Biography

Lorrie_Goulet_Green_Street_Studio_1955Lorrie Goulet is an American sculptor, painter, poet and philosopher. Born in 1925 in New York City, she is known primarily for her direct carving of stone and wood, and her natural and spiritually inspired works which often celebrate women, families and cultures. She is regarded as one of the pioneers of women sculptors, and her works are presented in museums, institutions and galleries including The Whitney, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Academy of Design, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Corcoran Gallery, the Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, David Findlay Jr. Fine Art in NYC, The Kennedy Galleries in NYC, The Harmon Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida, and many more.

A prolific writer, Ms. Goulet’s works include philosophical and educational writings and books, and poetry. A teacher and mentor, Ms. Goulet was educated at Black Mountain College in the 1940’s and taught at the Art Students League of New York for many decades. She continues to create art, publish her writings, and teach in her studio in Chelsea, New York.

Amongst the many quotations Ms. Goulet is known for is this: “I believe the source of our art lies on our inner center of being…the core of our awareness. From this center flows our power of creativity, the mystery and magic of our art. I believe that art is the realization of the dynamic energy and order of the universe…as perceived by the individual…as reflected and made whole in the visual images we create.”

Born:

August 17th, 1925, Riverdale, NY

LIFE AND CAREER

Ms. Goulet’s arts studies began when at age seven she met Aimee Voorhees at the Inwood Pottery Studio in 1932 and continued working with Ms. Voorhees for four, formative years. Her first group exhibition included two of her ceramic figural groups included in a children’s exhibition in 1936 at the New York Museum of Natural History.

Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she continued her education. In 1940 she became an apprentice to Jean Rose, a highly respected ceramicist in Southern California.

In the autumn of 1943, Ms. Goulet entered Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where she studied painting and drawing with Joseph Albers and weaving with Annie Albers. In the summer of 1944, she met Jose de Creeft, a visiting sculptor and instructor, and in November 1944, Ms. Goulet and Mr. de Creeft were married. Two years later, they acquired a farm in Hoosick Falls, New York, where they worked part of each year until 1968, and gave birth to artist Donna Maria de Creeft.

Ms. Goulet’s first solo exhibition occurred at the Clay Club Sculpture Center, New York, in 1948. Kennedy Galleries in New York began presenting her work in 1971, and a regular stream of solo exhibitions continued through 1986.  Her work continues to be presented by David Findlay Jr. Gallery, in solo and group exhibitions, and the Harmon Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida.

Her work has been frequently represented in group shows since 1948, among them, a number of Annual Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in the fine arts pavilion of the New York World’s Fair of 1965. Ms. Goulet and Mr. de Creeft spent the winters of 1949 and 1950 in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she received first prizes in both aWest Palm Beach Art League exhibition and an exhibition of the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. Goulet’s first position as a teacher of sculpture was with the Museum of Modern Art’s Peoples Center, New York, in 1957, and she also began teaching privately in that year.

From 1961 to 1975 she was on the faculty of the New School, New York, and began teaching at the famed Art Students League of New York starting in 1981 until 2004. CBS Television aired twenty-three program segments featuring Ms. Goulet’s teaching, with demonstrations for children for a program called “Around the Corner” sponsored by the New York City Board of Education. These programs were aired between 1964 and 1968.

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS

Ms. Goulet’s work is characterized by figures, predominately of women, the forms of which have an organic relationship to the stone or wood from which the sculptor has released them. She is also a painter, philosopher and poet with several books to her credit, and with several more in development.

Ms. Goulet has completed a number of public sculptures at monumental scale, in a series of facades commissioned by the City of New York for several of its public buildings in the Bronx including the Branch Public Library at 173rd Street and Grand Concourse, in ceramic, 1958; Nurses School and Residence, Bronx Municipal Hospital, 1961; and the 48th Precinct Police and Fire Station Headquarters, in stainless steel, 1971.

Ms. Goulet has had scores of solo exhibitions at museums and galleries. Her sculpture can be found in the permanent collections of museums including the Wichita Museum of Art in Kansas, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Academy of Design in New York City and the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. In 1998, she was honored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. with a solo exhibition titled “Fifty Years of Making Sculpture.”

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Studied:

1933-38, Inwood Pottery Studios
1943-44, Black Mountain College, North Carolina

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014 Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at Vytlacil, Art Students League of New York, NY
  • 2011 Past and Present, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2009 David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2009, 2003, 2000 Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
  • 2007, 2005, 2004 David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2003 Process, The Art Students League, New York, NY
  • 2002, 2001 David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 1998 Fifty Years of Making Sculpture, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  • 1989, 1991 Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
  • 1988, 1991 Carolyn Hill Galleries, New York, NY
  • 1986, 1983, 1980, 1978 The Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY
  • 1975, 1973, 1971, 1969 Temple Emeth, Tea Neck, NJ
  • 1968, 1961 New School Associates, New York, NY
  • 1968, 1966, 1962, 1959 The Contemporaries Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1966 Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
  • 1951 The Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • 1955, 1951, 1948 Clay Club Sculpture Center, New York, NY

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Asheville Museum, Ashville, NC
  • The Archdiocese of New York, New York, NY
  • The Art Students League, New York, NY
  • The Children’s Museum, Naples, FL
  • Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  • The Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN
  • Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University, MA
  • MunsonWilliamsProctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
  • National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • The National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
  • The National Palace, Madrid, Spain
  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • New York University, Music Dep. New York, NY
  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
  • Palacio National, Madrid, Spain
  • The Philadelphia Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
  • Sarah Roby Foundation, New York, NY
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
  • Southeast Missouri State University Museum, Cape Girardeau, MI
  • Tamara Kerr Art Bank, Savannah, College of Art, Savannah, GA
  • Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

COMMISSIONS

  • 1971 Stainless Steel Relief, 49th Precinct, Police and Fire Station Headquarters, Bronx, NY
  • 1961 Ceramic Relief, Nurses Residence and School, Bronx Municipal Hospital, Bronx, NY
  • 1958 Ceramic Relief, New York Public Library, 173rd St. Branch, Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 1997-2001 President, New York Artist’s Equity, Inc.
  • 1986 Board of Directors- Sculpture, Audubon Artists, New York, NY
  • 1978 US Representative, Brancusi Society
  • 1984 Samuel F. B. Morse Associates, New York University, New York, NY
  • 1986 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  • 1987 National Sculpture Society, New York City: elected Fellow (1991)
  • and Council (1992)
  • National Academy of Design, New York City: ANA 1988, NA 1989, Board of Directors 1994-96
  • Fine Arts Federation: Delegate 1993, Board of Directors 1994, President 1997-2001, Hon. Vice-President
  • Sculptors Guild, New York, NY

AWARDS

  • 2001 Malvina Hoffman Art Fund Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1997 Richard Florsheim Art Fund Award, 1997
  • 1993, 1994 Certificate of Merit, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1967 Solten Engel Memorial Award, Audobon Artists, New York, NY
  • Honorable Mention, Audubon Artists, New York, NY
  • 1967 First, Westchester County Art Society, NY
  • 1951 Honorable Mention, Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 1950 First and Honorable Mention, Ball State Teacher’s College, Muncie, IN
  • 1950 First, Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
  • 1949 First, Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009 El Nexus Espanol, Cervantes Institute, New York, NY
  • 2008 SummerSet, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2007 SummerSet, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 8 Women Artists, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2006 A Salute to The National Academy, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2005 Celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Art Students League, ACA Gallery, New York, NY
  • David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2002 Black Mountain: Una Aventura Americana, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  • 2001 Sculpture from New Yorkers Studios, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
  • 2001-1969 Sculpture Guild, New York, NY
  • 2001-1977, 1975, 1966 National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1994 Revealed Forms, De Creeft, Glinsky, Hartwig and Goulet, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
  • 100 Years of the N.S.S. in U.S.A. in Italy, Seravezza, Italy
  • Wildlife in Midtown, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
  • Contemporary Figurative Sculpture, Kings Borough Community College, New York, NY
  • 1992 Mitchell Art Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
  • Paine Art Center, Oskosh, WI
  • Brunnier Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Museum Tour: The Coming of Age of American Sculpture, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
  • Portrait of Juan Carlos I, The Spanish Institute, New York, NY
  • 1991 The Copley Society, Boston, MA
  • 1990 Collector’s Choice, The McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
  • The Coming of Age of American Sculpture, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY
  • 1989 The Figure: Continuity and Change, National Sculpture Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • Paintings, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
  • 1987 Black Mountain Connection, Gilliam & Peden Gallery, Raleigh, NC
  • 1982 Women in the Making of Art History, Art Students League, New York, NY
  • 1978 Invitational, National Arts Club, New York, NY
  • 1973 Erotic Art, New School, New York, NY
  • 1971 Summer Exhibition, Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ
  • Time-Life Building, New York City
  • 1969 Sculptors Guild Annual
  • 1966 Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Loeb Art Center, New York, NY
  • 1966, 1975, 1977 National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1965 USA World’s Fair, Fine Arts Pavilion, New York, NY
  • Black Mountain College Exhibition, Carroll-Reece Memorial Museum, Johnson City, TN
  • 1965 Forest Hodgson Wood Memorial, Scarborough-on-Hudson
  • 1964 Collector’s Choice, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK
  • Mother and Child in Modern Art, American Federation of Art, New York, NY
  • 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 Westchester County New York Art Society
  • 1962, 1959, 1954, 1952 Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1951, 1950
  • 1961 Mechanism-Organism, The New School, New York, NY
  • American Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • World Trade Fairs, Algiers, Barcelona and Zagreb
  • 1960 Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  • 1957 World Trade Fairs, Zagreb, Yugoslavia and Barcelona, Spain
  • 1955, 1953, 1950, 1949,
  • 1948 Whitney Museum, New York, NY
  • 1954 Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, CT
  • 1954 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 1953 Riverside Museum, New York, NY
  • 1951 Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
  • 1951 Architectural League, New York, NY
  • 1951 De Cordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • 1951, 1950, 1949 Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 1950 12 Woman Sculptors, Art Alliances, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1950 Florida Art Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • 1950 Ball State Teacher’s College, Muncie, IN
  • 1951, 1950, 1949 Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
  • 1951, 1949 Palm Beach Art League, FL
  • 1950, 1949 Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, MD
  • 1949 Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1948-55 Clay Club Sculpture Center, New York, NY
  • 1948 Audubon Artists Annual, New York, NY
  • 1936 Museum of Natural History, New York, NY