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Artist: Jessica Brandl


Jessica Brandl
Jessica Brandl, MONTANA
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The hero’s tale is an intriguing concept; it is a reoccurring theme
embedded in nearly every human story describing a downtrodden yet virtuous
figure and their path in overcoming obstacles to arrive at success. This narrative describes the core characters journey of all religions, countless mythologies, and all of the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series.

Viewed through the lens of my own life, I find that the typical hero criterion
does not fit with my person necessarily. I view my own journey in life as a quest
but I embody the underdog or antihero, recognizing the characteristics of my
gender, birth, orphaned absence of family, and family history supporting this
assertion. It is because of these unlikely and historically un-extraordinary
characteristics I draw inspiration and find ample opportunity to dig at the
conflicting truths that I was brought up with. I speak candidly to my audience,
subsequently drawing strength from my destabilized background, building a
sense of identity and agency beyond trauma, guilt.

I arrive at picture-objects in clay, equal parts exertion and representation
to describe intangible thoughts and reflections of places I knew. In clay I have
found the visual potential to construct a vessel that communicates a story by
considering a synthesis of image and form but also divines an object that holds
symbolic language and soothes the compulsive desire I have to describe the world as I see it.

EDUCATION
2009 Master of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics and Art History, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

GRANTS/ AWARDS/ DISTINCTIONS
2017
Zanesville Contemporary Ceramics Prize, First Place Vessel, Zanesville, OH
NCECA-Emerging Artist, Featured Artist, Portland, OR
Windgate Scholar, National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts, Future Flux, Portland, OR

2015
NCECA International Residency Award, c.r.e.t.a. Rome, Rome and Pompeii, Italy
McKnight Artist Fellowship, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2014
Rudy Autio Grant, Funded research trip to Muséum national d'histoire naturell in Paris, France, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Windgate Scholar, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Jessica Brandl, Featured Artist Exhibition, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2017
Emerging Artist, Featured Artist, NCECA, Portland, OR
My Ántonia, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Vice and Virtue, Bonovits Space, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Excavations, Palazzo Cenci, Rhode Island School of Design- Rome, Rome, Italy, collaboration with Bryan Czibesz
Wishful Thinking, Artist-In- Residence Exhibition, Gallery 224, Office for the Arts Harvard, Allston, MA
Jessica Brandl, Featured Artist Exhibition, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2014
Jessica Brandl, Featured Artist Exhibition, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Jessica Brandl, Bonovitz Space + online, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, DC2013

2013 Jessica Brandl, Resident Artist Exhibition, Red Star Studios, Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2009 Place, Solo Exhibition, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017
REDUX, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
We the People: Serving Notice, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Put A Bird on It, NCECA: Future Flux, Portland, OR

2016
Transference, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
McKnight Resident Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Ceram-A- Rama, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Tempe/ Phoenix, AZ
Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, NCECA Invitational, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Dino-Might, Box Gallery, NCECA, Kansas City, MO
From There to Here, Box Marietta Chair Building, NCECA, Kansas City, MO
Pixels, Voxels, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2015 Salad Days Exhibit, NCECA, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

2014
Ceramics Biennial Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Home Team, Gallery 224, Office of the Arts at Harvard, Harvard University, Allston, MA
Ceramic Top 40, Gallery 224, Office of the Arts at Harvard, Harvard University, Allston, MA
The Clay Studio National, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios, Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Leslie Ferrin
Watershed Salad Days Tent Exhibition, Watershed Ceramic Arts Center, Newcastle, ME

RESIDENCIES
2018 Artist-in- Residence - Guest Professor, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2017 Artist-in- Residence, Arrowmont, Pentaculum, Gatlinburg, TN

2016 Artist-in- Residence, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2015
NCECA International Residency Award, c.r.e.t.a. Rome, Rome and Pompeii, Italy
McKnight Artist Fellowship Artist-in- Residence, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2014
Artist-in- Residence, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Harvard University, Allston, MA
Windgate Scholar Artist-in- Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

2013 Artist-in- Residence, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Salad Days Artist-in- Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

2011 Artist-in- Residence, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

2005 Open Studio Residency, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskémet, Hungary

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
2016 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

2015 Rosenfield Art Foundation of Texas, Dallas, TX

2014
Kamm Teapot Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

2012 Belger Collection, Kansas City, MO

2006 Ken Furguson Teaching Collection, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

PUBLICATIONS
Ceramics Monthly, Exposure, January 2018, Page 12

“Podcast: Red Clay Rambler – Jessica Brandl’s Gothic Literary Influences ”, Article by Garth Clark, Blog: CFile Ceramics, July 10, 2017

“186: Jessica Brandl’ on the influences of Gothic Novels and dark humor ”, Article and Interview by Ben Carter, Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, July 15, 2017

Ceramics Monthly, “Unconventional Clay”, Article by Heidi McKenzi, December, 2016

“Exhibition in Brief”, Article by Garth Clark, Blog: CFile Ceramics, March 11, 2016

“Can Pushing ‘print’ make art? ‘Pixels, Voxels’ answers ‘yes’”, Article by L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star, March 5, 2016

“To make art, press PRINT,” Article by Brie Murphy, Gallery Director, Lincoln Journal Star, February 13, 2016

“Vigorous ceramics at Gallery 224, fashionable formalism at Klein,” Article, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, August 25, 2015

“Artist Spotlight: Jessica Brandl,” Article, Lily K. Calcagnini, The Harvard Crimson, March 9, 2015

“Not Your Grandmother’s Porcelain, The Ceramics of Artist in Residence Jessica Brandl,” Article, Rebecca A. Greenberg, The Harvard Crimson, September 30, 2014

Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artist, April, 2014

Ceramics Monthly, Exposure, September, 2013, Page 24

“Best Artist-In- Residence,” Best of Kansas City, Review, The Pitch,
October 10, 2013

“Jessica Brandl gets a handle on Manifest Destiny and the Midwest,” Exhibition Review, Liz Cook, The Pitch, June 11, 2013

“Making Marks / Leaving Traces,” The Frontier, Charlotte Street Foundation, Blog Citation and Image reproduction, May 23, 2012

“Kansas City Art Institute Clay: Post Y2K,” Craft In America, Citation and Image reproduction, October/November 2009


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