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Artist: Kensuke Yamada


Kensuke Yamada
Kensuke Yamada, ARKANSAS
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Kensuke Yamada (b. 1979) was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2009 and has a BA from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Kensuke has participated in artist residency programs at The Archie Bray Foundation (Montana), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Mass), Oregon College of Art and Craft (Oregon), and was an invited guest to make a sculpture at Chihuly Inc (Washington) and Ox-Bow (Michigan). His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the USA at SOFA CHICAGO, Holter Museum of Art, Lillstreet Art Center, Seattle Center, and more. His work has also been included in the permanent collections of the Missoula Art Museum (Montana), Safeco Insurance (Washington), and the Bellevue Club (Washington). Kensuke was previously a visiting artist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. 
"In my sculpture, I seek figurative extensions of these shared experiences. Clay has become another primary source of communication for me. The vocabulary consists of gestures, patterns, textures, colors and rhythms. In conversation, these qualities bring the figure to life."- Kensuke Yamada

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2019 | "The fine art of Kensuke Yamada and Ricky Sikes | Boswell Mourot Fine Art 

2017 | “Diving in the Pool” | Aegon Gallery | Danville, KY

2016 | “Diving Through the Cloud” | Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

2016 | “Conversation Unspoken” | Kensuke Yamada/Leigh Suggs, Penland School of and Craft | Penland NC

2015 | “Reliance” | George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri | Columbia, MO

2015 | “Rhythm-Color” | Patricia Rovzar Gallery | Seattle, WA

2015 | “Wind Bears Color to bring Charm” | NEVICA PROJECT | Chicago, IL

2010 | “I and Love and You” | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA 

2009 | “Empathetic”, MFA Thesis Exhibition | Gallery of Visual Arts |University of Montana, MT  

2008 | “Reconfiguration” | University Center Gallery | University of Montana, MT

2008 | “Free Bird” | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA

2007 | “Yamadaville” | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA

2007 | “Erica Harris and Kensuke Yamada” | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA

2006 | “Dwell” | Colleen Hayward and Kensuke Yamada | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA

2006 | “Hortus Ortus” | Davis Freeman and Kensuke Yamada | Catherine Person Gallery | Seattle, WA

 

Selected group exhibition

2020 | Yunomi Invitational 2020  | Clay Akar

2020 | The Ceramics Invitational  | Radius Gallery

2020 | Small Favor | The Clay Studio Philadelphia

2020 | North West Designer Craftsman Exhibit and Symposium  | Schuck Art Center

2019 | " (Un)common" Ground | Blue Spiral Gallery 

2019 | Reflective | Imprint Gallery 

2019  | About Face | Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

2019 | You am I | Veronique Wantz Gallery   

2019 | Small Favors | The Clay Studio Philadelphia 

2019 | Chinese New Year Banquet | Clay Art Center

2019 | Red Lodge Gallery, NCECA EXPO 

2019 | Of Things to Come | The Arts Company

2018. | Ceramics Invitational | Blue Spiral 1 

Red | Beth Lo and Kensuke Yamada |2018 lodge Clay Art Center

2018 | Concurrent/conventions, A spectrum of Contemporary Ceramics, California State University  

2018  | Small Favor | The Clay studio Philadelphia

2018 | Carrie Furnace Exhibition at NCECA, Carrie Furnace

2018 | The Nevica Project & Cerbera Gallery in conjunction with NCECA Present 10

2018 | Taste of Touchstone | Saville Gallery

2017 | 25th Annual Celebrate Art | Patricia Rovzar Gallery

2017 | Bottoms Up | Santa Fe Clay

2017 | State of the Art 2017 | National Biennial Invitational | Giertz Gallery| Curated by Bill Griffith

2017 | Ceramic Scullpture Culture | James May Gallery

2017 | REDUX: Transformations 6x6 | Clay Art Center

2017 | Summer Exhibit | Sager Braudis Gallery

2017 | REVISIT: the Boneyard | Clay Art Center

2017 | Ceramics Sculpture Culture | Baltimore Clayworks

2017 | lillstreet Gallery NCECA Expo

2017 | La Mesa NCECA | With Santa Fe Clay

2017 | Small Favors XI | The Clay Studio Philadelphia 

2016 | Epics, Myths and Fables Ceramics invitational | Meyer Gallery

2016 | Small Scale Lilstreet Art Center

2016 | The Figure in Clay | Santa Fe Clay

2016 | Penland School of Crafts Series | Central Piedmont Community College

2015 | Group Anniversary exhibition | Patricia Rovzar Gallery

2015 | 40th Annual Show and Sale | LillStreet Art Center

2015 | Small Ones | Cinema Gallery

2015 | Contemporary Ceramics

2015 | Clay Studio Benefit Auction | The Clay Studio

2015 | La Mesa | NCECA

2015 | UALR Permanent Collection| University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2015 |Annual Summer Preview Exhibition

2015 | Small Favors| The Clay Studio

2014 | Let there Be Light! LillStreet Art Center

2014 | Poking the Lilies Pad| Asia Institute| Inc. DBA Asia Institute- Crane house

2014 | Emerged: After The Residency| Lillstreet Art Center| Curated by Bill Griffith               

2014 | La Mesa| NCECA| Santa Fe Clay

2014 | Primary Clay| University of Arkansas Little Rock

2013 |21st Anniversary Exhibition| Patricia Rovzar Gallery

2013 |Let There Be Light! LillStreet Art Center

2013 |28th Annual Benefit Auction| Penland School of Craft

2013 |Figurative Invitational| Red Lodge Clay Center

2013 |La Mesa | NCECA | Santa Fe Clay         

2013 |Then and Now Alumni Art Exhibition| South Puget Sound Community          

2013 | Small Favors VIII| The Clay Studio

2013 | Our Community| Clay Studio Philadelphia

2012 | Forecast| A New Wave of Creative Talent| Penland School of Craft

2012 | Holter Museum of Art Auction Exhibition| Holter Museum of Art

2012 | 23rd annual 30 Ceramic Sculptors| John Natsoulas Gallery

2012 | Self Contained| Northern Clay Center

2012 | Figurative Work in Clay| Grover Thurston Gallery

2012 | Figure/Figurine| The Clay Studio

2012 | Small Favors VII| The Clay Studio

2012 | Ceram-a-rama-yaki| ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

2011 | Naughty and Nice| Lillstreet Art Center

2011 | Composing the Modern| Lilstreet Art Center

2011 | 60 Artist, 60 Artwork, 60 Years: Celebrating the Archie Bray Foundation| Montana Museum of Art and Culture

2011 | Contemporary Figurative Ceramics| The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

2011 | Big Clay| Holter Museum of Art

2011 | Figurines| Santa Fe Clay

2011 | Archie Bray at NCECA

2010 | SOFA Chicago with the Archie Bray Foundation

2010 | Positioning the Figure| Signature Gallery

2010 | Resident Exhibition| Archie Bray Foundation

2009 | Fellowship Exhibition| Archie Bray Foundation

2009 | Artist Trust Annual Auction| Seattle Center

2009 | Resident Exhibition| Archie Bray Foundation

2009 | Celebration of Missoula Artists| Dana Gallery

2009 | That Difference| Clay Studio of Missoula

2009 | The Art of Living Exhibition and Auction| The Evergreen State College

2009 | 13th Annual Bray Benefit Auction and Exhibition

2009 | Missoula Art Museum 37th Auction and Exhibition

2009 | Gallery All-Stars | Santa Fe Clay

2009 | Archie Bray Foundation at NCECA

2009 | University of MT and MT State University| Archie Bray Foundation

2008 | SOFA Chicago with Santa Fe Clay

2008 | Montana Ceramics| University Center Gallery

2008 | Residents Summer Exhibition| Archie Bray Foundation

2008 | Emerging Talent

2008 | East By Northwest| Kolva Sullivan Gallery

2008 |  Go Figure| Gulf Coast Community College

2008 | Artist Trust Annual Auction| Seattle Center

2007 | The People| Clay Studio Missoula

2007 | Body Image| Seattle Art Museum Gallery| Art sales and Retail

2006 | Catherine Person Gallery| Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery

2006 | At Once| Catherine Person Gallery

2006 | NCECA, Regional Student Juried Exhibition | Northview Gallery | Portland College

 

Publications

2018 | Sunshine Cobb, Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips and Tricks for slabs, coils, and more

2016 | Brook Griffith, Nashville Arts, “ARTSMART”

2015 | Ceramic Monthly, “Exposure” section

2014 | Larks 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2, published by Lark Crafts | juried by Nan Smith

2012 | Kelly Connell, “Self Contain” Exhibition Catalogue with essays 

2012 | Edith Garcia, “Ceramics and The Human Figure 2012” | A&C Black Publication, UK         

2012 | Jennifer Harnetty,“Ceramic Monthly Emerging Artist 2012” | Ceramic Monthly, April

2011 | “Ones to Watch, Spotlighting sculptor Kensuke Yamada” | Western Art & Architecture

2011 | Donahoe Emily, “Archie Bray Foundation 60th Anniversary Exhibitions” | Ceramics Monthly, October       

2011 | Beason, Tyrone, “The Things We Can’t Let Go” | The Seattle Times, August 6

2011 | Lovelace, Joy, “Archie Bray, Tradition Means Innovation” | American Craft Magazine, June

2011 | "From the Center to the Edge, The Archie Bray turns 60” | Cover Image, Ceramics Monthly, April

2010 | Nayoung Kwon, “Ceramic Artist Showcases a Playful Side” | International Examiner, June 3rd

2010 | Carmen Ebert and Rose Stepanek, “MFA Art Exhibit” | Vimeo.com, Jun 2         

2008 | Gayle Clemans, “Dark and Sweet Fables for a Modern Age” | Seattle Times, | August 8    

2007 | Mathew Kangas, "Yamadaville" | Ceramics Monthly, March   

2007 | Nancy Guppy, “Gallery Hop” | Seattle Channel, Seattle, WA         

2006 | “Yamada's Ceramic Sculptures Exude Just the Right Touch of Sweetness” Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

Education and Credentials

Master of Fine Arts: Studio Art | The University of Montana, Missoula, MT | 2009 

Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art | The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA | 2005

 

Residencies

2016 | Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art | Nashville, TN

2015 | Surface Forum | Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. Gatlinburg, TN

2013 – 2016 | Visiting Artist/Ceramics Studio technician/Instructor | University of Arkansas| Fayetteville, AR

2012 | Artist in Residence| The Clay Studio Philadelphia| Philadelphia, PA

2011 | Visiting Artist in Residence| Tyler School of Art| Short Term Scholar | Temple University| Philadelphia, PA

2010 | Long Term Resident Artist | Archie Bray Foundation| Helena, MT 

2010 | Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts: Artists Invite Artists Series| Newcastle, ME                                

2009 | Summer Artist In Residence | Oregon College of Art and Craft| Portland, OR      

2008 | Summer Resident| Archie Bray Foundation| Helena, MT

2008 | Visiting Artist | Chihuly Inc. Seattle, WA

 

Awards & Fellowships

2016 | Martin Shallenberger Fellow| Cheekwood | Nashville, TN

2012 | Ceramic Monthly Emerging Artist 2012 | Ceramic Monthly | April

2010 | Archie Bray Foundation for the ceramic arts| Long term resident MJD Fellowship

2010 | Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts | Summer Fellowship

2009 | Bertha Morton Scholarship Recipient | University of Montana| Missoula, MT

 

Lectures & Demonstrations

2020 | North West Designer Craftsman | Schuck Art Center  | WA

2019  | Ball State University | Muncie IN

2019 | Santa Fe Clay | Santa Fe, NM 

2019 | University of Georgia | Athen GA

2018 | Presenter, Figurative Association Symposium 2018 | Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts | Gatlinburg, TN

2018 | San Diego State University | San Diego, CA

2018 | Red Lodge Clay Center |  Red Lodge, MT    

2018 | Touchstone Center for Crafts | Farmington, PA

2018 | Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2018 | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | Edwardsville, IL

2017 | Demonstration at the Standard Ceramics supply | Lodi, NJ

2017 | Penland School of Crafts Summer two week session | Penland School of Crafts| Penland, NC

2017 | West Virginia University | Morgantown, WV

2016 | Lillstreet Art Center | Chicago, IL

2016 | George Fox University | Newberg, OR

2016 | Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art | Nashville, TN

2016 | University of Louisville | Louisville, KY

2016 | Louisiana State University | Baton Rouge, LA

2015 | University of Missouri | Colombia| MO

2015 | Pottery North West | Seattle, WA    

2015 | Ox-Bow | Saugatuck, MI

2015 | Santa Fe Clay | Santa Fe, NM

2015 | Idyllwild Arts Academy | Idyllwild, CA 

2014 | Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts | Gatlinburg, TN

2014 | Clay Art Center | Port Chester, NY 

2014 | University of Arkansas, Little Rock | Little Rock, AR

2013 | Penland School of Crafts | Penland, NC

2013 | Austin Museum of Art | Austin, TX    

2013 | James Madison University | Harrisonburg, VA

2013 | Buffalo State College | Buffalo, NY

2013 | Herron School of Art & Design | Indianapolis, IN

2012 | Montgomery County Community College | Blue Bell, PA

2012 | Hand-building Personal Narratives | The Clay Studio Philadelphia |Philadelphia, PA

2012 | 23rd Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art | Davis, CA

2011 | Herron School of Art and Design | Indianapolis, IN

2011 | University of Texas | San Antonio, TX

2011 | Alamo College | San Antonio, TX      

2010 | Chico State University | Chico, CA

2010 | Diablo Valley College | Berkeley, CA Performance on Online Assessments

Juror and other service 

NEA(National Endowment for the Arts) Peer Panel ( 2019|)

Juror | Small and Mighty | Clay Studio Missoula (February, 2019)

Juror | Horizon Contemporary Landscape (September, 2018)

Teaching Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Little Rock, AR ( 2019 - Pr) 

Lecture Faculty, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (2018) 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Centre College, Danville, KY (2016 | – 2018)

Visiting Artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/ Lecture faculty member, University of Arkansas (2013 | – 2016 |)

Visiting Artist/ adjunct faculty | Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA (2012 | – 2013 |)

Permanent Collection

University of Arkansas Little Rock Art Gallery | Little Rock, AR

The Clay Studio Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA 

Missoula Art Museum | Missoula, MT

Safeco Insurance | Seattle, WA

Bellevue Club | Seattle, WA

Archie Bray Foundation| Helena, MT


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