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Lucy Gans

About Me:

Lucy Gans currently lives and works in Allentown, PA. Her recent work is figurative carved in wood, cast in clay and paper or drawn. They explore women’s relationships both to their intimate partners and to social systems. Born in New Jersey in 1949, Gans holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Lake Erie College on Ohio and a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She also attended the Art Students League in New York. Gans is a professor at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem PA where she teaches sculpture and drawing and a course on Women Artists. She has been the director of the Women’s Studies Program, chair of the Department of Art and Architecture and is currently the director of the Design Arts Program. She has taught in schools, colleges, universities and institutes in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Alabama, and am currently part of the artist/teacher program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Her work has been exhibited across the country in college and university galleries, small museums and alternative spaces.

Exhibit change by:

I think of myself as a sculptor who makes drawings. My work has always been figurative. The installation “In Our Own Words,” is a project I have been thinking about for a long time. The original pieces were carved in wood, and meant to represent different female racial types, yet the features are intermixed so that all the faces seem similar. I then manipulated them through molding and casting to create this wall of faces. I am looking for some broader significance in my sculptural work, some degree of social significance, in this case attention to Domestic Violence. The Drawings show my concern for the figure over a period of time. There is no particular focus other than various ways I have represented the female figure over the past 20 years. It is more about the way I use the images to present an idea than about the way I see the female body. Through out my academic career at Lehigh University I have been involved with the Women’s Studies Program and that relationship has lead me into research into women’s lives that I would not necessarily have encountered as an artist.

I'm passionate about:

I am passionate about ending violence toward women and girls, in the US and abroad. Working together to create a just and safe world where poets are as valued as financiers, and we are all open to the transformative power of art.