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karen bamonteBiography: Ms. Bamonte received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematography (1972) from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) There she began her ongoing studies in ceramics with William Daley and later with Rudolph Staffel at the Tyler School of Art. She received her Master’s Degree in Dance (1975) from Temple University. After a fruitful career as a choreographer and performing artist for over 25 years, Ms. Bamonte moved to Italy in 1998 and soon began her work with clay. She studied with Italian sculptor and ceramic artist Germano Cilento for two years and recently completed construction of her own studio near Spoleto in 2002. She has accepted a number of commissions, and her work has found its way into private collections in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lima, London, Rome, Venice, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Vienna and Brussels. She has exhibited her ceramic work in Spoleto and Rome and the metal heads/masks have been part of six group shows in Philadelphia, Munich, Rome, Scontrone and Trevi, Italy In addition to her full time studio work, Ms. Bamonte continues to teach workshops in dance technique, movement composition and improvisation in the United States and Europe. Regardless of the medium I’m working in, whether it be wire, mesh, or hand built clay forms, I like to leave traces of the human hand or gesture. This allows for a sense of touch and sensuality that can exist in the play, in the dialogue between form, surface texture, and color. The quality of my pieces has to do with a tension between organic and structured forms, a search for an inner sense and motion, for rhythm and musicality…attempting to breathe life into different combinations of inert materials. Country: Italy Birthyear: 1950 Galleries: Exhibits: Castello di Poreta, Spoleto, Italy, Ceramic Work (ongoing installation of ceramic work as of 2002) L’Oriente, Rome, Italy New Ceramic Work May, 2003 Castello di Poreta, Italy ceramic work with painter/architect, Martin Stubenrauch, July, 2003 BahdeeBahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, U.S.A. “Ahead”, Group Show, December, 2003 Institute for Contemporary Arts, Trevi, Italy “20 X 30”, Group Show, , December, 2003 Classico Village, Rome, Italy “20 X 30”, Group Show, March, 2004 Institute for Contemporary Arts, Trevi, Italy “The Female Image in Art and Philosophy”, Group Show April, 2004 Schutz - Raum Gallerie, Munich Germany, Sculpture/ceramics with painter/architect, Martin Stubenrauch July 2004 Museum of International Women’s Art, Scontrone, Abruzzo, Italy Sculpture, Rose’s Choice/Group Show July 2004 Gallery In The Garden, Philadelphia, U.S.A. Sculpture, Group Show September 2004 Future Exhibits: 2005 – Studio Agora, Umbria, Italy 2006 – Solo sculpture show at the Sonoma County Museum of Art Awards: The grants and awards that Ms. Bamonte garnered during her career as a choreographer attest to her persistent exploration of new ideas and means. In addition to ongoing private foundation and corporate support for her work, she received: • Two major Meet the Composer Composer/Choreographer Commissioning Program grants supporting her collaborations with New York composers Lois Vierk and Guy Klucevsek • Five choreography fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts • An Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in order to further the creation of the visual elements within her solo performance work • Four consecutive Philadelphia Repertory Development Initiative grants supporting her ensemble works and two others to create multi-disciplinary solo performance pieces • Two Artists’ Residencies at the Djerasssi Foundation in California for the creation of new work • Guest Artist in residence at the Tanz Tangente in Berlin where she spent six months teaching, choreographing and performing in 1984 Media: sculpture Style: expressionistic Subjects: people, portraits and characters, abstract forms, fantasy objects such as hats, coats & gloves
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