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Artist: Rickie Barnett

Rickie Barnett
Rickie Barnett, NORTH CAROLINA
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My work is an internal look at the preeminent issues of being bound to loved ones and the effects it has on one's own mental state of being. I work figuratively creating characters based on the struggle of balancing relationships, placing them in an open narrative where they can revisit emotions experienced but not quite understood. I strive to provide a sympathetic relation to narrative in the restlessness of living in one’s headspace, an effort to stay honest with myself and my loved ones.  The continual self assessment within our interactions bears fruit which nourishes the bond and eases vulnerability, harvesting growth. 



Bachelors of Fine Arts

California State University Chico

Chico, CA

Graduated 2013


Objective: To create images that free my spirit and tickle the spirit of others


Teaching Experience:

2018 Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2016 Moshier Community Studio, Burien, WA

2015 Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, WA

2014-2015 Taos Clay, Taos, NM


One/Two Person Exhibitions:

2019   Upcoming Solo Show at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

2015   I Carried Off Your Ghost (As Far As I Could Go), Taos Clay Gallery, Taos, NM

2014   Washing Dishes, Split show with Mallory Russell, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA

2013   In The Dark We Both Look The Same, BFA Culminating Show, B-SO Gallery, Chico, CA

2013   You Were Born From A Hole In The Floor, Naked Lounge Coffee, Chico, CA

2012   Even Cancer Needs A Home: An Experimental Study of Friendship Through the Progression of the Mentally Ill, Laxson Fine Art Gallery, Chico, CA


Group Exhibitions:

2019   Annual Group Show, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2018   Annual Ceramic Invitational, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2018   Clay Fest Northwest, Pottery Northwest, Seattle WA

2018   OUTLAWS, Lexington Art League, Lexington KY

2017   Juried National IV, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

Juried by Sunshine Cobb, Award received

2017   Objective Clay features Rat City Studios, Online Exhibition 

2017   Forrest Shadows, Cumulus Space, Kansas City, MO

2017   Alma Mudder, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA

2016 Nothing To Write Home About: Amidst The Legendary Narrative Of The Great Northwest, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2016 Platters On The Wall, Proletariat Pizza, Seattle, WA

2016 Ninth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL

2016 Changing Plains, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

2016   Ceramistas Seattle, Dubsea Coffee, Seattle, WA

2015   Soups On, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

2015   Taos Clay Studio Employee Show, Taos Clay Gallery, Taos, NM

2014   NSJE NCECA, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI

2013   Annual Student Juried Show, Juried by Patricia Maloney, Dean’s Prize

University Art Gallery, Chico, CA


Curators Choice Award: Juried National IV, Red Lodge Clay Center

Emerging Artist, Musing About Mud by Carole Epp, 2014

Dean’s Prize,  Annual Student Juried Show, University Art Gallery, Chico, CA, 2013

Gallery Purchase Award, From The Trenches, Ave. 9 Gallery, Chico,CA, 2013

Commissioned artwork for the 2013 Cammies

Chico News and Review music awards, 2013

Selected artist for Theater On The Ridge, 2013 Show posters, Paradise, CA 

Honorable Merit Award, 10x10x20 Student Fundraiser Show, B-SO Gallery, Chico, CA


Honorable Merit Award,17th annual Janet Turner Print Exhibition,Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA



Professional Experience:

Studio Assistant to Cristina Cordova, 2017- Current

Visiting Artist, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN 2019

Visiting Artist, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ 2019

Visiting Artist, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 2019

Artis in Residence, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA 2018

Studio Assistant to Jeannine Marchand, 2017-2018

Visiting Artist at CSU, Chico 2017

Juror for Ink/Clay at CSU, Chico, 2017

Studio Assistant to Deb Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios, 2016

Studio Assistant to Deb Schwartzkopf & George Rodriguez at Ceramistas Seattle

Year log assistant position, Seattle, WA, 2015-2016

Studio Tech, South Seattle College, Seattle, WA, 2016

Artist in Residence at Taos Clay Studio,Year long residency, Taos, NM, 2014-2015

Artist Assistant, Kensuke Yaamada Workshop, Santa Fe Clay, 2015

Pre-Session at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, MA, 2014

Lab Tech Assistant, CSU Chico Ceramic Department, 2012- 2013

Curator for the Laxson Fine Arts Gallery, CSU Chico, Chico, CA, 2012- 2013

Panel Discussion on Art in Education, Ave 9 Gallery, Chico, CA, 2013

Visiting Lecturer at Southern Oregon University, 2013   



Ceramic Monthly, October 2016

Ceramic Monthly’s 2015 Yearbook

Ceramic Monthly, April 2015

NCECA 2013 NSJE Catalog



Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

Taos Clay Gallery, Taos, NM

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