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Artist: Adam Meistrell


Adam Meistrell
Adam Meistrell, KANSAS
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"My son tossed an egg onto the floor and, after seeing it splat, he enthusiastically reproduced the exciting results. I am intrigued by this crystallized moment of learning and the sometimes-messy cycle of investigation, understanding, and response. Ideas begin with crayons and pencils and move towards construction. I combine thrown, hand built, and molded ceramic forms, then inscribe lines across surfaces to act as geoglyphs and records. The surfaces of my pots integrate moments of visual rest, exercise, interruption and play through layers and spirited colors. I best appreciate complexity when it is housed within context and parameters. These borders and fences evoke a sense of comfort and safety, as well as the impending excitement of jumping those boundaries and exploring beyond.  

Adventure inspires my artwork with allusions to travel and flight. Play, as an investigative tool, is an integral part of my work as I employ intuition and detailed rendering. The resulting finite objects serve as a key or legend to stir wonder towards the infinite. Questioning reminds me that I do not know. "

 

EDUCATION
The Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La
MFA Ceramics 2017
Thesis : Coasteering
The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa
B.A. Studio Arts 2004


TEACHING & WORK EXPERIENCE
The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS June 2017 - Present
Studio Manager
Responsible for all visual arts supplies, classrooms and organization
Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
Ceramics- Instructor, various courses 2017 Fall - Present
Developed syllabus and overall course structure
The Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Ceramics- Beginning Throwing 2016 Spring and Fall
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all
grades.
Co-Instructor with Professor Andy Shaw in “Function” 2015 Fall
Collaborated on syllabus and was responsible for all things related to the
first half of the course
Teaching Assistant- to Professor Loren Schwerd in “3D Design” 2015 Spring
Collaborated on curriculum and grading, met with students upon request
Teaching Assistant- to Professor Michaelene Walsh in “Tiles” 2014 Fall
Collaborated on curriculum and grading, met with students upon request
Collier County Public Schools, Naples, Fl
Instructor-Art August 2008- June 2014
Developed lesson plans and overall course structure, administered all
grades, managed department budget and supplies

Year 1: Art K-5, Veterans Memorial Elem., Golden Gate Elem., Laurel Oak
Elem.
Years 2-3: 2D and 3D Art 6-8, East Naples Middle
Years 4-6: 2D, 3D, and Ceramics, Barron Collier High and Lely High School
Collier County Adult and Community Education
Instructor- Ceramics September 2011- June 2014
Responsible for instruction and facilitation of courses, studio
maintenance, and managed course budget and supplies


RELATED EXPERIENCE
The Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Acting LSU Ceramics Area Coordinator
Supervisor –Rod Parker, Dean of LSU School of Art August 2015 – October
2015
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Utilitarian Clay VII, Studio Assistant for Linda Sikora and Sam Chung
September 2016

Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2nd Pentaculum, Invited January 2016

Baton Rouge, La
LSU Ceramics Liaison for Empty Bowls Baton Rouge August 2014 – March
2017
Naples, FL
Co-Leader of Naples Empty Bowls August 2011 – June
2014
Responsible for facilitation of bowl production, firing, and related
budget. Coordinated student volunteers.
LSU MFA, Nichols State University January 2017

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
The Cup, The Mug, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
Juror –Peter Pincus June 2014 – July 2014
Irons in the Fire, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

Juror –Justin Rothshank Sept 2016

Clay National X: CERAMIC COLOR, Carbondale Clay, Carbondale, Co

Juror –Josh Deweese July 2015

Tabletop Ceramics 2015, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Va
Juror –Trevor Dunn June – July 2014
DRINK! Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford
Juror –Doug Peltzman Mar– April 2014

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Coasteering Thesis Exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

May 2017

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Americano 2019, Clay AKAR, Iowa City, IA

December 2019

Featured Artist, Bredin-Lee Gallery, Kansas City, MO

June 2019

Benefit Auction 2019, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

March – April 2019

Image and the Vessel, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

Sept -Oct 2018

Benefit Auction 2018, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

March – April 2018

LSU MFA, Nichols State University

Jan – February 2017

LArk, Union Gallery, Louisiana State University

Jan – February 2016


SKILLS
Teaching
• Curriculum development
• Classroom management
• Studio Organization
• Mentoring
• Online learning platforms such as
Moodle and Angel
3D
• Wheel throwing
• Hand-building (soft and hard slab, coil)
• Mold making, plaster
• Slip-casting
• Firing electric, gas, salt/soda kilns
• Ceramics raw materials and glaze
science
• 3D modeling software RHINO
• Laser cutting, CNC milling, 3D printing
• Woodshop training
• Welding and metal working, Steel
2D
• Block printing, etching, screen printing
• Pencil, Pen and ink drawing
• Life drawing
• Watercolor and acrylic


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