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Artist: Adam Paulek

Artist: Adam Paulek
Adam Paulek, VIRGINIA
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My work is a marriage of form and imagery in ceramics. The imagery used in this work is solely generated from my own photography. This approach allows me to take part or parts of a photograph, remove extraneous information, and then compose onto the ceramic surface. Often the original photographs are snapshots, where only a background tree or leaf, flower, body part, or sign are selected. These are minor details from larger memories, slipped out of the periphery and made into an eternal composition. Other times, of my photographs are taken with intentionally creating a later composition. Always, the work seeks a particular and intimate interaction, one easily gained through the natural approachability of both the ceramic object, and the photographic image.

2001-2004 University Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, M.F.A, Ceramics

1994-1999 Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA, B.A., Art and Elementary Education

2018-Present Longwood University, Department of Art, Farmville VA Associate Professor of Art, Teaching Ceramics, Sculpture, 2 and 3D Design, Professional Practices in Art

2012- 2017 Longwood University, Department of Art, Farmville VA Assistant Professor of Art, Teaching Ceramics, Sculpture, 2 and 3D Design, Professional Practices in Art

2011- 2012 Longwood Univ, Dept Art, Farmville VA Lecturer, Teaching Ceramics, Sculpture, 2 and 3D Design, Professional Practices in Art

2004-2005 Univ Tennessee, Knoxville TN Instructor, Professional Development Program. Multiple 6-week courses- Introduction to Throwing

2004-2005 Univ Tennessee, Knoxville, Dept Art Instructor
(as graduate student) Ceramics: Throwing I

2002 Univ Tennessee, Knoxville, Dept Art Research Assistant Glaze research/development grant with Professors Frank Martin & Sally Brogden

2001 – 2003 Univ Tennessee, Knoxville, Dept Art Graduate Teaching Assistant


2015 Maison des métiers d'art, Artist In Residence Quebec City, Quebec, 2 month position- awarded

2013 Guldagergaard- International Ceramic Research Center, 100 Cup Artist In Residence, Skælskør, Denmark, 2 month position- awarded and fully funded

2011 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Artist In Residence, New Castle ME, 3 month position- awarded and fully funded

2008-2009, 2012 Chautauqua Arts Institute, NY Instructor, Two 2-week courses: Ceramics Special Studies

2004-2008 Mighty Mud Gallery & Studios Instructor, Knoxville TN

2005-2007 Mighty Mud Gallery & Studios Founder & Curator, Knoxville TN
Maintained gallery and organized several openings with regional artists.
Started “Second Friday” monthly events with evening Raku firings.
Organized and advertised annual craft show with 20-30 local artists

2004-2007 Campbell’s Ceramic Supply, TN General Manager
Created series of classes, resident artist program, and studio rental program
Organized several day-long workshops with local and nationally known artists

1999-2001 Hank Goodman Stoneware Apprentice,Production pottery

1998-1999 Buena Vista University, Art Dept, IA Studio Assistant

1998 Sac City and Wall Lake Elementary schools, IA Student Teacher Student taught K-8 art classes. Created and implemented lesson plans

2016 Jacksonville State University, AL, Image Transfer, Hand-building, Throwing

2015 The Kiln Dr. Inc., Front Royal VA

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, Image Transfer, Throwing
Maison Des Métiers D’art, Québec, QC, Image Transfer, Throwing

2013 City Clay, Charlottesville VA, Image Transfer, Throwing

Middle Tennessee State University
Univ of Richmond, VA, Workshop on laser-transfer image

2011 Univ Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Art Department, lecture and demonstration for Ceramics course

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN Facilitator, Wheel throwing functional pottery
Mighty Mud Gallery &Studios, Knoxville TN, Studio tricks of the trade

2006, 2007 East Tennessee Art Teacher’s Assoc, Knoxville TN, Throwing

Appalachian Craft Guild, Norris TN, Throwing
TN Teacher’s Association Conference, Gatlinburg TN, Ceramic hand-building
NC Teacher’s Association Conference, Winston-Salem NC, Ceramic hand-building

Art Education Association of IN Conference, Vincens IN Ceramic hand-building
SC Teacher’s Association Conference, Myrtle Beach SC, Hand-building
TN Teacher’s Association Conference, Memphis TN

Invited lecture and studio tour for “Throwing 1” course, Longwood Univ, VA
Invited lecture for “Chemistry in Art” course, Hampden-Sydney College, VA

2006 Invited lecture and workshop on ceramic art and throwing, Maryville College, TN

Presentation of work at National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, San Diego CA
Invited lecture and workshop on ceramic art and throwing, Univ North Carolina Asheville

2002 Presentation of work at National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Kansas City KS

2017 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building, Washington D.C.

Transference, Philadelphia Clay Center, PA
Beneath The Surface, Hammond Gallery, Jacksonville AL
Art Axis, (peer reviewed online ceramic artist network)

Plastic Traditions, Landscapes, Figures, and Vessels after Clay, Rawls Museum, Courtland VA
New Ceramics in the Old Dominion, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg VA
Virginia Earth, Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center, Portsmouth VA
Watershed Salad Days Artist Alumni Exhibition, (NCECA) New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
100 Top Potters, Potters On Wheels (traveling exhibition) (NCECA) Providence RI
Collaborators- A Lively Experiment, (NCECA) Imago Gallery, Warren RI

Paper/ Plate, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence KS
CRAFTED: Ceramic Cups, Mugs & Tumblers, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA
At Your Service, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle ME
International Cup, Alexis Templeton Studio, St. Johns Newfoundland Canada
Teapots 8 th Invitational Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

Feast of Pottery, Alexis Templeton Studio, St. Johns Newfoundland Canada
The Bowl/Cup Show, The Worchester Center for Crafts, Worchester MA

Winter Fest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Forms Of Expressions, Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro TN
Co-organizer and -juror A Contemporary Ceramics Invitational Jfergeson Gallery, Farmville VA
Featured Artist for Salad Days Invitational, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle ME

Mentors Show, Fine Arts Gallery, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock TX
The Bowl Show, The Worchester Center for Crafts, Worchester MA
Watershed Group Show, The Stable Gallery, Damariscotta ME
Watershed Pottery Invitational, Gallery 111, Wiscasset ME
Salad Days Invitational, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle ME
Party of the Centuries: 4th Annual Auction for Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville VA
Annual benefit for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond VA (invited piece donated for auction)

Not Particularly Precious: New works from Kyle Houser & Adam Paulek, JFerguson Gallery, Farmville VA
Annual Art Karma benefit for Art 180, Richmond VA (invited piece donated for auction)

International Cup show, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT
Two by Two: small-scale ceramic sculpture biennial show, Eastern Washington Univ

Pretty in Porcelain, Gallery 1010, Knoxville TN
Featured Artist opening, Corner Gallery, Oak Ridge TN

2004 Bowlicious annual event at Knoxville Museum of Art, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of 2006 TN

2002 Ceramic Show, Roane State Community College, Harriman TN

2000 Featured Artist opening, Gingko Tree Gallery, Black Mountain NC

2017 A Ceramic Guide: The Art of Creating and Teaching Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Cognella, Inc., Written by Trent Berning

2016 Functional Ceramics Tell an Evolving Story, Cfile Daily
(online publication ceramic artist network)

2015 Un céramiste Américain vient s’inspirer a Québec, le Soliel 5/16
{article about work and residency in Quebec}

2015 Adam Paulek | Céramique en tête, la Fabrique Culturelle
{video of my work and residency produced by Télé-Quebec}

2014 Feast of Pottery Raises the Bar, Fusion Magazine Volume 38

2013 The Self-Serve Pottery Kiosk, Clay Times Volume 19; Summer 2013 written by Mark Cole

2013 5oo Prints on Clay Lark Publication

2015 Longwood research grant

2013 Longwood research grant

2003 Best of Show for Graduate Division and winner of Arrowmont Scholarship, UTK 73rd Annual Student Art Competition

UTK Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) Award
Sandra Blain Cash Award, UTK 72rd Annual Student Art Competition

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