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Ryan Akers (b. Austin, TX) came of age in the American South. He currently lives and works in
San Antonio, TX. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Burgin Center
for the Arts, The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, The
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, with an upcoming solo
exhibition at The Gadsden Museum of Art. He received his MFA in painting and drawing from
The University of Alabama in 2023 where he was awarded multiple fellowships, scholarships,
and honors.

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Artist Statement

With an interest in the emotive nature of shape, I use recycled textile felt to produce installation-based work. I create opportunities to engage with ambiguity through shapes that feel at once novel and familiar in order to allow space for embodied analog experience. I have developed an interest in incorporating observations I make while moving through the world into my work. These observations often serve as inspiration for the shapes, compositions, materials, and colors I use in my drawing practice. Recently my practice has expanded into large-scale installations which increasingly consider the architecture of the installation site.

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