Gracelee Lawrence ’11, a Principled Problem Solving Scholar who graduated with an honors degree in sculpture and minors in Spanish and art history, has been named a 2016-17 Luce Scholar.
The 18 scholarship recipients, chosen by the Luce Foundation from 162 candidates, will spend a year living and working in Asia, gaining new perspectives and cultural insights on their host countries.
Currently completing an MFA in sculpture and extended media at the University of Texas at Austin, Gracelee examines the systems and structures of control around bodies, in particular the female body, using food as a reference and replacement in sculptures, fountains, videos and drawings.
She is co-director of Pig & Pony, a small house gallery that brings artists from outside Texas to Austin for intimate two-person exhibitions. As a contributing writer to the International Sculpture Center, she focuses on Texas-based artists, writers, critics and curators.
She has shown her artwork internationally and held solo exhibitions at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, grayDUCK Gallery and BLUEorange Contemporary, all in Texas, as well as Saint Cloud University in Minnesota and Cape Fear College in North Carolina. She has received the 2015 UMLAUF Prize, the 2014 David Womack Memorial Fiber Arts Scholarship, the 2013 Eyes Got It Prize and the 2011-12 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant.
In addition to being an artist and a writer, she is a cook, traveler, macramé enthusiast and lifelong horsewoman.