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Artist: Casey Beck



Casey Beck, MINNESOTA
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Artist Statement

Pottery not only fills the home by its physical presence but also in a way that good company does. It holds a sense of community and connection and can also be a facilitator of this through shared use with others. It enriches the everyday by bringing the essence of the maker and its history of process and previous use to each time it is used. Living with and using pottery every day, I am able to slow down to consider what essence and history I want to bring into my day. I find that over time, these pots that I use day after day, evolve with new meaning and are recognized through certain feelings, seasons, or events. For this reason, I make pottery. I enjoy having these special moments as both a maker and user of pottery and hope to share this experience with others through thoughtful means of making. I aim to make pottery that will serve as a utilitarian day to day tool but can also be found through specific context becoming ceremonial in a way.

Bio

Beck is currently a third year Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research focuses on the process of soda firing, which utilizes soda ash, and its volatilization inside the nearly 2300°F gas-fired kiln to glaze his wares. Beck has been a resident artist at the Cub Creek Foundation in rural Virginia, was awarded the 2020 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant through NCC and is a 2023 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. Outside of the studio, Beck takes pleasure in using handmade pots and eating home cooked meals off of them with his friends while listening to music fitted for each experience.

 

 

Education

2024-2021

Master of Fine Arts (Pending), Ceramics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) (Expected May 2024)

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

2023-2022

President, Clay Club, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • Plan and organize visiting artists, annual trip to NCECA, and clay club sales.

2022

Assistant, Margaret Bohls, St. Croix Pottery Tour, Shafer, MN

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.
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    Artist-in-Residence Experience

    2023

    Faenza Art Ceramic Center (FACC), Short Term Resident Artist, Faenza RA, Italy (Upcoming)

    University of Iowa, Consortium for Intercollegiate Research in the Ceramic Arts (CIRCA) Graduate Exchange Resident Artist, Iowa City, IA (Upcoming)

    2021-2019

    Carlton Artist Lofts, Resident Artist, St. Paul, MN

    2018

    Cub Creek Foundation, Summer Resident Artist, Appomattox, VA

     

    Teaching Experience

    2023

    Summer Sessions Faculty Instructor, Beginner Wheel Throwing Summer Session, UNL (Upcoming)

    Workshop Instructor, Three Day Soda Firing Workshop, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN

    2023-2022

    Instructor of Record, Beginner Wheel Throwing, UNL

    2022

    Workshop Instructor, Three Day Soda Firing Workshop, Fort Boise Art Center, Boise, ID

    Instructor of Record, Beginning Drawing, UNL

    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Beginner Wheel Throwing, Pete Pinnell, UNL

    2021

    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Beginning Drawing, Three-Dimensional Design, UNL

    2020-2019

    Teaching Artist, Land of Round Pots, 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

    2023

    Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artist

    2022

    Honorable Mention, Paper & Clay, Utah State University, Logan, UT

    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

    2022

    Graduate Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant, UNL

    2020

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

    2019-17

    Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant, UWRF

    • Four individual grants for ceramic material and wood and soda firing research.

     

    Invitational and Group Exhibitions

    2023

    Crisscross Ceramics Collective (CXC), NCECA, Cincinnati, OH

    Somerset, Past Curfew Pop Up, NCECA, Cincinnati, OH

    Carbondale Clay Center, Pairings, Carbondale, CO

    Above Board, Voice & Vision, aboveboardceramics.com

    Wayne Center for the Arts, Functional Ceramics Workshop, Wooster, OH

    2023-2022

    Lux Center for the Arts, Gifted, Lincoln, NE

    2022

    University of Iowa, Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, Iowa City, IA

    Medici Gallery, Casey Beck & Max Henderson, Two Person Exhibition, UNL, Lincoln, NE

    Kiechel Fine Art, Future Tense, Lincoln, NE

    Arts Council of Princeton, STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition, Princeton, NJ 

    Clay Akar, Yunomi Invitational, Iowa City, IA

    2021

    Northern Clay Center, Holiday Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

    Wildfire Ceramic Studio, 406 Cups, Missoula, MT

    Northern Clay Center, Early Autumn Featured Artists, Minneapolis, MN

    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

    Northern Clay Center, 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

    2023

    Angelo State University, Graduate Ceramics Juried Exhibition, Juror: Brad Schwieger, San Angelo, TX

    Good Earth Pottery, Pitcher Perfect 3, Juror: Lisa Orr, Bellingham, WA

    Small Favors, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Juror: Jennifer Zwilling, Philadelphia, PA (Upcoming)

    Utah State University, Paper & Clay, Utah State University, Logan, UT

    Good Habit Pottery Co., Hang Ups, Juror: Soojin Choi, Online

    2022

    Watermark Art Center, It’s Only Clay, Juror: Delores Fortuna, Bemidji, MN

    Market House Craft Center, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Jurors: Carolanne Currier & Jack Troy, Lancaster, PA

    Golding-Yang Art Gallery, Brush, Dip, Pour, Juror: Minsoo Yuh, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

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

    Carbondale Clay Center, Clay National XVI: Say It With Clay, Juror: Diane Kenney, Carbondale, CO

    Edwardsville Art Center, Raise A Toast II, Juror: Mike Stumbras, Edwardsville, IL

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

    Savannah Clay Community, SIP Cup Show, Juror: Kevin Snipes, Savannah, GE

    SodaPosium, Daily Companions, Juror: Ron Philbeck, Nashville, TN

    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 24th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, Juror: James C. Watkins, San Angelo, TX

    Companion Gallery, Las Call VII, Juror: Tim Kowalczyk, Humboldt, TN

    Saltstone Ceramics, Mug Madness, Juror: Didem Mert

    Utah State University, Paper & Clay, Utah State University, Logan, UT

    2021

    Market House Craft Center, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Roberto Lugo, Margaret Kinkaede, Brookes Oliver, Lancaster, PA

    Red Lodge Clay Center, Juried National VI, Juror: Lorna Maden, Red Lodge, MT

    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

    2022-2021

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Clay Club Sale, Lincoln, NE

    2022-2018

    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

    2023

    Lux Center for The Arts, Lincoln, NE

    2023 - 2020

    Artaxis.com

    Clay AKAR, Iowa City, IA

    2023-2019

    Seasons on the St. Croix, Hudson, WI

    2023-2018

    Santangelo, Thomas, WV


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