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 received her BFA in Design from Boston University, School of Visual Arts, where she minored in Sculpture and Art History. Her work has taken her abroad for study and residencies to both Italy and France, respectively. She works out of her studio at Mana Contemporary in Chicago.

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

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

2012Pyrenean Pottery Workshop, Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, France
2008Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado