Posted by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2016 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections.

The selection committee, Jim Melchert, Eva Kwong, and Jane Shellenbarger had a difficult task of reviewing the applications from a diverse cross section of artists from the U.S. and abroad. We had very thoughtful and focused discussion over the applications.  We had to make some very difficult decisions and choices to identify the 6 artists to represent this years Emerging Artists.  They represent exceptional early-career artists, who have developed an authentic and personal body of work and we strongly believe that they will make a significant contribution to our field.

We are excited to announce a diverse and exciting pool of talented ceramic artists deserving of this important recognition.

joanna poagJoanna Poag grew up primarily in the Rochester, NY area. She received her MFA from the School for American Crafts at RIT and her BS from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

kyungmin parkKyungmin Park is originally from South Korea, Kyungmin Park earned a B.F.A in 2006 from Alfred University and an M.F.A in 2012 from the University of Georgia. Kyungmin was a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2014. Currently, she is a 2015 Matsutani / 2016 Windgate Fellow at the Archie Bray.

peter morgan 2Peter Morgan is a native son of Virginia, currently based in Pennsylvania.   He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and notable residencies include the Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. When he is not in the studio, he is an avid bird watcher, runs marathons.

tom jaszerchekTom Jaszczak  received a BA in visual Art and a BS in biology from Bemidji State University.  Tom was an assistant for Simon Levin and Tara Wilson.  Tom was a summer resident and a Long-Term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.  In the fall of 2015 Tom began a 3 year residency with his wife Maggie Finlayson at Penland School of Crafts.

kwokpong TsoKwok Pong Tso was born and raised in Hong Kong. At age 17, he moved to the USA  and  begins  to  explore  the  culture  while  continuing  his  education.  In  2009  he  completed the undergraduate art program at Iowa Central Community College and Northwest Missouri State University. After receiving his Master of Fine Art degree at  the  University  of  Iowa,  2013,  He  then  become  the  Assistant  Professor  of  art at  Northwest  Missouri  State  University,  teaching  all  level  of  Ceramics  classes,  and  act as the head of the Ceramics Area.

sean o'connellSean O’Connell is a potter and Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was previously a Visiting Faculty member at the Alberta College of Art & Design and a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

You can see the work of all of the Emerging Artists at the Leedy Voulkos Gallery during NCECA, reception on Thursday Evening, and hear their presentations on Saturday morning at the conference!


About the selection committee members:

Jim Melchert has been at the center of the Bay Area’s artistic growth and served as Visual Arts head at the NEA and Director of the American Academy at Rome. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley. Melchert has worked in a variety of media, including drawing, film, and ceramics. The path of his artistic development is conceptual, and his ideas led him to a unique process involving ceramic tiles: breaking them, drawing on them, reassembling them and painting the new constructions with glaze.

Jim Melchert was born in 1930 in Ohio. After his undergraduate studies in art history at Princeton he taught English in Japan for four years in exchange for the rich experience of living there. Returning to the States he earned degrees in painting at the University of Chicago and afterwards ceramics under Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley. Finding the Bay Area to be receptive to artists in the way that watering holes are to migratory birds, he settled in Oakland and thrived on the interaction among his colleagues and young artists at UC-Berkeley where he taught.  In 1977 the National Endowment for the Arts brought him to Washington, DC to direct its Visual Arts Program for four years. From 1984 to 1988 he joined the American Academy in Rome as Director.

One can see from the diversity of Melchert’s art work that he is a maverick who disregards many of the canons that define disciplines. His travels throughout the Mediterranean in the 1980s introduced him to ceramic tile as a medium ripe for further investigation. Among the places where his work has been exhibited are the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Art and Design in New York; the Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; at the Museums of Modern Art in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Kyoto; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany.

Jim-Melchert

Eva Kwong is known for her sensuous, colorful, large and small scale ceramic sculptures, vessels and installations inspired by her longtime interest in the organic forms and colors she sees in nature. Kwong’s glazes can range from subtle greens and browns to bright primary colors. Her thrown and hand built stoneware pieces are often provocative exploring the concept of opposites. Kwong is most well known for her ceramics but she has also made prints.  A formal quality beautifully explored in Eva Kwong’s work is balance. To have it one needs more than one thing.

Eva Kwong  has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Esign and a MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, 1977, and worked at Archie Bray.

She has received numerous awards including fellowships: the Pennsylvania Council on the arts, two from Ohio Arts Council, two from the Virginia Commission on the Arts, and one from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She took a 2nd place prize at Viewpoints Ceramic 2001.

She exhibited in 8th International Shoebox sculpture, the National Ceramics Biennial, and the Millennium End Invitational in Beijing. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum, an the Studio Potter website of significant pottery. She has had solo exhibits at Ruschman Art Gallery in

Indianapolis and the University of Michigan among others. She contributed to the Achie Bray Foundation Auction, exhibited at Wayne State University, Boise State University, Montgomery College, the Wooster Museum, Bowling State U, Scripps College, and other venues. Her work has been featured in Art & Perception 1995. She was listed by the Getty Art Museum Arts Education program as one of America’s most significant ceramic artists.

She has been a visiting artist at Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, in Manchester, England, RISD, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook, Penland, Arrowmont, and at the South Australia Art Gallery. She has served as a juror for major ceramic prizes and fellowships and been a presenter at MI Mud.

Her work is or has been handled by Solomen Dubnik Gallery, William Busta Gallery, Hyde Gallery, The Clay Place.& Northern Clay Center.

Eva Kwong is known for her sensuous, colorful, large and small scale ceramic sculptures, vessels and installations inspired by her longtime interest in the organic forms and colors she sees in nature. Kwong’s glazes can range from subtle greens and browns to bright primary colors. Her thrown and hand built stoneware pieces are often provocative exploring the concept of opposites. Kwong is most well known for her ceramics but she has also made prints.  A formal quality beautifully explored in Eva Kwong’s work is balance. To have it one needs more than one thing.

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Jane Shellenbarger,  is an assistant professor of Ceramics at RIT and serves on the Board of Directors of  NCECA as a director at large. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray

Foundation.  She has been invited to teach, demonstrate Ceramics, and lecture internationally at such prestigious venues as Kansas City Art Institute, Haystack, Penland, San Bao Ceramic Art

Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Her work is exhibited around the world, and in the public collections of the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, and Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum, Japan

Jane’s studio practice has focused on utilitarian objects with deep and varied surface treatments, often including drawings and images that create a dialogue. Her work considers the tipping point between elegance and awkwardness, questioning conventional beauty within historical forms, and where the familiar object becomes artifact.  Her research embraces multiple histories and the nuanced and complex relationship we have with objects in our everyday lives.

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