The Facility for Arts Research (FAR), is excited to welcome Celeste Ivory as its new Operations Manager. Celeste received an MFA in Studio Art from FSU this May. Her role at FAR includes facilitating projects for guest artists, overseeing smooth operation of the labs, and providing the logistical backbone to the FAR & Away Residency program.
Celeste Ivory is a visual artist based in Tallahassee, the capital city of the Sunshine State. Ivory holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Florida State University. She was employed in historic preservation for a decade. Her many craft practice and artmaking experiences led her to found Ivory Tower Collective and return to FSU to pursue the field of studio art as a career.
From Celeste’s Artist Statement:
“My work examines the complex need for intimacy with nature, others, and self in a hurried, consumer culture. My interest lies in how our desire for connection is often undermined by the quick fix of disconnect, distancing us from beneficial social and environmental relations. Recurring themes of exploration include masking our true intentions for gain, hiding behind a façade, being wolves in sheep’s clothing, becoming blinded by patterns or behaviors, and the inability or fear to share our true self. I make work about the outcomes of duplicity and detachment.”