Sidonie Villere has a BFA in Ceramics from The Newcomb School of Art at Tulane University and an MFA in Ceramics from The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. As an artist her work has been exhibited across the United States and is in the permanent collection of several museums including The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work has also been acquired by Saks Fifth Avenue Department Stores in New York, Boston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Chicago.

Villere is an abstract artist exploring themes of the human condition and self-preservation. Through her paintings and sculptures she blends various mediums creating a refined physicality. As a sculptor, her ceramic works often use geology to shape metaphorical self-portraits. As a painter, Villere layers non-traditional materials maintaining a painterly effect while also pushing her sculptural aesthetic.

She has had solo exhibitions in Miami and New Orleans and been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Atlanta, Miami, New York and New Orleans. As a curator, she has organized national ceramic exhibitions in New Orleans and Portland, OR. Her large-scale works were recently featured in The P.1 Projects satellite exhibition at the Prospect.1 Biennial Welcome Center in 2008. Villere's work is also included in the publication, 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Work, by Glen Brown, 2009.

Villere lives and works in New Orleans, LA where she maintains an active studio.


I believe our purpose is to connect. I also believe we can not connect without being vulnerable.

With my work I rely on contradictions spurred by self-preservation.

Through my sculptures, this exploration visually relies on referencing human and geological processes; both giving surface and form to my emotional expressions.

The pieces are born through revealing and concealing, intentionally and intuitively making the emotional physical.

They are architectural versus geological, destroying versus repairing, protected versus exposed.

Creating these self-portraits with three dimensional, abstract, ceramic sculptures and multi-media paintings I am able to edit these dichotomies so that the viewer is left with a minimal physicality and an overall mood.