School of Art Design and Art History

2021-22 Distinguished Alumni Award: Millicent Young


 
"After the Birds" is a short documentary on sculptor artist Millicent Young that explores her process and her inspiration. A film by: Meira Blaustein & Megan Sperry Featuring: Artist, Millicent Young Flautist, Steve Gorn Singer, Timothy Hill
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Millicent Young, (MFA '97)

The School of Art, Design and Art History has chosen Millicent Young (M.F.A. '97) to receive the SADAH 2021-22 Distinguished Alumni Award for her work in sculpture, installation and inter-media collaborations involving sculpture, sound, poetry and movement. 

What does receiving this award mean to you?
The award is very meaningful to me, certainly as a professional affirmation but also, more privately, as a sweet echo of triumph from a difficult passage," said Young. "It feels in equal measures celebratory and healing, and I am grateful to the vision, mission and openness of SADAH. I am so impressed with how the program and faculty have grown.

What do you attribute your professional success to?
The substance and strength of my work. Choosing integrity in the studio, as a citizen and human being, and with my professional peers. Perseverance. Maturity. Relentlessly hard work.  Questioning. Collaboration. The belief in transformation.  Always having a wage earning job and never expecting to earn a living solely as a studio artist. Making choices that put my practice as an artist central and not separate from the other threads from which we weave our lives.

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Young's work was featured on the cover
of Sculpture magazine in March 2020.

What are you working on now?
I have several studio projects going on simultaneously:

  • A large outdoor installation that incorporates four already-dead cedar trees, four pairs of salvaged steel-frame factory windows, 32 panes of glass that I am fuming and embossing with text in the kiln, and a motion activated audio track. On the panes of glass and in the audio track, I am using the text of a poem by Jane Hirshfield with whom I have collaborated in the past. Also on the audio track are layers of a now extinct bird call (collaborating with the Cornell Ornithology Library) and the sounds of fire. It is a piece about the sixth extinction.
  • A solo exhibition that will run concurrently with the outdoor exhibition at the same venue. This exhibition In the Silence Between includes an 18-foot-long installation and a performative element with musician collaborators.
  • A series of indoor pieces involving charred cedar and incorporating other materials, including adobe and horsehair.
  • I am in the process of writing two grants, submitting work to several calls and preparing work for a curated exhibition in Brooklyn.

And soon it will be planting time!

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Published: Monday, May 16, 2022

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2022

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