February 19-March 19, 2016
Group Exhibition of 6 ceramic artists
William DePauw received his BFA from Northern Michigan University 1996 with a concentration in drawing and painting. He received his MFA from Tulane University in 2004 where he studied clay. After Graduate School, two years were spent teaching foundations in the art department at Appalachian State University. Since 2006, he has held the position of Professor of Practice in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University teaching all levels of undergraduate ceramics, mentoring graduate students, and maintaining the ceramics lab.
My work, broadly speaking, is an investigation of objects. I’m mostly interested in how an object communicates. Objects, despite their portability and, thus, potential for profound abstractness, reference their origins in particular contexts, histories, and cultures. In my work I want to play with the idea that form can be simultaneously abstract and referential. Abstraction, a process of visual distillation and objective analysis can also be a process of articulation, a way to manipulate visual elements in order to communicate specific ideas. My interest is in understanding how an object can be “loaded” with a set of communicating references—a deconstruction of how image can function in a fabricated object. My ambition is to develop truly unique forms through the appropriation and synthesis of familiar references.
Dawn Holder is a sculptor and installation artist who investigates various elements of landscape and their socio-cultural significance through porcelain and mixed media. As Assistant Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks, she currently teaches ceramics, sculpture, and art history. Holder was recently awarded an Arkansas Arts Council 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for Sculpture and Installation Art. She has shown her work in galleries and museums throughout the country, and was recently included in Organic Matters- Women to Watch 2015 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Holder also serves as the Coordinator of Projects Space, a performative and installation-based exhibition of experimental ceramics at the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) conference. She received an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia.
Jeffrey D Kaller has been Deputy Head of Department / Rektor at University of Gothenburg, HDK - Department of Craft and Design / Steneby since 2008. Originally from Philadelphia, he received his BFA from the University of the Arts, MFA from Alfred University, and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. He taught at Columbus State University from 2001-2008, during which time he also served as Head of the Department of Art. He has been an artist in residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and has participated in Ceramic workshops at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine and the International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan. Kaller's work is held in several public and private collections including The San Angelo Museum of Art and the Fulbright Center in Helsinki, Finland, and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, NY.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yuichiro Komatsu received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his M.F.A. from Alfred University. He has also been granted a DAAD Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art, Architecture and Public Sphere at Kunsthocshule Berlin_Weissensee and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin, Germany. Currently Komatsu is an Associate Professor at Columbus State University. He has been granted residencies at European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, Banff Centre in Canada and FAAP (Fundcao Armando Alvares Pentcado) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Donald Locke practiced art in Atlanta for twenty years until his death in 2010 at the the age of eighty. Originally from Guyana he studied and worked in London and Arizona before coming to Atlanta in 1990. Locke received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in 1979 and has had an illustrious career throughout. He has been included in biennials, institutional, and gallery exhibitions throughout the world. Locke's public collections include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Studio Museum Harlem, NY, MOCA-GA, Atlanta, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, and others. His legacy and influence endures. In 2015 the Tate Gallery, London, acquired an important sculptural construction for it's permanent collection and included it in the exhibition "Artist and Empire". In 2016 the Skoto Gallery, New York City will showcase his paintings, drawings and ceramics in a solo
KATIE RIDLEY MURPHY
Katie Ridley Murphy is an American born artist, sculptor, and printmaker living and working in Atlanta Georgia. Her work examines objects found in nature with great detail, often displaying characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. Ridley's work has been exhibited internationally and was recently acquired by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Georgia.
Virginia Scotchie is a ceramic artist and area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from UNC-Chapel Hill and in 1985 completed her Master of Fine Arts at Alfred University in New York.Virginia exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia. She has lectured internationally on her work and been an Artist in Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands. Her clay forms reside in many public and private collections and reviews about her work appear in prestigious ceramic publications.