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Artist: Alisa Holen


Artist: Alisa (AL) Holen
Alisa Holen, INDIANA
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Both metaphorically and as a three-dimensional design quandary, the nuances of relationships fascinate me.  Since graduate school, I have taught at eight different colleges and universities.  This has led to many new and interesting relationships, both professional and personal.  It is in these relationships that I find inspiration.  I am interested in creating dialogues and relationships within my ceramic forms.  The work focuses on formal and metaphorical relationships, often staging forms in postures of dependency, elevation, support, aggression or comfort.  Swelling volumes are often perched on tiny bases, evoking nuances of vulnerability and tension.  Cups are precariously perched into forms to illustrate the assailable nature of relationships. Special attention is given to the shapes and textures, swells and voids of their interactions.  Beyond this, there is something immensely satisfying about finding playful and 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.  

I simply love working with the clay, 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… it feels magical to see ware-boards full of new work. 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.  I hope the pieces I make, with their contemporary design sensibilities, will bring others joy well into the future.  When others use the work I make, 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 a tenure track assistant professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN.

 Her ceramic work focuses on formal and metaphorical relationships, often staging forms in postures of dependency, elevation, support, aggression or comfort.  Swelling volumes balance on tiny bases, evoking nuances of vulnerability and tension.  Cups are precariously compressed into forms to illustrate the assailable nature of relationships. Double-walled and closed forms are thrown on the wheel leaving air inside as a movable volume that allows strong alterations.

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.

EDUCATION
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

TEACHING
Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Fall 2011 – Present

Assistant Chair of Art Department, Fall 2013 – Present
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
Sabbatical replacement
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

EXHIBITIONS
2016
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

2015
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

2014
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.

2013
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

2012
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. Collaborated on outdoor public sculpture titled “Becoming Evansville” with Joe and Jenny Smith. The sculpture commemorated Evansville’s Bicentennial. Evansville, IN

Abstract, invitational. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN

2011
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.

2010
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

2009
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

2008
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

2007
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’s, 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

2004
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

2003
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

AWARDS
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

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
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
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: p. 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 AlisaHolen.” 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. Presented by 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.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
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 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, Gainsville, 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 2015

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

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
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 2011

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


RELATED EXPERIENCE
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

MEMBERSHIPS
Evansville Museum of Arts, Science, and History 2014-present

Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, 2011-present

Potters Council 2007, 2010 - present

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

COMMITTEES
USI Art Dept. NASAD Accreditation Committee 2015-present

USI Art Dept. Curriculum and Facilities Committee 2014-present

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 – present

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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