Ms. Kit Loney, visual artist and poet, visited us on March 14 and 15. She guided and encouraged students during a two-part weaving project. Students had an amazing time using their hands and basic supplies to create dolls. These cultural visits and experiences are wonderful opportunities for our students!
Ms. Loney is a former educator. She loves enriching the lives of our youth through the arts.
In 1978, upon receiving her BFA in sculpture from UMass, Ms. Loney began career working as a puppet maker’s assistant, and then shifted to weaving which she came to do for a living. When she learned hand papermaking at Penland, she combined this with her tapestries. In 1991, she received an MFA in Fiber Arts from USC, Columbia, SC.
Ms. Loney then became interested in teaching, began traveling around South Carolina as an Artist-in-Residence, and taught adjunct classes at the College of Charleston and Trident Tech. In 1997, she began teaching art full time at Fort Johnson Middle School on James Island. She retired from this position in 2017.
In 2005, she began writing poetry, which has become an important strand of her artistic life. In 2012, she received the Carrie McCray Nickens Poetry Fellowship from the SC Academy of Authors.
For the past 22 years, making books has been a consistent practice in her studio and in her teaching. Ms. Loney had an installation of handmade books at Artfields in 2017.