Angela Speece Morra
Angela Speece Morra, from Ellsworth, Ohio, received her MFA degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University earning a BFA in Studio Art and a BS in Art Education. Additionally, Angela has studied at Yale University, and has studied abroad in Siena, Italy.
Angela has held positions in numerous galleries and museums, including The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Butler Institute of American Art, and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Most recently she was the Interim Gallery Director of William Reaves Fine Art in Houston, Texas. She has also worked in academia, teaching courses at the Art Institute and the University of Houston-Downtown. Currently she is living and working in St Louis, Missouri.
As an artist, Angela investigates various means of child/adult collaborations– through painting, drawing and installation. Her artistic research has been featured in several national presentations and publications.
My interest in children inspires me to explore their spontaneous gestures and stylistic forms in order to discover a type of communication that is characterized by freedom and honesty. I want to evoke emotions of delight and happiness—feelings less portrayed in art today. Through my work, I hope to affect the way the public views and understands the intentions, intellect and motivations of children; and to revisit a distant yet familiar place that endures far beyond childhood, buried beneath adult ways of seeing.
I work on surfaces that allude to the intentional impermanence of the image created on them. Chalk and other ephemeral materials make reference to distinctive qualities of children’s art… not to be displayed, profited from, or kept in a permanent collection; but rather to be looked at, shared briefly and erased in a transcending moment. By merging children’s artistic characteristics with my own experience and influences, I generate compositions that provoke contemplation and debate about who the work was actually created by… a child or an adult? The juxtaposition of sophisticated techniques against “childish” forms and figures is my goal… to visualize the two displayed interchangeably with no precise frontier that separates the extremes.
Tufts University/ The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, (SMFA) Boston.
Master of Fine Arts. 2008-2011
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 2007-2008
Yale University, Summer 2006.
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio Summa Cum Laude, May 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art
Bachelor of Science in Education, Art Education
Villanova/Rosemont College Study Abroad Summer Program, Summer 2003, Siena, Italy.
Kent State University, Salem, Ohio, August 2001-May 2002, Early college
Adjunct Professor of Art, The University of Houston- Downtown. Art Appreciation.
August 2011- present
Assistant Director, New Gallery, Houston.
October 2011- present
Adjunct Professor of Art, The Art Institute of Houston- North. Foundations Art.
July 2011- present
Graduate Teaching Assistant, SMFA. Painting. September-December 2010
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship, Venice, Italy. October and November 2009
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, August 2007- 2009. Visitor services and special events staff.
Volunteers for Peace volunteer, Hafnarfjörður Iceland, July 2008
Documenta 12 art exhibition- Kassel, Germany, July 2007; Service Civil International volunteer
Documentary in Europe international film conference volunteer- Bardonecchia, Italy, July 2007
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Ohio, August 2005- May 2006. Intern.
Director of DYCE (Discover Youngstown Community Experience), October 2004-November 2004
Received a grant from the National Education Association for an inter-city children’s art’s program.
SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) Art Instructor & Student Assistant, YSU, November 03-May 06
Piano improvisational composer, Provide music for events by commission, 2005-ongoing
Tufts Magazine, Afterimage: A Matter of Time. Spring 2011 Issue.
Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, Boston. Spring 2009 national publication.
International Contemporary Artists. In. Co. Artist Books, October 2010 international publication. Volume 1.
The Big, Red and Shiny, April 2009. Issue #105. “ArtForce! Cambridge” at the Cambridge Art Center.
The Big, Red and Shiny, February 2009. Issue #100. “Missing” at the Barbra Krakow Gallery.
YSU Penguin Review, Art work published, Spring 2006 & Cover Spring 2007.
NEA/OEA (National/Ohio Education Association), published DYCE in NEA Today, April 2005
PRESENTATIONS / CONFERENCES:
Women in Business Conference, February 2009 and 2010. Harvard Business School.
Social Enterprise Conference, February 2009 and 2010. Harvard Business School.
Tufts Graduate Student Symposium. Presentation on my studio practice with children, March 2009
Transcultural Exchange, International Art Conference in the Arts, April 2009, Omni Parker House Boston.
Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), New Orleans, Paper Presentation “Blind Collaboration – Exploring the Child Within” September 2008
2005 Venice Biennale presentation. The Butler Institute of American Art, November 2005
NAEA/OAEA (National/Ohio Art Education Association) Award of Merit, November 2005
YSU Student Art Association, 2003-2006. Assisted with student art shows, sales and NYC trip
December 2010 “MFA Thesis Exhibition: A Matter of Time…” Tufts University Art Gallery. Medford, MA.
October 2010 “Proof of Purchase” Art show and sale. Samson Projects, Boston, MA
April 2010 PLAY! A Festival Featuring Young People and Art,
Pozen Center, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.
October 2009 “Collective”, Donnelly Gallery, SMFA Boston.
March 2009 MFA Student Show, SMFA Mission Hill Studios, Boston.
May 2008 Graduating Students Exhibition, Weems Center, SMFA Boston.
March 2008 Annual Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition, Donnelly Gallery, SMFA Boston.
October 2007 Roxbury Open Studios Graduate Show, SMFA Boston.
September 2007 Post-Baccalaureate Show, Donnelly Gallery, SMFA Boston.
December 2006 Area Artists Annual, The Butler Institute of American Art,
September 2006 Andover Public Library Art Show, Andover, Ohio.
Summer 2006 SMARTS Teachers’ Exhibition, Alder Art Academy, Youngstown, Ohio
June 2006 Student Art Association Invitational, YSU Bliss Hall Gallery.
March 2005-2007 YWCA Woman’s Art Show, The Butler Institute of American Art,
May 2006 Graduating Senior Show, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
Fall 2005, 2006 Student Art Association Show, Cedars Café, Youngstown, Ohio.
Spring 2003-2007 YSU Student Art Show, McDonough Museum, Youngstown, Ohio
Springborn Fellowship, SMFA 2009
SMFA Montague International Graduate Travel Grant, 2009
Tufts Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2008
Bartlett National Travel Fund Grant, SMFA, 2008
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Love of Learning Award, 2008
Gulnar Bosch Travel Award, Southeastern College Art Conference, 2008
SMFA Graduate Study Grant, 2007
YSU Centennial Steinway Piano design competition winner, 2006
Forum Health Stained Glass Design Finalist, 2005
QUEST Undergraduate Research Presentation Award on the Venice Biennale, 2006
Mitchell Photography Award, YSU, McDonough Museum, Youngstown, Ohio, 2006
QUEST Civic Engagement Community Service Award & Educational Research, 2005
Ohio Arts & Crafts Guild Scholarship, 2002-2003
National talent winner for piano performance- Grange organization, 1998, 2002