Sam Mack (MFA 2019)
Sam obtained a BFA from the University of Missouri in 2014, and recently completed two years as a post-bac at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“Assembled sculpture and installation contain both the content of the material itself and the ways in which the material is handled and contextualized. Ceramic, glaze, and found objects manifest an allegorical formalism that utilizes coded languages of institutional spaces, traditions of queer-coding, and charged word-play. The ceramic vessel forms reference the Ancient Greek pottery form of the hydria, a three-handled water jug, but are constructed with holes or bottomless forms, breaking the viewers expectations for how a vessel should function. The three-handled form is a literal interpretation of a non-binary way of approaching an object. The hydria functions as both a stand-in for the body—or ideas of bodies and, as a form of classical antiquity, is a marker of institutional influence. The hydria, glazed orange and turned on its head, takes the form of a traffic cone. Safety orange, hardware store blue, and fluorescent green are institutional symbols of caution and, in my work, function as gesture and a designation of space—both literally and formally. Materials found in hardware stores, academia, and corporate buildings are strapped or attached to the ceramic pots, emphasizing their precariousness. Stressed objects enact force onto others—and give way to it.
The work visually expands upon conversations about institutional critique and its contradictions, specifically, who may dictate the boundaries between institutions and bodies and who may enact force or receive it. One’s participation in critique, however, indicates a participation in the problematic institution and by extension, a desire to critique may also be considered a desire to participate in that system.
The precariousness of the installations urge the viewer to be aware of their own body and of the space they take up—implicating them—as well as the artist in the work.
Chris Rodgers (MFA 2019)
Chris Rodgers, a native of Charleston, WV, received his BA in studio art from West Virginia State University in 2012. Upon earning his degree he moved to Beijing, China where he was an English instructor for one year. He was a post-baccalaureate student at Kansas State University from 2014-2015, where much of his work referenced his experiences of living in Asia. Recently, Rodgers completed a graduate level semester at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Anthony Kascak (MFA 2020)
Anthony Kascak graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has spent the past year in Syracuse, NY working as a studio assistant and post baccalaureate student at Syracuse University. Recently, he was a resident artist at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Anthony’s work is a way for him to explore concepts of shame and desire revolving around his multi-cultural and sexual identity through sculptures that reference desserts and celebratory objects.
Nicholas Dison (MFA 2020)
Nicholas Dison graduated from California State University Long Beach with his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He is influenced by his travels to Italy and has been inspired the baroque aesthetic. Dison uses clay as a medium to create objects that can be sculptural, figurative, or conceptual—and that question traditional ideas of how art is defined in relation to how it is made. His works combine the fields of ceramics, craft, sculpture, and painting.
Joanna Pike (MFA 2021)
Joanna Pike was born in Portland, ME. After she discovered her love for clay at an early age, she received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2011 and has since gone on to attend residencies across the US and Canada, most recently at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Joanna builds spaces that evoke a feeling of quiet and humorous familiarity through the objects placed within them. She explores the awkwardness and intrigue of a constructed reality.
Minah Kim (MFA 2021)
Minah Kim, originally from South Korea, received her BFA in 2014 and MFA in 2016 from Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She has spent her time inside and outside of the studio participating in the exhibitions, research, and contribution resulted from the interest in contemporary philosophy and critical theory. Referring to the architectural and minimal silhouette of bodies, Minah visualizes the abstract form that has openness inward and outward.
Eric Andre (MFA 2021)
Born and raised in Akomadan, Northern part of Ashanti Region, Ghana. Eric Andre graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Art with Ceramics as the Major in 2010. Andre became a Teaching and Research Assistance in 2010/2011 academic year in the Ceramics Section during his National Service. For the past 7 years, Andre has been serving as Studio and Lab Technician in the Ceramic Section.
Eric Andre’s works mostly deal with interior and exterior decor focusing on conceptual sculpture pieces, fountains, events awards, vases, and mixed-media artifacts. Inasmuch as these artworks serve beautification purpose, they portray conceptual themes that discuss some of the cultural practices (values and norms), Socio-economic elements, we least give attention to; as well as national issues that are most politically inclined.