Allison Valchuis is a sculptor and educator with over eight years experience in community arts education. Her work explores process, material, weight and balance through various ceramic practices, drawing and a love of good craftsmanship. She has been awarded residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, Ox-Bow, School of Arts and Artists Residencies in Saugatuck, MI, and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT and shown work in New York, Rhode Island and Italy.
Prior to joining 92Y, Allison worked with the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to implement professional development programs for K-12 educators on how to integrate design thinking in the classroom and teen programs to introduce youth to design careers. She also served as an Americorps*VISTA at Rhode Island School of Design’s free teen portfolio prep and outreach program Project Open Door where she organized community partnerships and developed college readiness programs. Allison first joined the 92Y Art Center staff in 2010 as the Assistant Administrator and Ceramics Technician and now holds the position of Manager of Daytime Programs. In addition, she is a ceramics faculty member specializing in mold making, slip casting, and sculpture and pottery programs for children. She received her BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design. Her website is www.allisonvalchuis.com.