Alisha McCurdy (b. 1984) is an artist currently living and working in New Jersey. She grew up in the rolling hills and coal fields of western Pennsylvania. It was not until moving away from home that she began to understand the Northern Appalachian region’s influence in her life. Primarily embodying sculptural and installation forms, Alisha’s artwork borrows craft-based techniques that are familiar to Appalachia. In this multifarious approach, her work seeks to share common respect for labor and making that are indicative of the humble community she is from.

Recent exhibitions include, Empire of Dirt (2015) Paul Robeson Galleries, Newark, NJ, Resilience (2014) Eastern China Normal University, Shanghai China, Of the Land (2013) Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Geographies of Gender (2012) at The Thought Lot, Shippensburg, PA, BOUND MFA Thesis Exhibition 2012, University Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, Seven Hundred Thirty-Five, (2011) solo thesis exhibition at Lawrence Alloway Memorial Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, She has also shown internationally in Croatia and China

Alisha completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.  At Stony Brook, she held the Maurice Goldberger Fellowship and was selected as a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant recipient. 

In 2007 she participated in an international exchange program with Akademija Likovnih Umjetnosti U Zagrebu (Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb Croatia).

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