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Artist: Benjamin Cirgin


Artist: Benjamin Cirgin
Benjamin Cirgin, ARKANSAS
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I position myself (out of necessity and curiosity) as an active participant in the
consumption of domestic objects, built environments, and a member of the working
class community to present an alternative engagement with the objects and processes that I find simultaneously confusing and mesmerizing. My primary purpose as a maker is to generate questions rather than taking a position that provides answers. With this approach I move through the world vacillating between my skepticism of human intention, and being captivated by the intricate forming processes found in consumer driven systems of objects. Through constant negotiations within the urban setting and the people that inhabit those places with me, I construct unlikely sculptures, create unconventional functional pottery, and arrange objects, words, and ideas that disrupt the expected commodity object and the spaces they inhabit.

Benjamin Cirgin (b.1979) is a maker and educator who worked as a craftsman building furniture and renovating historic homes before earning his BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington, and his MFA in studio art from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Benjamin’s work has representation in galleries across the country, and has received numerous awards and grants in the field of art and craft. He also serves an advising board member for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts residency program, active member of the Artist and Scientist collective, and co-founded the artist collective One + One + Two; four professional artists aiming to strengthen the San Francisco Bay Area arts community and beyond, providing short term residency opportunities and public programing. Benjamin is currently an instructor, artist in residence, and studio technician at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

EDUCATION
2016 Master of Fine Art, Mixed Media/Ceramics/Sculpture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

2013 Bachelor of Fine Art, Ceramics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas, Instructor – Undergraduate Hand Building, Technical Ceramics, Graduate Level Seminar, 3/2

2016 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas
Instructor – Foundations and Ceramics, 2/2

2016 Mills College, Oakland California, Artist Lecture and Instructor

California College of the Arts, Oakland California, Lecture and Graduate Instructor Assistant, 1/1

2015 California College of the Arts, Lecture and Graduate Instructor Assistant, 1/1

Wolf Creek Pottery: Watkinsville, Georgia Artist Lecture and Workshop Instructor

2014 California College of the Arts, Lecture and Graduate Instructor Assistant, 1/1

2013 Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Wood Firing Workshop Instructor

Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Functional Pottery

2012
Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, Teaching Assistant, Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Functional Pottery

2008 - 2011 Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana Functional Pottery Instructor


EXHIBITIONS, GALLERY REPRESENTATION
2017
Belger Crane Yard, Kansas City Missouri, A Hard Swath To Mow

Lillstreet Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Gallery Representation

Companion Gallery, Humbolt Tennessee, Gallery Representation

2016
Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston Massachusetts, Our Cups Runneth Over

Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge Massachusetts, Redefining the Vessel

Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill North Carolina, The Intimate Object XII

AKAR Design, Iowa City Iowa, Yunomi Invitational

California College of the Arts, San Francisco California, Antithesis, Thesis, Synthesis Exhibition

Minnesota Street Projects Gallery, San Francisco California, MFA Thesis Exhibition

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona California, Lineage Mentorship & Learning

IPW Gallery, Oakland CA, Many Fingers Group Exhibition

2015
CFile Solo Online Exhibition, Santa Fe New Mexico, Electric Eve

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland California, CCA Ceramics Group Exhibition

NCECA Juried Cups Show, Rhode Island, Merit Award

California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis California, CCA Group Exhibition

AKAR Design, Iowa City Iowa, Yunomi Invitational

2014
Gallery 360, Minneapolis Minnesota, Electric Shaped Light

AKAR Design, Iowa City Iowa, Yunomi Invitational

Sub Rosa Gallery, Bloomington Indiana, Gallery Representation

2013
I Fell Gallery, Bloomington Indiana, Across The Line: Benjamin Cirgin/Elizabeth Pecacheck,

KC Clay Guild, Kansas City Missouri, Tea Bowl National

The Art League, Alexandria Virginia, Table Top, Juried Exhibition

Lillstreet Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Gallery Representation

2012
Grunwald Gallery Of Art, Bloomington Indiana, BFA Thesis Exhibition

NCECA Juried Cups Show, Seattle Washington, Merit Award

Terra Incognito, Chicago Illinois, Coffee, Tea, or?

Grunwald Gallery Of Art, Bloomington Indiana, Fine Arts Area Show

2011
Fuller Projects, Bloomington Indiana, Co-Curated With Lauren Kuester, Confliction Within Containment: 24 BFA Students

Sofa Gallery, Bloomington Indiana, Fine Arts Area Show

Lillstreet Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Juried Exhibition

2010 Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Home Cooked

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2017
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas Resident Artist / Studio Technician / Hiring Committee

One + One + Two Collective: Founding Member, San Francisco, California

+One Artist Residency: Co- Founding Member and Officer San Francisco, California

Watershed Center For The Ceramic Arts, Maine Advisory Board Member/ Programs Committee

2016
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas Resident Artist / Studio Technician / Hiring Committee

One + One + Two Collective: Founding Member San Francisco, California

Watershed Center For The Ceramic Arts, Maine Advisory Board Member

California College of the Arts, Oakland California Ceramic Studio Technician

California College of the Arts, San Francisco California Preparator, Thesis Exhibition

Studio Assistant, Nathan Lynch, Oakland CA

2015
California College of the Arts, Oakland California, Ceramic Studio Technician

California College of the Arts, San Francisco California, Preparator, Thesis Exhibitions

California College of the Arts, San Francisco California, Installation Coordinator and Preparator, Undergraduate Exhibitions

Studio Assistant, Nathan Lynch, Oakland CA

2014 Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Installation Coordinator

2013
Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington Installation Coordinator

Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Assistant Studio Manger/Ceramic Studio Technician

2012
Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Installation Coordinator

Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Assistant Studio Manger/Ceramic Studio Technician

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee, Workshop Assistant, Phil Harlam

2008- 2011
Bloomington Clay Studio, Bloomington Indiana, Ceramic Studio Technician

2003 - 2010
Simply Beautiful Restorations, Bloomington Indiana, Residential Design and Renovations, Owner

GRANTS, AWARDS
2016
Southern Exposure: Alternative Exposure Grant Awardee

California College of the Arts- Headlands Resident Nominee,

Lewis Award Nominee, Graduate Merit Scholarship

George B. Saxe Scholarship

2015
California College of the Arts- Graduate Merit Scholarship

California College of the Arts – George B. Saxe Scholarship

NCECA Juried Cups Show: Merit Award, Rhode Island

2014 California College of the Arts- Graduate Merit Scholarship

California College of the Arts – George B. Saxe Scholarship

2013 Tea Bowl National- KC Clay Guild, Kansas: 2nd Place

Windgate Fellowship Nominee: Indiana University Fine Art

Tabletop, Juried Exhibition, The Art League, Virginia Honorable
Mention

2012 NCECA Juried Cups Show: Merit Award, Seattle Washington

Purchase Prize Award: Terra Incognito, Chicago, Illinois

Dean's Award: Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington IN

Evelyn Pat Glazer Award: Indiana University

PUBLICATIONS, COLLECTIONS
2016 CFile – “15 Potters To Watch In 2016”, Online Publication, Santa
Fe, New Mexico Web- cfileonline.org/contemporary-pottery-to-watch-in-2016/

Glossary Magazine: Art Reviews, online publication, SanFrancisco California
Web- glossarymagazine.com/art-reviews/review-as-picturesand-
critique-preview-party-minnesota-street-project

2015 Irving and Jackie Blum, Private Collection- Los Angeles, CA

2013 Permanent Collection: Indiana University, Vice Provost Office

2012 Canvas Creative Magazine, Bloomington Indiana
Web- issuu.com/ubcanvas/docs/canvas_spring_2012


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