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Rosalyn Driscoll

24 O'Neil Road
Williamsburg, MA 01039-9717, U.S.A.
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Rosalyn Driscoll’s early work in painting and drawing focused on the human body, merging visible surfaces and underlying anatomical structures. She then turned to hand-papermaking to create abstract collages, drawing her imagery from the internal experience of her body.
Interest in the body led to making sculptures that explored touch as a way of knowing and engaging viewers’ bodies. These tactile sculptures were designed for people with visual disabilities, but she found that touching enriches the aesthetic experience for everyone.
Her sculptures and installation are no longer explicitly tactile, but they continue to draw from and speak to the inner somatic senses, evoking bodily feelings such as balance, pressure, motion and emotion.
Since discovering rawhide during a residency in New Mexico, it has become her signature material. She makes use of its amber, mottled, scarred surfaces that expose the life of the cow, as well as its malleability, translucence and evocation of life, death and transformation. She sometimes incorporates neon and light into the work, and collaborates with filmmakers to integrate moving images into the structure and meaning, enriching and transforming both matter and image. 
Engaging the body through her tactile sculptures led to her new work that includes viewers' bodies in the artwork itself, and to collaborating with a dancer, integrating her materials and sculptures into his choreography.
She is a member of Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London that creates installations investigating sensory perception. Her work has received awards and fellowships from New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council (twice), and residencies at Dartington Hall Trust, UK, and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.


Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2020    Water Serpent, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ 

2017    Night Mind, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2015    Blindsight(with Sarah Bliss) Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston 

2014    Moving Water(with Tereza Stehlikova) October Gallery, London 

2013    Water Over Fire, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA 

            Generation(with Tereza Stehlikova) GV Art Gallery, London, UK 

            Poetics of Skin 2(with Sarah Bliss) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012    Every Mother (with Tereza Stehlikova) Kingsgate Gallery,                          London, UK 

2010    Natural Light, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA 

2008    Body Sight, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA 

2006    Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen,                       Germany 

            Second Skin, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, BrattleboroVT 

2005    Form is Emptiness, Oresman Gallery, Smith College,  

1999    Sculptures of Rosalyn Driscoll, Westenberg Gallery, Marfa, TX  

            Recent Sculptures, Thorne’s Gallery, Northampton, MA 

            The Sense of Touch, University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson 

1995    The Art of Touch, Middlebury College Art Museum, VT

            The Sense of Touch, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, VT 

1994    The Art of Touch, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 

1993    The Art of Touch, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA 

1992    Rosalyn Driscoll, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ  

1989    Collages, Image Gallery, Stockbridge, MA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   Please Touch the Art, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown,                MA

2018   Natural Forces: Three Sculptors Respond, Saint-Gaudens National                    Park, Cornish, NH
            Breath and Matter, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
2017   New Power from the United States, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
2016   Invitational American Artists, 188Art, Qingdao, Shandong, China 
           West on the Left, East on the Right,
 Jiuchuan City Museum, Gansu,                    China
           Hands On, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA
           Sensory: Please Touch the Art, University of Nebraska Omaha Art                    Gallery
2015   West on the Left, East on the Right, 188Art, Shanghai, China
           Boston Sculptors at Chesterwood, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
           34: Isles Arts Initiative, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
           Pioneer Women,
 MAP, Easthampton, MA
           Boston Sculptors, 
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
           Forever and After, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
2014   Captive Lights, Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France 
           Naturalisme Integral, 
Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France
           Ovid’s Girls, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
           Ovid’s Girls: Small Works, Gallery Wichtendahl, Berlin, Germany
           Ovid’s Girls, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
           Small Works: Ovid’s Girls, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
           Ovid’s Girls, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany,
           Visions/Visiones, Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha,                    Cuzco, Peru
           Transcripts/Transcripciones, Instituto Cultural Peruano                                       Norteamericano, Peru
2013   Convergence, Christian Science Plaza, Boston, MA
            Past Tense, Future Imperfect, ArtShare LA, Los Angeles, CA
            REACH, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
            Abstractions: New Modernism, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2012    Amherst Biennial, Amherst MA
            Height, Width, Depth, Time, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
            Hidden in Plain View, Paper City Studios, Holyoke, MA
            Boston Sculptors Celebrates its 20
th Anniversary, University Gallery,                 UMass Lowell
2011    Sensory Worlds, Inspace, University of Edinburgh, UK
            Just Under the Surface, Crypt Gallery, London, UK
            Art Beyond Sight, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
            Sensory CrossoversSynesthesia in American Art, Burchfield Penney               Art Center, Buffalo, NY
            Strand, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
            Pioneer Women, Jasper Rand Museum, Westfield, MA
2010    Sensory CrossoversSynesthesia in American Art, Albuquerque Museum, NM
            Artists of Silvermine, Unison Art Center, New Paltz, NY
            Reshaping Reality, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro,                 VT
            On/Of/About Paper, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
            Pioneer Women, Paper City Gallery, Holyoke, MA
2009    Safe to Touch, Hub National Center for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK
            Art Beyond Sight, New Hampshire Art Association, Portsmouth, NH
            Pioneer Women, Tabla Rasa Gallery, New York, NY
2008    Sculpture and Touch, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
            Touch: An Art Experience for the Senses, DaVinci Gallery,                                  Philadelphia PA
            Little Women, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
2007    Enaction in Arts, Enactive 2007, Grenoble, France,
            Biennial 2007, New Hampshire Institute of Arts, Manchester, NH
            World Haptics, Tsukuba, Japan
2006    Art and the Senses, Science Oxford, Oxford, UK
            Eurohaptics, Paris, France
            Give Us a Hand, Studio Place Arts Gallery, Barre, VT
            Millenial Forest, Locco Ritoro Gallery, Boston, MA
2000-2003   Emotion Pictures, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ traveling exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco; Millennium Arts Center, Washington DC; United Nations Headquarters, New York; National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC; Thomas Hospital, Fairhope, AL; Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Minnesota Government Center, Minneapolis; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA,
2001   Scene/Unseen, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
           Memory of the Hand, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1998   NEFA Sculpture Fellows, Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery, Newton,              MA
1996   Vis/Ability, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
1995   The Artist Book, Canal Gallery, Holyoke, MA
1994   Artists Congress II, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA
1992   Aspects of Paper, Zone Art Center, Springfield, MA
1991   Paper:the Essential Material, Harpercollins Gallery, New York, NY
           Bodystories, Middlebury College Art Museum, Middlebury, VT
1988   Paperworks, Art Complex at Duxbury, Duxbury, MA
1987   Paper, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, NJ


Grants and Fellowships


2013  Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres with Sarah Bliss,             Massachusetts Cultural Council 

2011  Artist’s residency Dartington Space, Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes,           Devon, UK 

2001  Fellowship, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos,               NM 

1998  Arts Lottery Grant, Northampton Arts Council 

1997  Regional Fellowship in Sculpture, New England Foundation for the           Arts 

1996  Professional Development Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council 

1995  Artists’ Projects: New Forms, New England Foundation for the                 Arts 


Reviews, essays and articles 

2015  Sculpturereview of Blindsight by Marty Carlock, November 

2015  Boston Globereview of Blindsight by Cate McQuaid, June 30

2011  Sculpturereview of Natural Light by Marty Carlock, October, Vol. 30, no. 8

2009  Art New Englandreview  “Rosalyn Driscoll: Body Sight” by Raymond Liddell, Feb/March

2008  Sculpture and Touch, Francesca Bacci and Peter Dent, exhibition catalogue, (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, 2008)

Human Hand Functionby Susan Lederman, Lynette Jones (Oxford University Press, 2006)

2005  Brattleboro Reformer“Skin Deep” by Christine Holderness December 

Body and Earthby Andrea Olsen (University of New England Press, 2002)

Emotion Pictures(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2001)

Scene/Unseen(Eastern New Mexico University, 2001)

1999  Arizona Daily Star”Please touch” by Pamela Portwood February

1998  Sculpture“Rosalyn Driscoll: Touching Required” by Marty Carlock, December 

1995  Contact Quarterly“Touching Art” 

1995  Boston Globe“Winning Display of NEFA Artists” by Christine Temin 

1995  Brattleboro Reformer“Art of touch is enriching” September 

1995 The Middlebury Campus“Unusual Exhibit” September 

1995 Boston Phoenix“The art of touch” by Cate McQuaid, January 

1994 Boston Globe“Perspectives” by Christine Temin, December 

1993 Valley Optimist“More than a feeling” by Gretchen Hitchner, July 

1993 Hampshire Gazette“A new way of seeing art” August 

1993 Springfield Sunday Republican“Sculpture as Metaphor” July 

1993 Artists Trust Quarterly“Eyes and Hands” Fall 

1993 Valley Forum“Art to touch: a world under hands” October 


Authored Publications


By the Light of the Body: The Somatic Senses in the Visual Arts, forthcoming book in their Sensory Studies Series, Bloomsbury, London, 2019

Big, Red & Shiny, “By the Light of the Body,” July, 2013, Issue 10;

Sculpture and Touch, Peter Dent, ed, “Playing with Fire” (London: Ashgate Press, 2013)

The Hand: an Organ of the Mind, Z. Radman, ed. “Rehabilitating the Hand” (MIT Press,    2012)

Art and the Senses, Francesca Bacci and David Melcher, ed., “Aesthetic Touch” (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Artesian, “Aesthetic Touch” Autumn/Winter 2008

Proceedings of Enactive/Enaction in Arts Conference 2007, (Grenoble, France, 2007)

Proceedings of the EuroHaptics International Conference(Paris, 2006)

Nouvelles de Danse  Vu du Corps, “Choreographie pour les mains” 48/49, Winter 2001


Lectures and Presentations

2016  Somatics in Art, International Visual Literacy Assoc., Concordia U,           Montreal 

         Aesthetic Touch, University of Nebraska Omaha Art Gallery

         Tactile Artwork Symposium, National Federation of the Blind,                   Baltimore, MD
          Worlds of Water, Transcultural Exchange, Boston, MA

         Dharma Practice, Art Practice, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies,              Barre, MA

2013  Creative Practice as Ritual Process, GV Art Gallery, London 

         Wilds of the Earth and Body, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012  Mind/Brain Institute, John Hopkins University

2011  Moore Lab, Neuroscience Dept, Brown University

         Light in Winter: Science and Art, Ithaca, NY

         Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, London, 

2010  Eurohaptics (keynote), Amsterdam, Netherlands 

         Art on the Brain, Mt Holyoke College, So. Hadley, MA 

2009  Royal College of Art, London, UK

         The Hand: an Organ of the Mind, InterUniversity, Dubrovnik,                     Croatia

         Art Beyond Sight, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

         Center for Non-Invasive Brain Research, Beth Israel Deaconess                 Hospital, Boston 

          Symposium on Sculpture and Touch, Courtauld Institute of Art,                 London, UK

2008-11 Consciousness and First Person Methodologies, Ratna Ling, CA 

2007 WorldHaptics, Tsukuba, Japan

          Enaction in Arts (keynote), Grenoble, France

          Art Beyond Sight, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

          Center for Non-Invasive Brain Research, Beth Israel Deaconess                 Hospital, Boston 2006  Art and the Senses, Science Oxford,                      Oxford, UK 

         Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen,                      Germany 

         Eurohaptics, Paris, France

2005  International Haptics, Tsukuba, Japan

          Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

2004   McGovern Institute, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT,                Cambridge, MA 

2002   Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand, MIT Media                          Lab/Haystack, ME 

           Boston Architecture Center, Boston, MA 

           Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind,                        Hartford, CT 

           Inclusive Practices in the Arts, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT 

2000   Uncommon Senses: The Senses in Art and Culture, Concordia                  University, Montreal, Canada

2000   Clearing the Path: Art and Accessibility in New England, Boston,               MA 

1999    Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN 

1999    University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ 

1998    Congress of International Association of Empirical Aesthetics,                   Rome, Italy 

1995    This/Ability: Conference on Disability and the Arts, University of             Michigan

1995    New England Museum Association, Middlebury, VT 

1995    Boston Sculptors’ Gallery, Newton MA 

1994    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

1994    DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 

1994    Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA 



1969-71  Silvermine College of Art 

1967        BA Smith College 


Curatorial and Teaching

2018-19  Dharma and Art, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA

1985-90  Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, acting director, curator,                       board member 

1971-77  Prescott College, adjunct faculty in art 

1967-69  Yale University Art Gallery, curatorial assistant in the Asian Art                 department