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Artist: Dallas Wooten


Dallas Wooten, OHIO
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Walter Ostrom - “Pottery has always been the container for social culture.”

My work investigates historical and contemporary ceramics in an effort to synthesize something that is ever-changing and multicultural. Broadly, I am exploring the historical syntax associated with pottery form as it develops throughout time. I am fascinated by the versatility and adaptive nature of the vessel to accommodate and serve human needs. While utility continues to be an essential concern, my work also explores the union of utility with sculptural and decorative function.

Historical interests act as origin points in design, such as 19th century vine-scroll and floral patterning. These are then reconstructed within a contemporary context that is digitally and graphically conscious of it’s patterning while still maintaining subtlety. This results in a marrying of historically laborious fine-craft with modern/contemporary design based on simplicity and process/material-based ornamentation.These patterns are informed by my own organic mark and residual evidence of processes. Mark andmaterial exhibit this errant, yet beautiful, evidence of the vessel’s history and maker. This evidence is referential of historical, production, and folk pottery, archived in porcelain to represent its importance in our post-industrial and disciplinary time. Flaws, blemishes, and process marks are openly flaunted; attempting to recontextualize them under the guise of intricate and abstracted patterning inspired by status imagery,
patterns, and materials.

EDUCATION
2020
Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Ceramics Concentration, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
2017
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics Concentration, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) Award Finalist Featured Artist, Contemporary Craft; Pittsburgh, PA.
2016
Porcelain, Gadabout Gallery; Jeffersonville, Indiana.
2015
Diaphanous, SpaceLab Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany Indiana.
2014
In Use, SpaceLab Gallery, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.
Dallas Wooten: Untitled, SpaceLab Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.
2011
Dallas Wooten: Untitled, SpaceLab Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Clay Akar Yunomi invitational
Delectable, the fine art of dining, Art Students League of Denver; Denver, Colorado. ZLOT SUMMERFIELD, Juror.
OH+5 2020, Dairy Barn; Athens, Ohio, Kevin Harris, Shalya Marsh, Robert Peppers, Jurors.
2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Artspace; Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Scotchie and Salvador Jiménez-Flores,
Jurors.

2018 ii. A 2nd year MFA Exhibition, Ohio University Art Galleries; Athens, Ohio.
Drink Up!, Ceramics Monthly.
Workhouse Brew Vessels Invitational, Workhouse Arts; Lorton, Virginia. Invitational.
Ohio University: Spring Break, Standard Clay; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Overture: A First Year MFA Exhibition, Trisolini Gallery; Athens, Ohio.

2017 Ohio University Graduate Show, StarBrick Gallery; Nelsonville, Ohio.
Workhouse Brew Vessels Invitational, Workhouse Arts; Lorton, Virginia. Invitational.
Modus Operandi: BFA Thesis Exhibition, Barr Gallery, Indiana University; New Albany, Indiana.
Other: Collaborations with Rachael Bailey, SpaceLab Gallery; New Albany, Indiana.
Last Call II, Companion Gallery; Humboldt, Tennessee. Jen Allen, Juror.
Twin Cups National Ceramics Exhibition, Potter Fine Arts Gallery; Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri. Ted Neal, Juror.
Bread & Roses, Arts Council of Southern Indiana; New Albany, Indiana.
Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show, Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana. Letitia Quesenberry, Juror.

2016
The Cup, The Mug: A National Juried Exhibition of Drinking Vessels, Main Street Arts Contemporary Art and Fine
Craft, Clifton Springs; New York. Peter Pincus, Juror.
Ten Four Curated Cargo, New Albanian and Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana,
Good Things ... Come in Small Packages, Fire House Gallery at Genesee Center for the Arts & Crafts; Rochester, New York. Doug Peltzman, Juror.
2nd Annual Almighty Cup Show, Gandee Gallery; Fabius, New York. David MacDonald, Juror.
Surface: Beyond the Form, AA Clay Gallery, AA Studio; Louisville, Kentucky.
Material Mugs: Irons in the Fire, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, Tennessee. Justin Rothshank, Juror.
Kansas City Teabowl National, Thornhill Gallery at Avila University; Kansas City, Missouri. Jack Troy, Juror.
The Art of Making Objects, GPAC, Garfield Park Arts Center; Indianapolis, Indiana. Noelle Hoover, Curator.
Connect, Blackburn Gallery, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts; Floyd Knobs, Indiana.
Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show, Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana. Caleb Weintraub, Juror.

2015
Almighty Cup Show, Gandee Gallery; Fabius, New York. Jeremy Randall, Juror.
Sips, Shots, and Gulps, Sweetwater Center for the Arts; Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
Kansas City Teabowl National, Thornhill Gallery at Avila University; Kansas City, Missouri. Lisa Orr, Juror.
Mug Shots: 7th Annual Juried Cup Show, Lux Center for the Arts; Lincoln, Nebraska. Brian Harper, Juror.
Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show, Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany,
Indiana. Susanna Crum and Rudy Salgado , Jurors.

2011
Dallas Wooten with Aberlyn Sweetland-May: Untitled, SpaceLab Gallery; New Albany, Indiana.

AWARDS AND HONORS
2020 Aardvark Clay Purchase Award, 2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Artspace; Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Scotchie and Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Jurors.
Graduate Tuition Waiver, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio

2019 Graduate Tuition Waiver, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Teaching Assistant Award, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.

2018 Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) Award Finalist, Contemporary Craft; Pittsburgh, PA. Brigitte Martin, Juror.
Graduate Tuition Waiver, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Teaching Assistant Award, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.

2017 Graduate Tuition Waiver, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Teaching Assistant Award, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
FYS Book Cover Contest, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.
Learning Enrichment travel fund, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.
Roberts Memorial Purchase Award, Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show; New Albany, Indiana.
Studio Award in Ceramics, Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show; New Albany, Indiana.

2016 Rebecca Jennings Scholarship, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.
Rideout Purchase Award, Indiana University Southeast Juried Student Show, Indiana University Southeast; New Albany, Indiana.

2015
Preston Fine Arts Award, Indiana University Southeast Student Juried Show; New Albany, Indiana.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2020 Wheel throwing 1 (Spring), Ohio University; Athens, Ohio. Brad Schwieger, Instructor.

2019 Intro To Ceramics for non-majors Instructor of Record (Spring), Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Ceramics for Non- Majors, Dallas Wooten, Instructor.
HopeCAT Intro to Glaze Testing and Materials, Hope Center for the Arts and Technology; Youngstown, Ohio. Dallas Wooten, Instructor.
HopeCAT High School Summer Ceramics Program, Hope Center for the Arts and Technology; Youngstown, Ohio. Dallas Wooten, Instructor.
Seeing and Knowing Visual Arts Online Teaching Assistant, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio. Emily Thomason, Instructor.

2018
Kiln Building Teaching Assistant (Fall), Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Kiln Building, Brian Dieterle, Instructor.
Ceramics Teaching Assistant (Spring), Ohio University; Athens, Ohio. Wheel 1, Brian Dieterle, Instructor.

2017
Ceramics Teaching Assistant (Fall), Ohio University; Athens, Ohio. Art Introduction to Ceramics , Sam Briegal, Instructor.

2013
Volunteer High School Teaching Assistant, Jeffersonville High School; Jeffersonville, Indiana. Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Dawn Spyker, Instructor.

2012
Volunteer High School Teaching Assistant, Jeffersonville High School, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Dawn Spyker, Instructor.

2011
Volunteer High School Teaching Assistant, Jeffersonville High School; Jeffersonville, Indiana. Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Dawn Spyker, Instructor.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2021
Artist in Residence, Hope Center for the Arts and Technology; Youngstown, OH. (upcoming)

2020
Wood Shop Monitor, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Create Space Equipment and Digital Lab monitor and Consultant , Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Artist in Residence, Hope Center for the Arts and Technology; Youngstown, OH.

2019
Laser Cutter Monitor and Operator, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Create Space Equipment and Digital Lab monitor and Consultant, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Artist in Residence (Summer), Hope Center for the Arts and Technology; Youngstown, OH.
Wood Shop Monitor, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Arts and Neighbors Mug Commission, The Dairy Barn Arts Center; Athens, Ohio.

2018
Pinch and Pulled Handles Workshop with Dallas Wooten, The Dairy Barn Arts Center; Athens, Ohio. Demonstrator and Instructor.
Cross Draft Soda Kiln Reconstruction and Repairs, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio. Teaching Assistant.
Making and Using Bisque Hump Molds Workshop with Dallas Wooten, The Dairy Barn Arts Center; Athens, Ohio. Demonstrator and Instructor.
Ceramics Skill Build-Fluidity with Patterns and Shapes Workshop with Dallas Wooten, The Dairy Barn Arts Center; Athens, Ohio. Demonstrator and Instructor.
Throwing Using Components Online Workshop (2 Days) , Chapel Hill High School; Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Online Demonstrator.
Stocking and Maintaining Ohio University Ceramics Material Room, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.

2017
Interviewer, Organizer, and Conductor of the Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibition and Symposium, Athens, Ohio. Group Leader and Interviewer.
Documentation Leader of the Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibition and Symposium, Athens, Ohio. Group Leader.
Group Leader in Installation and Uninstall of the Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibition and Symposium, Athens, Ohio.
Group Leader. Artist Presentation, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Stocking and Maintaining Ohio University Ceramics Material Room, Ohio University; Athens, Ohio.
Vessels: Interpretations and Iterations, Kentucky Mudworks Gallery; Louisville, Kentucky. Organizer/Curator.

2016
Burnout Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Cross Draft Soda Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Potters For Pulse Fundraiser, Donor and Participant.

2012
Train Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Small Gas Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Jeffersonville Arts Alliance, Committee Member.

2011
Test Gas Kiln Construction , Assistant.
Phoenix Wood Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Raku Kiln Construction, Assistant.
Saggar Kiln Construction, Assistant.


PUBLICATIONS
2020 Water Etching and Minimalist Glazing, Pottery Making Illustrated. 

2019 Fluidity in Form and Surface, Pottery Making Illustrated. (p. 29-32)

2018 Drink Up!, Ceramics Monthly, Volume: 66 number 7(p. 34, photo).

2017 College Success Guide, Indiana University Southeast, Donna J. Dahlgren and Veronica E. Medina, Editors.


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