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Artist: Ashley Bevington


Ashley Bevington
Ashley Bevington, OHIO
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My work captures the feeling of ambivalence through a humorous lens. Humans are contradictory in nature since we each have a different story and are constantly growing and developing personal intellect. We have always used
humor as a coping mechanism for the struggles of daily life. The pieces I create
are manifestations of reoccurring thoughts of past trauma mixed with irreverent
ideas of the mundane. I use poodles as a mask to feel comfortable sharing these moments of vulnerability. The well-known breed is often thought of as a spoiled lap dog, but was originally bred to be a hard-working hunting dog. With my work I am investigating the parallels between the misconception of the poodle and feminism, art versus craft, and the duality of my midwestern upbringing and current relationship with the art world. I aim to communicate common human emotions using man’s best friend as a tool to force empathy, all while illustrating thoughts and/or experiences that are often deemed taboo as a way of making people feel comfortable being human. The work can seem cute or funny upon first glance, but with further investigation one can discover a deeper, darker presence. The pieces serve as poignant yet hopeful symbols of the human experience. My anthropomorphic work often takes on a foreboding, monster-like quality, as if they are my inner demons, baggage, and/or current fears manifesting into an identity.

 

EDUCATION
2017 MFA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, Ceramics Concentration
2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2019 Cup: The Intimate Object XV, (Invited Artist), Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
What Goes Bump In The Night, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Last Call IV, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
2018 The Cup, The Mug 2018, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
The Clay Cup IV: Vessel, Icon, Canvas, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Sixth Annual Cup Show, Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA
Cup: The Intimate Object XIV, (Invited Artist) Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Second Annual Mug Show, Eye Of The Dog Art Center, San Marcos, TX
Small Favors 2018, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Last Call III, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
2017 Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, (Invited Artist) Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition (2 Pieces), Portland, OR
Last Call II, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
Create New+, MFA Exhibition Online, University of Montana
2016 Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
Chimera XIV, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Keystone Collegiate Exhibition, Brockway Center for the Arts & Technology, Brockway, PA
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Kansas City, MO
2015 The 12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Chimera XII, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Figure It Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
2013 Small Works Exhibition, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH
Ohio Art League Student Juried Exhibition, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
The Color Of Love, Sean Christopher Gallery, Columbus, OH
134th Annual Student Exhibition, CCAD, Columbus OH
2012 133rd Annual Student Exhibition, CCAD, Columbus, OH

SOLO/SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Senta Achee & Ashley Bevington, In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Charcuterie & Cheeze, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Hot Mud, A Three Way In Clay With Chanakarn Semachai, Matthew George, & Ashley Bevington, The
Church On Kincaid, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Keep Your Eyes Peeled: Thesis Exhibition by Ashley Bevington, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA
2015 Humdinger: Works By Ashley Bevington, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA
Counter Regimen: Works by Didem Mert & Ashley Bevington, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA
2014 Bent: Thesis Exhibition by Ashley Bevington, CCAD’s Acock Gallery North, Columbus, OH


INVITATIONALS
2019 Americano Invitational. Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA
Lip. Body. Foot. A Cup Shaped Thing, Blockfort Gallery, Columbus, OH
AMACO’s Think Outside The Jar: 100 Jars. 100 Artists. 100 Years at NCECA, Minneapolis, MN
Collaborative Companions, Companion Gallery at NCECA, Minneapolis, MN
Charcuterie & Cheeze, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Tea Party invitational, Campbell Pottery, Edinboro, PA
Summer Lovin', Air Mattress Gallery, New York, NY
Little Berlin Exchange Exhibition, The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Spring Invitational, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, Columbia, NC
Recent Acquisitions, Yuill Gallery at Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
8 Fluid Ounces Ceramic Cup Exhibition, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2017 CFile's 10 Potters You Gotta Know, Online Holiday Pop Up Shop
Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2019 Best of Show, What Goes Bump In The Night, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
2018 Juror’s Choice, The Cup, The Mug 2018, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
Postcard/PR Image Award, The Clay Cup IV: Vessel, Icon, Canvas, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Second Place, Jansen Art Center's 6th Annual Cup Show, Lynden, WA
Best Of Show, Eye Of The Dog Art Center's Second Annual Mug Show, San Marcos, TX
2017 Mudtools Merit Award, 2017 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Portland, OR
NCECA International Residency Partner Program at Medalta International AIR Program, SE Medicine Hat,
Alberta, Canada
2016 Best of Show, Edinboro University's Annual Student Show, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA
Best of Show, Keystone Collegiate Exhibition, BCAT, Brockway, PA
2015 Watershed Kiln God Scholarship, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
Watershed Center For the Ceramic Arts Session IV Invited Artist
2014 Graduate Assistantship, MFA Program at Edinboro University
Windgate Fellowship Award Nominee
Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop Student Scholarship
2013 Ohio Craft Museum, Emerging Artist Winterfair Award
Helen Winnemore Scholarship
Best In Show, Color Of Love, Sean Christopher Gallery, Columbus, OH
Full Scholarship to Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop Student Scholarship
2012 Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop Student Scholarship

RESIDENCIES
2018 Access Arts Long-Term Ceramics Residency, Columbia, MO
2017 Medalta 2-Month Summer Residency, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
2015 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, 2-Week Residency, Newcastle, ME

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Companion Gallery, 3638 E Mitchell St, Humboldt, TN 38343
The Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2016-2017 Graduate Assistant (Ceramics) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
2016-2017 Vice President/Social Media of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's Clay Club
2014-2015 Graduate Assistant (Graphic Design/Art History) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
2011-2014 Ceramics Lab Monitor at Columbus College of Art & Design

TEACHING EXPERIENCE/LECTURES
2019 AMACO Technical Workshop (Demonstrating Artist), Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
2018-19 Ceramics Instructor, Beginning Wheel, Intermediate Wheel, Children’s Wheel, Access Arts, Columbia, MO
2017 Resident Artist Talks, Medalta Potteries, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Graduate Arts Association GASP Presentations, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Graduate Artist Student Presentations (GASP), Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, PA
2016 Triple Threat, 1-Day Workshop & Lecture, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
2014 Sculpted Clay Faces 2-Day Workshop at the Ohio Craft Museum

PUBLICATIONS
2019 Ashley Bevington, “Melting Ice Cream Poodle Cups”, Pottery Making Illustrated, Oct/Nov 2019
Dick Lehman, “More Or Less”, Ceramics Monthly, October 2019 (1 Image)
Andy Smith, “’Charcuterie and Cheeze’ at La Luz de Jesus Offers Varied, Yet Complimentary Artists”, Hi
Fructose Magazine, Jan. 16, 2019 (3 Images)
2018 Last Call III Exhibition Catalog, Companion Gallery
2017 Clay Culture: NCECA 2017 Portland, Ceramics Monthly, March 2017 (1 Image)
Sarah McNutt, "National Student Juried Exhibition", Ceramics Monthly, Jan. 2017 1 Image)
Shoptalk Volume 7, Journal of Artist Interviews by MFA Students
Last Call II Exhibition Catalog, Companion Gallery
2016 Create! Magazine, Inaugural Issue, November 2016 (2 Pages)
Chimera XIV Catalog
Last Call Exhibition Catalog, Companion Gallery
2014 Chimera XII Catalog
Michael Grossberg, “Talent To Spare”, The Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 20, 2014 (1 Image)
Amanda Pierce, "Student Wins Best Of Show Award At Short North Gallery", CCAD Blog Feb 17, 2014 (1
Image)
Espe, Marissa, “December 2013: Members’ Small Works Exhibition”, ROY G BIV GALLERY blog, Jan. 11,
2014 (1 Image)


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