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Artist: Mark Arnold


Artist: Mark Arnold
Mark Arnold, ILLINOIS
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Before my ceramics practices I rode BMX bikes and this has had a strong influence on my work today. I am currently exploring repetition and patterns from my past bike riding experience and how this relationship can help determine subtle variations of form and surface. The jumps I built in the woods were similar to the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The softness of nature interacting with the strong geometric forms is relevant in each piece.

Influences from architecture and abstract expressionism are infused into my utilitarian pottery in a simplified manner. Balance in the surface design of each piece abstracts imagery much like Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series, while leaving subtle hints that leave the viewer interested but not overwhelmed. Wheel thrown and hand built elements create geometric forms, while color is added so that each piece can resemble a 3-dimensional painting. The color palette is simple and muted, mostly white with one color plus the utilization of the red clay body. Terra sigillata brings out the slightly distressed surfaces, reminiscent of brick, wood, and stone, using a black wash to highlight these imperfections. Although individual pieces can stand alone, when they are grouped together they can reference a cityscape or skyline.  

EDUCATION
2014 – Present M.F.A. Ceramics Candidate. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

2010 – 2013 B.F.A. With a Concentration in Ceramics. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

2008 – 2010 Transfer Program of Art. Community College of Allegheny County, Monroeville, PA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Fall 2015 Instructor of Record. 202c Beginning Ceramics Class. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2012 – 2014 Ceramics Instructor. Erie Museum Clay Space, Erie, PA

HONORS AND AWARDS
2016 3rd Place. Small Works Show, Wood River, IL

Best of Show. Edwardsville Art Fair, Edwardsville, IL

Graduate Student Travel Grant. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Martha Holden Ceramics Award. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2015 Graduate Student Travel Grant. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2013 Ella Rue Merganser Award of Merit. Starbrick Gallery National Cup Show

Fully Funded Kiln God Scholarship. Watershed Center For The Arts. Newcastle, ME

2012 Best in Show. 14th Annual Clarion Cup Show. Clarion, PA

2011 1st Place. 13th Annual Clarion Cup Show. Clarion, PA

2010 Wooster Functional Ceramics Scholarship, Wooster, OH

Donna Nicholas Ceramic Scholarship. Edinboro University

2nd Place. 12th Annual Clarion Cup Show, Clarion, PA

Honorable Mention. CCAC Student Art Show. Community College of Allegheny College

AFFILIATIONS
2016- Present Art Axis, (Member-Juried Database) www.ArtAxis.org

2010-Present National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, Member

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 “Digital Debut” Belger Crane Yard, Kansas City, MO

“Featured Artist at Companion Gallery” Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

EXHIBITIONS
2017 “LillStreet Gallery Expo” NCECA Conference Expo Portland, OR

2016 “The Cup, The Mug” Juried by Peter Pincus. Main Streets Art Gallery. Clifton Springs, NY

“Winterfest” Invitational. Baltimore Clay Works Gallery, Baltimore, MD

“Small Works Show” Wood River Museum. Wood River, IL

“Redefining The Vessel” Invitational. Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

“Irons In The Fire” Juried by Justin Rothshank. Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

“Cup: The Intimate Object XII” Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“Thirst” Invitational. Capsule Gallery, Houston, TX

“Lineage: 41 Years of SIUE MFAs” Invitational Morton Ball Room, Kansas City, MO

“2016 NCECA National Student Exhibition” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

“Graduate Student Show” Art and Design West Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

“Last Call” Juried by Matt Schiemann. Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2015 “Annual Holliday Show” Invintational. Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

“Small Works Show” Wood River Museum. Wood River, IL

“The 12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

“The Mobile Anagama Invitational” Odyssey Clay Center, Asheville, NC

“Graduate Student Show” Art and Design West Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

“100 Top Potters” Invitational Pots on Wheels Mobile Gallery at NCECA, Providence, RI

2014 “Small Works Art Show” Wood River Museum, Wood River, IL

“Cups of Plenty Invitational” Land of Plenty Gallery, Akron, OH

“Glazed by Fire” Invitational. Taos Clay Gallery, Taos, NM

2013 “Starbrick Clay National Cup Show” Juried by Lorna Meaden. Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH

“Drinking Vessel Invitational” Stonewall Gallery, Edinboro, PA

“Sixth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function” Juried by Ben Carter. The Amelia Center Gallery, Panama City, FL

“Edinboro Annual Student Show” Juried Exhibition. Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

“NCECA Energy of The Future” Juried by Kristen Kieffer and

Bruce Cochrane. Norma R. Ory Gallery, Glassell School of Art,

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

“6th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament” Juried by Piero Fenci. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX

“Gmitter Scholarship Show” Juried by Edinboro Faculty. Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

2012 “14th Annual Clarion Cup Show” Juried Exhibition. Michelle’s Gallery, Clarion, PA

“Drink This! The Workhouse International Cup Show” Juried by Linda Arbuckle. Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

“Chimera 10” Juried Exhibition. Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

“Fifth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function” Juried by Tammy Marinuzzi. The Amelia Center Gallery, Panama City, FL

“38th Annual October Evenings” Juried Exhibition. Meadville Council of the Arts, Meadville, PA

“Edinboro Annual Student Show” Juried Exhibition. Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

“Ceramic Exhibition” Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

“6-10-Soda” Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

2011 “13th Annual Clarion Cup Show” Juried Exhibition. Michelle’s Gallery, Clarion, PA

“37th Annual October Evenings” Juried Exhibition. Meadville Council of the Arts, Meadville, PA

“Clay Club Exhibition” Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

2010 “Ceramic Exhibition” Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

“Functional Pottery for Functional Alcoholics” A Show of Whiskey Cups and Bottles. Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

“12th Annual Clarion Cup Show” Juried Exhibition. Michelle’s Gallery, Clarion, PA

“Clay Club Exhibition” Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

“CCAC Juried Art Show” Student Gallery, Monroeville, PA

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

Intandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC

James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

Belger Crane Yard, Kansas City, MO

LillStreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

PUBLICATIONS
2013 “Chimera 10” Journal of Art and Literature. Erie, PA

RESIDENCIES
2017 “Pentaculum” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Gatlinburg, TN

RELATED EXPERIENCES
2014 - Present Research Assistant. Ceramic Studio Technician. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2014 – 2016 Research Assistant. Wood Shop Technician. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Summer 2015 Summer Assistant. Paul Dresang. Primitive Firing Techniques. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2013 - 2014 Ceramic Studio Technician. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

2013 Assistant Curator. “Ceramic Invitational” Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University
Raku Workshop. Edinboro University

2011 – 2013 Clay Mixer and Ceramic Tutor. Edinboro University

2010 -2013 Semester Long Topic Classes. Glaze Calculation, Kiln Building and Mold Making/Slip Casting. Edinboro University

2010 Study Abroad. 4 -Week Art History Course in Barcelona, Paris and Rome

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
2015 – 2016 Treasurer, Wagner Potter Association. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2012 – 2013 President, Clay Club. Edinboro University

2011 - 2012 Treasurer, Clay Club. Edinboro University

2009 - 2010 Vice-President, International Club. Community College of Allegheny County.
President, Art Club. Community College of Allegheny County

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Society of Contemporary Arts, Houston TX


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