Anne Arrasmith

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Anne Harper Arrasmith (born February 20, 1946; died February 1, 2017 in Birmingham) was an artist and curator who lived and worked in Birmingham. She co-founded the non-profit Space One Eleven art studio and gallery with Peter Prinz and served as its director.

Arrasmith graduated from Shades Valley High School and was a student of Edith Frohock while at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She and Prinz founded Space One Eleven with a mission to present significant, provocative exhibitions that confront ideas in a southern context or framework.

Under Arrasmith, Space One Eleven made it possible for inner-city children to participate in the creation and exhibition of visual arts. Perhaps the most dramatic projects for Space One Eleven is the Birmingham Urban Mural, freestanding mosaic panels immediately east of the Birmingham Museum of Art made from thousands of clay tiles fired by children. The organization received support from the Birmingham Museum of Art before it began receiving grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arrasmith served on the steering committee of Birmingham Art and Music Alliance and was a participating member of The NEA Tapes through the Eidia House in New York City, along with other notables Edward Albee, Jane Alexander, Ed Asner, Ron Athey, Chuck Close, Karen Finley, Agnes Gund, Alex Katz, David Moos, Tim Robbins, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith and Lawrence Weiner among many others. Arrasmith works with Creative Capital as a recommender helping to determine grant nominees.

Curatorial work

  • In 2000, Arrasmith curated "House and Garden: Twists on Domesticity," at Space One Eleven through a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition included the work of Karen Rich Beall and Jon Coffelt. This exhibition also included a catalog with a foreword by David Moos. In this exhibition, Beall exhibited realistic tableau life-size sculpture while Coffelt hand-sewed more than 250 miniature garments that were exhibited as memory sculptures.
  • “Art on the Inside” a self-portrait exhibition of prisoners who are part of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program incorporating drawings, paintings, poems and stories. This arrangement to exhibit this work is as much educational as it is artistic, but don’t think this is simply an exercise in kindness.
  • "Suspended in Conflict" in 2005 was the work of three established artists that was created based on introspection and the intense questions raised by a rapidly changing Southern culture. This exhibit curated by Arrasmith, provided Darius Hill, Larry Jens Anderson, and James Emmette Neel with the opportunity to experiment and to present new works that challenge myth and reality. This exhibition was funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
  • "Politics, Politics: Nice Artists Explore the Political Landscape" curated by Arrasmith and Peter Prinz of Space One Eleven was funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and included Pinky Bass, Clayton Colvin, Peggy Dobbins, Randy Gachet, Binx Newton, Arthur Price, John Trobaugh, Paul Ware, and Stan Woodard. This exhibition featured the introspective works of nine artists, both established and emerging, as they explored the personal and social impact of political events and trends. Those explorations, in turn, become universal statements on the impact politics has had on environment, sports, religion, race, and government in the South.

Since 1987, Anne Arrasmith has included numerous artists' books into her exhibitions including the works of Sara Garden Armstrong, Larry Gens Anderson, Pinky Bass, Jon Coffelt, Edith Frohock, Anne Howard, Lee Isaacs, Joni Mabe, Mary Ann Sampson, David Sandlin, Joel Seah and Marie Weaver along with many others who have worked in field of book arts.

Books and Catalogs