Craig Copeland

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Constructs - Etruscan Hut Urns

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Translucent Hut

Copeland received a Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, Italy to study Etruscan funerary hut urns through a process of drawing and sculpting, a project that proved vital in his development as an architect and artist.  Using a papier mâche technique – of wire mesh, vellum, and acrylic – he developed a series of translucent studies that explored the shapes and spaces of the urn forms relative to themselves and to the huts they represented. 

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Translucent Acroteria

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Translucent Amphora

Interest in Copeland's Fulbright work led to three separate solo drawing and sculpture shows: at the American Academy and the Swedish Institute in Rome (where he built a full-scale Hut-House Installation), and the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.  Subsequently Copeland was named Excavation Architect (1997 - 1999) for the archeological dig at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) Siena – a rare Etruscan habitation site where during Copeland’s tenure was discovered, excavated and documented an archaic period drinking well.

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Full-scale, Etruscan Hut-House Installation, Swedish Institute, Rome, 1997