Trish Classe Gianakis

When it comes to creating artwork, Raku is my passion. For the past 25 years, I have been creating Raku sculpture mixing ceramic sculpture with other elements such as wire, wood, dried flowers and plant pods. Art has enabled me to reflect not just on the pain but also the joy of the gift of life.  My work is emotionally driven using the human form to convey life and its obstacles. The newest phase of my artwork is influenced by my journey as a cancer survivor.

Originally from Arizona, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, then moved to the East coast to earn my Masters of Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City.

My work has been exhibited at the Chelsea Art Gallery, NYC; Broome Street Gallery, NYC; Prospect Hall, Brooklyn, NY; Hoboken Arts Festival, Hoboken, NJ; Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ; Maskers Barn, Deserted Village, NJ; and the Mill Avenue Art Show, Tempe, Arizona.

Awards and honors: Second Place RAKU, mixed media at Watchung Artist Center Members Art Show. First Place, Painting, Arizona State Fair. Best in Show, Drawing, Tempe Artist Festival two years in a row. Four Art Scholarship Awards to Arizona State University.

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