My work focuses on art as a vehicle for addressing social issues through concept-based work that is consistently well-crafted and thoughtfully planned. Through sculpture and installation that is primarily ceramic, my art utilizes architectonic grids, systems, and structures. The spatial compositions examine how structures facilitate and/or prohibit access to opportunity, autonomy, mobility, and a free exchange of ideas. While my work is often prompted by events, issues, and people I see around me, my ideas are conveyed through a more universal language that transcends the specific, allowing the viewer to relate their own ideas and experiences within the framework I create in my art. My artwork explores social, racial, and gender constructs, both critiquing and celebrating a broader context.
Meredith Knight is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Alabama State University. Previously, she was Manager of Studio Programs at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Before working at BMA, she taught sculpture and ceramics at Auburn University Montgomery and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. After graduating summa cum laude with a BFA and then MFA in Sculpture from the University of Alabama, she worked to advocate access to arts and education through her work at Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project and Black Belt 100 Lenses Photovoice Program.
She balances her work with an active studio practice and exhibition record, allowing each to inform and inspire the others. Knight recently exhibited her art ArtFields 2019, NCECA 2019, and the Wiregrass Museum of Art 2018 Biennial, and upcoming at Lush: Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition at the Lighthouse Art Center in Florida. Meredith recently received a summer artist residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts in Georgia in 2019. She is looking forward to an upcoming 2020 summer residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine.