Anna Craycroft held and attended public workshops and conversation and met with potential partners at four area colleges and several cultural and educational organizations in support of her project C’MON LANGUAGE!. In its eventual manifestation, C’MON LANGUAGE! will take the form of an exhibition comprised of four interwoven parts: a symposium, a course curriculum, an installation, and a culminating presentation. C’MON LANGUAGE! will be launched as part of the PICA symposium in June 2013, during which time, collaborators will be introduced to the project through lectures and workshops. For the months of July and August C’MON LANGUAGE! will take up residence in a PICA exhibition space as an installation modeled on the architectural design of a Reggio Emilia Preschool. Within this space, a course curriculum comprised of lectures, workshops, and performances will be lead by invited guests and collaborators. Among the participants in the events there will be a core group of “enrolled students” who will attend all organized events and work together to unravel the thesis of the exhibition. The process will be based on the principles of Reggio Emilia, emphasizing inquiry, research, and a common language. Together we will work to develop a method of communication in the physical world that will be realized as an artwork. This culminating presentation will be premiered at the TBA Festival in September 2013.
Craycroft is a visual artist working on solo and collaborative projects. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Subject of Learning Object of Study at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin Texas 2010, Drawn to Repeating Patterns and The Agency of the Orphan at Tracy Williams Ltd. in New York 2011 and 2008. In 2013 she will premiere her new solo project C’MON LANGUAGE! at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon.
Among her recent collaborations are Sequential Bodies with Felicia Ballos and Elisa Santiago at TWltd; Fiction Friction with Ian Cooper at Sandroni Rey, LA; Pivotal Points in Parallel Growth with Ohad Meromi at Meromi’s exhibition Rehearsal Sculpture at Art in General in NYC; and Staging the Phenomenal Character with Felicia Ballos, Pablo Bronstein, Jill Magid, Tara Mateik, Ohad Meromi, and Alex Waterman at TWltd. Craycroft is currently working with mathematician Ron Eglash to create hands on toys for his Culturally Situated Design Tools project at RPI in Troy, NY.
Craycroft’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2005 Greater New York show at PS1, and Public Holiday Project’s Bunch Alliance and Dissolve at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. She has received commissions for public sculpture from Socrates Sculpture Park, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, and Den Haag Sculptuur the Hague, NL. Craycroft has curated performance and event series in her exhibitions as well as for the first year thesis exhibitions at Columbia University MFA in 2011 and 2012. Craycroft lives and works in New York City where she is represented by Tracy Williams Ltd Gallery.