Anne Undeland has worked at the Rickey Estate part time for over 20 years. In addition to her work as an administrator, she heads up the George and Edie Rickey Oral History Project which interviews people around the world who knew or worked with the Rickeys. About Rickey’s kinetic sculptures themselves, she says, “There’s a wonderful, unhurried pace to the way they move. It kind of helps your mind go into that free, expansive place where thoughts can go from concrete to abstract – which I think is a place of deep creativity.” She also appreciates the way the artwork interacts with nature, explaining, “There’s the sculpture itself that you’re looking at, but it also becomes a lens onto the landscape around it.”
Anne was born in Egypt and grew up largely in the Middle East, where her father worked in the Foreign Service. She attended Wesleyan University and then studied art restoration in Paris before returning to the United States and settling in the Berkshire area. In addition to her work at the Rickey Estate, Anne is a theater artist who has worked locally with Ventfort Hall, Barrington Stage, Stageworks/Hudson, Capital Repertory Theatre, Mixed Company, MopCo, and Shakespeare & Company, in addition to performing at The Metropolitan Playhouse and Theatre Row in New York as well as at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston. Anne spent years as a puppeteer, she has developed living history programs for area museums, and has played roles in numerous productions for BBC radio.