Theresa May


Theresa May has a BA and advance coursework in art history. She has had formal training in drawing and painting and has also won graphic design competitions. She has studied sculpture with a few artists but her most important influence has been EJ Taylor. She was a miniaturist and 1/12 scale doll artist and a nationally-recognized teddy bear artist (featured in two books) during the 1980s. From the 1990s until 2005, she was a professional costume designer for theatre in Austin, Texas, during which time she received several award nominations. She has recently retired after nearly forty years as a book publisher at the University of Texas Press. She is a member of Central Texas Art Doll Sculptors (CTADS), Texas Association of Original Doll Artists (TAODA), and Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA), and in 2015 she was inducted as a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). Her recent work has been featured in Doll Collector and Costuming and Art Doll Quarterly and in several newspaper articles. She has work in private collections in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. She sculpts primarily in paperclay over a wire armature but also works in mixed media, including paper, gourds, oil and acrylic paints, inks, wood, found objects, and fabric of all kinds, especially silks repurposed from men’s ties. Her pieces are primarily one-of-a-kind, and she designs and builds all her costumes and accessories. 

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