Piper Shepard is an artist and educator from Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited her work widely including at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Delaware Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in England. She has received four Individual Artists Awards from The Maryland State Arts Council in Crafts. She is a 2016 Japan-US Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Arts Exchange Program recipient. She is a 2016 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow in Crafts. Her work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art in Embassies, and The Museum of Arts and Design. Since 1994, she has taught in the Fiber Department at Maryland Institute College of Art.
At MacDowell, Piper created a series of textiles using cutwork, interlacement, and weaving, intersecting light and shadow, the material and immaterial. This year-long project explores a mixture of mediums and materials, which she will deconstruct, to then reconstruct back into the newly formed. Piper will center how the metaphorical aspects of materials and methods can reflect tacit knowledge and emotion while responding to concepts of loss, interconnectedness, and renewal.