Featured Alumni


Benjamin Cirgin

Resident Artist, Instructor, and Technician


Abigail Grix

Post-Baccalaureate, 2018


Bret Evans

Post-Baccalaureate, 2017



Lindsey Heiden

MFA Ceramics, 2018 


Chris Drobnock

MFA Ceramics, 2016

Drobnock gained his BFA in Printmaking and Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He is currently a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

He writes of his recent work, "I have been investigating and making based on the idea that all objects, all things, have a preconceived understanding of object use that is culturally imprinted in our psyche; into our subconscious or even deeper our subliminal mind. The sculpture presented references the mundane, the profane, things that we come in contact with on a daily basis. These objects have been taken for granted, but in focusing on presenting these things a rarified sense of awareness is given to them. By fabricating them they become symbolic or iconic, immediately understood as having a direct purpose or referencing specific action. Functionality is a truth, historically and ultimately assumed or pronounced utility objects that, collectively, we have faith in."



Aimee Odum

MFA Ceramics, 2016

During her studies, Odum curated exhibitions for the University of Arkansas student gallery, sUgAR, and launched sUgAR Vision, an online platform mimicking the proliferation of Internet images, videos, and newsfeed, by posting streams of relational content.  In conjunction with the State of the Art exhibition, Odum was invited to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Symposium Local Views to speak about her work and participate in a panel discussion. Additionally, she has been an Artist-in-Residence both at Nes Studios in Iceland and Springfield Pottery in Missouri. As a recipient of the Sturgis International Fellowship, Odum was a visiting student at Iceland Academy of the Arts in Autumn 2015 exhibiting her work at Mengi and The Living Art Museum. Interested in how instinct and culture formulate perceptions of the environment, Odum tackles both the desire and tension arising through new media, travel, and ecological exploration. She id currently the Gallery Preparator at the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery.


Kensuke Yamada

Resident Artist, Ceramic Tech, and Instructor, 2013-16

Kensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan and received his MFA at the University of Montana in 2009 and his BA from Evergreen State College in Washington in 2005. Kensuke’s exaggerated, playful figurative work has been exhibited throughout the United States in many group and solo exhibitions. He was featured as an "Emerging Artist" by Ceramics Monthly in 2012, as well as being included in Edith Garcia's recent book, Ceramics and The Human Figure. Kensuke has served as a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation (2010-2011), Tyler School of Art at Temple University (2011-12), and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia (2012-13). After working with UARK Ceramics for three years, Kensuke secured a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College in Danville, KY.


Todd Pentico

MFA Ceramics, 2015

Todd Pentico received an MFA  in ceramics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2015. He received his BFA in ceramics and painting from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Since then he has been exhibiting throughout the region, at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and internationally. In 2014, he was a short term resident at the Glogauair Gallery in Berlin, Germany, where he also spent time searching in Ireland for the origin of Salmo Trutta (brown trout). Todd currently resides in Helena, Montana, where he is the Retail Manager of the Clay Business at the Archie Bray Foundation.


Nichole Howard

MFA Ceramics, 2013

Nichole Howard (b.1984, Bridge City, TX) holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and a BFA from the University of North Texas. She has held numerous solo exhibitions and her works have been included in group exhibitions in many venues across the United States and in Taiwan. In 2014, she was featured as an NCECA project space artist during the Milwaukee conference, and in 2015 was a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Art. Nichole is currently serving the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith as a Visiting Instructor.


Kelly Brenner Justice

Ceramics Post-Bac, 2012-13

Kelly Brenner Justice received a Bachelor of Art in English and a Minor in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas in 2010. After graduating, she continued to take ceramics courses from the University of Arkansas while also working at the Walton Arts Center. She has participated in exhibitions in New York, Colorado, Missouri, California, Washington, Arkansas, Rhode Island and the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. Kelly received her MFA in ceramics in 2015 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester, New York. 




Adam Crosson

Ceramics/Sculpture Post-Bac 2012-13

Adam holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BARCH from the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Crosson was recently awarded a Core artist-in-residence fellowship through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the 2016-17 term. In 2014, Crosson was awarded the inaugural Dean's Royal College Exchange Fellowship allowing him to spend a term at the Royal College of Art, London where he participated in two group exhibitions. In 2014, Crosson was also awarded the Umlauf Prize and a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center residency program. Recent solo exhibitions include Soft Wax at Pump Project, and Intermodal at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and museum, both in Austin. In 2015, Crosson was included in group exhibitions in Providence, RI and Houston, TX. He has organized exhibitions in Texas, London, and Vermont.


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Raven Halfmoon

BA Studio Art, Ceramics, 2015

Raven Halfmoon grew up in Oklahoma and attended the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate years. She earned a BA in Ceramics and Painting as well as a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Raven has had multiple exhibitions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas and Montana. She graduated in fall 2014 and attended the first Advanced Student Project Network Residency (ASPN) at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Raven recently finished a year long Post-Bacc program at the University of Oklahoma and is currently a Long-Term Resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center.


Jennifer Kirkpatrick

Ceramics Post-Bac, 2010-12

Originally from Utica, NE, Jennifer Kirkpatrick received dual degrees - a B.F.A with an emphasis in Ceramics and B.S. in Art Education  - from Northwest Missouri State University in 2010. She attended the University of Arkansas as a post-baccalaureate student in Ceramics in preparation for graduate school.  Jennifer recently completed her M.F.A at Penn State University and is currently an Art Studio Technician for the University of Georgia.  Her work has been in exhibitions in Missouri, Arkansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas including work being chosen for the NCECA 2013 National Student Juried Exhibition in Houston, TX and a commissioned permanent installation for the Penn State Center of Pittsburgh, PA.


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Bryce Brisco

BFA with Honors in Painting

Bryce Brisco originally hails from rural Northwestern Arkansas. After receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors, in Painting from the University of Arkansas, he pursued the study of functional pottery in North Carolina, and Louisiana. He attended Ohio University, where he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Recently, after four years of being the Artist-in-Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft, he has moved back to Northwest Arkansas to set up a studio. Bryce writes of his work, "Handmade pottery, especially that from deeply rooted traditions, has survived our culture’s technological advancements, based on its ability to provide a meaningful aesthetic experience in concert with its delivery or containment of food and beverage. Towards this end I employ locally sourced clays and ash, as well as cullet, to situate the pots more specifically to their site of origin"


Links to Additional Alumni

Grant Gustafson, Post-Bac 2014-15

Chase Travaille, Post-Bac 2016-17

Brett Evans, Post-Bac 2016-17

Laura Polaski, MFA 2015

Zoe Eagan, BFA 2015