Artist: Alisa Holen
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Both metaphorically and as a three-dimensional design quandary, the nuances of relationships fascinate me. My work seeks to create dialogues and relationships between contrasting forms. Special attention is given to the shapes and textures, swells and voids of their interactions. Beyond this, there is something immensely satisfying about finding artistic solutions to functional problems. There is such a rich and varied history in functional ceramics, that I enjoy keeping my work inside the boundary of ‘functional’, even if the presence of the piece is overwhelmingly sculptural.
The simple fact is that I love working with the clay, and making functional and contemplative pieces. It is the physicality of the making that brings me the most joy. A day in the studio is a great day… there is nothing more satisfying than full ware boards. It is gratifying to use skills that have been learned and honed over time to bring something useful into this world from a formless mass of clay. It’s taking part in a long history, and it connects me with the past. When my work is used by others, a new relationship is formed, and the relationship metaphor is fully realized. I am proud and humbled to be a part of this remarkable ceramics continuum.
Alisa (AL) Holen is an artist and educator who received an MA and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has since taught ceramics and sculpture at numerous institutions including University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Augustana College, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN.
Alisa Holen strongly advocates using art to engage the community and organizes yearly “Empty Bowls” events to raise money for local charities and to introduce people to working with clay.
Her ceramic work focuses on formal and metaphorical relationships, often staging forms in postures of dependency, elevation, support, aggression or comfort. Her work is functional, but maintains a sculptural presence.
M.F.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2004 Ceramics (Sculpture emphasis) M.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2003 Ceramics B.A. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN 1990 Liberal Arts, Studio Art major, Art History minor cum laude Deans List Departmental Honors
Associate Professor, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Fall 2017 - Present Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Fall 2011 – Spring 2017
Assistant Chair of Art Department, Fall 2013 – Fall 2016
- Kiln Building
- Ceramics 1, 2, 3, 4, 489
- Alternative Firing Techniques
- Design in Materials Assistant Professor, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus Fall 2008 – Spring 2011
- Ceramics, Program Development
- Clay Arts 1, 2, 3, 490
- Art Appreciation
- Design 2, 3-D
- Design 1, 2-D Visiting Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa, Iowa City Fall 2007 – Summer 2008
- Ceramics 1, 3
- Independent Study Ceramics
- Kiln Construction
- Undergraduate Workshop
- Graduate Workshop Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha Fall 2006 – Summer 2007
- Ceramics 1, 2, 3
- Independent Study Ceramics
- Sculpture 1 Adjunct Faculty, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA Fall 2005 – Spring 2006
- Ceramics 1, 2
- Introduction to Art
- Sculpture 1 Adjunct Faculty, Sabbatical Replacement, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse Spring 2005
- Ceramics 1, 2, 3
- Independent Study Ceramics Adjunct Faculty, Sabbatical Replacement, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
- Ceramics 1, 2 Fall 2004, Winter 2005
- Sculpture 1
- 3-D Design Adjunct Faculty, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA Spring 2003 – Spring 2006
- Ceramics 1
- Sculpture 1
- Studio Technician Instructor of Record, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Fall 2001 – Spring 2004
- Ceramics 1, 2 Developed syllabi and course content, full grade book responsibility
*21st Annual American Pottery Festival, invitational. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
*Airport Exhibit for NCECA 2019, invitational. MSP International Airport, Minneapolis, MN
20th Annual American Pottery Festival, invitational. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Third Annual Cannon River Clay Tour, invitational. St. Paul, MN Last Call, national juried. Juror Brett Kern. Companion Gallery, Kentucky Palliative Pour, juried & invitational. NCECA exhibition. Juror Chris Gustin.
Nature/Nurture, two-person exhibit with Norman D. Holen. Northern Clay Center,
Minneapolis, MN 100 Miles, invitational exhibit. MacCutchen/Pace Galleries, Evansville, IN. Nuanced Relationships, solo exhibition. Evansville Museum of Arts, Science and History Functional Relationships, national juried exhibition. Juror Simon Levin. New Harmony Gallery
for Contemporary Art, new Harmony, IN
The Clay Cup, national juried exhibition. Juror Dan Anderson. Columbia, MO
- Purchase Award Connections and Capacities, Solo Exhibition. International Gallery of Contemporary Art,
Anchorage, AK and Gary L. Freeburg Gallery, Soldotna, AK Redefining the Vessel, national juried exhibition. Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA Strictly Functional Pottery National, national juried exhibition.
Juror Simon Leach, Lancaster, PA
- Purchase Award Twin Cups, national juried exhibition. Juror Bede Clark, MWSU Clay Guild. St. Joseph, MO Working Pots, national juried exhibition. Juror Simon Levin, James May Gallery. Algoma,WI
It’s Only Clay, national juried exhibition. Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, MN
Purchase Award Craft Forms 2015, national juried exhibition. Juror Ronald T. Labaco, Museum of Arts and
Design, NY, The Marcia Docter Curator. Wayne Art Center, PA Alumni Juried Art Exhibition, juried invitational. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
- Third place award Empty Bowls National Exhibition, national juried exhibition. Wichita Falls Museum of Art, TX Artaxis, contemporary international juried online gallery. artaxis.org Starbrick Gallery Clay National Cup Show, national juried by David Hiltner. Nelsonville, OH Art Noir, regional juried by Dianne Albin. Arts Council of Southwest Indiana. Evansville, IN Synergy, Solo Exhibition. Leo Castelli Gallery, Brenau University. Gainesville, GA
Graceful Tension, Solo Exhibition. The Ceramics Center. Cedar Rapids, IA.
Transcending Material, Potters Council national juried by Chris Campbell. NCECA
Conference Exhibition. Milwaulkee, WI. 22 Jefferson Opening Exhibit, invitational. Evansville, IN Assemblage, two-person exhibition with Amy Moore. Oval Gallery. Henderson, KY. Ceramics & Sculpture Invitational. Shircliff Gallery of Art & the Center for Art & Design.
Vincennes, IN Innovating Traditions, Faculty Exhibit. Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Madisonville, KY.
Functional Metaphors, Solo Exhibition. New Harmony Gallery for Contemporary Art. New
Harmony, IN 2013 Mid-States Craft Exhibition, regional juried by Julie Farr, Executive Director of Houston
Center for Contemporary Craft. Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Evansville, IN East/West/North: A Collaboration, invitational. Evansville Museum of Arts, History and
Science. IN River 2 River, national juried by Clary Illian, Mat Rude, Delores Fortuna. The Clay Center.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Functional Relationships, national juried by Mike Jabbur. The Arts Council of Southwestern
Indiana. Evansville, IN Huili Yin, invitational. McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. Evansville, IN Faculty Exhibit. Halcyon Gallery for Contemporary Art. Terre Haute, IN
East/West/North: A Collaboration, invitational. Evansville Museum of Arts, History and
Science. Evansville, IN Evansville Public Library Exhibit, Oaklyn branch, invitational. Evansville, IN Working Together, regional juried, Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.
- Second Place award. Evansville, IN CLAY EVV, national juried by Christyl Boger and Joe Smith. Adams Art Gallery. Evansville, IN SCULPT EVV, national juried by Marilu Knode, Executive Director of Laumeier’s Sculpture
Park. Outdoor public sculpture titled “Becoming Evansville” Abstract, invitational. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN
Confluence, solo exhibition. The Ohr/O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS
East/West/North: A Collaboration, invitational. Evansville Museum of Arts, History and
Science. IN USI Faculty Exhibition. McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. Evansville, IN Reflections, Alumni juried exhibition at Christianson Art Gallery. Minneapolis, MN
- Best in Show. 3+3: a Clay Survey, Mississippi featured artist at Alabama Clay Conference
with Chris Gustin, Christa Assad and Misty Gamble. Mobile, AL.
Strictly Functional Pottery National, national juried by Bill van Gilder. East Petersburg, PA
- Best thrown and altered award •Catalog cover photo Functional Relationships, national juried exhibition. Eugenia Summer Gallery, Columbus, MS The Vase & Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacremento, CA. Cooperative Collaborations, solo exhibition. Rosenzweig Art Center, Columbus, MS Multifarious, invitational. Louisville Art Center, Louisville, TX Mississippi Mud, state-wide invitational. Rosenzweig Art Center, Columbus, MS Yunomi show, national invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA Three Cups of Tea, national invitational. McComas Gallery, Starkville, MS Wood Fired Tea Bowl Invitational. Roswell, GA Ohr/O’Keefe Museum, representation. Biloxi, MS
Clay3, National Juried Ceramics Exhibition. Warrenville, IL. •Honorable Mention
Faculty Work. Troy Plunk Gallery, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN MUW Faculty Exhibition. Eugenia Summer Gallery, Columbus, MS Art Works, invitational. Coup d’oeil Art Consortium, New Orleans, LA Columbus Arts Council Group Exhibition, Rosenzweig Art Center, Columbus, MS Alabama Clay Conference, Huntsville, AL Fragile Metaphors, Ceramics/Installation. 3 person exhibit with Sukjin Choi and Ying Zhu.
Curator, Exhibitor. Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA Legacy Exhibit: Bunny Mc Bride, invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA The Made Gallery, representation. New Orleans, LA
Vessels 2008, invitational. CSCF Gallery, McLennon Community College, Waco, TX
Mississippi University for Women Faculty Exhibit. Columbus, MS Clay3 National Juried Ceramics Exhibition. Warrenville, IL Ceramics at Work, international juried. Gloria Kennedy Gallery
for Contemporary Ceramics, Brooklyn, NY Anderson O’Brien Gallery, representation. Omaha, NE
University of Iowa Faculty Exhibition. University of Iowa Museum of Art
Strictly Functional Pottery National, national juried by Malcolm Davis. East Petersburg, PA
- Purchase Award
Feats of Clay XX, national juried. Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA •Purchase Award
Gerry Eskin Studio Sale, invitational. Iowa City, IA Clary
Illian Holiday Exhibition, invitational. Ely, IA Bemis Art Auction, invitational.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Serving the US, Master Kiln Builders Invitational (NCECA). Louisville, KY 400
Yunomi invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Holding Volumes, solo exhibit. Janlyn Hanson White Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA
Omaha Area Ceramics Invitational. Hillmer Gallery, Omaha, NE University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Exhibit.
UNO Art Gallery, Omaha, NE Nebraska Arts Council, two-person exhibit with Dana Fritz. Omaha, NE 2006 Campbell Steele Gallery, representation. Marion, IA
30 x 5, invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Museum of Art, Museum Shop, representation. Iowa City, IA 2005 5th Annual National Juried Cup Show, national juried. Gallery 138, Kent, OH
- Purchase Award. Feats of Clay XVIII, national juried. Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA •Purchase Award. Clay Cup X, national juried. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL •Purchase Award. Earth, Wheel and Fire, international juried. McAllen, TX University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Faculty Exhibit. UWL Gallery, LaCrosse, WI
Quad City Arts Association Faculty Exhibit. Quad Cities Airport, Moline, IL
Fire Exit, two-person exhibit with Conifer Smith. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA Iowa Artisans Ceramic Invitational. Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Ceramics Exhibit, juried. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Across the Generations, two-person exhibit with Norman Holen.
Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN 2002 Pottery in Motion, solo exhibit. Eve Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Marion Art Festival, regional juried. Marion, IA Southeastern Minnesota Regional Art Exhibition, Regional Juried.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN 2000 Fairview Hospital, Purchase Award for Permanent Collection. Red Wing, MN
Fall Festival of Arts, Regional Juried. Historic Downtown Red Wing, MN Foot in the Door. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Artist of the Year. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. 2017 USI Foundation commission. University of Southern Indiana. 2015 Mayors Arts Award, Commission. City of Evansville, IN. 2014 Individual Award in Arts. Leadership Evansville. 2013 Faculty Research and Creative Work Award (FRCWA) $2,778 Pilot Grant for Ohio River Clay
Research and Creative Work 2013 Office Sponsored Projects and Research Administration (OSPRA) Summer Research Fellowship
for Pilot Research Projects $7,000 2012 Indiana Campus Compact, Scholarship of Engagement Faculty Grant $1550
Empty Bowls for United Caring Shelters
Exhibition Juror for Hoosier Salon Members Exhibition. New Harmony, IN. Fall 2018 Exhibition Curator for “Functional Relationships”, a National Juried Exhibition. The New Harmony
Gallery for Contemporary Art, IN. Summer 2017 Exhibition Juror for Farmer and Frenchman Winery, Henderson, KY Fall 2015
Exhibition Curator for “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”, a Wichita State MFA Ceramics Program
Invitational. The Bower-Surheinrich Gallery, Evansville, IN. Summer 2015 Exhibition Juror for Vandeburgh County High School Juried Art Exhibition. Evansville Museum of
Arts, History and Science. Winter 2014 Exhibition Juror for Kentucky Arts Alliance Juried Exhibition. Madisonville Art Center. Fall 2014 Exhibition Curator for “Functional Relationships”, a National Juried Ceramic
Exhibition. The Bower-Surheinrich Gallery, Evansville, IN. Summer 2013 Exhibition Curator for “CLAY EVV”, a national, Juried, Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture
Exhibition. Adams Gallery, Evansville, IN. Spring/Summer 2012 Exhibition Curator for “Functional Relationships”, a National Juried
Ceramic Exhibition. Eugenia Summer Art Gallery, Columbus, MS. Winter 2009-10 Exhibition Curator for “Mississippi Mud”, an invitational for
Mississippi Clay Artists. Winter 2009-10 Exhibition Curator for “Fragile Metaphors” Ceramics/Installation
Peter Paul Luce Gallery. Mt. Vernon, IA. Spring 2009 Exhibition Curator/Discussion Moderator for “Clay and the Human Condition”.
UNO Art Gallery. Omaha, NE. Fall 2007
BIBLIOGRAPHY & MEDIA
Lutgring, Trista & Gross, Elisa. “Meet Your Makers.” Evansville Living, Sept.-Oct. 2018: 44. Print.
http://www.evansvilleliving.com/articles/meet-your-makers Web. Catalog: American Pottery Festival. Cover and Back cover. Sept 2018. Poster: Cannon River Clay Tour. June 2018. Catalog: Last Call. Cover photo, 14. Print. May 2018 Sarah Loesch. http://www.courierpress.com/videos/news/2017/11/11/2017-empty-bowls- evansville/107577314/ Web. Doyle, Abbey. “A Family Affair.” Evansville Courier and Press 28 Nov 2017: 7B Holen, Alisa. “Nature/Nurture: Norman and Alisa Holen.” Northern Clay Center Exhibitions Catalog
Autumn 2017. 9. Print. Peterson, Amelia. “Locals Buy Empty Bowls.” The Shield 12 Nov 2015: 5 Doyle, Abbey. “Empty Bowls Symbols of Hope.” Evansville Courier and Press 5 Nov 2015: 7B,11B Craft Forms 2015, 21st International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft catalog. Wayne Art
Center McBain, Roger. “Dishing it out for charity.” Evansville Courier and Press 4 Nov 2014: 5B, 8B Erbacher, Megan.“Ceramic bowls fill a spirit of giving.”Evansville Courier and Press 20 Sept 2014:
1A,10A Beede, Ari. “Professor holds art exhibition at local New Harmony”.The Shield, 14 Nov 2013:p4. Print. Potters Council Exhibition Transcending Materials. March 2014. Poster. McBain, Roger. “Snowflakes..... “ Evansville Courier and Press 20 Nov 2013: Print. Potter’s council “Food and Function” Calendar 2013, cover image. Print. Weber, Trisha. “Thanks and Giving”. Evansville Living, Nov-Dec. 2012: 13. Print. Erbacher, Megan. “Sculpt Carves its Niche.” Evansville Courier and Press 9 June 2012. Print. McBain, Roger. “Vandal Destroys Prize Winner.” Evansville Courier and Press 28 June 2012. Print. Evans, Zach. “City’s History Shown on Orbs.” Evansville Courier and Press 27 May 2012. Print. Up Front. Ceramics Monthly, vol 60, no 2. Feb. 2012:19. Print. Harrison, Thomas B. “ A sweet ‘Confluence’: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art exhibits ceramics by Alisa
Holen.” Mobile Press Register 13 Jan. 2012. Print. http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/01/a_sweet_confluence_ohr-okeefe.html Web. Pietrowski, Josh. “Local Color; an Interview with Alisa (AL) Holen.” www.forty-one-south.com a
regional online quarterly magazine. web.
Gassaway, Carol. “Non-Still Life, Those who do also teach in MUW’s Art Department.” Columbus
Magazine, 2010-2011: 61. Print. Swoope, Jan. “Down to Earth professor uses love of clay to teach the ‘organic process of sculpting’.” Progress 2010, 2010: 69. Print. Dispatch Staff. “Scene & Seen at Empty Bowls.” Commercial Dispatch 21 Nov. 2010: 3C. Print. Porter, Louisa. “A Thousand Words: Wood Kiln.” Commercial Dispatch 19 Nov. 2010: 2A. Print. Porter, Louisa. “New Kiln at Columbus Brick Yard.” Commercial Dispatch 15 Nov. 2010: 3A. Print. Rogers, Steven, prod. "Live at Five."Empty Bowls.CBS.WCBI, Columbus, MS,5 Nov. 2010. Television Rogers, Steven, prod. “WCBI News Sunrise.” Community Supports Empty Bowls. CBS. WCBI,
Columbus, MS, 2 Nov. 2010. Television. Swoope, Jan. “Get ‘bowled over’ by Empty Bowls Saturday.” Commercial Dispatch 31 Oct. 2010: 3C.
Print. Booth, Khristina. “Chances for Charity.” The Reflector 19 Oct. 19 2010: 7. Print. Catalog: 18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2010: Cover photo, 17. Print.
www.strictlyfunctionalpotterynational.net. Web. Dispatch Staff, “Bowling for Charity.” Commercial Dispatch 27 Sept. 2010: 2A. Print. Swoope, Jan. “Empty Bowls sets community bowl-making days.” Commercial Dispatch 12
Sept. 2010: 2A. Print. Daily Staff. “National artists featured in ‘Three Cups of Tea’.” Starkville Daily News 13 Sept.
2010: 1A. Print. Holen, Alisa. moderator: “Emerging Faculty, New Approaches to Teaching Clay.”
NCECA Journal 2010: V31. 75. Print. Swoope, Jan. “New kiln heats up ceramic arts.” Commercial Dispatch 22 Aug. 2010: 3C. Print. Imes, Birny. “Friday Night on the Town.” Commercial Dispatch 17 Jan. 2010: 3A. Print. Geller, Russ, prod. “WCBI Live at Five.” Functional Relationships and Mississippi Mud. CBS. WCBI,
Columbus, MS, 14 Jan. 2010. Television. Feeney, Larry. “An example of how The W enriches.” Commercial Dispatch 12 Jan. 2010: 3A. Print. Swoope, Jan. “MUW, Arts Council join in ceramics, pottery exhibits.” Commercial Dispatch 10 Jan.
2010: 2C. Print. Elliott, Adele. “Soup Kitchen.” Commercial Dispatch 15 Nov. 2009, Lifestyles section: 1C. Print. Swoope, Jan. “Hungry for Empty Bowls.” Commercial Dispatch 8 Nov. 2009: 3A. Print. Geller, Russ, prod. “WCBI News Sunrise.” MUW Professor organizes Empty Bowls event for
community. CBS. WCBI, Columbus, MS, 5 Nov. 5 2009. Television. Swoope, Jan. “Empty Bowls event will benefit Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.” Commercial
Dispatch 25 Oct. 2009: 3C. Print. Swoope, Jan. “MUW hosts bowl making for Empty Bowls Event” Commercial Dispatch 15 Oct. 2009:
3A. Print. Geller, Russ, proc. “WCBI News at 10.” Y-Teens make bowls for MUW Empty Bowls Event. CBS.
WCBI, Columbus, MS, 4 Oct. 2009. Television. Catalog: Clay3 National Juried Ceramics Exhibition. Clay Space 2009: 13. Print. Perkins, Anika Mitchell. “Holen Teaches the Art of Recycling.” Visions Magazine Fall 2009: 4. Print.
“The Gallery.”Clay Times, March/April 2009 v.15 #80: 50. Print. Shirley, Carey. “New teacher wants to mold next generation.” Spectator Columbus, MS. 30 Oct.
2008 v.104 issue 3: 4. Print. Catalog: U of Iowa Faculty Exhibit. University of Iowa Museum of Art 2007:10. Print. Holen, Norman. “Achieving Closure” Clay Times Sept/Oct 2007 v.13 #5: image 63. Print. Catalog: 15th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2007: 14. Print. Web. Stickney, Dane. “Exhibit focuses on process, not product.” Omaha World-Herald 25 Oct. 2007:
2c. Print. Baker, Sarah. “Sketchbook.” The Reader Omaha, NE. 31 Oct. 2007 v.25: 4. Print.
King, Kelly. “Three Artists Shape the Shapeless, use clay to reveal what makes us Human in Art Gallery exhibit.” UNO Gateway Omaha, NE. 26 Oct 2007: 15. Print. Catalog: Feats of Clay XX. Lincoln Arts, at Historic Gladding McBean. Lincoln, CA 2007:16. Print. Stickney, Dane. “When the Garden Becomes Artwork.” Omaha World-Herald 8 Feb. 2007. C1. Print. Baker, Sarah.“Sketchbook.” The Reader Omaha, NE. 18 Jan. 2007 v.13: 28. Print. Deskins, Sally Brown. “Gallery Art Show proves quality, passion among UNO faculty.” UNO
Gateway Omaha, NE. January 2007: 16, 11. Print. Krainak, Michael Joe. “Art Smart.” Omaha City Weekly, 17 Jan. 2007: 37-9. Print. Poster: Clay Cup X, 2005. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
Topical Discussion at American Pottery Festival with Maria Dondero. Minneapolis, MN 2018 Topical Discussion Leader at NCECA. “Empty Bowls as Service Learning”. Kansas City, KS 2016
With Brenda Lichman, Wichita State University and Bethany Benson, Juniata College Demonstration Room at National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2014 Panel Discussion Moderator at National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
Conference. “Emerging Faculty; New Approaches to Teaching Clay.” Philadelphia, PA 2010 Topical Discussion Leader at NCECA. “Effective Critique Strategies”. Phoenix, AZ 2009 Graduate Presenter at NCECA Indianapolis, IN 2004/ San Diego, CA 2003
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
Workshop at American Pottery Festival, Minneapolis, MN. Sept. 2018 Workshop at Kanai Peninsula College, Kanai, AK. Oct. 2016 Workshop at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Oshkosh, WI. Sept. 2015 Workshop at Fired Earth Studio, Appleton, WI. Sept. 2015 Workshop at Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. April 2015 Workshop at The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA. Nov. 2014 Workshop at Fired Earth Studio, Appleton, WI. Oct. 2014 Workshop at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Aug. 2014 Workshop at Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY. Nov. 2013 Workshop at University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI. Sept. 2013 Raku Workshop at New Harmony Pottery Studio, New Harmony, IN. August, 2011 Workshop at Oxbow School for the Arts, Saugatek, MI. Oct. 2010 Workshop/Lecture at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI. Oct. 2010 Empty Bowls Workshops at East Mississippi Community College and Heritage Academy,
East Mississippi. Oct. 2010 Honors Forum Lecture “Finding Center”, MUW, Columbus, MS. Oct. 2009 Workshop at McLennon Community College, Waco, TX. June 2009 Workshop and Lecture at Columbus High School, Columbus, MS. April 2009 Interdisciplinary Workshop with Art of the Americas course.
Mississippi University for Women. Fall 2009 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Native American pottery with Archeology
Department. The University of Iowa. Spring 2008 Visiting Artist at the University of North Texas University of North Texas, Denton. Summer 2008 Interdisciplinary Workshop with Art History in Greek Vase Painting.
The University of Iowa. Fall 2007 Panelist “Beyond the Undergraduate experience” - Barbara Wilson Lecture Series.
University of Nebraska, Omaha. Spring 2007 Slide Jam at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Omaha, NE. April 2007 Slide Lecture at Janlyn Hanson White Gallery. Cedar Rapids, IA. February 2007 Slide Lecture at University of Nebraska, Omaha. Omaha, NE. January 2007
WORKSHOP HOSTING & PARTICIPATION
Conference Attendance at Utilitarian Clay VII Symposium, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Fall 2016 Workshop Host for Martha Grover at USI.
Fall 2016 Workshop Host for Brenda Lichman and 5 graduate students from Wichita State University at USI.
Fall 2015 Salt-Firing Workshop Host for David Rodenberg at New Harmony Clay Studio.
Summer 2014 Workshop Host for Lenny Dowhie at USI.
Spring 2014 Kiln Building and Wood Fire Workshop Host for Professor Scott Ross of Kentucky State University at USI.
Fall 2013 Workshop Host for Dr. Sweet U Akenzua-Ebeigbe of Nigeria at USI.
Spring 2013 Workshop Host for Al Wadzinski workshop and exhibit at USI.
Fall 2012 Workshop Host for Deborah Ball at University of Southern Indiana.
Spring 2012 Workshop Host for Eva Kwong at University of Southern Indiana.
Spring 2012 Workshop Host for Ian Childers and James Davis at the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS.
Fall 2010 Workshop Host for Jake Allee at the Mississippi University for Women.
Summer 2010 Workshop Host for Debbie Kupinski and Craig Clifford at the Mississippi University for Women.
Fall 2009 Technical Assistant for Christyl Boger Figurative Sculpture Workshop at the Santa Fe Clay Center.
Summer 2008 Workshop Host for Linda Christianson at The University of Iowa.
Spring 2008 Workshop Host for Dean Adams and Daniel Murphy, five-day kiln building Workshop. The University of Iowa.
Fall 2007 Workshop Host for Pete Pinnell at University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Spring 2007 Workshop Host with Henry Serenco for Bunny McBride at University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Fall 2006 Workshop Host for Lisa Buck at University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
Spring 2005 High Elevation Wood Kiln Firing with Gerry Eskin. Aspen, CO
Winter 2004 Kiln Building Workshop with Randy Johnston & Donovan Palmquist.
University of Wisconsin at River Falls Summer 2002 Kiln Building and Wood Fire Workshop with Mike Weber. University of Northern Texas Spring 2002
Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $13,000 raised. Aug. – Nov. 2017 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $13,000 raised. Aug. – Nov. 2016 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $11,700 raised. Aug. – Nov., 2015 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $10,400 raised. Aug.-Nov., 2014 Nouvelle Cuisine Dinnerware created and donated as student engagement project. Fall 2014 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $7,400 raised. Aug.-Nov., 2013 Wood Kiln Repair and Rebuild for USI. Summer/Fall 2013 Organizer of Student Pottery Sale for USI Student Visiting Artist Fund
University of Southern Indiana Spring 2012 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
USI, Evansville, IN. $7,000 raised. Aug.-Nov., 2012 Presentation for Kiwanis Club presented process and research for Becoming Evansville. July 2012
Leadership EVV created a curriculum to build a clay installation with children for the Evansville,
IN Bicentennial. Work to coincide with the opening of sculpture garden and clay exhibition; CLAY EVV. Summer 2012 Organizer of Student Pottery Sale for USI Student NCECA Travel Fund
University of Southern Indiana. Fall 2011 Kiln Building for North Poseyville High School, Poseyville, IN Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
Columbus, MS. Over $8,000 raised. Sept.-Nov., 2010 Wood Kiln Building with Jake Allee at the Columbus Brick Yard. Columbus, MS. 2010 Online Exhibition at Big Blu Box Recycling of Golden Triangle Recycling. Design 2
Cardboard projects. March 2010 Tennessee Williams Sculpture created for Tennessee Williams Foundation. Columbus, MS
Summer 2010 Empty Bowls Coordinator, Teacher, Studio Manager
Columbus, MS. Over $6,000.00 raised. Sept-Nov., 2009 Memorial Sculpture created for Macon Fire Department. Macon, MS. Summer 2008 Organizer of Student Pottery Sale/Fundraiser for Ceramics Society and
Crisis Center Food Bank. The University of Iowa. Fall 2007 Tour Host for UI Graduate and Undergraduate tour of Jun Kaneko Studios.
Omaha, NE. Fall 2007
Residency at A.I.R. Vallauris. Vallauris France. Summer 2018* Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School for the Arts, Gatlinburg, TN. Summer 2017 Wood Kiln Firing with Simon Levin. Gresham, WI Spring 2015 Kiln Building with Gerry Eskin. Aspen, CO Summer 2006 Kiln Building Assistant with Donovan Palmquist, Master Kiln Builders
Northfield, MN Summer 2005, Summer 2006 Potters Apprentice with Clary Illian. Ely, IA Summer 2003, Summer 2004 Fellowship Residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts.
Planned and built Gas Kiln on premises. Red Wing, MN August 2003 President of the University of Iowa Ceramics Society. September 2002 – December 2003 Assistant Director at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Red Wing, MN September 2000 – April 2001 Studio Potter at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Red Wing, MN 1998 - 2001 Finishing Potter at the Red Wing Stoneware Company. Red Wing, MN May 1990 – March 1991
International Ceramic Artists Network, 2017 Evansville Museum of Arts, Science, and History 2014-present
Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, 2011-present
Potters Council 2007, 2010 - 2017
American Association of University Women 2009 - 2011
Columbus Arts Council 2008 - 2012
Alabama Clay Council 2009 - 2011
College Arts Association 2008 - 2012
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 2007
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2001 - present
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies 2001 – 2008
USI Faculty Senate Fall 2018-present
USI Faculty Affairs Committee 2017-present
USI Art Dept. CAEP/NCATE Accreditation Committee 2017-present
USI Art Dept. NASAD Accreditation Committee 2015-present
USI Art Dept. Curriculum and Facilities Committee 2014-2017
USI Faculty Senate (alternate for sabbatical) 2014-2015
USI Art Dept. Scholarships and Awards Committee (Chair) 2014-present
USI Art Dept. Contract Faculty Evaluation Committee 2014-present
USI Art Dept. Core 39 Committee 2014-2015
USI Art Dept. Art Club faculty advisor 2012-2014
USI Art Dept. Visiting Professionals Committee 2012-present
Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, Board of Directors 2012 – 2014
Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, Gallery Committee 2012 – 2017
Alhambra Theatre Board of directors, 2012 – 2013
USI Art Club, Assistant Faculty Treasurer 2011 – 2015
USI Art Club, Faculty Sponsor 2011 – 2015
Columbus Arts Council Board, Gallery Committee 2009 - 2011
Mississippi University for Women, Naming Committee. 2009-2010
Mississippi University for Women, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. 2010-2011
Mississippi University for Women, National Association of Schools of Art and Design,accreditation preparation. 2009-2011
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