Anne Allardyce currently lives and works in the Hudson Highlands, about sixty miles north of New York City. Born and raised in Connecticut, she was educated originally in the liberal arts (BA and MA in English); however, after teaching university English for more than a decade, she spent an academic year in England informally studying sculpture and art metalwork. Her books safely shelved, she turned to clay, plaster, wood and metal; tiring manual labor became life-changing serious play. After her return to North America, while continuing to teach literature part time, she entered art school to concentrate on sculpture and, though still a student, unexpectedly won her first important public commission for St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. She went on to build and install complex large-scale site-specific art in Canada, the United States and Japan. Finally coming home to the US after many years spent north of the border, she created East of the River in 2006, a community-inspired stainless steel sculpture for the Congress Heights Metro Station in the nation’s capital. By this time, however, the open competitions she preferred to enter became restricted to digital submissions; the 35 mm photographs and slides that captured and conveyed her achievements were considered obsolete. In response, and on a tighter budget, she dug into her own long-saved stockpile of recycled material — weather-scarred copper, scavenged railway fasteners and paint-splotched canvas rejects — to produce new wall-hung and free-standing art work for private residential settings, occasionally extending her efforts to a doorway, a staircase, a floor. But her first love, felt deep in the bones, survived intact: site-specific sculpture accessible to everyone. Now, digital images of her work on screen at last, she has happily re-entered the public sphere.
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ORIGINS New Haven, Connecticut, birth and childhood; later, extended sojourns in England, France and, for many years, Canada; dual American-Canadian citizenship; currently living and working in New York State’s Hudson Valley, north of Manhattan.
1979 AOCA (4-year diploma awarded in three years); Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto); emphasis on sculpture and technical studies: metal, wood, plastics, foundry and photography.
1975-76 Oxford Polytechnic and Oxford College of Further Education (England);
non-degree workshops in sculpture and metalwork.
1964 MA, University of Wisconsin; English, teaching assistantship in second year.
1962 BA, College of New Rochelle, New York; English.
Professional Sculptor, specializing in public sculpture and related three-dimensional design; 1977-present.
Docent, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; “one of the world’s leading sculpture parks”
(stormking.org); 2006 (ongoing).
Part-time Faculty, Marist College (Fishkill Campus), New York; interdisciplinary teaching in art and literature;
Part-time Faculty, Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, New York; History of Art; 2004.
Sessional Instructor, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto; English Department, including some cross-
disciplinary teaching in the School of Image Arts; 1979 to 2004.
Special Lecturer, University of Toronto; English Department; 1968-1980.
Lecturer, University of Maryland, at American Strategic Air Command bases in England; English; 1964-1967.
PUBLIC and CORPORATE ART PROJECTS
- 2017 WORK IN PROGRESS SAS Institute; Cary (Raleigh-Durham), North Carolina; design phase of planned 30’ sculpture for new building on campus of company headquarters.
- 2006 EAST OF THE RIVER: CONNECTIONS Congress Heights Metro Station, Washington, D.C.; partly painted, partly burnished stainless steel sculpture at main vehicular/pedestrian entrance to Green Line metro/bus station; jointly commissioned by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and WMATA (Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority); 18’ 10” x 15’ 7” x 13’ 2”.
- 1998 wysiwyg University of Wisconsin-Stout; multi-part stainless steel exterior wall sculpture designed for Fryklund Hall, a manufacturing technology building; commissioned by the State of Wisconsin Arts Board, Percent for Art Program; 28’ x 21’ x 6’.
- 1997 FANFARE SAS Institute; Cary (Raleigh-Durham), North Carolina; painted steel sculpture on hillside outside video/computer facility on corporate campus of SAS, “leader in business analytics software and services”; (20’ x 24’ x 10.5’).
- 1997 SYNAPSE Kensei Park (Western Ibaraki Comprehensive Park); Chikusei (formerly Shimodate), Japan; painted stainless steel sculpture on granite quarried and cut in nearby mountains; centered in a public plaza marking the entrance to a prefectural park north of Tokyo; 23’ x 22’ x 13’.
- 1996 RED EDDY Tokyo, Japan; Higashisunachiku Kumin Athletic Center; powder-coated aluminum sculpture on 5’ x 5’ stainless steel and river stone base set flush in granite paving; in small ivy-clad courtyard overlooking the swimming pool of a new public athletic facility; 89” x 85” x 60”.
- 1993 SPRING IS SPRUNG Mobara, Japan; center of traffic circle at main entrance of JR EAST commuter railway terminal southeast of Tokyo; 39’x 24.5’x 33’ painted steel structure rising out of azalea bushes.
- 1992 ANIMIKII (…Flies the Thunder) Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kaministiquia River Heritage Park; stainless steel sculpture stretching 23’ above deck of scenic lookout; 15’ diameter stone base: black and white migmatite from the Quetico fault and water-washed pebbles gathered from nearby Lake Superior; bilingual Ojibwe-English text engraved in black granite slab-seating.
- 1990 TREE OF LIFE Main entrance, Jewish Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto, North York; 17’ painted steel sculpture growing out of rough granitic stone quarried locally in Ontario.
- 1985 EUMENIDES St. Catharines Courthouse and Registry Office; 16’ painted steel sculpture on Nebraska ironspot brick; commissioned by Ontario Provincial Government.
- 1983 “HE IS ALL PINE AND I AM APPLE ORCHARD” (R. Frost); Sculpture Walk, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario; painted and rusted steel; 6’ x 6’x 2’.
- 1983 SHEER VANITY Originally shown in public park, Stouffville, Ontario; now in private collection, San Diego, California; stainless steel; 5’x 7’.
- 1982 LEMMA President’s residence, the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta; painted aluminum; 6’ x 6’ x 6’ (current whereabouts unknown).
- 1978 MICHAEL Main quadrangle, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto; commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the college; 15 1/2’ stainless steel sculpture on 15’ diameter black granite circle; originally surrounded by rough granite setts from Toronto’s old trolley tracks.
- 1974 UNTITLED (Mural) Jarvis and Zand Advertising Agency, Toronto: 9’ x 50’.
CORPORATE and PRIVATE COLLECTIONS The Donovan Collection at St. Michael’s College, Toronto; Xerox, Key and SAS Corporations.