OF SKIN AND STONE: 

I consider the implications and interactions of architectural space/object space/and image space as concurrent conversations and tools to exhaust modes of representing and shifting perspective of a thought. The intricacies and consistencies of the work move through these ranges of space and matter; considering material, process, and conceptual concerns in equal pace.

In the work, architectural space mediates form and acts as a catalyst for content and consideration. Often a site becomes a place of excavation, where architectural surfaces are unhinged, fired through the kiln, and reconfigured as cast forms. This process seeks to homogenize surface back into form; collapsing and reconfiguring history as a means to touch lightly towards ideas related to dislocation and longing.

Object space enables a place for the idiosyncratic, where notions around labor and time move through material phenomenology. Recording and inscribing results of object interaction; I create arrangements that produce varied frequencies and amplitudes of narrative. This space is rich in meditation, of breathing, and where body moves inward.

Image space suspends the limitations of actual space, allowing fundamental concerns related to gravity and mass to pause as printed and drawn surfaces defy these limits of their represented counterparts.

The work doesn’t sit solely in one category or another, but tends to exist around that blurry moment where one dissolves into the next; a potent transition, like the subtle shift between interior and exterior, utterance and articulation, presence and longing.

 

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Education:

2013  MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NYSCC): Alfred, NY

2007  BFA  Sculpture, Grand Valley State University (GVSU): Allendale, MI

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2017  Michigan Ceramics Biennale. Valade Gallery. Detroit, MI (juror: Richard Notkin)

          TBD. NCECA Conference. Portland, OR

          Reinvented. Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY and Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA  (invitational)

2016  Core Sample: Selections from the Collection. Group Exhibition. Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. Alfred, NY

          To Touch the Sky with Two Arms. Two Person Exhibition with Kim Harty. Holding House. Detroit, MI

          Detroit Biennale. Museum of New Art. Detroit, MI

          CUPS! Detroit Artists Market. Detroit, MI

          Dredged | Drawn. Invitational, Kendall College of Art and Design Fed. Gallery. Grand Rapids, MI

          Measured Space. Exhibition w/Shawn Murrey and Thomas Schmidt, NCECA Conference, Kansas City, MO

2015  MFAC. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI. (juror: Joe Winterhalter)

          Michigan Ceramics Biennale. Saginaw Museum of Art and Dennos Museum Center, MI (juror: Andrea Gill) 

2014  Small Favors IX.The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (invited artist | declined due to schedule conflict)

Visualizing Data | Art and Information. University of Michigan Work-Gallery, Detroit, MI

Two Degrees. Sierra Nevada College. Incline Village, NV (invitational)

Actually. ABS Gallery, Vadodara, India

2013  Without Organs. Gallery 8, Beijing, China (solo)

LIC. Coohaus Gallery New York, NY (catelog)

Home and Dream. One Window Gallery, Goseong, South Korea (solo)

| Taking Form | MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery (NYSCC). Alfred, NY

 2012   Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay. Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa. Tulsa, OK

            (juror: Virginia Scotchie)

Small Favors VII Invitational. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Transitions: 2nd Day Air. Robert C. Turner Gallery, NY Alfred, NY

 2010   OH+5’10. Dairy Barn Arts Center: Athens, OH (jurors: Brian Harper, Dennis Harrington, Simone Osthoff)

           Grand Valley State University Ceramics Invitational. Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI (curator: Hoon Lee)

             With Clay, With Friendship, With World. Online Invitational: Seoul National University of Technology

2009 Kijou shoudo, (calligraphy) Kumano, Mie, Japan

Kouishi ie, (calligraphy) Pinne Gallery, Mihama, Mie, Japan

Mie, (drawing) Komono Town Library: Mie, Japan

With Clay, With Friendship, With World. Online Invitational, Seoul National University of Technology

2008   On the Pedestal off the Wall. Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH (juror: Gregory Armenoff)

            Active Site: 818 Butterworth. Kindel Furniture Factory, Grand Rapids, MI (juror: Paul Amenta)

            Memorial Fountain. public fountain/sculpture, group project, Allendale, MI

2007   Active Site: Clearwater Place. Monroe Water Filtration Plant: Grand Rapids, MI (juror: Paul Amenta)

            Michigan Ceramics: Fire and Mud. Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI  (4th place award/juror: Paul Flickinger)

            Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Stewart Padnos Gallery, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

 

Awards/Honors/Residencies:

2017            Confluence and Influence, Invited Resident Artist. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. NewCastle, Maine

2016            Faculty Research Grant. Oakland Community College

                    Faculty Travel and Research Grant. Oakland Community College

2015            Onoma, Fiskar’s Artist in Residency, Finland (declined due to scheduling conflict)

                     Juror Selects Award. MFAC. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Juror: Joe Winterhalter

                     Board Member: Michigan Ceramic Art Association

                     Best in Show (Sculpture): Michigan Ceramics Biennial. Juror: Andrea Gill          

2011-2014    Uttarayan Art Foundation International Ceramics Symposium and

Workshop Invitational. Vadodara, India

China Central Academy of Fine Arts, City Design School. Visiting Artist

Collaborative Instructor and Advisor. Beijing, China

 Suroyo Ceramic Center. Resident Artist. Goseong, South Korea

 ClayArch Gimhae Museum Residency. Gimhae, South Korea (declined due to scheduling conflict) 

 Dean Travel Grant: NYSCC, Alfred University

                       Bernstein Travel and Research Grant: NYSCC, Alfred University

                       Turner Teacher Fellow Search Committee, NYSCC, Alfred University

                       Graduate Fellowship: New York State School of Ceramics, Alfred University

2004-2007   Honorable Mention, 2007 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture.

                       The International Sculpture Center (jurors: Allyson Baker, Tom Csaszar, Steven Siegel)

                      4th Place Award, Fire and Mud, juror Paul Flickinger:  Lansing Art Gallery

                       Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residencies Fellowship, SAIC, Saugatuck, MI

                       Grand Valley State University Student Spotlight [website promotional article]

                        BranStrom Fine Arts Scholarship, Grand Valley State University

                        Outstanding Foundation Portfolio, Grand Valley State University Art and Design Department

 

Teaching/Work Experience:

2014 –        Oakland Community College, Royal Oak Campus: Royal Oak, Michigan

                     Instructor and Chair of Ceramics (appointed: Summer 2014)

In charge of Development and implementation of new curriculum for the Ceramics Department and Ceramics Technology Degree (Introduction to Ceramics, Hand-building 1 and 2, Advanced Ceramics, Wheel Throwing 1, 2, 3, and 4, Field Study, and Glaze Calculation). Hiring and training of Adjunct Faculty, Facilitating/Developing the Visiting Artist and Workshop Program, Restructuring and organizing entire studio facility, including ordering of new equipment. (230 students within the department for Fall 2014).

 

2013          China Central Academy of Fine Arts, City Design School: Beijing, China

Collaborative Instructor and Advisor (Fall, 10 weeks)

The Collaborative Instructor and Advisor is to be involved in conducting weekly advising meetings and critiques with senior level BFA students, and engaging with students of all levels in weekly critiques and coursework review sessions. Amongst these academic placements, the Instructor will also engage students in an open forum studio environment conducive for shared learning exchange.

 

2011-2013 New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University: Alfred, NY

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Glaze Formulation with Mathew Katz  (Spring 2013)

This course covers the fundamentals of body and glaze development focusing on ceramic raw materials and their role in forming and firing for functional ware and sculpture bodies. Glaze formulations are also discussed, including glaze chemistry, texture, and causes of common defects.

Ceramic Sculpture II (Junior Sculpture) with Wayne Higby  (Fall 2012)

This course emphasizes the rigorous development of conceptual skills with the goal of developing an individual approach to a full integration of ideas, material and process. Students are encouraged to experiment with different strategies, including installation work, mixed-media projects, and a variety of traditional ceramic techniques. Construction and firing techniques are explored as well.

Introduction to Hand-building with Shawn Murrey (Spring 2012)

This course covers an extensive range of clay construction processes exclusive of the wheel. Fundamental problems in ceramics such as timing, gravity and weight are experienced in assignments that explore basic sculptural concepts.

Ceramic Pottery II (Junior Pottery) with Linda Sikora  (Fall 2011)

Through an exploration of pottery form this course addresses artistic inquiry, studio practice, and the genre of functional ceramics. Issues relative to ceramic history, contemporary material culture, and craft theory are part of the dialogue. Primarily wheel based, these classes may also include casting and hand-building systems.

 

2012   Earth Cloud, Wayne Higby: Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred, NY

Collaborative Assistant 

Assisted Wayne Higby, alongside 8 other assistants, with various aspects (modifying custom brackets/organizing tiles/arranging and installing tiles) of the installation of Earth Cloud, a large site specific tile project in Alfred, NY

 

2009-2011 Kendall College of Art and Design: Grand Rapids, MI

Admissions Officer

Territory of recruitment included: Northwest Michigan and Oakland County High Schools, Community Colleges, and Technology Centers, as well as National Portfolio Day events throughout the States.

Reviewed incoming students visual portfolios, awarded scholarships, was a juror of regional scholastics competition

Counseled students and parents about all aspects of the admissions process, registered students, provided tours of the school/facilities

 

2008-2009   Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme: Mie-Board of Education: Mie-Japan

Assistant Language Teacher 

Development and implementation of lesson plans and curriculum for High School and Special Needs Students

Established and supervised #SS (English Speaking Society) club, counseled students, arranged prefecture speech contest

Prepared custom visual aids, worksheets, tests, quizzes, activities, and games for all classes and levels.

  

2006-2008 The Urban Clay Studio: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: Grand Rapids, MI

Studio and Teacher Assistant

Teacher Assistant for Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wheel Throwing, Introduction/Advanced  Ceramics Courses

Provided instructor and students help with technical questions, participated in group/individual critiques, presented my research and work

Maintained facilities, fired and repaired electric kilns, prepared glazes and clay bodies / Planned and constructed a mold making studio

 

2007-2008 Allendale Township: Allendale, MI

Commissioned Designer/Sculptor

Designed and created a public fountain/sculpture for The Memorial Park, Allendale, MI. [project budget $40,000]

Proposed initial blue-prints/concept,  developed and outlined logistical preparations/materials,  built sculptural components, organized meetings with township/contractors/group members, presented project at Michigan Art Education Association Conference and Allendale High School

 

Lectures/Workshops:

  Holding House. Detroit, MI (Gallery talk)

  GVSU and Seoul National University of Technology Summer workshop. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. (lecture/workshop)

  Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO (lecture)

  Oakland Community College, Royal Oak, MI. (workshop)

Uttarayan Art Foundation, Vadodara, India. (lecture/workshop)

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. (lecture)

China Central Academy of Fine Arts, City Design School, Beijing, China. (lecture/workshop)

Beijing World International School, Beijing, China. (lecture)

Suroyo International Ceramic Center, Goseong, South Korea. (lecture/workshop)

New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY. (lecture)

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Visiting Artist (lecture)

Ceramics Forum 2012: Alfred, Cranbrook, and SAIC. Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI (lecture/panel/student critiques)

NCECA 2012: Reflections and Considerations: Experiences before Graduate School. Seattle, WA (Presenter/Panelist)

GVSU/Seoul National University of Technology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (workshop/lecture)

GVSU Ceramics: Seoul Women’s University and Seoul National University of Technology. Seoul, Korea (participant/lecture)

Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI (lecture)

Michigan Art Education Association: Public Sculpture: A dialogue for the community  (lecture/panelist)

  

Publications/Online:

CFile: https://cfileonline.org/exhibition-artists-explore-the-post-industrial-mindset-with-ceramics/

Sculpture: The International Sculpture Center 2007 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture

Awards. October 2007, Vol .26 No. 8

Grand Valley Magazine: Casting the Past while Carving the Future. Fall 07 issue

The Grand Rapids Press: GVSU Art Students purpose fountain for Township. April 10, 2007

brian-caponi.com

alfredceramics.com

gvsuceramics.blogspot.com

accessceramics.org

reflections-considerations.blogspot.com (co-founder/creator)

undercoat.net

  

Public/Private Collections:

Uttarayan Art Foundation

China Central Academy of Fine Arts

Suroyo Ceramic Center

Alfred University

Grand Valley State University

John and Andrea Gill

  Wayne Higby