An Artist of Metals and More...
Corrina Sephora began her life-long interest in metalworking at the age of five in her father’s workshop, where she was introduced to the art of boat building. In 1995, Corrina went on to receive her BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she has since established her own studio, specializing in sculpture, furniture, and architectural works.
Corrina's personal work often uses the imagery of boats and ships as metaphors for life experiences, and as story-telling tools. The boat form is a vessel and magical symbol for transition, while the ocean represents mystery and power, and the ebb and flow of the past and present.
In 2005, Corrina received her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University. She has taught on the college level, and presented at national and international blacksmithing workshops and conferences. Her prestigious metalworking awards include “Best in Show” from Annette Cone-Skelton of MOCA GA, Silver Award from Icarus International, Silver Sculpture Award from NOMMA, and a number of other awards. Corrina’s metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, King and Spaulding’s Contemporary Art Collection, Temple Sinai, and many private collections internationally. She continues to exhibit in museums, galleries, and public art venues.
2005 MFA Fine Arts & Sculpture, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA
1995 B.F.A. Metals/Sculpture Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
2003 Study Abroad, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeen Shire, Scotland.
2001 Study Abroad, Self-Directed Research Historic & Contemporary Metalwork France and Germany, Travel funded partly by an Independent Study Abroad Grant, ABANA.
1996-2001 Penland School of Crafts, student and studio assistant, Penland North Carolina.
2014 Adjunct Sculpture Professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia
2010 Adjunct Sculpture Professor at SCAD, Atlanta, Georgia
2006 Adjunct Sculpture Professor at University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1996-Present Corrina Sephora Studios- Atlanta, Georgia. Founder/Designer creating unique sculptures, public and private commissions, exhibitions.
SOLO/DUO EXHIBITIONS (FULL LIST AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
2014 Boats and Botanicals, Maison Fleury Private Exhibition, Atlanta GA (Solo)
Metro Montage XIV Show, Metro Cobb Museum, Marietta GA
Diversity-EARTH Show, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, Atlanta GA
Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta GA
Metal Extinction: Using Metal To Honor & Make Permanent Our Natural World, MASSC, San Viejo CA
Annual ABANA Gallery, Greensboro MD (Group)
2013 Soaring on the Surface of the Waters, Norcross Cultural Arts Center, Norcross GA. (Solo)
2012 Flowing as Water, Rodriguez Room, Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta GA (Solo).
2010 Mooring, Hall Street Gallery, SCAD, Savannah (Duo). ; Rescue Vehicles, University of West Georgia, (Solo).
2008 Rescue Vehicles and Souls of the South, House of Colors, Atlanta GA. (Solo). ; On the Surface of the Water, Granite Room, Atlanta GA. (Solo).
2007 Boats, Vermont Studio Center Gallery, Johnson VT.
2005 Exodus Populace, Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta GA. (Solo). ; Family Memory and Personal History, Thompson Gallery, Athens GA. (Solo).
2003 Super Novae, Duo Show, Corrina Sephora Mensoff, Julie Ward, Eyedrum, Atlanta GA. (Duo).
EXHIBITIONS (FULL LIST AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
2014 SPRING, Terminus Gallery, Atlanta GA
North Charleston National Outdoor Sculpture Competiotion and Exhibition. Charleston SC.
Ocala, Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ocala, FL
2013 Coast to Coast by Post, Visual Arts Gallery, Department of Art, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY.
2012 ELEVATE, Art above Underground, Initiative of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program, Publication.
2012 From The Fields, Il Chiostro, Painting in Italy, Garda, Italy.
MidSouth Sculpture Alliance, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Chattanooga TN.
Spotlight, New and Part time faculty exhibition, Ernest G.Welch School of Art and Design, GA State University, Atlanta GA.
City of North Charleston National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition & Competition, Charleston SC.
2011 ELEVATE, Transformation, Downtown Revitalizing Sculpture Exhibition. Georgia Art on the Beltline, Atlanta GA.
Chattahoochee Nature Preserve, Art in Nature: Nature in Art, Roswell GA.
2010 Art on the Beltline, Reccurrence, Atlanta GA.
Art Sandy Springs, Outdoor Sculpture exhibition, Sandy Springs GA.
2009 Abundance, (collaborative) DUMBO, Public Art Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY.
The FriendSHIP Project, (Collaborative), MOCA GA Project Space, Atlanta GA.
Movers and Shakers, MOCA GA, Atlanta GA.
City of North Charleston National Outdoor Sculpture Competiotion and Exhibition, Charleston SC.
2008 Entr' acte, Bush Contemporary Arts, Prospect 1, New Orleans LA.
Le Flash, Light, Performance, and Video, Castleberry Hill, Atlanta GA.
Biennial, Madison Morgan Arts Center, Madison GA, (Juror: Sylvie Fortin, Art Papers.)
2007 Sculptureyedrum, The Sequel to Breadth, Eyedrum, Atlanta GA.
Blacksmithing with a Southern Accent, Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison GA. Traveled to National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis TN.
2006 Hungarian Multi Cultural Center, Ten Year Retrospective, Eu Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL.
The Bridge Show, The B Complex, Atlanta GA.
2005 By Land, Sea, and Sky, Sculpture Key West FL.
Art in Freedom Park, Outdoor Sculpture exhibition, Atlanta GA.
The Tennessee Show, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Metaliform- All Things Metal-Diablo Valley College Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA.
2004 Icarus International, Wright Brothers, First in Flight Exhibition, North Carolina, (Second Place Winner of Multiple Galleries).
2003 Southeastern Cast Iron Sculpture, Sloss Furnaces and Metal Arts, Birmingham AL.
2002 Green Spaces, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Perimeter College, Atlanta GA. Breadth Group Sculpture Show, Eyedrum, Atlanta GA.
2001 Up Close and Personal, Artist Studios, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta GA.
1998 Women of Iron, Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea KY.
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio.
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville NC.
1997 At the Anvil Traveling Exhibition, Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison GA.
Gertrude Herbert Institute for the Arts, Augusta GA. Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, La Grange GA.
BIBLIOGRAPHY (REVIEWS, ARTICLES, CATALOGUES AND INTERVIEWS)
2011 Jeremy Abernathy, Flowing as Water, Burnaway Magazine, Art 1690, radio Interview, November, Felicia Feaster, Atlanta Magazine, “Best of Atlanta” Art Farm, Atlanta GA. ; Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing, Funny, angsty urgent show considers the boundaries of drawing
2010 Stephanie Smith, Times Georgian, Rescue Vehicles borne out of Hurricane. ; Katrina Blog, Creative Loafing, Art on the Beltline, Here and Gone.
2009 Terri Dilling, Porch Press, Artists come together to create Friendship Project MOCA GA.
2008 Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Artist Stays Connected to Stricken New Orleans. ; Cinque’ Hicks, Creative Loafing, Rescue Me. ; Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Skimming Surface, Plumbing Depths. ; Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Revisiting the Storms Wrath.
2007 Cathy Fox, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sprawling Feast Exudes Grass Roots Charm.
2005 Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fabric of a New World. Cathy Fox, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Promise Packed. ; Jerry Cullum, Creative Loafing Newspaper, Review of New works in Metal. ; H.M Cauley, Atlanta Journal Constitution Newspaper, AIFP, Lively Works Beckon the Public.
2004 Arthur Williams, “The Sculpture Reference” Process and photos. Gulfport, Mississippi. 2003 Nancy Zastrow, “Lives Shaped By Iron” Photos, Interview, and commentary.
2002 Krista Gromalski, “Interview with Corrina Mensoff” Anvil Magazine Winter Interview.
2001 High Noon Productions, “Modem Masters”, HGTV, Television Interview and Segment.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2012 City of North Charleston Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition & Completion, Charleston, SC (Second Place).
2009 City of North Charleston Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition & Completion, Charleston, SC (Honorable Mention).
2008 Museum of Contemporary Art, GA Multiples Project Award Recipient.
2007 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Program, Fellowship.
2006 Hungarian Multi Cultural Center, Artist Residency Program, Budapest, Csopak, Hungary.
2006-2008 Contracts for Arts Services Grant, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta GA.
2005 Sloss, Southeastern Iron Conference, Juried Show, Second Place Award Winner. NEA-Fulton County Council for the Arts, Residency Fellowship, Hambidge Center GA.
2004 Icarus International, Wright Brothers, First in Flight, “Second Place Award”. NC. ; Southeastern Iron Conference, “Second Place Award” Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham AL.
2003 Georgia State University Juried Show, “Best in Show” Juror: Annette Cone Skelton, MOCA GA.
2002 NOMMA Top Job International Sculpture Competition, “SILVER ” Art/Sculpture, international
EXHIBITIONS CURATED AND ORGANIZED
2013 Wish Tree, collaborative and interactive art Piece, in conjunction with the 'Blue Trees Project, Norcross cultural Arts Department, City of Norcross GA.
2009 FriendSHIP, A collaborative project and exhibition, MOCA GA.
2008 West End Art and Studio Tour, Chair, 50 artists, studios and Hammonds House Museum.
2007 Sculptureyedrum, A Multimedia Sculpture and installation exhibition, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta , GA. Organized Gallery walkthrough with Anne Hamilton.
2006 The Bridge Show, 27 artists, Atlanta, New Orleans, Florida, Alabama. One Year retrospective of works in Response to Hurricane Katrina, The B complex, Atlanta GA.
2005 New Orleans Diaspora, Emergency Art show Katrina Victims’, Eyedrum, Atlanta GA.
VISITING ARTIST LECTURES
Art Partners, High Museum of Art, Demos, Lecture, Open Studio, Atlanta GA. ; Georgia Spellman College, Lecture of life and work, from a female sculptors view, Atlanta GA. ; SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta GA.
Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia. ; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, 1 month international artist residency. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, AberdeenShire, Scottland. ; Hungarian Multicultural Center, 1 month international residency, Budapest, Csopak, Hungary.
MOCA GA, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia “Off into the Distance, with Goods”
King and Spaulding Contemporary Art Collection “Up, Up and Away” Private
Collections including: Jane Fonda, Alston Glenn, Dick and Judy Alison, Lu and Bob Steed, Ruth and Bob West, Scott and Judy Lampert, and many more.
The Bascom, North Carolina “In Ships of Light”
City of Atlanta, Martin Luther King Center, GA “The Promised Land”
Greenfield Hebrew Academy, Sandy Springs, GA “Holocaust Memorial”
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, GA “Sun Moon Nautilus Passage”
Temple Sinai, Ark Doors, “Exodus Story”
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lagrange, GA “Bell Arch Tower”
Art in Freedom Park, GA “Life Cycle Boat,” “May Pole”
Sculpture Key West, FL “Sea Communication (at Cayo Heuso)”