Corinna Cowles

Corinna Cowles

Award(s): 2024 Senska Scholar
Residency Years: 2024
Posted in: Current Artist, Current Short Term Resident, Past Artist, Past Short Term Resident


Corinna Cowles
2024 Senska Scholar
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Corinna Cowles’ work — pockets, pillows, paintings, curtains, wallpaper, and drapes in addition to ceramic work — is inspired by clothing and decorative patterns, engaging the viewer with absurd dislocations and transformations. Identity, craft, sculpture, domesticity, and class all seep out from a porous, multi-material plane of grids, loops, and abstractions of the everyday.

Cowles followed a traditional academic fine arts track, currently holding a BFA and MFA in painting and studio arts from Columbia College Chicago and the Tyler School of Art respectively. She is continuing her education through dialogue, self-determined projects, and skill exchange via teaching, a professional ceramics practice, and artist residencies, which include The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center.