Jennifer York | Estuary Blues

January 19 – April 16, 2023

Jennifer York is a lifelong artist and explorer. She grew up in rural Indiana, earned a BFA in Sculpture with an Art History minor from Pratt Institute and a MFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2003, she founded Jennythreads Studio in Asheville, NC, producing fine handmade apparel for stylish women, crafting an independent, creative living for 19 years. In 2018-19, York traveled to a dozen countries for four monthlong international art residencies, where she filled sketchbooks with observational drawings and created a series of collapsible carousel pop-up book sculptures that fit in her carry-on suitcase. She then relocated to the tidal marshlands near Folly Beach, SC, in March 2020. As an avid runner during the COVID-19 pandemic, York found old suitcases and mirrors on the side of the road and saw them as creative vessels in which to build wondrous new scenes of intricate cut paper – a natural development from the carousel book structures. She continued to develop this body of work as a 2021 Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC) Visiting Artist. Estuary Blues encompasses York’s work and life since moving to the South Carolina coast.

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Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.