Artist Anya Gallaccio returns to Artpace 16 years after her International Artist-in-Residence exhibition, they said there was a paradise way out west, debuted alongside projects by fellow residents Nancy Rubins and Kathy Vargas. Known for her site-specific installations that often incorporate organic material referencing the physical nature of the site, Gallaccio will unveil new work in the Hudson (Show)Room composed of native Texas rock.
Born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1963, Gallaccio attended Goldsmiths College at the University of London during what would later be considered an influential period in art history, when she and her peers became known as Young British Artists. She has exhibited extensively with major solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London (2003); Sculpture Center, New York (2006); Camden Art Centre, London (2008); and Eastshire Museum, Scotland (2010). In 2003, Gallaccio was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize, Britain’s top art honor. She was selected for Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program in 1997 by a panel of curators that included Maaretta Jaukkuri, Elizabeth Armstrong, David Avalos, Dana Friis-Hansen, and Thelma Golden. Her work can be found in the public collections of the Art Council, London; The British Council Collection, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Seattle Art Museum; Tate Britain, London; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is currently a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.