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Artist: Austin Coudriet



Austin Coudriet, MONTANA
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 Bio

Austin Coudriet was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2019 he earned his BFA with a dual emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. There he focused on fabricating large ceramic sculptures and expanding his skills in the wood shop.

Austin is currently a long term artist in residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula located in Missoula, Montana. Here he is able to pursue his passions of teaching, and working as a studio artist. He divides his studio practice between creating large scale sculptures intended for public art installations, and graphic pinch pots.

In 2021 Austin completed a two year residency at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. There, he helped grow the community studio by: firing kilns, mixing glazes, working in the gallery, running workshops and lectures, and performing routine maintenance on studio equipment. During the start of the pandemic, Austin moved back to Nebraska for six months, where he was offered a fellowship position at the LUX Center for the Arts.

In 2019 Austin help found a ceramic collective group called Mud Ties. He is currently leading both the Social Outreach and the Social Media team.

 

Statement

As a child I would draw with my father, an architect. I was fascinated by the way he built with lines, they exceeded their boundaries yet were contained by the image they formed, loose but intentional. As my own drawings developed I began to explore three dimensional fabrication. I discovered how working with clay could successfully help me achieve what I was depicting on paper. Quickly my lines translated into coils, and those coils into sculpture. I collect inspiration from modernist design, mid-century modern furniture, scaffolding and clouds.

My studio practice is an ongoing tactile conversation between soft amorphous forms and rigid linear components. Daily visual experiences of infrastructure found within the natural environment are re-contextualized through the lens of play into nonrepresentational, interactive sculpture. Amid a collision of rudimentary shapes, inspired by Deconstructivist architecture my compositions are rendered. Lines find edges, and shapes find volume.

EDUCATION

2019

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE - High Distinction

WORK EXPERIENCE

2021-PRESENT

Long Term Resident Artist and Instructor, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

2023

Juror, [DYS] FUNCTIONAL, Wildfire ceramic studio, Missoula, MT

Juror, 11th Annual Mini Show Art Auction, Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula, MT

2022

Short Term Resident Artist, Pentaculum - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Visiting Workshop Artist, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2021- 19

Long Term Resident Artist and Instructor, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2020

Fellowship, The LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2019

Event Coordinator of Demonstrating Artists & Exhibition, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

Visiting Artist, Clay Siblings, NCECA, Local High Schools, Minneapolis, MN

Gallery Manager, Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2019- 18

Art Director, Daily Nebraskan Newspaper, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Lincoln NE

2019- 16

Owner, Lincoln Landscaping and Mowing, Lincoln, NE

2018- 17

Summer Instructor, Art at Cedar Point, Cedar Point Biological Station, University of Nebraska, Ogallala NE

Visual Art Mentor Program, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

2018

Assistant Art Director, Daily Nebraskan Newspaper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Personal Assistant, Professor Eddie Dominguez, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2017

Pottery Tutor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 

2019

Gomez Art Supply Award, Highest Awarded, Faculty Voted, BFA Capstone Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery & Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 

The School of Art, Art History & Design Entry Fee award, 32nd Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

3rd in Show, Paper & Clay, University of Utah, Caine College of the Arts, Logan, UT

2015- 19

Kimmel Charitable Foundation of Art, Art History and Design Scholarship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Dean’s List, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2016

The School of Art, Art History & Design Freshman Award, 2016 Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Faulkner Freshman Scholarship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

(upcoming) Solo show, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

(upcoming) Solo show, Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE

Installation, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT

2022

[Re] Construct, Vessel gallery, Las Angeles, CA

2021

Far from exactly where i am, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY

2018

Home, Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

First Friday Art Walk, Code Beer Company, Lincoln, NE

2016

Beginnings, Lincoln Berean, Lincoln, NE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

* Denotes juried exhibition

2023

(upcoming) Group Show Invitational, Kouri + Corrao Gallery, Sante Fe, NM

Mud Ties 2023, Home Makers Bar, NCECA 2023, Cincinnati, OH

*[DYS] FUNCTIONAL, Wildfire ceramic studio, Missoula, MT

Homecoming, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY

Kirks' Ceramics, Kirks Grocery, Billings, MT

*11th Annual Mini Show Art Auction, Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula MT

*15th Annual Yunomi Show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Potsketch 2023, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

The Clay Studio of Missoula Community Exhibition, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

2022

Cloud 9, 2022 NCECA, Sacramento, CA

An exhibition of lighting and fine decorative art, SAV / Medium Gallery, Bozeman, MT

For the birds, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA

*9th Annual Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

*Western Flea, Western Cider, Missoula, MT

*406 Cup Show, Wild Fire Ceramic Studio, Missoula, MT

Mud Ties 2022 Pre-NCECA Show, digital, mudtiespopup.wixsite.com

HighFire 2nd Annual, Wild Fire Ceramic Studio, Missoula, MT

POTSKETCH 2022, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Holiday Show, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Clay Holiday Market, The Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY

2021

*Above Board Ceramic, 2021 Virtual NCECA, aboveboardceramics.com

Speeding UP, Slowing Down: The Practice of Feminine Art Making, Kunstrum Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

*Small Favors 2021, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

*8th Annual Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

Clay Siblings Holiday Benefit, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

*15th Annual Yunomi Show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Cup of Joy, Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Spokane, WA

*406 Cup Show, Wildfire Ceramic Studio, Missoula, MT

*Playground, Wildfire Ceramic Studio, Missoula, MT

*Small Works, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

Gifted: Annual Holiday Show, The LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2020

Gifted: Annual Holiday Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

*Cups for Y’all, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

Americano Invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

The Thanksgiving Table, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

*Material Mugs V: Underglaze, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

*14th Annual Yunomi Show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Grids, Morean Center For Clay, Main Gallery, Saint Petersburg, FL

*Small Favors 2020, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

*Sip: A Ceramic Cup Show, Savannah Clay, Savannah, GA

*Good Morning, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

*A Study of Humans and Place, GHOST, www.ghostartproject.com, Omaha, NE

2019

BFA Capstone Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery & Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Portraits of Another, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

 Paper & Clay, University of Utah, Caine College of the Arts, Logan, UT, Juror: Yoonmi Nam

Spring Fling Arts and Craft Show,  4120, Lincoln, NE

First Friday in Four Courses: Main Course, Sheldon Museum of  Art, Lincoln, NE

32nd Annual Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Juror: Charlie & Nancy Friedman

Everett Second Fridays A Neighborhood Art Walk, South of Downtown Community Development Organization, Lincoln, NE

2018

31st Annual Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Juror: David Gracie

A Delicate Balance, 1105 E Street, Abandon House Pop Up, Lincoln, NE

Grand Opening Weekend, Vena Amoris, Lincoln, NE

A Cool Summer Art Show, Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso. Lincoln, NE

2017

Making History Ceramics Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

30th Annual Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Juror: Todd Tubutis

First Friday Art Walk, Method Cycles & Craft House, Lincoln, NE

Art at the Bay, The Bay, Lincoln, NE

Art At the Bay- Spring Edition, The Bay, Lincoln, NE

2016

29th Annual Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Prescott Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Juror: Launa Bacon

Art at the Bay, The Bay, Lincoln, NE

PUBLICATIONS

2023

Missoulian, Clay Studio: Small pieces fuel nonprofit's creative activity, written by Cory Walsh (photos and article)

2022

Westside Current, Vessel gallery’s new adaptive exhibit, written by Noel Peterson (photos and article)

Cloud 9 Showcard, Cloud nine, March 2022, printed showcard (photo)

Missoulian, POTSKETCH auction boasts work small and large like it’s 2019, March 2022, written by Cory Walsh (photo and article)

2021

Ceramics Monthly, The Clay Siblings’ Project, January 2021, p. 36-39 (photos and article)

Ceramic Arts Yearbook 2021, Short-term Resident Artists (photo)

2020

Ceramics Monthly, Exposure: March 2020 (photo)

Ceramic Arts Yearbook 2020, Short-term Resident Artists (photo)

Ceramics Monthly, Sights & Ceramics Richmond, Cover and p. 12 (photo)

Companion Gallery Catalog, Material Mugs V: UNDERGLAZE, p. 7 and 13

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2023

Instructor - Handbuilding in Clay – Vessels & Sculpture, Winter semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - continuing wheel, Winter semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Beginning Pottery, Winter semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Date night, bi-monthly workshop, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

2022

Instructor - Handbuilding in Clay – Vessels & Sculpture, Fall semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Beginning Pottery, Fall semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Level Two Beginning Pottery, Winter semester The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Beginning Pottery, Winter semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - K-5 Elementary ceramic education, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Date night, bi-monthly workshop, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Family workshop, monthly workshop, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

2021

Instructor - Beginning Pottery Fall semester, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Instructor - Intermediate Wheel Throwing, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - CAC Study with Austin , Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Sculptural Ceramics, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Hand-built Pottery, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - P.C. Rec Youth Class, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Guided Studio, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Maker Date, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2020

Instructor - Thrown & Altered, Fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Intermediate Ceramics, Fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Sculptural Ceramics, Fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Hand-built Pottery, Fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - P.C. Rec Youth Class, Fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Family Wheel Night, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Cladies Night, Winter semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2019

Instructor - Hand-built Pottery, Spring and fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Beginning Ceramics, Spring and fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Arts in Education - 5th Grade, Edison Elementary, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Family Wheel Night, Spring and fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Instructor - Cladies Night, Spring and fall semester, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

WORKSHOPS, LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

2023

Workshop - Pinching to Perfection, Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC

Workshop - Throw it bigger, The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT

2022

Workshop - Pinching Pots, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Workshop - Pinching Makes Perfect, Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC

2021

NCECA Demonstrator - Pinch Pots, 2021 Digital NCECA Cincinnati, OH

NCECA Lecture - Artist Talk, 2021 Digital NCECA Cincinnati, OH

Workshop - Professional Pinch Pots, Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

Workshop - Extruding Basics, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Workshop - Building with Supports and Armatures, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2020

Lecture - Instagram for Artist, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Lecture - Resident Artist Talk, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Demonstration - Clay Crits, Digital Platform

2019

Lecture - Resident Artist Talk, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Demonstrating Artist - Sheldon Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE


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