We live in time when it feels like everything happens in a second. Everything is fast and instantaneous. With a few clicks of a button and we can find any information, send a message and have it answered immediately, locate ourselves in the world, share our feelings or opinions. We live in a time when it feels as though everything has accelerated.


I am interested in slowing down. I seek experiences that come from extended observation – possible only with a passage of time. Recent work explores the natural world that we see and the invisible one that lies behind it. In the words of Claude Bernard “Man can learn nothing unless he proceeds from the known to the unknown.”


Following the practices of earlier naturalist explorers who traveled to investigate unfamiliar species and habitats, study has taken me to the lake that forms my backyard, the rainforests of Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and most recently Antarctica. I rely on careful observation to inform my artistic practice but it departs from scientific inquiry in the subjectivity of the results. The work is not a description of place rather a record of my perception and my reaction. It is an indication.


My creative process is slow and labor intensive, requiring many repetitions. This echoes the repetitions found in nature – the many needles on a pine tree branch, the countless grains of sand on an ocean floor, the endless cycles of planets leading to the rising and setting of the sun, or the reoccurring change of seasons. In all these examples something greater is made through repetition – a tree, a beach, a span of time. It is meaningful to me to create my artwork in a manner that speaks of the flow of the natural world.  It is meaningful to me to slow down.






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FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND RESIDENCIES


       National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writers Program Grant. 2013

Artists Fellowship. Women’s Studio Workshop. Rosendale, NY. 2009

Resident Artist.  The Hambidge Center. Rabun Gap, Georgia. 2001.

Resident Artist.  Ucross Foundation. Ucross, Wyoming. 1996

Artist's Fellowship. Women's Studio Workshop. Rosendale, NY. 1996

Individual Artist's Fellowship.  Alabama State Council on the Arts.  1992.

Artist-in-Residence, Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona. 1987-1988.

Travel Assistance Grant.  Arizona Commission on the Arts. 1987 and 1986.

                                  


COLLECTIONS


Mobile Museum of Art Permanent Collection.  Mobile, Alabama

Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.  Atlanta, Georgia

Wheat First, Securities.  Richmond, Virginia

Cowin & Company, Inc. Birmingham, Alabama

     


EXHIBITION AWARDS


  Purchase Award. The Saltline Biennial Mobile Museum of Art

3rd Place Award. The Saltline Biennial Mobile Museum of Art

Merit Award. The Red Clay Survey: 5th Biennial Exhibition  Huntsville Museum of Art

Second Place.  Alabama Contemporary Women Artists Exhibition

Merit Award  Art With a Southern Drawl. Mobile College

“Alabama Artist Award" The Red Clay Survey: 3rd Biennial Exhibition. Huntsville Museum of Art

"Best Use of Paper"  Paperworks "91 Southeast  Quinlan Art Center

Second Place - Sculpture Fine Arts "91  Auburn, Alabama

Merit Award.  Bi-State Competition 1991 Meridian Museum of Art

        Cash Award. The Twenty-Fourth Annual  Fine Arts Institute of The San Bernardino  County Art Museum



SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS


  Antarctica: Beyond Ice. University of Northern Iowa. 2017

       303 Days a Year. The T.E.M.P. Gallery at Kentuck, Northport, Alabama, 2015

       303 Days a Year. The Wiregrass Museum of Art. Dothan Albama 2013

       303 Days a Year. Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 2012

       Close Observations. Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia 2009

       Seeking Center.  Huntingdon College. Montgomery, Alabama. 2003

       A Hundred Hands.  Center for Cultural Arts. Gadsden Alabama. 1999

       Allyson Comstock.  Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Farmington, Delaware. 1999

       Allyson Comstock.  Auburn University at Montgomery.  Montgomery, Alabama. 1999

       Scrutiny: The Seen and the Unseen.  Troy State University.  Troy, Alabama. 1999

       A Hundred Hands.  Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery. Montgomery, Alabama. 1998

       Scrutiny.  Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum. LaGrange, Georgia. 1998

       A Hundred Hands.  Opelika Arts Association Gallery.  Opelika, Alabama. 1998

       Domestic Dilemma.  621 Gallery.  Tallahassee, Florida. 1996

       Preserve(s)? University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa , Alabama. 1993

       House Life. University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama. 1993 

       Ways of Knowing. University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin. 1991

       Allyson Comstock. Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama. 1990    

       Allyson Comstock: Recent Sculpture and Drawings. Whittier College, Whittier, California. 1988



SELECTED INVITATIONAL AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS


        B16: Wiregrass Biennial. Wiregrass Museum of Art. Dothan, Alabama. 2016

        Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial 2015. Johnson Center for the Arts. Troy, Alabama. 2015

        Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Winchester, Virginia. 2014

        Alabama Now. Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery. Montgomery, Alabama. 2013

        Legacy. Johnson Center for the Arts. Troy, Alabama. 2013

        Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial 2013. Johnson Center for the Arts. Troy, Alabama. 2013

        B12 Wiregrass Biennial. Wiregrass Museum of Art. Dothan, Alabama. 2012

        Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama:  The Biennial. Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center. Troy, Alabama. 2011

        Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama. Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery. Montgomery, AL 2011

        Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama. Johnson Center for the Arts. Troy, Alabama. 2009

        34.5 Miles NW. Columbus State University. Columbus, Georgia. 2009

        Alabama: Nature, Industry, Art. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn, Alabama. 2007

        Bare Hands Gallery. Birmingham Alabama. 2007

        Focus Alabama. Space 301. Mobile, Alabama. 2004

        Fiber Invitational. Blue Spiral 1. Asheville, North Carolina. 2003

        Relationships. Kiang Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia. 1999

        The Figure Studied: An Examination of Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of the

                Human Form. Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin. Whitewater, Wisconsin 1999

        BIG DRAWINGS. Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Indiana University. Terre Haute, Indiana. 1998

        Open Windows. Artist’s Alliance. Lafayette, Louisiana. 1996

        Wall/Paper. Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts. 1996

        PAPER ART/PAPER BOOKS: A NATIONAL INVITATIONAL. The Ohio Craft Museum. Columbus, Ohio. 1996

        Artists-In-Residence Retrospective Exhibition. The Tempe Arts Center. Tempe, Arizona. 1992

        1992 Fellowship Recipients’ Exhibition. Alabama Artists Gallery. Montgomery, Alabama. 2992

        Allyson Comstock and Heidi Zednik. Birmingham Southern College. Birmingham, Alabama 1991  

   New Works: New Alabamians. Traveling Exhibition Auburn University,  Wiregrass Museum of Art, Comer Art

               Center, Kentuck Museum. 1990-91

        Women Artist ’90 Winkler Gallery. Sutter Creek, Califiornia. 1990

Women Artist ’88. Accurate Art Gallery. Sacramento, California. 1988

        The Shape of Things. Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona. 1988

        Intimate to Monumental: Contemporary Sculpture. Tempe Arts Center. Tempe, Arizona 1988

        Inner Visions. 11 East Ashland Gallery. Phoenix, Arizona. 1987



SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS


        Contemporary Photography Exhibition. Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, South Korea.

        Scope: The Southern Landscape 2016. The Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, North Carolina.

        Transformation. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Takoma Park, Maryland. 2015

        2014 Paper in Particular. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri.

        botanic/organic.  Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois. 2012

        2011 Paper in Particular.  Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri.

        2004 Juried Competition Mixed Media. Slidell Cultural Center. Slidell, Louisiana.

        Saltline Biennial. The Mobile Museum of Art. Albany, Georgia. 2001

        Georgia/Alabama Biennial. Albany Museum of Art. Albany, Georgia. 200

        Positive/Negative 16th National Juried Exhibition. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City,

                Tennessee. 2001

        The Columbus Museum Regional Juried Exhibition. The Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus, Georgia. 1996

        The Red Clay Survey 5th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art. Huntsville Museum of Art. Huntsville                                    

                Alabama. 1996

        Georgia/Alabama Biennial.  Albany Museum of Art. Albany, Georgia. 2001

        Positive/Negative 16th National Juried Exhibition. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City,                                

                Tennessee. 2001

        The Columbus Museum Regional Juried Exhibition.  The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia. 1999

        The Red Clay Survey: 5th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art. Huntsville Museum of Art,    

                Huntsville, Alabama.

        15th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition.  Columbia College, Columbia Missouri.  1994

        Alabama Contemporary Women Artists Exhibition.  Alabama Artists Gallery. Montgomery, Alabama. 1993

        Art With A Southern Drawl.  Mobile College, Mobile, Alabama. 1993

        The Red Clay Survey: 3rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art. Huntsville Museum of Art,

                Huntsville, Alabama.

        1992 North Georgia College National Drawing Competition.  North Georgia College, Dahlonega,Georgia.

        National Works on Paper Exhibition. University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. 1992

        Art With A Southern Drawl.  Mobile College, Mobile, Alabama.  1992

        26th Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show. Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas.  1992

        Bi-State Competition 1992. Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi.

        Paperworks '91 Southeast.  Quinlan Art Center, Gainsville, Georgia.

        Bi-State Art Competition 1991.  Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi.

        The Red Clay Survey: 2nd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art. Huntsville Museum of Art. 

                Huntsville, Alabama. 1990

        Schoharie County Arts Council National '90 Small Works Exhibition.  Cobleskill, New York.  1990

        Courageous Voices: Art and the Alabama Woman. Mobile College, Mobile, Alabama. 1990

        Tennessee Valley Women's Conference Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. University of Alabama at Huntsville,                

                Huntsville, Alabama.  1990

        Bi-State Art Competition 1990.  Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi.

        The Twenty-Fourth Annual.  Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Art Museum, Redlands,

                California. 1989

        22nd Southwestern Exhibition.  Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona. 1989

        22nd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show. Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX.  1988

        17th National Works on Paper Exhibition.  Minot State College, Minot, North Dakota. 1987



LECTURES AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES


Juror for Kentuck Festival of the Arts. 2016

“Antarctica: An Artist’s Adventure” Societe Academic. Birmingham, Alabama. 2014

Artist Talk. Becoming Alabama: This Goodly Land Conference. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 2013

   Guest Artist. Conducted two papermaking workshops at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. 2011

        “Nature Near and Far” artist lecture at The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art 2012

“Close Observations” Artist Lecture at The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia 2010

Papermaking and Pulp Painting Workshop. The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia. 2010

ART24 Guest Artist. The Wiregrass Museum of Art. Dothan, Alabama 2010 Conducted 2-day papermaking

                 workshop culminating in an installation exhibited at the museum. 2010

        “Star books” permaking/bookmaking worksho The Summer Arts Institute at Women’s Studio Workshop in                

                 Rosendale, NY 2004 (co-taught with Susan Messer)

“Big Paper” Conducted 2-day workshop at Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York. 2002.

  Exhibition Coordinator, Opelika Arts Association.  2000-2003

  Opelika Arts Association Exhibition Committee 1998-2003

  Opelika Arts Association Fund Raising Committee.1999-02

  Vice President for Visual Arts, Opelika Arts Association. Served on the Executive board, oversaw all  

                  exhibition programming.  2001-02

  Consultant to Columbus Museum - helped design new downtown exhibition and community education        

                  space that includes a papermaking studio. 2001.

  Juror for PTA Reflections Program at Auburn Early Education Center. Auburn, AL. 2001

  Juror for Auburn Early Education Center -  selected work for Principle’s Art Show, work sent to statewide    

                  art competition.  Auburn, Alabama. 2001

  Juror for National Drawing Exhibition hosted by Gallery 100 and the Missouri Arts

        Council. 2000.

  Visiting Artist on Artrain, USA - conducted papermaking demonstration for public

  Exhibition Coordinator.  Opelika Arts Association.  2000 Exhibition Curator.

  “Scrutiny: The Seen and the Unseen” Lecture at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama. 1999

   “Papermaking with Gampi” Conducted 2-day workshop at Troy State University. Troy, Alabama. 1999

   Visiting Artist.  Symposium in conjunction with Exhibition “Big Drawings” at Indiana State University.  1998

   "The Long and Short of Pulp Painting"  week long workshop Women's Studio Workshop.

                  Rosendale, NY 1997

          Kemper Visiting Artist. Workshop and Lecture at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Whitewater,        

                  Wisconsin. 1996

   "Open Windows", Panel discussion sponsored by  Artists' Alliance. Lafayette, Louisiana. 1996

     "Foundations Exchange Project", 1992 Southeastern College Art Conference, Birmingham, AL

"Foundations Exchange Project” 1992 National F.A.T.E. Conference.  Philadelphia,PA

"Reverend Howard Finster and the Painted Word", 1989 Mid America College Art Association Conference.        

                   Cincinnati, OH

Guest Artist Lecture,  Whittier College, Whittier, California. 1988

"The Narrative Sculpture of Esmeralda Delaney and Suzanne Klotz-Reilly", National Sculpture Conference: 

                  Works by Women.  Cincinnati, Ohio. 1987

Guest Artist.  Conducted papermaking workshop at symposium Art in the Cottonfields: A.K.A. Art in

                  Suburbia.  Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona. 1986



BIBLIOGRAPHY


           Sydni Dunn. How I Got This Job: Allyson Comstock, Croniclevitae, March 20, 2014 (on-line)

    Casey Lynch., Repurposed Exposes a Sustainable Love Affair with Trash, BURNAWAY

   October 26, 2011 (on-line)

Fox, Catherine.   Review of exhibition “ Relationships”.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  August 27,

                    1999.  Atlanta, Georgia

Eisendrath, Rachel. "Traditional Papermaking Used in Untraditional Ways".  The Montgomery Advertiser, June 30, 1996.  Montgomery, Alabama.  article/interview.

Breaux, Steven. Review of exhibition "Open Windows".  The Times of Acadiana, October 23, 1996. 

                        Lafayette, Louisiana.

Payne, Christopher. Review of "Alabama Contemporary Artists Exhibition".  Montgomery Advertiser,        

                        September 19, 1993. Montgomery, Alabama.

Payne, Christopher.  Review of "Fellowship Recipients' Exhibition"  Montgomery Advertiser,

                        June 14, 1992. Montgomery, Alabama

Nelson, James R.  Review of exhibition "Allyson Comstock/Heidi Zednik". Birmingham News,

                        November 17,1991. Birmingham, Alabama 

Neal, Christine.  Allyson Comstock  Art Papers: Contemporary Art in the Southeast.  March/April 1991

Payne, Christopher.  Allyson Comstock Montgomery Advertiser, October 1990. Montgomery Alabama.



PUBLICATIONS


“The Life and Times of an Object” 100 Creative Drawing Ideas. Shambhala Press. 2004.

“A Simple Object in a Complex World” The National Collegiate Printmaking Guide.

Ed. E.C. Cunningham (co-authored with Len Laroux, Auburn University

“Foun)dations Exchange Project”, F.A.T.E. In Review, Volume 15, 1992.  abstract.

"Kuwaiti Lady: Work by Esmeralda Delaney", Woman Image Now:  Arizona Women in Art, Volume 3, 1986.


EDUCATION


        Master of Fine Arts. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. 1987

        Bachelor of Arts, studio art. Occidental College. Los Angeles, California. 1981

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