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East City Art: Local Artist’s Work Speaks Through Historic Narratives

Posted By on June 20, 2014 in Press | 0 comments

East City Art: Local Artist’s Work Speaks Through Historic Narratives

Practicing an artistry that memorializes historic people, places and events, Joanna Blake has found that her line of work is very different from artists who work in their studios, fashioning pieces out of their own thoughts and ideas. “This is quite different because with public works you’re really taking someone else’ narrative and trying to convey that,” she says. “With great paintings and sculptures of the past, the most successful ones capture this moment of pure narrative, so that’s what I’m trying to do...

Auburn University Alumni Spotlight

Posted By on March 23, 2013 in Press |

Auburn University Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Joanna Campbell Blake, ’99, Sculptor Joanna Campbell Blake, a native of Mobile, Ala., is a figurative sculptor in the Washington D.C. area. She graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Since 2001, she has worked for Kaskey Studio Inc., where she has contributed her design and sculpting skills to the creation of a number of large-scale public monuments, most notably, the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville,...

Washington Post: “Memorializing defeat at Bladensburg that led to eventual victory”

Posted By on January 6, 2013 in Press |

Washington Post: “Memorializing defeat at Bladensburg that led to eventual victory”

Memorializing defeat at Bladensburg that led to eventual victory By Miranda S. Spivack, Published: January 6 For Joanna Blake, the sculptor who has been designing a memorial to Americans who fought at the Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812, the challenge was daunting. How do you create a scene that commemorates a defeat, but a defeat that would prove to be a significant turning point in an eventual U.S. victory? “It galvanized the nation,” Blake said of the August 1814 battle. The outcome was a...

Gazette: Battle of Bladensburg monument molding its way to fruition

Posted By on January 16, 2012 in Press |

Gazette: Battle of Bladensburg monument molding its way to fruition

Gazette.net Battle of Bladensburg monument molding its way to fruition Cottage City sculptor designs quarter-scale model for ‘Undaunted in Battle’ by Daniel J. Gross, Staff Writer Christopher Anderson/The Gazette Sculptor and Cottage City resident Joanna Blake, who designed the monument to the Battle of Bladensburg fought during the War of 1812 against the British, stands in her studio with a one-quarter-scale model of the bronze sculpture that will be featured in the memorial. Professional sculptor Joanna Blake of Cottage City has worked on a...