2017-18 Ceramics Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Critics
Ceramics students in critique
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes, and instead provide students with the resources to allow for individual exploration and growth.
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This fall, we enjoyed a lecture and conversations with artists such as Rashaad Newsome, Angela Ellsworth, Deborah Aschheim, Victor De La Rosa, Tanya Aguiñiga,and many more.
This spring, we expect visits from Ruby Neri and Patrick Parrish.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Cranbrook at SAIC
Cranbrook/SAIC Exhibition at David Salkin Creative
The Ceramics Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) have enjoyed a unique partnership over the past two years called theSAIC/Cranbrook Graduate Exchange.
Last year SAIC students visited Cranbrook to deliver lectures and conduct studio visits. This year, our second-year Ceramics students visited SAIC to deliver lectures and exhibit work in an exhibition at David Salkin Creative, a gallery space in Chicago.
Kirsten Helmer (Ceramics ’18) participated in the Maker/Mentor exhibition Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, where she also works as an instructor. Her porcelain-cast installation Science & Traditions, 2015, received a third place award in the juried competition.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Lindsey Dezman “10 Years in the Making”
Addie Langford at Simone DeSousa
Jessica Stoller, Untitled, (Slip), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W.
Lindsey Dezman (Ceramics ’14) participated in several group exhibitions over the past year, including 10 Years in the Making held in conjunction with the the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 51st Annual Conference last March. She also recently hosted a solo exhibition at ROY G BIV in Columbus, Ohio. This year, Dezman accepted a teaching position at Indiana University Southeast in their Ceramics Department.
Dezman and her partner Jon Geiger (Ceramics ’14) also hosted the two-person exhibition A Place to Rest the Head, in which the two artists replicated over 100 objects from their home, at Holding House in Detroit. The exhibition was in partnership with the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Geiger also participated in a two-person exhibition with Leah Frankel at ROY G BIV.
Tanya Long (Ceramics ’17) spent this semester working at a residency at Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Long was also selected to receive a Fulbright award to study how the enduring craft traditions of Hungarian ceramics influence contemporary art practices in Hungary.
Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) was recently featured in Colossal magazine.
Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06) was named one of the “20 artists shaping the future of Ceramics” by Artsy.
Susan York (Ceramics ’95) presented a site-specific installation Susan York: Foundation at The Drawing Center in New York.
Our Ceramics Department looks to places and experiences outside of their own. Each year the department takes a trip to another part of the world for additional perspective that they can bring to their work.
Last semester, the group traveled to Portugal and Spain, where they studied both the local art and culture.
The group also regularly travels to industry events such as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to make new connections
Ian McDonald, Studio Objects in Blue (with Blue Tray), 2016
This year, we welcomed Ian McDonald, our new Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department.
An accomplished ceramicist, McDonald recently exhibited his work at Design Miami with the Patrick Parrish Gallery.
He also recently spoke on a contemporary ceramics panel organized by Artsy in New York City.
In 2018, he will open a solo exhibition at Curator’sCube in Tokyo, Japan.