TRAVIS S. TOWNSEND
Penland School of Crafts
P.O. Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
Website: www.penland.org
Email: tstownsend@yahoo.com





EDUCATION
2000 M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
1996 B.S. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA


EXHIBITIONS
2000 Mayfair National Juried Exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
Alumni Exhibition, Venue Gallery, Kutztown, PA
The Shape of Coincidence, Coincidence Gallery, Richmond, VA
Juried Student Art Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
NICHE Finalists, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
1999 Go Postal, University of Illinois, Carbondale, IL
Wichita National, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
Juried Exhibition '99, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
Knock On..., Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Townsend/Hoovler, A Moveable Feast, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Next Generation, Afa Gallery, Scranton, PA
1998 Simple Seating, Wharton Esherick Museum, Valley Forge. PA
Evolution In Form: Furniture, Turnings, and Sculpture, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Furniture as Art, Afa Gallery, Scranton, PA
Peters Valley Invitational, Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Layton, NJ
New Visions, Philadelphia Furniture Show, Philadelphia, PA
Resident Exhibition, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
1997 Art of the State, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Studio Assistant Exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Layton, NJ
1996 Soundings, Independent Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Treasured Troves, Wharton Esherick Museum, Valley Forge, PA
1995 18th Regional Exhibition, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA


RESIDENCIES
2000 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1998 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
1997 Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

EXPERIENCE
(summer) 2000 Instructor, Kutztown University, Kutztown PA
Instructor, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

1998- present Carpenter, Exhibit Production Dept., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

1999-2000 Teaching Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
1999 Visiting Artist, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
1998 Studio Assistant, Penland, School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1997 Studio Assistant, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
1996 Art Teacher, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Pierre, SD



AWARDS
2000 Mimi Miley Curator's Choice Award, Mayfair National
NICHE Award Finalist
1999 Sculpture Award, Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Alice Cabell Horsley Parker Scholarship
Commonwealth Award-Art
Drawing Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts
1998 Commonwealth Award-Art
Woodworking Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts
Artists Grant, Vermont Studio Center
1995 Gordon Goldberg Honors Scholarship
Honors Award Student, Diplomatic Academy, Moscow, Russia


COLLECTIONS

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Stinson, Philadelphia, PA
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Center for Education and Outreach, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Juergen and Margit Sattler, Philadelphia, PA
Diane Young, Vernonia, OR
Sue Brown and David Gordon, S. Norwalk, CT
Dr. Nicholas Wengrin, Honey Brook, PA
Elizabeth Conner, Vashon, WA



PUBLICATIONS

10/3/99 Exquisite Show Captures Spirit of Age, Fred Bayersdorfer, The Virginian-Pilot, VA

10/3/99 Fine Art Center's Show, Mark St. John Erickson, Dailey Press, VA

7/14/99 Students from Penland Create Interactive Art, Yancy Common Times Journal, NC

2/4/99 Next Generation, Electric City, Scranton, PA



TRAVIS S. TOWNSEND
Artist's Statement



Rebuilt Domestic Devices

Rebuilt Domestic Devices are personal and illogical wooden containers that grow from, and play off the functionality of, tools, appliances, instruments, and toys. These process-oriented works grow from continuously redrawn sketches, and they go through many transformations before being cut apart and rebuilt. Parts are often transplanted and left behind. Through this method of construction and reconstruction, I am able to intuitively build and make necessary changes at a later time. These pieces grow rather than follow a design.

My sources include vernacular architecture, Shaker furniture, surrealist painting, and the sculpture of Martin Puryear and H.C. Westermann. A direct influence has come from the containers and carved vessels made by contemporary woodworkers, the most impressive of which is the home (human container) Wharton Esherick built for himself over the span of forty years.

My work seeks to push the boundaries of craft by turning the role of function around to create humorous non-utilitarian inventions. In an increasingly computerized money making world, I'm attempting to build slow, personal, and impractical objects that relate to our domestic surroundings.