Ian McDonald assumed the role of Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department in August of 2017. McDonald holds an MFA in Art Studio-Ceramics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a BA in Studio Art, Ceramics, from Humbolt State University. He comes to Cranbrook from Eugene, Oregon, where he most recently was teaching in the Ceramics Department at the University of Oregon. Prior to that appointment, he served as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2003 – 2015.
McDonald’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, including Play Mountain and the Curators Cube in Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco; The New Wight Gallery at UCLA in Los Angeles; and Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York City. European venues include: Nieuwe Vide in Holland; Sophienholm Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Svendborg Kunstingbygning Museum in Svendborg, Denmark.
He has completed residencies at the European Ceramic Workcentre in Holland, the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and the de Young Museum in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In 2007, he was awarded the “Premio Faenza” from the Museo Internazionale della Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy.
To learn more about Ian McDonald, please visit his website.