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Artist: Liz Pechacek

Artist: Elizabeth Pechacek
Liz Pechacek, MINNESOTA
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My work is concerned with the making of meaningful objects. I am fascinated by the burst of energy that finds a new form, and inspired by the calm obsession required to winnow that shape into the most ideal proportions. I then apply color and line to the surface of an object in a playful re-examination of the original idea. This process of invention, perfection and appraisal charges a cup, bowl, or sculpture with a vibration which can create a positive disruption in usual patterns of living. If I can create and share something unexpected through this exploration, then I feel that my objects can be of use.

The implied expectation of interaction with pottery is deeply ingrained in our culture, making this medium a perfect vehicle for my work. My desire to sculpt comes directly from within the patterns of my work as a potter. I do not think I can do one without the other, for each experiment fuels the next in a studio practice of perpetual motion without conclusion.

2014 Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis MN
Welding Certificate

2012 Indiana University, Bloomington IN, BFA in Ceramics, BA in Art History

2004 North Central High School, Indianapolis IN

2016 Jerome Project Grant, Northern Clay Center

2015 American Craft Council Best Emerging Artist, Hip Pop Category

MacNamera Residency Scholarship
Arrowmont Scholarship Award

Talbott Street Fair Award
Windgate Fellowship nominee
Marcy Murphy Printmaking Overseas Fellowship
Hutton Honors College Teaching Internship 2010 - Hutton Honors College International Experiences Travel Grant

2010 Evelyn Pat Glazer Scholarship

2009-2011 Ceramics area Award

2016 Elizabeth Pechacek Ceramic studio since 2012

2016 - Present Ceramics Instructor at Powderhorn Park Ceramic Studio, since 2014

2016 Panel Participant, Professional Practices, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2016 Instructor/Organizer, Slip Casting and Mold Making workshop, Minneapolis
Resident at Sedona Summer Arts Colony, Verde Valley School, Sedona, AZ
Visiting Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota

2015 Visiting Lecturer, Indiana University
Visiting Lecturer, University of West Virginia

2014 Apprentice in Local 512 Ironworkers Union

2013 La Meridiana Ceramic School in Tuscany Studio Assistant

2012 John Waldron Arts Center Ceramics Instructor

2009-2012 Pygmalion’s Art Supplies

Burtz Studios Stained Glass Studio Assistant
Assistant Instructor Intermediate Ceramics, Indiana University

2010 – Tim Mather Research Assistant

The Artistry, Invitational Ceramics Exhibition- Applying Influences, Bloomington MN
Philadelphia Clay Studio, Small Favors, Philadelphia, PA
Northern Clay Center, Jerome Project Grant Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Cup Show, Houston TX

Kohler Arts Center Artful Gift Show, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wi
Slaeke, Arch Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, May 1- June 1st
Flora, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia invited artist, April 1- May 1
Tramp L’oeile: Invited artist, group show, Kansas City NCECA
43 rd Annual Arts Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, Fl
Dark Traces: Two-person show, Northfield MN
American Craft Exposition, Glencoe, IL

2015, 2016 – Philadelphia Museum of Art Fine Craft Show

Baltimore Clayworks: Laura Cohen Sabbatical Travel Exhibition
Northern Clay Center Featured Artist
American Craft Council Invited Artist: Baltimore, St. Paul, San Francisco

2014 Conversations in Clay: Solo Exhibition at Gallery 360

Gallery 360 5-Foot Show
International Book Exhibition: Perdenone, Italy
Across the Line: Two Person Show with Benjamin Cirgin

40 Years of Pygs Group Show
Volume and Form: BFA Thesis Exhibition

University of West Virginia China Program Alumni Invitational Exhibition
Printmaking in Venice Group Show
Conflict and Containment, Interdepartmental Collaborative Show
Cafecito, Juried Exhibition
National Society of Arts and Letters Juried Exhibition

2010-2012 Ceramics Area Show, Indiana University

2017 Ceramics Monthly, Exposure Feature, February issue

Ceramics Monthly Yearbook, Jerome Grant Feature
Sedona Red Rock News cover, June Issue
American Craft Magazine, September issue

2015 Baltimore Sun cover, February Issue

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