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Artist: Taylor Robenalt

Taylor Robenalt, FLORIDA

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Storytelling has been a part of our culture since the beginning of human existence, from the cave paintings of Lascaux and the fertility figure of Venus of Willendorf.   I, in my own way, want to be a part of this storytelling by making detailed porcelain sculptures that explore the figure, flora and fauna.  I create narratives using personal experience combined with animal interactions and semiotics. Art helps me understand the relationship between humans in the natural world, myself, and my place in the contemporary world. I strive to reveal human and animal commonalities, by exposing both the light and the shadow that blind us together. 

Clay is a fantastic material that allows me to create whatever surface I want to help enhance my narratives.  It is so versatile and both the additive and subtractive qualities make it easier for me to manipulate. The history of clay dates back to the beginning of humans and has been a tool for helping humanity survive and tell stories on its surfaces and through sculptures. It is a medium that unites every culture.

I have chosen porcelain because it is a beautiful, pure material. I often leave it in its raw state, which has a skin like quality. Most of the imagery that I utilize has specific meaning that relates to my personal emotions and creates a narrative: dogs represent loyalty and unconditional love, birds represent vibrancy and freedom, and swans represent purity and bunnies fertility. Flowers represent the cycle of life and rebirth. I view the work as a metaphor for how life is always transforming itself – constantly bringing forth a new chapter of unforeseen existence.

Taylor Robenalt attended Southern Methodist University for her BFA in bronze casting and stone carving. She then received a graduate assistantship at the University of Georgia accomplishing her MFA in ceramics in May 2011. She is currently a visiting full time professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and has taught at State College of Florida, Auburn University and Columbus State University as an adjunct professor. Taylor was a long-term artist resident at Odyssey Clayworks. In addition Taylor has participated in many national and international ceramic shows. She has been part of multiple panels at NCECA as well as participated in many NCECA shows. She has co-taught a workshop at Penland School of Crafts in 2018 and has been a visiting artist at many Universities. Taylor won the NCECA International Residency Award in 2019 and studied at A.I.R. Vallauris, France for a month. 2020 was a particularly rewarding year, because she received the Halo Fellowship Award to help her install her first solo museum show at the Canton Museum of Art.  This year, Taylor is curating two large ceramic shows, one at Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, NC, and a large animal themed show at the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio. Taylor has received many scholarships including tuition waivers to Monte Verde, Costa Rica, Cortona, Italy, Tokoname, Japan, Watershed, Maine, Penland, North Carolina and Red Lodge, Montana.


2008-2011: Ceramics Graduate Program, MFA, University of Georgia

2006-2008: Post Baccalaureate, University of South Florida

2002-2006: BFA in Sculpture, Southern Methodist University



2021: Summer Resident Artist at Skopelos Foundation of the Arts, Skopelos, Greece 

2021: Halo Arts Project Grant

2020: Halo Arts Project Grant

2019: NCECA International Residency Award to attend A.I.R. Vallauris, France 

2019: Pentaculum at Arrowmont School of Craft

2018: Red Lodge Artist Invite Artist

2018: NCECA Discussion Panel on Community

2017: Award of Excellences, CraftArt Festival

2017: Honorable Mention at Creatures: Wild and Wooley

2017: NCECA Discussion Panel on Gender

2016: Odyssey Clayworks Long Term Resident 

2016: Honorable Mention at “De-La Naturalaza”

2016: Artist Invite Artist Residency at Watershed, leader scholarship

2015: Penland Studio Assistant

2015: Penland Summer Work Study 

2015: Odyssey ClayWork Summer Residency


Solo Shows:

2021: Kinship, Abmeyer and Wood, Online platform

2020: The Dark and The Light, Linda Berry Stein University, Jacksonville, FL

2020: Symbolic Narratives, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

2018: Interaction, Grovewood Village Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2017: Seriously Fun, Almost Circle Gallery, Biloxi, Mississippi

2017: Working With My Emotional Intelligences, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida

2015: Black, White and Gold, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2015: The Act of Flourishing, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Gallery, Gulfport, Mississippi

2015: Flourishing, The Field Work Gallery, Auburn, Alabama

2014: Porcelain Clusters, The Boabob Tree Gallery, Bradenton, Florida


Group Shows:

2022: Kinky Creatures, NCECA, Sacramento, CA

2022: Beauty In The Beast, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2022: Figurative Invitational, Companion Gallery, Humbolt, TN

2021: Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2021: Social Distance Residency Show, Gulf Coast State Gallery, FL

2021: Rough Around the Edges, Spaaces Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2021: The Dinner Party, State of Art Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2021: Crafts in The Air, International Exhibition, Chaulalongkron, Taiwan

2021: Thinking With Animals 2, NCECA online show

2021: Expressive, In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC

2021: Clay: A Southern Census, Clay Center of New Orleans, NO

2020: Southern Miss Ceramics, University of Southern Mississippi, MI

2020: SARTQ Retrospective, Art Center of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 

2020: Collaborations, SPAACES, Sarasota, FL 

2020: Instructor Showcase,  Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN

2020: Instructor Show, Appalachian Center of Craft,  Smithville, TN

2020: Thinking With Animals, NCECA Show, Richmond, VA

2019: Figurative Florida, Morean Center For Clay, St. Petersburg, FL.

2019: Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, Sarasota, FL 

2019: Beautiful & Bizarre, Florida CraftArt Gallery, St. Petersburg FL

2019: Annual Teapots, Morgan Contemprary Glass Gallery, Pittsburg, PA

2019: Bookends, University of Minnesota’s Architecture Library Gallery, NCECA2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2019: Garden Party, Watson Macrae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida

2019: Migracion, Leon, Mexico

2019: People and Faces, Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Florida

2019: Tall Tales, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts 

2018: Color and Content, Gaze Modern, Sarasota, Florida

2018: Bodies and Beings, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, Washington

2018: Alt-White: A Tongue and Cheek Search For Trump’s China, NCECA, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

2018: Unifying The Narrative Figure, Ceramic Sculpture Culture Show, NCECA, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

2018: Unifying The Narrative Figure, Flora Kirsch Becky Art Gallery, Alma College, Alma, Michigan

2018: Cognitive Dissonance, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, California

2017: Kerrie Lowe Gallery Intentional Teapot Show, Sydney, Australia

2017: Sculpture Different, Watson MacRea Gallery, Sanibel Florida


Teaching Experience:

2021-present Visiting Full Time Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

2018-present: Adjunct Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

2015-2016: Adjunct Instructor in Ceramics, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama



2021: Ceramic Symposium, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL

2020: Story Telling with Teapots and Tiny Sculptures, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN

2019: Visiting Artist, University of Tampa, FL

2019: Working Narrative, Pottery Studio, Orlando, FL

2019: Visiting Artist, Berkley Prep, Tampa Florida

2019: Visiting Artist, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

2019: Animal Totems, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

2018: Co-Teaching at Penland School of Craft with Kyungmin Park

2018: Figurative Workshop at Ybor Art Center

2017: Visiting Artist at Jacksonville University

2017: Visiting Artist  at Southern Mississippi University

2017: Porcelain Pros, Kyungmin Park  and Taylor Robenalt, Odyssey Clayworks, Asheville, NC

2017: Towson Visiting Artist, Townson University, Maryland

2017: Porcelain Workshop, Ohr/O’keefe Museum, Biloxi, Mississippi 

2016: Flora and Fauna Workshop, University of Montevallo

2015: Animal Workshop, Alabama State University

Gallery Representation:

2018-present: Ambeyer + Wood, Seattle, Washington

2018-present: Fischer Gallery, Jackson, Mississippi

2017-present: Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg Florida

2017-present: GroveWood Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2017-present: Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida


Collective/ Board Member:

2016-2020: Co-Founder of Ceramic Sculpture Culture 

2017-present: S.A.R.T.Q Collective Memeber

2017-present:  Board Member at Florida Craft Art



2020: “ Dish + Art”, Sarasota Magazine, October Issue 2020

2020: “Luxe Interiors +Design”, September Issue 2020

2019: “Amazing Glaze” Techniques, Recipes, Finishing and Firing written by Gabriel Kline

2018: “Grovewood Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by contemporary ceramics artist Taylor Robenalt” Rapid River Magazine’s Arts and Culture, May 2018, Vol.29.No 9. Pg 9

2018: “ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After”,  Asheville Made, pg 72 May Issue, 2018

2018: Artsy Article, January, “ Why Ceramic Artists Art So Good at Dealing with Failure” 2018

2017: Ceramic Monthly, exposure October Issue

2017: Where Women Create, August Issue 2017

2016: ArtAxis, online image resource

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