Lynn Duryea

The ordinary is quite extraordinary. Through objects of insistent profile and reductive form, my reference is to architectural, mechanical and industrial elements. The representation of function is in an allusive and enigmatic sense, suggestive of the past. Close consideration of these images of simplicity and stillness reveals a sense of history, traces of transformation that generate narratives of accretion and deterioration.

Professor Emerita of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Lynn Duryea has returned to Maine full-time to work at Sawyer Street Studios and in her Deer Isle studio. Lynn is a Founding Trustee of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and was the Program Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence for The Watershed Workshop for People with HIV/AIDS. She was a recipient of the Maine Crafts Association 2012 Master Craft Award, the Maine Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in 2018, and was an Emerging Artist at the 2004 NCECA Conference (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts). Lynn was the first visual artist to receive Portland, Maine’s YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Her work is represented in numerous publications and has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Lynn earned her MFA from the University of Florida.