Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Professor of Ceramics
In 1995, Jeannie received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 2000, an MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She has held solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Houston, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, Utica, NY, Kansas City, MO, and Fayetteville, AR. She has participated in many national group exhibitions including shows in conjunction with the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts from 2007-2013. Jeannie also organized and hosted the 2008 Crafting Content symposium and accompanying exhibition. In the fall of 2009, she was a Resident Visiting Artist at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of The Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. Jeannie is currently Chair of the Department of Art while also teaching courses in the Ceramics area.
Associate Professor of Ceramics
Mathew McConnell holds an MFA from the University of Colorado—Boulder in 2009, and a BFA from Valdosta State University in Georgia in 2004. He has been profiled in many publications, including Ceramics Art and Perception, New Ceramics, and Ceramics Monthly. In 2012, Mathew was granted an “Emerging Artist” award from the National Council on Education in Ceramic Art. He has also been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was awarded the Lilian Fellowship in 2011 and the Sage Scholarship in 2007. In 2010, Mathew was the Artist in Residence and Guest Lecturer of Contemporary Craft at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2016, he presented a solo exhibition, More Possibilities for Distance and Mass, at Greenwich House Pottery. Critic and historian, Garth Clark, called the show "a new benchmark for himself, the field and the genre."
Assistant Professor of Ceramics
Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981) received a BFA from California State University of Chico and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout United States including The Hole, NYC; Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York. She has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio, Archie Bray Foundation and Greenwich House Pottery. In 2016, Lopez received the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant to attend C.R.E.T.A. Rome Residency Program. She is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, FL.
Instructor, Ceramics and Foundations
Adam holds a BA from Macalester College in 1995, and an MFA from Louisiana State University in 1999. Adam has exhibited in nearly every corner of the United States, both in group and solo exhibitions. He has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and is the author of "To Serve the Divine: Making Pottery for African-Atlantic Religions" in Studio Potter magazine. Adam writes of his work, "I have been greatly inspired by West and Central-African traditions and the various African-inspired, syncretic religious-cultural practices of North, Central and South America, particularly those of Cuba and Haiti. Within the Afro-Cuban cosmological view specifically, the concept of “El Monte,” which in this context roughly translates as “The Wild,” has complex and deep significance." His work is currently available at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, and Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago, among others.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics
Anthony Sonnenberg was born in Graham, Texas. He holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2012 and a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Art History and Italian from the University of Texas, Austin in 2009. On a societal and personal level, Anthony critiques the cycle of denial and decadence through lenses of the timeless veracity of Greek myth and excessively ornate Baroque and Rococo aesthetics. Decadence is a by-product of attempting to cope with the fear of uncertainty. Crowns and candlesticks—things made in the moments just before a crash—are the subject of his work. Anthony seeks to actively engage with and bear witness to the tragic and beautiful nature of this cycle. His sculptural assemblages are made using a range of materials including ceramic, fiber, metal, papercut, drawing, performance and photography. He has been the recipient of artist residencies at venues including the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, Yaddo Artist Residency, Ox-Bow School, and Lawndale Artist Studio Program. He is the recipient of the 2014 RPF Grant from The New Foundation and was a 2013 finalist for the Betty Bowan Award from the Seattle Art Museum. His work has been exhibited widely across the United States and his first museum solo exhibition, Still Stage, Set Life took place in 2018 at the Art Museum of South East Texas in Beaumont, TX.
Renata Cassiano Alvarez
Resident Artist, Ceramic Technician and Instructor
Renata Cassiano Alvarez is a Mexican-Italian artist born in México City. Cassiano works predominantly in the medium of clay but her background in painting and drawing takes a big part in her ceramic practice. She holds a BFA from the Universidad Veracruzana, in México, and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work in different clay environments from a ceramics factory in the north of Italy, a residency center in Denmark and with artists such as Nina Hole and Gustavo Perez. Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, USA, Denmark, Cuba, Japan, Australia and Hungary and can be found in public
collections in Estonia, Taiwan, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, China and Slovenia.