Artists Alice Aycock, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Rona Pondick come together in conversation with Pamela Franks, director of the Williams College Museum of Art, Lisa Dorin, deputy director and curator of contemporary art, and Elyse Mack (MA ’20), curator of In The Public Eye, a recent exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art that explores the development and reception of three public art projects at Williams College.
In 1974, Alice Aycock served as artist-in-residence at Williams College, where she completed an earthwork sculpture called The Williams College Project. Aycock’s works can be found in major museum collections in the US and Europe, and her public sculptures can be found in major cities in the U.S., including New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Nashville. In 2014, a series of seven sculptures were installed in New York City, entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Six large-scale sculptures are currently on view at the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. aaycock.com
Rona Pondick is a sculptor who lives and works in New York City. She is interested in experimenting with different materials in her work, which explores the human body, hybridity, and nature. Since 1984 she has had more than 48 solo exhibitions of her work in museums and galleries internationally, and her sculptures have been included in more than 200 group exhibitions, including numerous biennales worldwide. Her cast-aluminum work Tree (1999) was recently gifted to the Williams College Museum of Art by Eric and Fran Rosenfeld, and will be installed on campus soon. WCMA is one of more than 45 museums that hold Pondick’s work in their collections. ronapondick.com
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor who primarily works in cedar and bronze. Major permanent commissions of her work are sited in museums, sculpture parks, colleges and universities, corporate campuses, and urban spaces, including North Carolina Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Storm King Art Center, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Madison Square Park. Von Rydingsvard’s 1997 cast-bronze sculpture Large Bowl can be found on Williams College’s campus on Morley Drive. ursulavonrydingsvard.net