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Artist: Casey Beck



Casey Beck, MINNESOTA
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I make vessels that are utilitarian in nature and encourage a dialogue between user, process, material, and self through a series of recollections.

Clay materials inherently record their history. Chemical compositions trace the history of clay in space, while physical attributes can recognize the maker’s touch. By choosing clay compositions and working with them in ways that promote this recognition of touch, I can interact with the naturality of the materials and evoke memories that are recollections of the making process. These memories are further evoked and evolved through the firing stages. The material compositions that I use are reactive to both the touch of the maker, as well as to the atmosphere in which the vessels are fired. As the kiln is fired, material and fire interact, allowing for the atmosphere to be imprinted onto the surface of the vessels, recording this dialogue as a painting of memories.

I am interested in how this dialogue of process, material, and self can be further evolved through the influence of the user. With everyday use, I believe that past memories are recognized, all while the user forms their own memories with the vessels. These memories accumulate and form a relationship between vessel and user. Because of this, vessels are constantly changing, creating an accumulative experience and heightening the quality of life through thought-provoking reflection. 

 

Education

2024-2021

Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Ceramics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

2019-2015

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Ceramics, Minor in Drawing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF)

  • Graduated with Senior Merit

 

Professional Experience & Leadership

2021-2017

Sales Gallery Associate, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Customer service, manage artist inventory, communicate with artists, process and ship web orders, assist exhibition installation and educate.

2021

Sale Organizer, Soda Pop! Sale, sodapopsale.com

  • Organize artists, build website, and promotion.

2020-2019

Studio Assistant, Ani Kasten, Shafer, MN

  • Throw and finish small forms, create large blank forms, glaze and stain work, shipping, glaze mixing, recycling clay and petting dogs.

2019

Exhibition Organizer, Cross River Connections Exhibition, The Phipps, Hudson, WI

2019-2016

Student Organizer, UWRF

  • Fundraising, grant writing and planning trips to NCECA for ceramics students.

2017

Assistant, Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, St. Croix Pottery Tour, Shafer, MN

2017-2016

Volunteer, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

President, Art Society, UWRF

  • Organize activities, grant writing and planning an annual trip to SOFA.

 

Artist-in-Residence Experience

2021-2019

Resident, Carleton Artist Lofts, St. Paul, MN

2018

Summer Resident, The Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA

 

Teaching Experience

2021-2019

Teaching Artist, Land of Round Pots and Forming for Fire, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2019-2016

Instructor, Annual High School Workshop Day, UWRF

2017

Instructor, Ceramics Shop, Bucks Rock Performance and Creative Arts Camp, New Milford, CT 

 

Demonstrations, Lectures and Presentations

2021

Presenter, Emerging Artist Grant Recipients, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2019-2015

Presenter, Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Gala, UWRF

2018

Lecturer, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Demonstrator, Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

2016

Lecturer, NCUR, University of North Carolina-Ashville

 

Awards and Scholarships

2020

Best Storage Vessel, Last Call V, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2019

Juror’s Choice Award, Mugshot2, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2018

Best in Show, The Cup Show 2019, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2018-2016

Juror’s Choice Award, Juried Student Exhibition, UWRF

2017

Honorable Mention, Mugshot1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Mary L. Barrett Scholarship, UWRF

2016

Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Summer Merritt Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Grant Research

2020

2020 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2019

Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant, Reduction Cooled Soda Firing, UWRF

2018

Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant, Cone 6 Soda Firing, UWRF

Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant, Experimental Woodfiring, UWRF

2017

Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant, Soda Fire Clay Bodies, UWRF

 

Invitational and Group Exhibitions

2021

Clay Akar, Yunomi Invitational, Iowa City, IA

Northern Clay Center, Emerging Artist Grant Recipients, Minneapolis, MN

2020

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Foot in the Door 5, Minneapolis, MN

Charlie Cummings Gallery, Cup: The Intimate Object XVI, Gainesville, FL

Seasons on St. Croix, Seasonal Transitions, Hudson, WI

Clay Akar, Yunomi Invitational, Iowa City, IA

Phipps Center for the Arts, Digital Exhibition, Hudson, WI

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Woodfire - NCECA, Farmville, VA (Canceled)

Northern Clay Center, February Featured Artists, Minneapolis, MN

2019

Great River Gallery, Makers, Bakers & Caffeinators, St. Paul, MN

Clay Akar, Americano Invitational, Iowa City, IA

Northern Clay Center, Staff Infection - NCECA, Minneapolis, MN

Phipps Center for the Arts, Cross River Connections - NCECA, Hudson, WI

2018

Phipps Center for the Arts, Earth and Water Series Retrospective, Hudson, WI

Artreach St. Croix, Close to Home, Stillwater, MN

2017

Phipps Center for the Arts, Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, Hudson, WI

 

Select Juried Exhibitions

2021

Companion Gallery, Last Call VI, Juror: Samantha Momeyer, Humboldt, TN

Saltstone Ceramics, Mug Madness, Juror: Chris Hosbach, Seattle, WA

Saratoga Clay Arts Center, PLAYING WITH FIRE: Altered Atmospheres, Juror: Mark Shapiro, Schuylerville, NY

2020

KC Clay Guild, Teabowl National, Juror: Sam Chung, Kansas City, MO

Main Street Arts, The Cup, The Mug, Jurors: Christina Erives & Masa Sasaki, Clifton Springs, NY

The Clay Studio, National 2020, Jurors: Lauren Sandler, Kukuli Velarde, Sana Musasama, Philadelphia, PA

Commonwheel Artist Co-op, Cheers! Drink Up! Juror: Justin Lambert, Manitou Springs, CO

Companion Gallery, Last Call V, Juror: Naomi Clement, Humboldt, TN

Archie Bray Foundation, Beyond the Brickyard, Juror: Chris Staley, Helena, MT

2019

Gandee Gallery, The Almighty Cup, Juror: Garth Johnson, Fabius, NY

Market House Craft Center, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Malcom Mobuto Smith, Lancaster, PA

Good Earth Pottery, Pitcher Perfect, Juror: Deborah Schwartzkopf, Bellingham, WA

Red Lodge Clay Center, Juried Clay National V, Juror: Mike Helke, Red Lodge, MT

Northern Clay Center, Members Exhibition, Jurors: Lisa Buck & Paul Briggs, Minneapolis, MN

University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Diane Mullin

Mojo Coffee Gallery, Mugshot2 - NCECA, Juror: Diego Valles, Minneapolis, MN

North Carolina Pottery Center, 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show, Juror: Douglas Fitch, Seagrove, NC

Archie Bray Foundation, Beyond the Brickyard, Juror: Sunkoo Yuh, Helena, MT

Clay Arts Vegas, The Cup Show 2019, Juror: Katie Bosely, Las Vegas, NV

2018

Studio 550, 6th Annual Cup Show, Juror: Sunshine Cobb, Manchester, NH

Gandee Gallery, The Almighty Cup, Juror: DJ Hellerman, Fabius, NY

Clay Center of New Orleans, FunctionFest, Juror: Kristen Kieffer, New Orleans, LA

Springfield Art Association, Shapes of Influence, Juror: Simon Levin, Springfield, IL

Art Students League of Denver, delectable: The Fine Art of Dining, Juror: Marty Fielding, Denver, CO

University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Andy Ducett

Threadbare Cider and Mead, Palliative Pour - NCECA, Juror: Chris Gustin, Pittsburgh, PA

Savannah Clay Community, SIP Cup Show, Juror: Ben Carter, Savannah, GE

2017

Main Street Arts, The Cup, The Mug, Juror: Peter Pincus, Clifton Springs, NY

Mojo Coffee Gallery, Mugshot1, Juror: Steve Hilton, Minneapolis, MN

University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Eileen Cohen

Savannah Clay Community, SIP Cup Show, Jurors: Anthony Debrecey, Kimberly Riner, Keith Wallace Smith, Savannah, GE

Companion Gallery, Last Call II, Juror: Jennifer Allen, Humbolt, TN

2016

Savannah Clay Community, SIP Cup Show, Juror: Jane Pleak, Savannah, GE

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska, National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Juror: Shoko Teruyama

Springfield Art Association, Shapes of Influence, Juror: Erin Furimsky, Springfield, IL

Companion Gallery, Irons in the Fire, Juror: Justin Rothshank, Humbolt, TN

University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Rachel Merrill-Shwaller

Bradley University Galleries, 5th Central Time Ceramics Show, Juror: Verne Funk Peoria, IL

 

Professional Sales

2021-2018

Etsy.com

2021

Soda Pop! Sale, sodapopsale.com

2020

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Holiday Sale, Wayzata, MN

2020-2017

ArtReach St. Croix, Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN

2019-2016

American Craft Council St. Paul, School to Market, St. Paul, MN

2018-2015

University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Annual Scholarship Sale

 

Gallery Representation

2021 - 2020

Artaxis.com

Clay AKAR, Gallery Artist, Iowa City, IA

2021-2019

Seasons on the St. Croix, Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI

2021-2018

Santangelo, Gallery Artist, Thomas, WV

Mainly Clay, Shop Artist, Farmville, VA

 

 


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