May Shorten Townley

My art derives much of its inspiration from my own environment, which is, upon close inspection, a microcosm in itself. Birth and life, growth and change, followed by death and rebirth occur therein on a daily basis, and often occupy a space that one cannot consider plant, animal, or human. My work responds to the times when order morphs into chaos and defies reason or explanation by confronting the viewer with a fantastical realm where exaggeration and whimsy are paramount.

May Shorten Townley is a mixed-medium and ceramic artist currently residing in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  She graduated in 2017 with highest Distinction and received her B.L.S. in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Her work has been exhibited in a number of regional exhibitions including the Senior Art Student Graduate Exhibition at the Hartwood and Bellawood Studio, Student Art Exhibitions at the DuPont Gallery, Gallery VC, Studio A. Gallery, Frederickburg Center for the Creative Arts, LibertyTown Arts Center, Salem Church Library, The Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Atrium Gallery, The Fredericksburg Museum, and at The Muse Gallery in Louisa, Virginia.  She was Fredericksburg’s First Friday Featured Artist at Goldbender’s and also the Virginia Wine Experience in 2012.   She was awarded a Third Place and an Honorable Mention in the Uniquely Spotsylvania Exhibition in 2010, and a Third Place and an Honorable Mention in the Uniquely Fredericksburg Exhibition in 2013.   Her work is in the permanent collection of Germanna Community College, where during undergraduate studies she was honored with the title: Art Student of the Year. Townley is the recipient of the prestigious 2016-2017 Nina Bushnell scholarship through the University of Mary Washington. Townley was also honored in 2017 by the University of Mary Washington’s Alumni Association with the the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Distinguished Graduate Award, and through the University of Mary Washington Arts Department, the Award of Excellence.

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Below are some of May’s work!

May Shorten Townley "Alice in Wonderland" teaset

May Shorten Townley
“Alice in Wonderland” teaset

May Shorten Townley  "Can't Trust"

May Shorten Townley
“Can’t Trust”

May Shorten Townley "Changes"

May Shorten Townley

May Shorten Townley  "Fantasy Pot"

May Shorten Townley
“Fantasy Pot”

May Shorten Townley "Lies"

May Shorten Townley