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Artist: Kurt Anderson


Kurt Anderson
Kurt Anderson, NORTH CAROLINA
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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area,, Kurt now makes his home in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Kurt holds a degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He has participated in Residencies at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Penland School of Crafts, and The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.  In 2009-2010 Kurt was the Fergus Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University.
Kurt's work is influenced by the folk pottery traditions of Asia and the Middle East, as well as a wide variety of contemporary sources such as advertising logos, graphic novels, and street art.  By shuffling and recombining these proven formula, it is Kurt's hope that the muse of familiarity appears cross-dressed as innovation.

I am generally attracted to the raw and the unrefined. My most significant pottery influences have always been the folk traditions of China, Japan and Persia. In my work I attempt to combine the archetypal motifs of these traditions with more contemporary imagery inspired by advertising logos, graphic novels, and urban street art. By shuffling and recombining these proven formula, it is my hope that the muse of familiarity appears cross-dressed as innovation.

Education
MFA, Louisiana State University, 2004-2007                     
Special Student, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1999-2000
Special Student, State University of New York at New Paltz,1997-1999
BS Education, University of Wyoming, 1985-1990

Related Employment
2004 – Present, Self-Employed, Kurt Anderson Ceramics, Washingtonville, NY
2001-2004, Studio Technician, Hunter College, New York City, NY
1997-1999, Studio Assistant, Jeff Shapiro, Accord, NY

Teaching
April, 2017, Penland School of Crafts, Plates and Platters
Fall 2012, Archie Bray Foundation, Community Class, Intermediate/Advanced throwing
2009-2010, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.  Adjunct Professor
2004-2007, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, Graduate Assistant
2001-2004, Hunter College, New York City, NY.  Continuing Education
2003-2004, Kingsborough Community College, New York, NY, Adjunct Professor
2004-2005, Rockland Community College, Rockland NY, Beginning to Advanced Wheel Throwing
2002-2004, Craft Student's League, 53rd St. YWCA, New York, NY. Advanced Throwing

Workshops and Lectures
March, 2018, West Virginia University
March, 2018, Eye of the Dog Art Center, San Marcos, TX
November, 2017, Goggleworks, Reading PA
February 2010, Ohio University, Athens OH
March 2009, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Residencies, Fellowships and Assistantships
May-August, 2016, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Salad Days Artist
January-Febuary, 2016, Penland School of Crafts, Winter Residnecy, Penland, North Carolina
August 2015, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, AIA, Edgecomb, ME
May-October 2012, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Summer Resident, Helena, MT
January 2012, Ceramic Surface Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
August-November 2011, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
July 2010, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, AIA w/ Kristen Kieffer and Rebeka Bogard, Edgecomb, ME
September 2009-June 2010, Fergus Post MFA Fellowship, Ohio State University
July/August 2002, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, ME
May-November 2000, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
1996-1997, Artist in Residence, School of Design and Crafts, Gothenberg University, Gothenberg, Sweden

Exhibitions
2018,
“8 Fluid Oz”, Louisiana State University Glassel Gallery,  Baton Rouge, LA

2017,
“Extraordinary Creatures”, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
“Americano”, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA
“Inaugural Cup Show” Eye of the Dog Art Center, San Marcos, TX

2016,
100 Artists, 1000 Cups, The Clay Studio via 2016 NCECA conference.

2015
Memories and Meaning, Contemporary Cremation Urns, Jill Bonavitz Space, The Clay Studio, Philadephia, PA

2014
“Semiosphere”, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
“Top Shelf”, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ
Art of the Pot, Austin TX

2013
"A Pretty Mess", with Kathy King, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
"Western Table Manners" Houston Community College Southeast, Houston TX
Archie Bray Residents Show, Houston TX
"Beastly", Houston TX

2012
"Gifted", They Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
"Shirts and Skins", Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
"Handle with Care", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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