New Skin For An Old Ceremony, 1983

Peggy Vanbianchi and Emily Standley
Peggy Vanbianchi (American, born 1949); Emily Standley (American, born 1939)

Location: Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia


New Skin For An Old Ceremony is a mixed media sculpture created by collaborating artists Peggy Vanbianchi and Emily Standley. It is part of their series of costumes inspired by Native American traditions and cultures. They created the costume using traditional Native Alaskan techniques. They printed deer imagery and feathers, and created a head of a deer using a fiberglass mold.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Ferndale School District.


Peggy Vanbianchi and Emily Standley are a collaborative artist team. They create sculptural artworks made from fiber and organic materials.
Peggy Vanbianchi received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Humbolt State University in California. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
Emily Standley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University. She later studied at the De Young Art Museum in San Francisco, the Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Factory of Visual Art in Seattle.

Material CategoryTextile / fiber / organic materials
MediumGut, fur, leather, and fabric
Dimensions57 in x 29 in
ID NumberWSAC1984.073.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State Arts Commission
Artwork LocationWashington State Arts Commission
Not on display. At ArtsWA pending conservation, framing, re-siting, or return to site.
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98504
Geo. Coordinates47.041975, -122.901474
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