Carolyn Hazel Drake is a sculptor, arts educator, and third-generation Oregonian. Her work integrates textiles, ceramics, and domestic objects assembled and layered through traditional craft techniques and collage. Drake references devotional objects, archetypal imagery, and folktales to create work that feels familiar yet cryptic.
Drake studied Literature & Architecture at Portland State University’s Honors College and spent a term as a curatorial research & writing intern for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has an M.Ed. in Arts Education and was a longtime K-12 public educator and arts administrator in Oregon school districts.
She has been awarded the GLEAN residency, the Leland Ironworks Residency, the Suttle Lodge Artist Residency, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology residency, and is an active participant in the annual Portland Textile Month. Her work has been shown at Guardino Gallery, Oregon Contemporary, Blackfish Gallery, Hanson Howard, and the Sitka Art Invitational. Drake is represented by Carnation Contemporary and Hanson Howard Gallery.
Most recently, Drake joined the faculty of the School of Art at Arizona State University as an assistant teaching professor for art education. She divides her time between Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR.
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