ANNE WELLBORN SAVAGE

Email: annewsavage@gmail.com
LinkedIn: anne-wellbornsavage
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Bio

Anne Wellborn Savage, is an arts administrator who works to influence the way chronically underfunded arts programs, museum programming, public art outreach and, arts policy are shaped(/). Savage wants artists and museums alike to be recognized for their priceless contributions to society without the need to be attached to a cause or initiative in order to receive funding.

Savage worked as an Art Docent for the Bellevue Museum and actively participated in the Lake Washington School District’s Art Docent Program. She led committees whose work blended community engagement with Elementary School art programs. Anne also served on the City of Redmond’s Arts Council Advisory Committee to revitalize its downtown arts district. 

Savage has worked as a researcher for the Barrick Museum of Art as well as the Lied Library Special Collections & Archives. In 2020, She was published in the Nevada Humanities Double Down Blog, won the Lance and Elena Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research and, presented research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. She is currently exhibiting Intimate Nevada: Artists Respond at the Lied Library Special Collections & Archives.

She currently researches and writes grants for the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada while earning her Undergraduate degree studying Sculpture and Art History at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is on the Dean’s honor list and holds memberships to Sigma Alpha Pi and  Phi Kappa Pi. 
Statement

For the past 20 years, my artistic practice has revolved around teaching students—who think they’re not artists—how to view art and then create their own. My personal practice is very much the same, I find inspiration trying things I’ve never done before.  When I make, I am reminded that I don’t have to master a skill to enjoy the process or the result. I often create based on a need —I may need to give a gift or capture a memory—that more often than not revolves around my desire to save money, to use a new tool, to build something I saw on Pinterest,  to use a cool thrift-store find or just to prove to myself I can. My art isn’t mixed media, but rather, it’s a collective mix of mediums; ceramics, watercolor, photography, sculpture, embroidery, quilting and costume design. I have recently learned how to curate and design exhibitions. In this, I have discovered a desire for viewers to be affected, to connect through association, memories and emotion visually. I gravitate toward simple projects that, as I’ve aged, express deep emotions like love and loss. As I have progressed as an artist, there has been a shift in my identity… how I define myself – as a mother, wife and a person – my creativity has grown with my character. Art is a vehicle for sharing thoughts and ideas. It has the potential to change one’s intentions, generate new ideas, sometimes borrowing through conventional ideas so common to our lives.  I have no grand illusions that art will create a revolution in the traditional sense, but have witnessed the powerful changes it can make in an individual.  Just one new idea will change a person’s perception.