Ann Agee is a contemporary artist living and working in Brooklyn. Working primarily in ceramic she has increasingly become known for her installations, appropriating traditional decoration motifs and playing with the organization of domestic interiors. Her recent sculptural works explore subjects both ornamental and narrative touching upon themes personal and humorous in domestic life, child rearing, and labor.
Agee had no formal training in ceramics but began painting on clay through a desire to create three-dimensional works. Agee’s experience through Arts/Industry was truly remarkable. Slated for a three-month stay at a fellowship, Agee anticipated working on a series of small vessels painted with scenes relating to Greek mythology; almost two years later, Agee emerged from the program with an exceptional body of work. Varying format from teapots, tureens, portrait platters, bathroom fixtures, wall tiles, and murals, her work was bound by the thematic content Agee gleaned from Kohler Co. and the surrounding communities. She spent time sketching factory associates, local architecture, and scenes of small-town life that she used to grace her ceramic work. A significant piece now installed in the Kohler Co. Pottery is a ceramic mural featuring the likenesses of 25 Pottery associates.
Agee attended Cooper Union School of Art for her BFA (’81) and received her MFA from Yale University in 1986. Agee recently created major installations at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY (2012) and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, (2010). Her work has been seen in prominent clay exhibitions Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, PA (traveled to the Walker Art Center, MN); and Conversations in Clay, Katonah Art Museum, NY. She was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989, 1992), among others. Works by Agee can be found in the collections of: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The RISD Art Museum, RI; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Henry Art Museum in Seattle, WA; The Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, FL.