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I question the social constructions of identity, meaning and power through my work, and consider how we create myths and define ourselves by mapping my identity in relationship to larger archetypes. I explore my ideas and intuitions from both material and conceptual vantage points. I create sculptures, prints, installations, videos, actions and collaborations. Recent themes in my work (and life) have included balance, repetition, false promise, frustration, girl power, naïveté and the language of race.

Making art, teaching, learning and collaborating are the roles I inhabit as a contributor to society. Being a bi-racial woman informs how I approach these roles as well as how I create artwork in the studio.


Prouty contemplates the social constructions of identity, meaning and power through projects that use sculpture, installation, printmaking, video, collaboration and performance.

Her recent installations have been located in community-based spaces in Maine, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. She has also exhibited at SECCA, Asheville Museum, Duke University, and the Turchin Center for Visual Art in North Carolina, the Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts, and the William King Museum in Virginia. Her public works include pieces for the Medical Examiners Office in Charlotte NC, and the Waring School in Beverly MA.

Prouty has an MFA from the California College of Art, Bay Area, CA. She was Resident Artist at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where she teach courses including Art for Social Change and Appropriation in Visual Art. She has lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Oregon, and California.


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Arts and Science Council – Charlotte, NC