September 10, 2009
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
Amy Hauft grew up in Southern California, earning her Bachelors in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz. From there, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship, and subsequently earned her Masters of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York City. Hauft has exhibited her large-scale architectural installations in museums and galleries world-wide including the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, the International Artists Museum (Poland), The American Academy in Rome, PS1 Museum, Wesleyan University Gallery, USC Atelier Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleryaaa, Sculpture Center, etc. She has been the recipient of numerous significant grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (twice), the St. Gaudens Foundation Fellowship, PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibition Initiatives, the Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Public Art Fund Grant. She has been awarded residencies that have allowed her to work in different parts of the world including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Umbria, Italy and the International Artists Residency Fellowship in Poland. Ms. Hauft taught for many years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, moving from Assistant to Full Professor. She taught for one year on the school's Rome campus. She was recently selected to Chair the Sculpture Department at Virginia Comonwealth University.