<2016 Summer Resident-Assistant>
Lauren Shepherd grew up in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, Texas, surrounded by a wonderful diverse community due to the global draw of the oil industry. She stayed in her home state, attending the University of North Texas where she began her ceramic education. After graduating in 2011, she worked as a teacher and studio technician in Lafayette, Louisiana at Pottery Alley before deciding to apply to graduate school. She is currently a MFA candidate at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth entering her second year.
"I have recently been inspired by the history of Moroccan textiles. Morocco maintains and supports traditional crafts because, they desire to create a refined backdrop for everyday life, presenting their culture proudly and marvelously, impressing every surface with intricate details of a vibrant history. By mixing inspired designs with my own intuitive marks, I hope to display my own history and culture by using techniques such as screen printing and paper stencils.
I am excited about my time at Arch Contemporary because it will give me a chance to focus on new ways to layer surface decoration and add new forms to. The lush views of nature are constantly inspiring new color combinations and patterns. I couldn’t have found a better place to spend my first new England summer!"