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Artist: Renee Lopresti


Artist: Renee Lopresti
Renee Lopresti, TEXAS
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Ceramics have always provided me with continual exploration of imagery, composition and form in a way that can be painterly, sculptural, and intimate all at once. Through the use of personable and playful imagery, these functional pots are intended to become integrated within the user’s daily life and hopefully provide deeper connections that are unique to each individual.

My wheel-thrown vessels are a simple forms designed for comfort and function. A series of colorful rectilinear blocks and patterns are layered on the surface to create composition. This series of translucent layers creates a visual depth, but also refers to how the human mind can abstractly store memories. Some details fade while others are more prevalent all whilst existing in the same physical space.

Graphic images of everyday objects such as paper airplanes, houses, and chairs are used to remind us of the temporal nature of human existence. Referencing memory and time through layers, I further explore the human condition through the lens of common objects and their relations to one another within the composition.

It is my intention for these pots to encourage personal narratives to emerge that can continue into the conversations of the viewer's everyday life. Through the use of images that are connected to what the viewer already knows; their experiences and my experiences can come together and the images serve as the trigger.

EDUCATION
2009 BFA, Ceramics, Art History Minor. New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred
University. Alfred, NY.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Upcoming: June 2017 Companion Gallery. Humboldt, TN.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Upcoming 2017 NCECA. Expo Gandee Gallery. Portland, OR.

Tea:The Ritual and the Art. Plough Gallery. Tifton, GA. Juror Mark Errol.

3rd Annual Dirt South Mug Show. River Oaks Square Art Center. Alexandria, LA.

2017
Small Favors: Think Inside the Box. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

Last Call II. Companion Gallery. Humboldt, TN. Juror Jen Allen.

Sip! A Ceramic Cup Show. Savannah Clay Community. Savannah, GA.

Mornings With… 1st Annual Cup Invitational. Brick Ceramic & Design Studio.
 Cleveland, OH.

2016
Cup: The Intimate Object XII. Charlie Cummings Gallery. Chapel Hill, NC.

Belger Holiday Book. Belger Crane Yard Studios. Kansas City, MO. Invitational.

Good Things Come in Small Packages. Flower City Arts. Rochester, NY. Juror Doug
Peltzman.

The Cup, The Mug. Main Street Arts Gallery. Clifton Springs, NY. Juror Peter Pincus.

Ninth Annual Cup Show: Form & Function. Amelia Center Gallery. Panama City, FL.
Juror Carole Epp.

The Clay Cup. The George Bingham Gallery. Columbia, MO. Juror Daniel Anderson.

Six Pack Show, Cooper Gallery, San Angelo, TX. Juror Howard Taylor.

The 24th Annual Texas Clay Festival, Greune, TX. Panel Jury.

Who, What, Ware: Functional Ceramics Exhibition with Robert Sheldon. Dog’s Eye
Gallery. San Marcos, TX.

Earth, Water, Fire, The Art of the Mug. Phoenix Gallery. Lawrence, KS.

Winterfest. Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, MD. Invitational.

Irons in the Fire. Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN. Juror Justin Rothshank.

Roadrunner Ceramics Cup Show. Roadrunner Ceramic and Pottery Supply. San Antonio,
TX.

San Angelo 21st National Ceramic Competition. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. San
Angelo, TX. Juror Christy Johnson.

2nd Annual Friends of River Oaks. River Oaks Square Art Center. Alexandria, LA. Panel
Jury.

2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Show. River Oaks Square Arts Center. Alexandria, LA.
Juror Kristen Kieffer.

Drink Me: Mugs, Cups and Tumblers. Mariani Gallery. Greeley, CO. Juror Sebastian
Moh.

PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Upcoming: June 2017 The Layered Surface I: two day hands-on workshop, Eye of the Dog Art Center, San Marcos, TX.

The Layered Surface II: two day hands-on workshop, Botbyl Pottery Studios. Humboldt,
TN.

2016- present
Gallery Coordinator and Curator, Dog’s Eye Gallery. San Marcos, TX.

2016
Lecture and Demonstration, The University of Texas at San Antonio. San Antonio, TX.

Demonstrator:Layered surface techniques. Texas Clay Festival. Gruene, TX.

Color and Pattern:two day hands-on workshop, Eye of the Dog Art Center. San Marcos,
TX.

2010-2012

Gallery Assistant, Wimberley Glassworks. Wimberley, TX.

JURYING EXPERIENCE
Upcoming 2017 First Annual Juried Mug Show. Dog’s Eye Gallery. San Marcos, TX.
Awards

Best in Show: 2nd Annual Friends of River Oaks Exhibition. River Oaks Square Arts
Center. Alexandria, LA. Panel Jury.

SCHOLARSHIPS
2016 Full Scholarship. The Clay Continuum Workshop. Eye of the Dog Art Center. San
Marcos, TX.

2005-2009
Dean's Scholarship (merit based) New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred
University.

RESIDENCIES
2015-present Artist in residence: 2 years. Eye of the Dog Art Center. San Marcos, TX.

PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
River Oaks Square Art Center. Alexandria, LA.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN.

ARTICLES: ONLINE & PRINT
2016
‘Monday Morning Eye Candy’. Musing About Mud, Carole Epp. May 30 2016

‘Color and Pattern’ Armadillo Clay Newsletter. Melissa Ragland. June 2016.

‘A Show of Artistry’ San Angelo Standard Times. Teapot accepted for 21st Annual San
Angelo Museum of Fine Arts National Ceramic Competition featured in Article. p. 8. April 15, 2016.

‘Inside the Artist’s Studio:Renee LoPresti’. Guest Blogger for Main Street Arts Gallery.
December 19, 2016.


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