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Artist: Steve Hansen


Artist: Steve Hansen
Steve Hansen, OKLAHOMA
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I grew up in the rural Midwest among decaying cars, barns and fields. My ancestors were farmers, blacksmiths and mechanics. In my work, I try and maintain a connection to my roots, while also including a nuanced social commentary. This work is meant to look like "outsider art" but to include "insider" references to post-modern readings, double meanings, and social criticism.

I like to call my work, "Vessels for the Kool-Aid Ceremony". The Meta stories in our visual culture are now primarily from commercials, advertising, and product tie-ins from movies and television. Lately, I have focused my attention heavily on advertising from the 1930's to 1960's. The advertising from this era was strongly flavored with patriarchy, racism and gender shaming. I re-use these messages in a very self-conscious way, offering new context that tickles the soft white underbelly of "traditional" American values.

I use a variety of methods in the creation of my work. I use wheel-throwing, hand-building and extruding. I also decorate work in a variety of way. I use glaze, underglaze, oxides, washes and fired-on decals.

BIOGRAPHY
Steve Hansen is a professor at Andrews University where he teaches a variety of courses including ceramics and sculpture. His work has been included in over 75 exhibitions and has appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art & Perception, American Craft, The Teapot Book, American Style and Extruded Ceramics. His work is in the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum, the Midwest Museum of American Art, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, The Kamm Teapot Collection, and the University of Iowa. Since 1999 Steve has concentrated his efforts primarily on creating work in a tradition of trompe l'oeil ceramics, with an emphasis on social commentary and Americana.

EDUCATION:
B.F.A. Andrews University, 1987
M.F.A. The University of Notre Dame, 1992

EMPLOYMENT:
2006-Current
Professor, Department of Art & Design, Andrews University
2002-2006
Chair: Department of Art & Design, Andrews University
2003
Professor
1999-2002
Associate Professor, Tenured, Andrews University
1996-1999
Chair: Department of Art, Art History and Design
1993-1996
Assistant Professor, Andrews University
1987-1993
Instructor, Andrews University

PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL/PERIODICAL ARTICLES
2006
“Up Front”, Ceramics Monthly, Oct. 2006
“SOFA Chicago, 2006”, Exhibition Catalogue
2002
“Portfolio”, American Craft Magazine, April/May, 2002
2001
“Wood-Fired: An American Iconography”, Ceramics Monthly, Oct. 2001, pg. 16,17
2000
“The Clay Up There”, Ceramics Monthly, Nov. 2000
1999
“Wood-Fired Realism”, Ceramics Monthly, Dec. 1999
1998
“Women Who Fire With Wood”, Ceramics Monthly, Sept. 1998

BOOKS INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS OF CERAMIC WORKS
2008
"SOFA Chicago, 2008" Exhibition Catalogue
"Trompe l'Oeil", Exhibition Catalogue, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
2007
"SOFA Chicago, 2007", Exhibition Catalogue
2006
"SOFA Chicago, 2006", Exhibition Catalogue
2005
The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead. A & C Black, 2005
2000
Extruded Ceramics by Diana Pancioli. Lark Books, 2000. pg. 25 (two works)

MAGAZINE ARTICLES INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS OF CERAMIC WORKS
2009
"Mythologies: Propaganda and Commerce", Ceramics Monthly, January 2009. Pgs. 6, 17.
2008
"Featured Exhibitions from Galleries Across the Country", compiled by Jill Ryeth. American Contemporary Art. Sept. Oct. 2008. pg. 49
Steve Hansen's Ceramic Sculpture, by Craig Adcock. Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 73, Sept-Nov. 2008. pg. 27-32
"'Tis Better to Give" by L'Oreal Thompson. American Style Magazine. Pg. 96
2006
“Up Front” Ceramics by Steve Hansen at Function + Art Chicago. Ceramics Monthly Magazine, October, 2006
2005
“Teapots: Seven Artists Pour Forth New Creations”, by Christine Kloostra. Niche Magazine, Spring, 2005. pg 38, 39.

REVIEWS
2006
Artist Spotlight: Steve Hansen, by Misha Davenport. Chicago Sun-Times, September 8, 2006, pg. 23 (Weekend Section).

SCHOLARLY/PROFESSIONAL PAPERS READ
2013
Featured Presenter at the Michigan Ceramic Art Association Biennial Conference. Delta College, October 11, 2013
2011
Lakeland Conference for the Fine Arts. Festival Keynote Speaker. Edwardsburg Public School, Edwardsburg, MI. April 15, 2011
2005
“Radiator Cans and Rusted License Plates: Memories of Childhood Brought to Life in Clay”. Michigan Mud Ceramics Conference. Albion College. October 7 – 8, 2005.
2003
Lakeland Conference for the Fine Arts. Festival Keynote Speaker. Edwardsburg Public School, Edwardsburg, MI. April 15, 2003
2002
“Wood-Fired: An American Iconography”, Panel Moderator, National Conference for Educators in the Ceramic Arts, Kansas City, MO. March, 2002
2000
“Wood-Fired Realism in 20 Hours or Less”. International Conference of Wood Fire Artists, Iowa City, Iowa. Sept. 2000

ART EXHIBITIONS - ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2009
Mythologies & Commerce. Gallery 303, Brigham Young University
2008
Mythologies: Propaganda & Commerce, Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL. Sept. 2008
2007
AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2006
Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004
Lakeside Gallery, Lakeside, MI
Southwestern Michigan College, Dawagiac, MI
The Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI
2002
Steve Hansen Ceramics: AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
“American Kitsch Refigured”, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan (Invitational)
1999
Lakeside Studios, Lakeside Michigan
1998
Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan
1997
Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan
1992
Oscar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1987
O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, New York

ART EXHIBITIONS – SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
30x5: The Sushi Service, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Michigan Ceramics 2014. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI. October-November
Notre dame Alumni Sculpture Exhibition, South Bend Museum of Art. August-September
The Intimate Object X. Charlie Cummings Gallery, FL. September
Hot Tea. Del Mano Gallery, Lose Angeles, CA
Michigan All Media Art Competition, St. Joseph, MI. Best of Ceramic Winner. July
National Teapot Show IX. Cedar Creek Gallery, North Carolina. August-September
Modern and Contemporary Ceramics: Anita Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Collection. Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID. February-October
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA. April
2013
Craftforms 2013, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
ArtPrize, Foundation Street Church. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winner: ACLU Prize
Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Michigan. Winner: Best of Show
Elkhart Juried Regional. Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN. October 11 - December 8, 2013. Juried regional art competition.
Niche Award Finalist for Professional Ceramic Design
2012
Michigan Ceramic Art Association Biennial Juried Exhibition. Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI. October 2012. Juror's Choice Award
The Teapot Redefined. Mobilia Gallery. Cambridge, MA. Curated exhibition. September 2012
Sculpture at the Box. Regional Curated Sculpture Exhibition, sponsored by the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI. May 2012
2011
Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MIchigan. Winner: Best of Show, Second Place. Winner: Krasl Art Center Sculpture Award
Elkhart Juried Regional, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana. October - December 2011
Art Prize, De Vos Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan. September 21 - October 9, 2011
Traditions and Innovations: Fuller Craft Museum Collects, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton Mass. October 2011
2010
"Contain", Ganton Art Gallery, Spring Arbor University, September 19 - October 17, 2010
2009
"The Infinite Teapot", Ohio Craft Museum. February 1 - March 29, 2009
The Ohio Michigan Game: Teaching Ceramics. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI. July 17 - August 30, 2009
Teapots: Interpretations. Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA. July 11 - September 5, 2009
2008
SOFA Chicago. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL. November 2008
Fantasy Teapots from the Arthur Goldberg Collection. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. October 4 - February 8, 2008
Group Show - New Works from Gallery Artists, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA. August 7 - 30, 2008
Trompe l'Oeil Ceramics. John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2007
Hot Tea: 2007. Del Mano Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
John Neely and Steve Hansen (October), Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
New Works: Textures, Pucini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
Teapots, Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Textures, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006
SOFA Chicago. Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2005
Michiana Annual Art Competition. Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI. May 13 – June 12, 2005. Juried Art Competition. Juror: Anne M. Knoll, Associate Director, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Winner: Best Ceramic.
Earthly Treasures: Annual Holiday Invitational. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI. November 11-December 31, 2005.
Hot Tea! 2005. Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. April 16 – May 20, 2005.
SOFA Chicago. Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL. October 28 – 30, 2005.
2004
5x30, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Steeped in Tradition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Midwestern Museum of American Art, Elkhart, In. Best of Ceramics.
Post-Industrial Romanticism, Gallery W.D.O. Charlotte, N.C. February, 2004 (Invitational)
2003
Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. May 2003 (Invitational)
Steeped In Tradition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI. November, 2003 (Invitational)
2 a Tea, Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, IL. Ocotber 2003 (Invitational)
Regional Juried Art Competition, Midwestern Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN. Award winner. Work purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. (Juried)
MAAC, Juried Regional Art Exhibition. Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joeseph, MI. Best Ceramics Award winner (Juried)
2002
Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. May 2002. (Invitational)
Goshen Clay Artists’ Guild – Woodfire Invitational, Goshen, Indiana. March 2002. (Invitational)
2001
Clay & Glass, Atruim Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, New York. December 2001, January 2002. (Invitational)
Tromp l’Oeil Ceramics, Peck Gallery, Providence, RI. Sept. 14 – Oct. 13, 2001. (Invitational)
Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition, Fourth Place Winner, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI (Juried)
Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles California (Invitational)
The Fifth Element, Peck Gallery, Providence, R.I. (Invitational)
Simple Commodities for an Increasingly Hectic World, Gallery WDO, Charlotte, N.C. (Invitational)
2000
Fantasy Tea Pots, Alianza Gallery, Boston, Mass. (Invitational)
Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Invitational)
Viewpoint: Ceramics 2000, A National Ceramics Competition, Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, CA (Juried)
1999
Raku and Wood-Fired Works. Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI (Invitational)
Regional Juried Art Exhibition. Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN (Juried)
Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton, Australia (Juried)
Scorched Earth, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Invitational)
1998
Vessels That Pour, Lill St. Gallery, Chicago, IL (Invitational)
Juried Regional Art Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
1997
Colorforms:Teapots and Teacups, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
Annual Juried Art Exhibit, John G. Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA
7th Annual All Michigan All Media Juried Art Competition, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
Regional Juried Art Competition. Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Sonny Kamm Collection
American Museum of Ceramic Art
University of Iowa Hospital
Chris Rifkin
Gretchen Keyworth
Fuller Craft Museum
Midwest Museum of American Art

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