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Artist: Beth Lo


Artist: Beth Lo
Beth Lo, MONTANNA
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ARTIST STATEMENT
My work in ceramics and mixed media collage revolves primarily around issues of family and my Asian-American background. Cultural marginality and blending, tradition vs. Westernization, language and translation are key elements in my work. Since the birth of my son in 1987, I have been drawing inspiration from major events in my family’s history, the day-to- day challenges of parenting, and my own childhood memories of being raised in a minority culture in the United States. I use the image of a child as a symbol of innocence, potential and vulnerability.

Professor of Art, School of Art, University of Montana

EDUCATION
1974 MFA, Ceramics University of Montana
1971 BGS, General Studies University of Michigan

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
2010
UM Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Award
2009
United States Artists $50,000 Hoi Fellowship
2008
UM School of Fine Arts Alumni Award, Odyssey of the Stars
2006
Montana Book Award Honor Book
Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award for Mahjong All Day Long
UM Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Award
2003
Demonstrator, NCECA Conference
2002
UM School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award
1996
UM School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award
1995
Presenter, NGO Conference on Women, Beijing, China
1994
National Endowment for the Arts $20,000 Visual Artists Fellowship Grant
1993
Presenter, NCECA Conference
1991
Demonstrator, NCECA Conference
1989
Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
1986
American Craft Museum Design Award

SELECTED ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017
"At Home, Out of Place", Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City MO
"Inheritance", Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2015
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2012
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2009
Carleton College, Minnesota
2008
Lane County Community College, Eugene, OR
2005
Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT
Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004
Santa Fe Clay Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM
2002
Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, WA
2001
Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000
Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, WA
2000 Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
1996
Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996
J. Maddux Parker Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1993
Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA
J. Maddux Parker Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1990
Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics, NCECA Kansas City
2015
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis
2014
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, closing lecture
2013
7th International Gyeonggi Ceramics Biennale, Korea
2012
“The New Blue and White”, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
“Contemporary Ceramics”, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
2008
“Voices,” NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, (catalog)
2007
“Contemporary Ceramics” at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
“Form and Imagination: Women Ceramic Sculptors”, American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA
2006
“Life Insight”, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Clay Menagerie”, Garth Clark Gallery, NYC, NY
2005
NCECA Exhibition, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2004
“Portraits,” Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2003
“Subject. Me. Object” Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Crossroads: New Art from the Northwest” Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
2014
“Breath, Beth Lo in Korea”, by Brandon Reintjes, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 97
2012
Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic, by Ginnie Lo (children’s book illustrations), Lee and Low, NYC
2005
Mahjong All Day Long, by Ginnie Lo (children’s book illustrations), Walker Books, NYC
2000
American Craft Magazine, cover story by Rick Newby
1996
Artweek, review by Ron Glowen
1995
Ceramics Monthly (May issue)
“Artists at Work: 25 Northwest Glassmakers,” Ceramicists and Jewelers, by Susan Biskeborn
1987
“American Ceramics,” New York Times Magazine


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