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Artist: Lauren Gallaspy

Artist: Lauren Gallaspy
Lauren Gallaspy, GEORGIA
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The things that I love and the things that I fear refuse to balance out. They scrap like cats, cloak and conceal like kudzu, terrify and delight, like a large, shaky lake or a dog swimming hard towards a floating ball.

My work is about that imbalance: the vulnerability of living things and the sometimes violent, sometimes pleasurable, almost always complex consequences that occur when bodies and objects in the world come into contact with one another. I use ornamentation, obsessive mark-making, and decorative imagery as a kind of devotional or transformational act, a way to render interior spaces and intense psychological experiences physically.

Lauren Gallaspy received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgia and her MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York.  As an active artist with a rigorous studio practice in both sculptural and functional ceramics as well as painting and drawing, she has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and at conferences nationally and internationally since 2004.  From 2009 to 2012, Lauren served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia with her husband, artist Andy Nasisse.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in her field, and is one of 25 recipients of the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.  

MFA Alfred University, Alfred, NY
BFA University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2008-2009 Adjunct professor in ceramics, University of Georgia

Flagpole Magazine, review of three-person show (with text and color photo)
Poetic Expressions of Mortality, Figurative Ceramics from the Porter. Price Collection,Mobile Museum of Art
500 Cups, Lark Books
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, review of group show (with text and color photo) by Jerry Cullum

Peils in the Sublime, NCECA, Phoenix, AZ
Ceramic Invitational, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
La Mesa, NCECA and Santa Fe Clay, Pittsburgh, PA
New Alfred, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
MFA Alfred Grads, Leon Gedould Gallery, New York, NY
La Mesa, NCECA and Santa Fe Clay, Portland, OR
Poetic Expressions of Mortality, Figurative Ceramics from the Porter. Price Collection, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Tell Me a Story, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Stories and Visions of Nature in Clay, The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
La Mesa, NCECA and Santa Fe Clay, Baltimore, MD
Octant, BFA Exit Show, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Hot/Ice, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
8 Fluid Ounces: A Cup Show, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
CUP, The New Gallery, University of Miami, FL

Lauren Gallaspy and Andy Nasisse, The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
MFAThesis Exhibition, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
AGA Introductions, The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Mary Rosenblatt Art Scholarship
Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient
Patrick Thomas Keim Memorial Award for work in ceramics

2005 The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA

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