About the artist

Alice RobrishAs a child I lived outside of New York City in a community still filled with woods and streams that I loved to play in. After graduating from Oberlin College with a political science major, I lived and worked in New York City for a few years.

Coinciding with the birth of my first born, I began to work in clay, the material I longed to use as a child. Living in Montgomery County MD, outside of Washington DC, I went to Montgomery College and took virtually every art class offered. I then enrolled in the University of Maryland and earned a degree in studio art with a focus on sculpture.

For more than twenty years I taught clay sculpture and handbuilding classes in my DC area studio while sculpting and exhibiting my work. In 2004 I relocated to Yellow Springs OH, where I continue my studio practice. My figurative sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in the DC area, in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, and greater Dayton.

Women’s lives are central to my work. In the last few years I’ve focused on the lives of disenfranchised women – women in the United States and women in developing countries. I’m indebted to James Weldon Johnson for poetry that speaks of the hardship and the rejoicing. I’ve used some lines from Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing as sculpture titles.