Novie Trump

Artist Statement

My work is a visual exploration of the resilient fragility of nature. It is about time, birth, death, observation, beauty and loss.

I work with clay, glass and found objects to create site-specific installations and smaller object based work.

My current installation series examines the impact that human development has had on the natural world, exploring themes of lost habitat, damaged environments and disappearing animal populations.

In other works, I draw on my training as a classical archaeologist to create modern reliquaries from clay, glass, metal and found objects, crafting intimate narratives that explore the cycles of life in nature.


Novie Trump is a Washington, DC based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Novie Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Novie Trump currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations and currently serves as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. Trump is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development.

Novie Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary art space in Mt. Rainier, MD. To learn more, please visit her website at


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