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Artist: Chris Drobnock


Chris Drobnock
Chris Drobnock, PENNSYLVANIA
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Association or referential thought patterns occur constantly as we try to make sense of the world around us and we view everything against something we have already seen or experienced. I seek to create a novel experience from the re-fabrication of objects that exist in everyday life. Though valorization of a commonplace thing, experience ties the physical thing to a history of use, making objects that are used more valuable through this association.

In terms of need for the functional the design world and industrial production have
moved far beyond the pure necessity of the handmade object. With the paper coffee cup, the disposable, utility is the primary goal; after the service is performed the thing is discarded. The clay object is used and reused allowing a personal relationship to form between the user and the object, the maker and the user. My work is meant to reconnect us with the haptic; the tacit knowledge of the physical. I want the user to be thinking of a place beyond the gallery; I want my sculpture to bring greater awareness to the constructed world around us.

EDUCATION
2016-2013: Masters of Fine Arts- Fine Art. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Concentration: Ceramics.

2008-03: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,
Edinboro. Dual Concentration: Ceramics and Printmaking.

2003-02: Juniata College. Huntingdon, PA.

RESIDENCIES
Present-2016: Wood Fire Artist-in-Residence. The Clay Studio of Missoula. Missoula, MT.

2016: 2nd Annual Arrowmont Pentaculum (1 week Invitational). Arrowmont
School of Arts and Crafts. Gatlinburg, TN.

2014: Artist in Residence. Three-Month Residency at Tainan National
University of the Arts. Daci Village, Guantian District,Tainan City, Taiwan.

SOLO EXHIBITION
2014: Rendering. Yixiang Gallery. Tainan National University of the Arts. Daci
Village, Guantian District,Tainan City, Taiwan.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION
2017: Yunomi Invitational 2017. Akar Gallery. Iowa City, IA.

2016: Small Favors XI. Clay Studio of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.

2014: 2nd Annual Mint Julep Invitational. Selected by Steven Cheek. Mary
Anderson Center. Mt. St. Francis, IN. Mud. Locality Gallery. Bedford, PA.

2013: 1st Annual Mint Julep Invitational. Selected by Steven Cheek. Mary
Anderson Center. Mt. St. Francis, IN.

2006: Suitcase Boogie: Ceramics Invitational. Curated by Mat Rude. Jupiter
Hotel, Portland, OR.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2016:
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition 2016. Juried by Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Kansas City, MO.

Generations. NCECA Concurrent Exhibition. Filipino Cultural Center. Overland Park, KS.

delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining Third Biennial. Juried by Peter Beasecker. Art Students League of Denver. Denver, CO.

International Cup 2016. Juried by Josh DeWeese. The Clay Studio of Missoula. Missoula, MT.

LaRK: Collaborative MFA Exhibition. LSU Student Union Gallery. Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, LA.

Spring 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics Exhibit. Ceramics Studio. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

Show/Tell: An MFA group exhibition. sUgAR Art Gallery. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2015: Fall 2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics Exhibit. Ceramics
Studio. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

The Grotesque: An Art/Music Extravaganza. Presented by sUgAR Art Gallery. Backspace exhibition venue. Fayetteville, AR.

Untitled: An MFA group exhibition. sUgAR Art Gallery. Universty of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

Fayetteville Underground. Fayetteville, AR.

12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition. The Clay Studio of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.

Juried National 3. Juried by Gail Kendall. Red Lodge Clay Center. Red Lodge, MT.

KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2015. Juried by Lisa Orr. Thornhill Gallery. Avila University. Kansas City, MO.

Spring 2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics Exhibit. Ceramics Studio. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

Gradually Sudden: An MFA Exhibition. sUgAR Art Gallery. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

Our Kansas, Your Kansas. Student exchange exhibition. Kemper Art Gallery, Manhattan, KS.

2014: KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2014. Juried by Delores Fortuna and Bill Farrell. Thornhill Gallery. Avila University. Kansas City, MO.

Seventh Annual Cup Show: Form and Function. Juried by Chandra Debuse. The Amelia Center. Gulf Coast State College. Panama City, FL.

Beyond Object. Juried by Ching Yuan Cheng. National Hsinchu University. Hsinchu City, Taiwan.

Summer 2014 MFA Exhibition. Fine Arts Gallery. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

Mug Shots: 6th Annual Juried Cup Show. Juried by Ted Adler. LUX Center for the Arts. Lincoln, NE.

20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition. Juried by Leopold Foulem. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. San Angelo, TX.

Spring 2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics Exhibit. Ceramics Studio. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2013: Artifacts of the Inferno. Juried by Jack Troy. Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, MD.

The Industrial Show. Locality Gallery. Bedford, PA.

Fall 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics Exhibit. Ceramics Studio. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2012: International Cup 2012. Juried by Jayson Lawfer and Emily Schroeder
Willis. The Clay Studio of Missoula. Missoula, MT.

Houberboken Teapot Show. Chiaroscuro Gallery. Chicago, IL.

Cup of Comfort 2012. Halcyon Gallery. Terra Haute, IN.

Mug Extravaganza. Walnut Gallery. Gasden, AL.

100 Teapots VI. Juried by Jeff Oestreich. Baltimore Clayworks.Baltimore, MD.

2011: Atmospheric Fired 2011. Juried by Lorna Meaden. Carbondale Clay
Center. Carbondale, CO.

2008: The Mini Show: Small Scale Juried Art Show. Bates Gallery. Edinboro
University. Edinboro, PA.

Edinboro University Annual Student Juried Exhibition. Bruce Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

2007: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Group Print Exhibit. Bates Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro PA.

Prints and Sketches: Solo Exhibition. Bates Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

Prints: Solo Exhibition. Bates Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

2006: History in the Making. Genesee Pottery. Rochester, NY.

Installation and Recent Work: Chris Drobnock and Jeremy Yama. Bates Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016: Instructor. Wood Fire Kiln (Anagama) Class. Clay Studio of Missoula.
Missoula, MT.

2016: Teaching Assistant. Foundations: Extended Perception and Form +
Space. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Art Department.

2016: Graduate Assistant. Ceramics Technician. University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville. Art Department.

2015: Teaching Assistant. Ceramics: Wheel Throwing 1. Foundations:
Extended Perception, Time + Motion, Creative Thinking, Observation +
Visualization, Form + Space, and Form + Surface. University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville. Art Department.

2015: Graduate Assistant. Graphic Design Computer Lab Monitor &
Technician. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Art Department.

2015-13: Graduate Assistant. Printmaking Lab Moderator & Technician.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Art Department.

2014-13: Graduate Assistant. Ceramics Technician. University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville.

2010-09: Instructor. Adult community ceramics courses. Juniata College.
Huntingdon, PA.

EMPLOYMENT
2013-11: Self-Employed. Potter/Sculptor. the River Arts. Mount Union, PA.

2010-09: Studio/Lab Technician. Ceramics Department. Juniata College.
Huntingdon, PA.

2008-07: Studio/Lab Technician. Print Department. Edinboro University.
Edinboro, PA.

2006: Guest Instructor. Erie Art Museum. Clay Space. Erie, PA. Teaching Assistant to Steven Kemenyffy. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTSHIP
2014: Studio Assistant. To Lindsay Pichaske in ceramic sculpture. Evocative
Animals. Penland School of Crafts. Penland, NC.

2013: Studio/Lab Technician. Printmaking Department. University of
Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2008-07: Studio/Lab Technician. Printmaking Department. Edinboro University.
Edinboro, PA.

2006: Studio/Lab Technician. Clay Space. Erie Art Museum. Erie, PA.
Awards

2016: Best in Show. delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining Third Biennial. Juried
by Peter Beasecker. Art Students League of Denver. Denver, CO.

2016-2013: Graduate/Doctorial Fellowship. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville,
AR.

Graduate Assistantship Stipend, 3 years of tuition waver and a monthly
stipend, University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2015: First Place Prize. 12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student
Exhibition. The Clay Studio of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.

MFA Project Grant. awarded through the University of Arkansas Art Department. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.

2012-11: First Place: Ceramics. Lake Raystown Art Open. Conference Center.
Lake Raystown Resort and Lodge. Entriken, PA.

2008: Print Award. Parker’s Framing Gallery. Edinboro University Annual Student Juried Exhibition. Bruce Gallery. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

PUBLICATION
2013: Wood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists. Written by Amedeo
Salamoni.
2008: “Chimera.” Fourth Edition. Journal. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

MURALS/ PUBLIC ART
2009: Paper Trail. Mosaic. Under the supervision of Joe Brenman with the
Huntingdon County Arts Council. Penn Street. Huntingdon, PA.

2007: Sailing the Seas of Dreams. Aerosol Paint. Edinboro Technology Center. Ross Hall. Edinboro University. Edinboro, PA.

2004: Assistant to Joe Brenman. Mosaic. Penn Street. Huntingdon, PA


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