detroit, and will engage viewers in an open dialogue about consumer culture. Industry Practice will run through April 9th, 2016.

For the past several years, Carrie Dickason has worked in the automotive industry in Detroit as a textile specialist for luxury vehicles. In doing so, she practiced an intense precision and attention to detail that could have only lent itself well to her creative process as an artist. Dickason’s experience working for the automotive industry and living in both urban and rural areas throughout the US have shaped her artwork, and allowed her to experiment with a multitude of different materials. By working with paper, textiles, spray paint, plastic packaging, and more, Dickason explores the juxtaposition between erosion and growth, and questions our relationship with material and mass consumption. Working with materials that are familiar to her viewers, Dickason strives to engage others in an open conversation about industry consumerism, and the waste we create. 

Carrie Dickason received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. As a professional, Dickason has participated in multiple solo exhibitions in various galleries across the US – notably, her show Cultivating Culture was held at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012. In addition, Dickason’s work has been included in over thirty group exhibitions across the US and internationally. In 2015, her work was featured in a month-long exhibition entitled The Landscape Changes 30 Times at the Anhahita Art Gallery in Tehran, Iran. In 2011, Dickason’s work was included in a five-month long exhibition entitled, Green: A Color and a Cause in the Textile Museum in Washington DC.  

Dickason has also held numerous residencies and received multiple scholarships throughout her artistic career. Most recently in 2015, she held a residency at Taliesin West, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale Arizona, and an invitational residency at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinsburg, TN. Dickason also held a three-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Dickason received the Tension Fabric Sculpture Scholarship from the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine in 2005, and the Scholarship for Experimental Basketry from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2000. Dickason is currently living in Johnson, Vermont and is a working artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. 

Industry Practice is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.