Photo: Amy Black

Photo: Amy Black

Amanda Gentry

Artist Statement

Am I a sculptor because I geek out over negative space? over a surface that repeatedly calls my fingers to touch it? Or am I a sculptor because it’s the only way I feel I can move through this world? The sustainability of the pace at which we are moving as a people is concerning. Working with clay slows the world down for me. It makes me feel human.

The very nature of clay resists being rushed. In the time that I have been working with it my process has gotten longer, taking more and more time. Not just in the making. But in the drying. In the firing. In the sanding down. In the firing again. In the sanding down again. Still, at each stage of the process I hear myself sigh and say, “this is my favorite part.”

It’s no surprise then that the shapes I create are disarmingly simple. I find that in all things, I want to bypass whatever is extraneous and get to the essence. If that could even be defined. It seems to me the best place to start is with a circle. No beginning and no end.


Amanda Gentry (b.1973, Long Beach, California) is a Chicago-based sculptor working in clay. Her work is the result of dedication to form, material, and process, driven by a determination to reveal what is essential at the exclusion of the non-essential. She is a DCASE grant recipient and exhibits work nationwide, recently exhibiting at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, Texas). Gentry received a BFA in Design with a minor in Sculpture from Boston University.

Solo Exhibitions

2017SERIOUS/play, Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2015I Am Here, Lillstreet Annex Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2013Expanding, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2013Oreiller, Manchester University, Manchester, Indiana
2012Oreiller, Brainforest Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Group Exhibitions

2018Earth Bound, Hofheimer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
201822nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
2018The State of Clay, 10th Biennial, Lexington Art and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts
2018At the Surface, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri
2017Taking Shape, Studio Oh!, Chicago, Illinois
2016Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2016Connect, Hyde Park Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois
2016Peace on Earth, Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2014Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
2014Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Illinois
2014From the Earth, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona
2014, 27th Annual Women’s Works, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, Illinois
2014Bridgeport Art Center Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2013Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
201242nd Annual East Pilsen Artists’ Open House, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, Illinois

Residencies & Scholarships

2019STARworks Ceramics, Star, North Carolina
2012Pyrenean Pottery Workshop, Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, France
2008Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado