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About Anna Metcalfe

Anna Metcalfe grew up in Virginia in a very small town 70 miles west of Washington, DC. She earned a BA in English Literature from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. After a two-year apprenticeship with ceramic artist Silvie Granatelli in Floyd, VA, she traveled abroad, attending a post-baccalaureate program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for one semester, and living in Tuscany, Italy for two years and working at an international ceramic center called La Meridiana. There, she also worked for ceramic artist Betty Woodman at her Tuscan studio where she resides half of the year. In 2006, she came to Minnesota to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 2009, she earned her MFA. She currently lives in Minneapolis, teaches workshops for Springboard for the Arts, works in her studio, and tends chickens in her backyard with other members of a collectively-owned chicken coop called Coop Co-op.

A Living River : Installation by Anna Metcalfe

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A Living River by Anna Metcalfe

A Living River by Anna Metcalfe

“A Living River”

Concordia University Gallery
Opening: February 5, 5-7pm
Show runs February 5 – March 4
Gallery hours:  10-4 M-F

A Living River by Anna Metcalfe

A Living River by Anna Metcalfe

In this show, I investigate how my art practice can be a catalyst for social change. Reflecting a concern for environmental issues: food systems, water, and agriculture, my work bridges placemaking and event-based art with a material focus on clay. A Living River presents a collaboration with Wilderness Inquiry in 2013-2014, including drawn and written reflection from Folwell Middle School and Upper Mississippi Academy students.

Click on the pictures for a detailed gallery view.

This installation was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information on my work, please visit

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