Ann Coddington is a Professor at Eastern Illinois University Art Department teaching in Foundations and Graduate Studies. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in 1986.
Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at venues including: Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, and the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Over the past several years, Ann taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the National Basketry Organization conference, the San Diego Basketry Guild, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the University of Northern Texas. Coddington received an individual artist project grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2012. She also received an individual grant in 2000, and a finalist grant in 2004 and 2008.
She says of her work, “We live is a world of increasingly complex technologies that paradoxically, in their effort to connect us, instead separate and isolate us, removing us from authentic experience. As the world becomes more complex, I am driven to simplify. I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the materials. The slow building of one stitch upon stitch exists within an ancient time frame, virtually never experienced in the contemporary technological world.”
Recent and upcoming exhibitions:
- All Things Considered IX. Juried exhibition, juror Lloyd Herman founding director of the Renwick Gallery in D.C. American Art Company Gallery, Tacoma, WA, Summer 2017.
- Teapots: 11th Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2017
- Cedar Creek National Teapot Show 10. Invitational exhibition. Creedmoor, NC, Spring 2017.
- Residual Impact Jacoby Art Center. Alton, IL, October 11 to January 6, 2017.
- Rooted Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. Invitational three-year, traveling exhibition to Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Washington, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Catalogue and essays. Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain curators, 2017 - 2020.