Elizabeth Runyon is a Kentucky native who takes the inspiration for her sculptural baskets from Appalachian ribbed egg basket traditions. She learned to make baskets 25 years ago and in 2011 developed her own voice, creating large, abstract forms. Runyon has had solo exhibits at the Zanesville (Ohio) Museum of Art and Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, close to her home in Oxford.
Runyon’s artworks have appeared in juried exhibitions including Fantastic Fibers 2013 and 2014 at the Yeiser Arts Center in Paducah, Kentucky.; Ohio Designer Craftsmen “Best of 2013” and “Best of 2014” in Columbus and traveling to spaces throughout the state; Manifest Gallery and Redtree Gallery in Cincinnati; Rosewood Art Center in Kettering; Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens; and Richmond (Ind.) Art Museum.
“I am inspired by nature, animals, space and the concept of home. I especially like to explore the limits of reed, a traditional basketry material. I feel like my work is a dialogue with reed.” More about Elizabeth on her website: Elizabeth Runyon