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Artist: Andy Bissonnette



Andy Bissonnette, MINNESOTA
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I’m interested in creating surfaces that are rich in texture but also subtly beautiful in their simplicity. I work with limited colors choosing to emphasize form through carving. I believe this juxtaposition between simple, yet elegant forms and complex patterns, creates a dynamic that is approachable while still maintaining an aura of mystery; because of this, the complexity of my pieces can only be realized through intimate interaction. My goal is to draw the viewer into the piece because of it’s classical elegance, and then continue to engage them with the intricacy of the surface.

 

Education

2023 University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Master of Fine Arts Candidate (Ceramics)

2008 Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design)

 

Awards

2020 Ceramics Monthly Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist

 

Exhibitions

2021 CLAYAKAR – Yunomi Invitational – Iowa City, IA

2020 Northern Clay Center – American Pottery Festival, with artist demo – Minneapolis, MN

2020 CLAYAKAR – Yunomi Invitational – Iowa City, IA

2020 NCECA – Gallery Expo – Richmond, VA

2019 CLAYAKAR – Americano Invitational – Iowa City, IA

2019 Northern Clay Center – Holiday Exhibition – Minneapolis, MN  

2019 Dakota Fine Art – Guest Artist – Fargo, ND

2019 Northern Clay Center – American Pottery Festival, with artist talk – Minneapolis, MN

2019 Northern Clay Center/MSP International Airport – Duck, Duck, Grey Duck – Minneapolis, MN

2019 NCECA – Gallery Expo – Minneapolis, MN

2019 Plains Art Museum – A Place at the Table Invitational – Fargo, ND  

2018 Companion Gallery – Last Call III – Humboldt, TN   

2017 Northern Clay Center – Holiday Exhibition – Minneapolis, MN  

2016 Ecce Art Gallery – Newvember Exhibition – Fargo, ND

 

Publications

2021 Ceramics Monthly – Artist Feature – “Seeking Order in Symmetry”   

2020  UNL Newsroom “Three Husker ceramic artists selected as Ceramics Monthly 2020 Emerging Artists”

2019 Oesterritter, Lindsay Mastering Kilns & Firing Quarto Publishing Group. P. 89 – Contributing Artist  

2019 Ceramics Monthly Readership-Wide Contest – “Grounded”  

2018 Pottery Making Illustrated – Artist Feature – “Incised and Inlaid Tumblers”

2018 Room & Board – 2018 Catalog

 

Teaching Experience

Fall 2020 – Present  University of Nebraska–Lincoln – Graduate Teaching Assistant – Interaction Design I.

Fall 2020 University of Nebraska–Lincoln – Graduate Teaching Assistant – Graphic Design III

2016 – 2020 Fired Up Studios – Beginning Ceramics

2019 – Present Northern Clay Center – Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education – (MN NICE) Professional Mentor


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