Alumni Artist-in-Residence
Ellen Kochansky

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Ellen Kochansky

“"Emotional and physical energy are embedded in all the elements of our lives. As we squander the irreplaceable, we ignore our own innate ability to live within our means, and to make graceful use of what is right within reach. We have what we need."”

Ellen Kochansky is a textile artist who works with individuals and groups on collective projects that honor history and suggest future directions. She has been a Trustee of the American Crafts Council, a board member of American Craft Enterprises, and is founding director of the Rensing Center, a non-profit international residency program. Her work resides in the permanent collections of The White House, The Mint Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, and Emory University in Atlanta. Kochansky's artistic practice is rooted in her experience as a textile artist, designer and quilter. With a firm grounding in traditional craft, Kochansky's work has always stretched those definitions to include experimental fiber and mixed-media art, public and private commissions, as well as community-based and site-specific installations. 


Artist Information

Residency Type Artist-in-residence

Currently Based Pickens, SC

Medium Textiles

Residency Dates Sep 5 — Oct 9 2006