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Anna Westfall

DEPARTMENT: Visual & Communication Arts Dept

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 275G

PHONE: (540) 432-4214


Anna Westfall earned an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and a B.F.A. from James Madison University. Westfall is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work often explores the complex relationship between memories, genetics, cycles in nature and the larger system of culture that inform identity. Her sculptures and installations attempt to create the essence and energy found in the natural world while speaking to human perception and understanding of its character. With various materials including porcelain, steel, video projections, acrylic sheet and light, she attempts to capture the ephemeral and fluid nature of identity as well, while speaking to the duality of an immutable essence that exists beyond the material. In addition, Westfall is interested in the value of functional objects that are used in daily life, which shape personal and cultural aesthetics. Westfall has exhibited her work in Virginia, New Mexico, Georgia, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts.


Master of Fine Arts (05/05)
Concentration: Ceramic/Sculpture (Installation, Time Based Art, Mixed Media)
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Bachelor of Fine Arts, (05/99)
Concentration: Ceramic/Sculpture
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.


Bibliography & Reviews
Natale, Naomi. “Cradle to the Grave: The Making of an Art Activist.” Virginia Quarterly Review, A National Journal of Literature & Discussion Fall 2012: n. pag. Web. May 2016. (Photograph of artwork)

The Cradle Project: Benefiting the Firelight Foundation 2010: 26-27. Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Cudlin, Jeffry. “Penumbra” Washington City Paper 3 May 2007: Print. (Review & Photograph of artwork)

“Penumbra, Push Pause.” Hyperlocal News. Hartburg, Colby. Verizon Cable Network. Washington D.C. May 2007. Television. (Video interview)

Weideman, Paul. “An Earthy Muse.” Pasatiempo 21-27 October 2005: 40-42. Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Pulkka, Wesley. “Porcelain sculptures exude mystery and intrigue” Albuquerque Journal June 26, 2005: F5. Print. (Review & Photograph of artwork)

Becker K., Kaitlyn. The Ninth Annual Juried Graduate Student Exhibition March 28-May 9, 2003: Print. (Photograph of artwork)

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

• Blueprint: Self and Systems, Slide lecture and presentation, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2005)