Ilka List: The Art of Storytelling


November 1 – November 30, 2013

 A selection of 35 terra cotta and bronze relief sculpture by HudsonValley artist Ilka List will be exhibited at the James Cox Gallery at Woodstock through the month of November.  The Art of Storytelling offers an intimate look at List’s recent work which depicts folk tales and stories of transformation.  The show will open Friday, November 1st, with a reception from 5-8 pm.

List sculpts her powerful stories, dreams and personal experiences into narrative motifs in terra cotta. Her themes, characters and stories are often layered with symbolic imagery, subconscious dialog, and enlightened self-awareness.  This special weekend to celebrate List’s beautiful artwork will open with a bang on Friday evening and continue on Sunday, November 3rd, when the gallery hosts a storytelling event from 3-5 pm featuring special guest Malachy McCourt, the Irish-American author and raconteur. List and McCourt have been close friends for years.

List’s sculpture will provide visual resonance for the Sunday storytelling kickoff event and then weekly Thursday storytelling evenings patterned after the highly acclaimed “Moth Radio” programs. The storytelling events will continue through the month of November.

Ilka List has a MFA in sculpture from SUNY, New Paltz, and a Doctorate in Art and Art Professions from NYU.  As an architectural artist she created murals and/or terracotta installations in Bridgeport and New Haven, CT, as well as in Dexter and Bucksport, ME, and Santa Ana, CA.  More recently, she completed a series of nature/science murals and exhibits for the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY.   Among her notable collectors, she includes Mary Gordon, Malachy McCourt, actor Richard Harris and musical genius James Brown. She has been represented by The Environment Gallery and the Smith Gallery, NYC.   In 2007, List had a solo retrospective exhibit of sculpture, paintings, and drawings at the Woodstock Art Association and Museum in Woodstock, NY.

For several years List taught sculpture at the Woodstock School of Art.   Her drawings illustrate children’s books published by Four Winds Press, Scholastic Books, and Obolensky, as well as many independently published books and journals.

Her sculpture, drawings, and paintings closely follow her emotional and intellectual interests, often incorporating her experiences in the natural world, literally, or imaginatively.  List believes that aspects of the natural world allow us symbolic access to the deeper reaches of our souls.

James Cox Gallery at Woodstock is located at 4666 Route 212, Willow, N.Y. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 12 – 5 pm. For more information call 845-679-7608 or e-mail the gallery at View Ilka List: Sculpting Narrative on the gallery website,

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