Sienna Patti Contemporary is pleased to announce a recent museum acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The 2017 piece, Movement Image II by artist Anya Kivarkis was acquired for the permanent collection. Anna Walker, recently named the Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design, states: “The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is thrilled to add Anya Kivarkis’s “Movement Image II” to its permanent collection. In addition to its strength as a work of contemporary jewelry, its critique of luxury and glamour and its references to cinema allow for multi-layered readings and interdisciplinary display opportunities.“
Anya Kivarkis is currently Associate Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she has been teaching since 2004. She received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1999, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. Recent exhibitions include Marble, Mirrors, Pictures and Darkness in collaboration with Mike Bray at the Institute of Visual Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Portland2016 Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner, Go For Baroque at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, State of Oregon Craft at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon, and ‘In Dialogue with the Baroque’ at Handwerkskammer fur Munchen and Oberbayern, Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany. Kivarkis was a recipient of the 2016 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, the University of Oregon, Faculty Excellence Award, and multiple Individual Artists Fellowships and Career Opportunity Grants supported by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Hallie Ford Foundation.