Culling from a foundation of diversified research and interdisciplinary collaboration, Anna Craycroft builds theses on how definitions of the “individual” prescribe the structure of our institutions, and conversely, how the mechanics of an institution inscribe the persons within.

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.

The PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. Lectures are held throughout the year, most often at 1914 SW Park Avenue in Shattuck Hall Annex on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. The series is supported in part by the Autzen Foundation, Utrecht Art Supplies, the Ace Hotel and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. The lectures are FREE and open to the public. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.