Born in Galway, Ireland in 1968 Rian Kerrane received her BA in Fine
Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1991. She
located to the United States in 1994 and earned her MFA from the
University of New Orleans in 1997. Currently residing in Denver,
Colorado, Kerrane is Associate Professor and Area Head for the Sculpture
Program at the University of Colorado Denver.
A noted sculptor
in cast iron, mixed media and installation, Kerrane’s recent works
reframe and reconsider the anti-modern medievalist aesthetic of
artist/designers like William Morris, which privilege pattern, grace and
the primacy of the handmade object. Her imagery seeks to represent the
social constructs applied to control personal environments. In a
politically charged society where traditions continue to metamorphose
she investigates the female position in domestic and social situations.
The pluralism of meaning fascinates this artist and the reiteration of
motif and pattern using a diversity of materials allows Kerrane to
represent interiors and objects as symbolic witness to our
self-generated social predicaments.
Kerrane is an advocate for
the arts and believes that art and education are uniquely associated.
She presented a paper on sculpture curriculum entitled "The
Traditional Cast Object as Subjective Conceptual Metaphor" for the
College Art Association conference in Los Angeles in 2009. She is Vice
President of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, an eclectic group of
iron artists from across the western regions of the states. The WCIAA
has hosted iron conferences in Denver, Colorado and Missoula, Montana
with the third biennial conference scheduled for 2012 in Hayes, Kansas.
work has shown in sculpture gardens, museums and galleries in the
United States, Italy, Austria, Mexico, and Ireland. She was awarded
Peoples Choice for her work exhibited in Art at Northlake Park, Orlando,
Florida in 2004 and received both Best of Show and the Peoples Choice
Award in the 2nd Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition in 2002. In 1999, Kerrane was artist in residence at Cosan Glas, an environmental
sculpture trail associated with the Earagail Arts Festival. She
was a resident at Flax Art Studio’s International Residency Programme
in Belfast in 2002, which culminated in an exhibition at The Engine
Room. She returns to Ireland each summer to the Burren College of Art,
where Kerrane runs an interdisciplinary, site-specific art course.