I must, to begin, accept that my life will always be haunted by the specters of loss. And so the objects I create begin at sites of memory and of mourning – a cemetery, the home of a loved one, a childhood playground, or a historical site with emotional or spiritual resonance. I collect earth and objects from these spaces, sometimes leaving what I can in their place and sometimes incorporating the sacrifice of irreplaceable objects into my work. Theses rituals constitute my creative process, they are confrontational and cathartic, and the creation of beauty and art is mostly incidental.
— Anthony Stellaccio
Anthony Stellaccio is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) and the American Folklore Society, earning his MFA at Tulane University in ceramics, and his MA in Folklore from Western Kentucky University. He lived in Lithuania from 2004-2010, during which time he served as a consultant for the Lithuanian Art Museum, lectured and wrote extensively on Lithuanian ceramics, published both a documentary film and a book on Lithuanian folk pottery, and remained active as an artist in Europe and abroad. In 2010, Stellaccio served as a project manager and curatorial research specialist for the Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art. In 2017, the freelance artist and scholar will receive his second US Fulbright Grant to teach American ceramic art history and professional development at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts in Lithuania. In June of this year, an exhibition of international artists for which Stellaccio is co-curator will open at Cloud Gallery in Amsterdam. In 2018 he will be curating a series of concurrent exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks, focusing on the topic of folklore in contemporary ceramics. He remains active as a writer and studio artist.