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Artist: Harris Deller

Artist: Harris Deller
Harris Deller, ILLINOIS
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Harris Deller was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He received a B.A. in Art from California State University at Northridge and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Deller’s work has been featured in more than 125 group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.  His work is represented in over 25 collections including: The American Museum of Ceramic Arts; The New Mexico Museum of Art; The Crocker Museum, Sacramento; The Cranbrook Museum; University of Iowa; the Long Beach Museum; the Everson Museum; the Museum of Art and Design, NY; Utah State University; Shigaraki Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Art; Illinois State Museum; the Racine Art Museum; Hallmark Corporation; Yixing Ceramic Museum; Indiana State University; Arizona State University; the Mitchell Museum and Philip Morris, N.Y.

He has been awarded 6 Artist Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council; a Gold Medals at the 47th Concorso Internationale della Ceramica d’Arte, Fienza, and the 2nd International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan.  Deller received an Arts Midwest Fellowship and in 1981 a Fulbright Fellowship.  He served on the Board of Directors of National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from 1985-1993. He became a “Fellow” to NCECA in 1994 and in 2008 he received the NCECA’s“Excellence in Teaching Award.”  He has been a Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2011, Deller was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).

His works have been reviewed, pictured or cited in over 45 publications; featured in Ceramics Monthly (2008, January), and Ceramic Art and Perception, (2006) and featured on the cover of Ceramic Art and Perception, (2012).  In 2012, Deller became a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he taught for over 35 years and served as the Director of the School of Art and Design 1999-2008.  

He currently owns and operates “White Roof Studio” in Carbondale, IL


1975-2013 Professor School of Art, SIUC, retired

2011 Artist in Residence, Singapore American School

1999- 2008 Director, School of Art and Design, SIUC

1985-1993 NCECA Board of Directors 

1980-1981 Visiting Professor, Hong Ik University, Seoul Korea

1973-1975 Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

1973 Visiting Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago



2019 Harris Deller, Dualities & Contradictions, Cerbera Gallery, Kansas    City, MO

2016 Harris Deller, Plinth Gallery, Denver Colorado

2015 Line and Volume: Harris Deller, Clemens Fine Arts Center Paducah, KY

2014 Harris Deller: Permutations, Averitte Center of Fine Arts, Statesboro, GA

2013 Harris Deller Sculpture, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2011 Two Person Exhibition, San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX. 

1998 Harris Deller, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FL

1990 Harris Deller, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles 

1989 Harris Deller, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles

1988 Harris Deller, Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985 Harris Deller, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1981 Three-Person Exhibition, U.S.I.A, Seoul, Korea



2019 Ceramic Salon, The Nevica Project & The Cerbera Gallery,  NCECA 2019, Minneapolis, MN 

2018 The Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummins Gallery, Gainsville, FL   

2018 Design, Flow, Interpret, Repeat: Contemporary Abstractions Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, NY

2017 Essential Earth, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA

2016 NCECA Honors and Fellows, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, KC, MO

2012 New Worlds/ Timeless Visions, New Mexico Museum of Art,   Albuquerque

2011 Cultural Blending in Ceramic Arts:  Contemporary Ceramic Artwork

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Queens, NY

2010 The Vase and Beyond, Sidney Swidler Collection of Ceramics

The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA, 

2010 Cross Cultural Visions: 1950-2010; Gallery Korea, New York

Seoul Arts Center, Korea; Korus House, Washington DC



2008 Celebrating Ceramics:  Frieda K Bradsher Collection

Long Beach Museum of Art, CA

2008 The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Fine Arts Museum of San   Francisco           

2003 21st Century Ceramics in the U.S. & Canada, Canzani Center    Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, OH

2000   Scripps Ceramics Annual, Scripps College, Claremont. CA

1999 The Davis Collection, Art Museum, Arizona State University

1999 Heroes and Icons, Modern Art Museum of Ft Worth

1999 Celebrating American Craft, The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen

1994 New Acquisitions: Craft Today U.S.A, American Craft Museum

1991 47th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d'Arte, Fienza, Italia

1990  28th Ceramic National, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1989 2nd International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan

1989 Craft Today, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Frankfort Museum, Germany

1987 43rd Annual Scripps Ceramic, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1986   Art of the 80's: Recent Acquisitions by St. Louis Collectors St. Louis Museum of Art, MO

1986 1st International Ceramic Exhibition, Toki City Plaza, Mino, Japan

1986  "Poetry of the Physical," American Craft Museum, New York

1984 The Service of Tea, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY

1980 American Porcelain, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

1980   For the Tabletop, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1979 New Views, Exhibit A Gallery of American Ceramics, Evanston, IL

1976 Tureen 76, Campbell Museum, Campbell, NJ



2020 Nominated for USA (United States Artist) Fellowship, pending

2011 Elected Member/International Academy of Ceramics

2008 NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award 

2001, 1999,1991, 1989,1987, 1986 Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council 

1994 Fellow, National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 

1991 Gold Medal, 47th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d'Arte

1991 Artist Fellowship, Arts Midwest

1987 Gold Award 2nd International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan

1981 Fulbright Fellowship, Seoul, South Korea; 



American Museum of Ceramic Art;  The Mitchell Museum, Mt Vernon. IL; New Mexico Museum of Art; San Angelo Museum of Art; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Indiana State University, Terra Haute; Long 

Beach Museum of Art; Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Fine Art Museum of San Francisco; Yixing Ceramics Museum, China; Racine Museum of Art; Mesa Art Center, AZ; Shigaraki Museum, Japan; Museum of Art & Design, NY; University of Iowa Museum; Arizona State University

Everson Museum, NY; Hallmark, Kansas City; J. Patrick Lannon; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum; Law School, Southern IL University, Carbondale; Hong-Ik University Museum, Seoul; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Korean-American Education Commission, Seoul

State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago; Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur, IL; 



Esposure, Essential Earth,Ethel Sargent Smith Gallery, Ceramics Monthly, April 2017

7 Ceramistes Nord-americans deI’AIC, Revista Ceramica Contemporaniaterr art, ACC    Barcelona, 2013

Objecthood and Clay; Harris Deller, Ceramics Art and Perception, 2012

500 Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works, Glen Brown, Lark Books, 2009; 

Ceramics Monthly. Harris Deller: Made In China, Glenn Brown, 2008

Ceramic Art and Perception, Harris Deller: The Depth of Black and White , Brown, Glen R., 2006

The Diane & Sandy Besser Collection Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco 

International Ceramic Art Exhibition” Yixing China, 2005; Shanghai Chinese Classics Publishing

21st Century Ceramics In the United States & Canada edited by Bill Hunt. 

Tea, Anyone? The Donna Moog Teapot Collection, Adamson & Taragin, Davira, Racine Art Museum

Teapots Transformed, Exploration of an Object, Ferrin, L.,Guild Pub. 2000  

Ceramics, Ways of Creation,; An Exploration of 36 Contemporary Ceramic Artists and Their Work, Zakin, R., Krause

The Best of Pottery 2, Gustin, Chris, Rockport Publishers 

Altered Traditions, Sylvia Hyman, Ceramics Art & Perception, 1995

Ceramic Art Magazine, Harris Deller, Yih Wen Kuo. Taipei, 1994

Preserving the Foundation, Deller, Harris. Studio Potter, 1992

Panorama Actualidad, Concurso De Mono, Ceramica Revista Internacional, Madrid,1990

The 28th Ceramic National, Ellison, Robt., American Craft Magazine,1990

The Eccentric Teapot, Clark, Garth, 1989,

Harris Deller, American Ceramics, Gardner, Nancy 1989

Handcrafted Investments, Horn, M., U.S. News & World Report, 1988 

Craft Today, Poetry of the Physical, Smith, P. & Lucie-Smith, NY 1986       

American Clay Artist '85, Milner, S New Art Examiner, Dec. 1985

Deller's Witty, Unpretentious Ceramics, Degener, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec 7, 1984; 

Porcelain: Traditions and New Version Axel, J. and K McCready, 1980

Review: Mason and Deller, Koplos, J., The New Art Examiner, June 1979

Soup Tureens 76, Schwartz, J., Craft H

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