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Daisy Youngblood, American ceramist. Recipient Honorary D., American Academy Arts and Letters, 1989; grantee fellow, MacArthur Foundation, 2003.


Youngblood, Daisy was born on September 14, 1945 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States.


From 1963 to 1966, Youngblood attended Virginia Commonwealth University.


Youngblood's most well-known sculptural work comprises heads and torsos of people and animals made in low-fired clay, combined with found objects (sticks, teeth, hair). Some of the heads are explicitly representational portraits (such as her 1982 study of the art dealer Richard Bellamy). In 1999, her work appeared at McKee Gallery.


  • She was a 2003 recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Program "genius grant".


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Sculpture Now, Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Richmond, 1983, Modern Masks, Whitney Museum of Art, New York City, 1984, Standing Ground: Sculpture by American Women, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Ohio, 1987, Next of Kin, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1995, A Labor of Love, New Museum Contemporary Art, New York, 1996, one-woman shows include, Beaver Colonel Art Gallery, Glenside Pennsylvania, 1992, Mint Museum Craft & Design, Charlotte North Carolina, 2000, Represented in permanent collections, Toledo Museum of Art.