Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-

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Ice sculptor; La Jolla, Calif.

From the description of Joyce Cutler Shaw papers, 1974-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122397061

Artist, lecturer and program director, Cutler-Shaw was educated at New York University and received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. At Palomar College in San Diego (Calif.) she developed the "Art and Artist Lecture Series," a program of video interviews with contemporary artists. In 1979 she co-founded the Landmark Art Project, Inc., an organization that integrated art and the environment, and later, the Landmark Art Collaborative, which added architecture to the scope of her projects.

From the description of Joyce Cutler-Shaw papers, 1972-2001. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 47730537


Joyce Arlene Cutler-Shaw was born in 1932, in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in New York City. She received her B.A. in English from New York University in 1953, did graduate study work at Columbia University, and received her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1972. She was an instructor at the UCSD Extension from 1972-1974 where she taught teacher training courses for art in the classroom and seminar courses with guest speakers such as Helen Gahagan Douglas, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and various contemporary artists and professionals.

As an instructor and program director, Cutler-Shaw created the "Art and Artist Lecture Series," a lecture program based on contemporary artists, their works and art issues. Originally produced at Palomar College (1974-1978), this lecture program later expanded to San Diego State University, the University of California, Irvine, and California State University, Long Beach. Cutler-Shaw also produced the "Art and Artists: Video/Audio Archive (1974-1982)," which contained video and audiorecordings of interviews with contemporary artists including Laurie Anderson, David Antin, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Mary Beebe, John Cage, Christo, Agenes Denes, Robert Irwin, Allan Kaprow, Moira Roth, Edward Rusha, James Turrell, Anna Banana, Bill Gaglione, and others.

With a group of local artists and landscape architects, Joyce Cutler-Shaw founded Landmark Art Projects, Inc. (1979-1989) in San Diego, California, dedicated to the development of temporary and permanent outdoor works to integrate art and the environment. LAP served as an umbrella organization for artists to initiate projects and become their own project director. Working with local organizations and institutions, LAP proposed four environmental art projects, the Urban Meadows I and II, Urban Mesa, and the Museum of Seasonal Change.

Cutler-Shaw initiated and was project director for the "Waters of the Nations/ Messages from the World" project which began in 1978 and involved global participation. With UNESCO's patronage, the project consisted of gathering water samples and messages from 94 nations around the world and then constructing ice sculptures that spelled "SURVIVAL" using the gathered samples. The exhibition began at the Plaza of San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, site of the signing of the United Nations Charter and culminated with the exhibition and a ceremony at the UN Plaza in New York City to celebrate the UN Water Decade 1981-1990.

The Landmark Art Collaborative (LAC) continued LAP's commitment to the integration of art and architecture and the natural environment from 1985-1992. The members of the LAP collaborated with outside local organizations on individual projects, including "Performance Art/Art Performance" (La Mamelle, Inc.), "On the Environment II" (Sushi Gallery and CME, UCSD), "Toward an International Dialogue" (San Diego Museum of Natural History), "Landmark/Miramar Collaboration" (San Diego Miramar College), and "Dialogues in Art and Architecture" (The Athenaeum). Cutler-Shaw has continued coordinating the "Dialogues in Art and Architecture" at the Atheneum Music and Art Library, collaborating with the Woodbury University School of Architecture since 2002.

Cutler-Shaw's inter-media artwork include performance art, such as reading/performance, the "Messenger" and "The Lady and the Bird"; public art projects, such as the outdoor metal scupltures for the California Pacific Homes Stonecrest Project; site-specific installations, such as the "Namewall" (1974) for Los Angeles International Airport; and artist's books, notably, the "Alphabet of Bones." Drawings, solo exhibitions, and artworks on private commissions add to the gamut of Cutler-Shaw's artwork. Cutler-Shaw has participated in numerous panel presentations, artist's book exhibitions/publications and individual and group exhibitions. She has also published several articles and has appeared in the writings of others.

The many public programs and affiliations in which Cutler-Shaw has participated, include the Art Advisory Board at Sushi Performance Gallery (1981-1990), the College Art Association and Women's Caucus for Arts, and the San Diego Council of Design Professionals. A more complete list and description of projects can be found on Cutler-Shaw's website -

Cutler-Shaw lives in La Jolla, California.

From the guide to the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Papers, 1972 - 2001, (Mandeville Special Collections Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf CUTLER-SHAW, JOYCE, 1932-. Franklin Furnace artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-. Joyce Cutler-Shaw papers, 1972-2001. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Joyce Cutler Shaw papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991. Isaac Bashevis Singer Papers, 1775, 1923-1995. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-. PAD/D pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Cutler-Shaw, Joyce. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-. Alphabet of bones (poster and prospectus), 1988. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, 1932-. Cutler-Shaw, Joyce. School of The Art Institute of Chicago, John M Flaxman Library
creatorOf Joyce Cutler-Shaw Papers, 1972 - 2001 Mandeville Special Collections Library
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creatorOf Merle Schipper interviews Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002. person
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Birth 1932-06-25




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