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Artist: Mat Rude



Mat Rude, WASHINGTON
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Mat Rude (born 1974, Decorah, Iowa, USA) lives and works in Spokane, WA where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Gonzaga University. He earned a BA from Luther College in 1998 and an MFA from Montana State University in 2007.  Mat also had the distinguished honor of working closely with internationally renowned artist Don Reitz as his studio assistant as well as working alongside Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders.  Before joining the Faculty at Gonzaga, Mat was an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Iowa and in 2008 he taught for one year at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, AZ.  In 2010 he was selected as a member of a delegation of ceramic arts professionals from the United States to research indigenous ceramic materials and their uses in China. The following year Mat returned to China as artist-in-residence at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen.  His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA; International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition, Fuping, China; Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC; Lyndhurst Gallery, Tarrytown, NY; Glassworks Gallery, Louisville, KY; East Central University, Ada, OK, Helen N. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT; The Clay Studio, Missoula, MT; Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA; The Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA; and The Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

EDUCATION
2007 Master of Fine Arts, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Focus, Ceramics. Minor, Sculpture.

1998 Bachelor of Arts, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC POSITIONS
2014 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA, Assistant Professor, Ceramics

2009-2014 School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Assistant Professor, Ceramics

2008-2009 School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Visiting Assistant Professor, Ceramics

2007-2008 Department of Art/Fine Art, Yavapai College, Clarkdale, AZ Visiting Assistant Professor, Ceramics

2006-2007 School of Art, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT Instructor of Record, 2-D and 3-D Design

1999-2007 Studio Assistant to Don Reitz (Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison and internationally renowned ceramic artist), Sycamore Clay Company, Clarkdale, AZ

2000-2006 Apprentice. Master Kiln Builders, Northfield, MN

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008 Designed and Constructed 40 Cubic Ft. Salt Kiln for Yavapai College Clarkdale, AZ

2007 Constructed 60 Cubic Ft. Olsen Kit Kiln for Yavapai College Clarkdale, AZ

2005-06
Finance Committee, Montana State University School of Art Bozeman, MT
Curator. The Suitcase Boogie Ceramic Invitational, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR

2005 Constructed 90 Cubic Ft. Wood/Soda Kiln for Don Reitz, Clarkdale, AZ

2004 Constructed 60 Cubic Ft. Reduction Kiln for Prisca Benson Sturgeon Bay, WI

WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, AND PANELS
2013
Fire Spectacular Wood-fire Symposium Panel Member, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS
Wood-fire Panel, Iowa Clay Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA

2012
Topics Discussion-Living the Dream: A Skeleton Key to the Trials and Tribulations of Following Your Passion. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference, Seattle WA
Two-week course-Image and Surface, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI
Workshop and lecture, RDG Dahlquist Art Studios, Des Moines, IA

2011
Lecture, Pottery Workshop, Jingdehzen, China
Lecture, Luther College, Decorah IA
Lecture, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI

2010
Lecture, Pottery Workshop, Jingdehzen, China
Lecture, Kendal College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2008 Visiting Artist Workshop, Luther College, Decorah, IA

2007 Foundation Lecture, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

2005 International Graduate Slide Forum, NCECA Baltimore, MD

2004
Wood-fired and Salt-glazed Ceramics, Workshop, Luther College Decorah, IA
Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Workshop, Pardeeville Senior High Pardeeville, WI Salt-fired Ceramics, Lecture, Thomas Roberts High School Decorah, IA

EXHIBITIONS (Invited)
2015 Wood-fire Invitational, Eutectic Gallery, Portland OR
Recent Works: Mat Rude and Aubrey Purdy Rude, Trackside Gallery,
Yunomi 2015 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Spokane,WA

2014
Cup of Joy, Trackside Gallery, Spokane, WA
16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, The Spirit Gallery of Fine Art, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Lake Effect, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
Lillstreet at NCECA, Lillstreet Gallery, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee WI
Reitzagama Invitational, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix AZ
8 Fluid Ounces-A National Invitational Ceramic Cup Exhibition, Glassel Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Yunomi 2014 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2013
Recent Works, Cedar Rapids Ceramic Center, Cedar Rapids, IA (solo exhibition) Midwest Connections, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids IA
Empty Bowls Exhibition, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX
We Met in Iowa, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

2012
We Met in Iowa, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS
Serendipity, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Sacred Spaces, Wigley-Fleming Gallery, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Clay Colleagues, Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA Yunomi 2012 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Bear Creek, Helen L. Copeland Gallery Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Yunomi 2011 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Those Who Can: University of Iowa Art Faculty, Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Potters for Peace, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Exhibition, Tampa Bay, FL  Potters for Peace offers assistance to fellow craftspeople in the developing world. This is done with the belief that international justice and peace can result from respectful friendship and equitable relationships of power and economics.

2010
Show of Hands, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
Yunomi 2010 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2009
Potters for Peace, NCECA Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
Yunomi 2009 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2008
Artful Tabletop, Lyndhurst National Trust for Historic Preservation, Tarrytown, NY. Curated by Julia Galloway. Exhibit held in conjunction with the All Fired Up! Ceramics Conference, Pleasantville, NY
59715, East Central University Art Gallery, Ada, OK Exhibit of work by Montana artists. Curated by Aaron Hauck.

2007
Serving the US: Master Kiln Builders Invitational, Glassworks Gallery Louisville, KY.
NCECA Exhibition. Curated by Donovan Palmquist.
Wood Fired 2007, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Translations, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Helen L. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT Third Annual Wall Exhibition, The Weaver Room, Bozeman MT

2006 Wood-fired Ceramics, Gallery 211, Works by Mat Rude and Teresa Magert, Bozeman, MT
The Suitcase Boogie Ceramic Invitational, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR (Curator) Trial by Fire, Waller-Oblonski Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Annual MSU Graduate Exhibition, The Helen L. Copeland Gallery Bozeman, MT Graduate Review Exhibition, The Waller-Oblonski Gallery Bozeman, MT

2005
Arizona Ceramics: Past, Present, Future, St. Louis Community College St. Louis, MO
The Wood/Salt Situation, Waller-Oblonski Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Annual MSU Graduate Exhibition, Helen L. Copeland Gallery Bozeman, MT Progression Session 3, The Emerson, Bozeman, MT

2004
Mat Rude: Recent Works, Windhover Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI (solo exhibition)
International Tozan Tea Bowl Invitational, NAU Art Museum Flagstaff, AZ
Luther College Alumni Exhibition, Union Gallery, Decorah, IA

EXHIBITIONS (JURIED)
2015 Drink This! Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Exhibition, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton VA Juror: Phil Rogers

2014
The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO Juror: Linda Arbuckle
KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2014, Kansas City, MO Juror: Delores Fortuna and Bill Farrell (MKM Pottery Tools Purchase Award)
Drink This! Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Exhibition, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton VA Juror: Sam Chung

2013
Starbrick Clay National Cup Exhibition, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH Juror: Lorna Meaden (University of Ohio Ceramics Program and Brad and Cathy Schweiger 1st Place Award of Distinction )
Artifacts of the Inferno, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD Juror: Jack Troy

2012
KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2012, Kansas City, MO Juror: Bede Clarke
Last Call II, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL Juror: McKenzie Smith

2011 Artprize, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI 2010 International Ceramics Magazine Association Emerging artist Juried Exhibition, Fu Ping, China

2007 Third Annual Wall Exhibition, The Weaver Gallery, Bozeman MT

2006
NCECA 2006 Student Juried Exhibition, Northview Gallery, Portland, OR Second Annual Wall Exhibition, Weaver Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2005 First Annual Wall Exhibition, Weaver Gallery, (Achievement Award) Bozeman, MT

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2014 MKM Pottery Tools Purchase Award, KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2014, Kansas City, MO

2013 University of Ohio Ceramics Program and Brad and Cathy Schweiger 1st Place Award of Distinction, Starbrick Clay National Cup Exhibition, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH

2010 International Programs Travel Grant, University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa

2005 Achievement Award, First Annual Wall Exhibition, Weaver Gallery, Bozeman, MT

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2011 Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

2008 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. (declined in order to accept teaching position at Yavapai College)

VIDEOGRAPHY
2008 “Brick By Brick” produced by Owen Mcllhattan, 7 Cedars Pottery

2006 “Fireborn” produced by Lori Hiris, Montana State University School of Art

2003 “Reitzagama” produced by Roy Hanscom, Material Wonders of Kingwood

PUBLICATIONS
2013 Juror/Author, Amedeo Salamoni. Wood-fired Ceramics-100 Contemporary Artists. Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

2012
Kevin Crowe. “Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood-Fired Sculpture.” Ceramics Monthly (December, 2012): p 46-50.
AKAR Design. Yunomi Invitational 2012-Hard Cover.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
FuLe International Ceramics Art Museum, Fu Ping, China
Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA
Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI
Windhover Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI
Arizona University Art Musuem, Flagstaff, AZ
Vic Bassman, St Louis, MO
Don Reitz, Clarkdale, AZ
Todd Thelen and Eric Dean, Iowa City, IA

DEPARTMENT
2014 Facilitator, Visiting Artist Andy Brayman Facilitator, Visiting Artist Charles Hindes
2013 Facilitator, Visiting Artist Paul Kotula
2012 Designed and constructed 140 cubic ft. Anagama Kiln for Ceramics Area in conjunction with Kiln Construction course.
2011
Facilitator, 43 years of Commentary in Clay, visiting artist Richard Notkin Facilitator, Visiting Artist Von Venhuizen
Faculty Advisor, Ceramics Society
Coordinator, Studio Visit to Jun Kaneko Studios, Omaha, NE
Coordinator, U of I Graduate Lecture, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Coordinator, U of I Ceramics Workshop, Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA. (Organized workshops for the students of the Graduate Ceramics Workshop course.)
Coordinator, Visiting Artist Lecture, Edgewood College, Madison WI. (Organized lecture and visit to Edgewood College and Kohler factory for University of Iowa graduate students)

2010
Facilitator, From Print to Pots, Screen Printing on Clay with visiting artist Israel Davis,
Coordinator, Visiting Artist Workshop, Luther College, Decorah, IA. (Organized a workshop for University of Iowa Ceramics graduate students to present at Luther College)
Facilitator, “The Form of Function Symposium” with visiting artists Christa Assad, Lorna Meaden, and Josh DeWeese. (Procured external sponsorship from private donors and local businesses in support of this event)
Facilitator, Visiting Artists Workshop with Ted Adler and Tara Wilson. (Procured external sponsorship from private donors and local businesses in support of this event)

2009
Facilitator, Visiting Artist Workshop with Don Reitz. (Procured external sponsorship from private donors and local businesses in support of this event) Designed and constructed 230 cubic ft. Train Kiln for Ceramics Area in conjunction with Kiln Construction course.
Designed and constructed 50 cubic ft. Wood-Soda Kiln for Ceramics Area in conjunction with Kiln Construction course.
Designed and constructed 30 cubic ft. Salt Kiln for Ceramics Area in conjunction with Kiln Construction course.
Facilitator, Visiting Artist Workshop with Jason Briggs.

2008
Coordinator, Visiting Artist Workshop, Luther College, Decorah, IA. (Organized a workshop for University of Iowa Ceramics graduate students to present at Luther College)
Facilitator, Visiting Artist Workshop with Al Tenant Assisted in design and construction of 160 cubic ft. Anagama kiln.
Designed and constructed 25 cubic ft. Reduction Kiln for Ceramics Area.

PROFESSION
2013 Committee Member. The Iowa Clay Conference 2012 Committee Member. The Iowa Clay Conference 2011 Committee Member. The Iowa Clay Conference 2010 U.S.
Delegate. Breaking Ground: VIP Ceramic Research Expedition to China, Workers’ Center for International Exchange (SWCIE), Shanghai, China Committee Member. The Iowa Clay Conference 2006 Curator. The Suitcase Boogie Ceramic Invitational, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR

UNIVERSITY
2013 Faculty Representative. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Houston, TX

2012 Faculty Host. Fulbright Scholar-Partha Dey, Kolkata, India Faculty Representative. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Seattle, WA

2011 Faculty Representative. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

2010
Executive Committee, School of Art and Art History Faculty Representative. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Faculty Representative. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Phoenix, AZ

COMMUNITY
2014 Contributing Artist, Nicole Richardson Memorial Golf Tournament & Auction, Nicole Richardson Memorial Fund, Panora, IA

2009
Contributing Artist, VN Art Auction, Visiting Nurse Association, IA Contributing Artist, Pottery for Prevention, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

2008 Glazing and Firing for Children’s Art Show and Fundraiser, Accelerated Learning Charter School, Cottonwood, AZ


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