Born into a prominent New York family in 1896, prolific sculptor and potter Genevieve Karr Hamlin was an influential part of the Southern Tier art community, living in Harpursville for the last 45 years of her life. Educated at Vassar College, she continued her artistic studies in Paris and New York City, where she maintained a studio on 57th Street until 1943. She started Putney Pottery in Vermont and taught at the Putney School from 1943-48. Hamlin inherited her Harpursville home in 1943, and after moving to the Southern Tier, she taught classes at Hartwick College and at Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences. She was a co-founder and director of the Oneonta Community Art Center, a founding member of the Sculptors Guild, and a member of Artists Equity and the Cedar Art Gallery.

In whatever media she chose, Genevieve Hamlin worked directly in the material. When shaping clay, she worked without preliminary study; when carving stone or wood, she worked straight into the block. In this way, the artist eliminated the intermediary material, and her involvement in the creative process was integral to the finished work. The completed sculpture was a transformation of an idea into a work of art.
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Genevieve Karr Hamlin Sculpture
November 2008 through March 2009
Sears Harkness Hall
An exhibition that celebrates the life work of prolific Harpursville sculptor and potter Genevieve Karr Hamlin is at Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences 30 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905 (607) 772-0660
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