Priscilla Kepner Sage

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Priscilla Kepner Sage
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Born1936 (age 84–85)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Education
  • B.S. in Art
  • MFA in Sculpture
Alma mater
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Columbia University
  • Iowa State University
  • Drake University
OccupationVisual artist
Known forThree dimensional and Bas Relief Contemporary Fiber Sculpture
Movement
  • American Fiber Arts Movement
  • Women's Art Movement
Spouse(s)Charles Russell Sage
Children2
Parents
  • Edward Arlington Kepner (father)
  • Mary Schwenk Kepner (mother)
Websitepriscillakepnersage.com

Priscila Kepner Sage (1936-Present) is an American visual artist known for Fiber Sculpture and associate professor emeritus of art at Iowa State University.[1]Sage's work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Quilt Museum, Brunnier Art Museum, Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Yamanashi Prefecture International Center, Kofu, Japan. Sage's suspended sculpture, two dimensional, and bas relief work, can be found in permanent corporate, residential, and healthcare collections throughout the United States and abroad.[2]

Early life and education

Priscilla Kepner Sage was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mary Schwenk Kepner and Edward Arlington Kepner. She was the middle child of three, Mary Elizabeth, and John Charles ,. In Allentown, she attended the Kline-Baum Art School 1946-1951. Her family moved to Quakertown, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Quakertown High School, the class of 1954. Sage graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Art in 1958. She attended Columbia University 1959-1960 for graduate studies in the Teachers College. Her family moved to Glen Ridge, NJ. in 1956. The years 1959 -1962 she taught art in the West Orange, NJ school district. In 1962, she left NJ to move to Ames, IA. Sage attended Iowa State University for graduate studies while being an art teacher in the Ames, IA school system. She and her husband moved to Santa Barbara, CA for two years,1967-1969. They returned to Ames, IA in 1969. Sage completed her Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from Drake University in 1981.[3]

Career

Sage was an arts educator at the University of Iowa, Drake University (18 years), Iowa State University (18 years). She retired as an associate professor from the College of Art and Design, Iowa State Universtiy in 2000. She has exhibited consistently since her first solo exhibit in 1965 at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. Her most recent exhibit, "Floating Worlds" is part of "Contemplating Japan" at the Brunnier Art Museum, 2020.

Personal life

Priscilla Sage married Charles Russell Sage in 1960. They met while living and working in Northern NJ. Charles Russell Sage graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology and spent his career in Computer Programming. Both are retired professors from Iowa State University. They have two children, Andrew and Abigail.[4]

Sage has been a lifelong advocate of women's rights and women in the arts.[5]

Sage has traveled to Japan, Guatemala, Ghana, and India for further textile study.

2008 retrospective

In September 2008, The Brunnier Art Museum exhibited a retrospective of Sage's work from 1958-2008. The exhibit was titled "Priscilla Sage 1958-2008 Fifty Years of Sculpture".Jane Gilmore wrote an accompanying book with contributions from Mark Engelbrecht, Dean of College of Design, Iowa State, Lynette L. Pohlman, Director, Chief Curator, University Museums, Priscilla Sage, Patricia Malarcher, and Jane Gilmor[6]

Awards[7]

  • 2008 Christian Petersen Design Award - College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • 1997 Award for Extraordinary Performance - College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • 1978 Craft Award - Iowa Artist Exhibition Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • 1975 Craft Award - Iowa Artist Exhibition Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • 1974 Craft Award - Iowa Artist Exhibition Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • 1972 Fiber Award - Iowa Crafts - McNider Museum, Mason City, IA
  • 1971 Craft Award - Iowa Artist Exhibition Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • 1970 Purchase Award - Midwest Regional exhibition, Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 1968 Best in Show Award - 10 West, Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 1966 Fiber Award - Wichita National Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

Permanent public collections[8]

  • National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
  • Ames City Auditorium, City Hall Building, Ames, IA
  • Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Trinity Health Care System, Fort Dodge, IA
  • Franklin G. Burroughs and Simon R. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Gerdin Business College, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Jischke Honors Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
  • Ames City Hall, Ames, IA
  • Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
  • Mid-Iowa Cardiology, Des Moines, IA
  • The Yamanashi Prefecture International Center, Kofu, Japan
  • Sauer Sundstrand, Ames, IA
  • Grinnell Community Hospital, Grinnell, IA
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA
  • First Presbyterian Church, Nevada, IA
  • McFarland Medical Center, Ames, IA
  • University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA
  • St. Lukes Medical Office Building, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Belin, Harris, Helmick, Tesdell, Lamson, McCormick - A Professional Corporation, Des Moines, IA
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, Long Beach, CA
  • McNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA
  • Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA
  • Iowa State University Memorial Union, Ames, IA
  • Maytag Student Center, Central College, Pella, IA
  • Ewan University, Seoul, Korea
  • Hy-Vee Corporate Headquarters, Chariton, IA
  • Red Oak Community Hospital, Red Oak, IA
  • Waterloo Municipal Galleries, Waterloo, IA
  • Piper, Joffery, Hopewood, Des Moines, IA
  • Equitable Insurance Co., Des Moines, IA
  • The Knoll, Residence of the President of Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Sheraton Inn, Richmond, VA
  • DeLay First National Bank, Norfolk, NE
  • Holiday Inn, Oshkosh, WI
  • Ames Public Library, Ames, IA
  • City of Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kofu, Japan

Suspended sculpture[9]

Fluid Spectrum 1,2,3, and Amber, Indigo, Garnet, Gold sculptures shown. Amber, Indigo, Garnet, Gold detail.

Further reading

  • Gilmor, Jane, 2008 Priscilla Sage 1958-2008 Fifty Years of Sculpting[10]
  • The Waterloo Municipal Galleries, 1989 " A Fiber Art Tradition: Works by Women", catalog 14p.

References

  1. [citation to reliable source, print or e, goes here]
  2. "Priscilla Kepner Sage". PRISCILLA KEPNER SAGE. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  3. "Priscilla Kepner Sage". PRISCILLA KEPNER SAGE. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. Gilmor, Jane. (2008). Priscilla Sage, 1958-2008 fifty years of sculpting. Sage, Priscilla., Pohlman, Lynette L., Engelbrecht, Mark., Malarcher, Patricia. (1st ed ed.). Ames, Iowa: University Museums, Iowa State University. ISBN 978-0-9798111-1-1. OCLC 310353590.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  5. Gilmor, Jane. (2008). Priscilla Sage, 1958-2008 fifty years of sculpting. Sage, Priscilla., Pohlman, Lynette L., Engelbrecht, Mark., Malarcher, Patricia. (1st ed ed.). Ames, Iowa: University Museums, Iowa State University. ISBN 978-0-9798111-1-1. OCLC 310353590.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  6. Gilmor, Jane. (2008). Priscilla Sage, 1958-2008 fifty years of sculpting. Sage, Priscilla., Pohlman, Lynette L., Engelbrecht, Mark., Malarcher, Patricia. (1st ed ed.). Ames, Iowa: University Museums, Iowa State University. ISBN 978-0-9798111-1-1. OCLC 310353590.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  7. "Priscilla Kepner Sage". PRISCILLA KEPNER SAGE. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  8. "Priscilla Kepner Sage". PRISCILLA KEPNER SAGE. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  9. "Priscilla Kepner Sage". PRISCILLA KEPNER SAGE. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  10. Gilmor, Jane. (2008). Priscilla Sage, 1958-2008 fifty years of sculpting. Sage, Priscilla., Pohlman, Lynette L., Engelbrecht, Mark., Malarcher, Patricia. (1st ed ed.). Ames, Iowa: University Museums, Iowa State University. ISBN 978-0-9798111-1-1. OCLC 310353590.CS1 maint: extra text (link)

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