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2011 Summer Residents

2011 Summer Residents

The 2011 Summer Resident Artists are Sunshine Cobb, Jacob Foran, Andrew Gilliatt, Giselle Hicks, Janice Jakielski, Tom Jaszczak, Peter Christian Johnson, Kyungjin Kim, Adam Shiverdecker and Lilly Zuckerman

Alanna DeRocchi

Alanna DeRocchi

Andrew Casto

Andrew Casto

Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio. He received his BA from Earlham College in Indiana, and his MFA from The University of Iowa. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor at Augustana College in Illinois, Knox College in Illinois, and The University of Iowa. Most recently he received the 2011–2012 Archie Bray Foundation’s MJD Fellowship. Casto’s sculptural objects create metaphorical links between personal narratives and physical forces of erosion and entropy. He was recently awarded the FuLe Prize by the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in Fuping, China, and has been featured in several other national and international exhibitions. When not working in the studio, he is a lover of music and college basketball.

Emily Free Wilson

Emily Free Wilson

Emily Free Wilson is the Gallery Director at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Jana Evans

Jana Evans received her BFA from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, with a concentration in ceramics. She furthered her studies at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and also worked as a studio assistant to ceramic artist Jerilyn Virden. She then moved to Lincoln Nebraska as a post-baccalaureate student in ceramics at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Jana received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 2010. Jana is currently artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

Jeff Campana

Jonathan Read

Jonathan Read

Kenyon Hansen

Kenyon Hansen

Kenyon Hansen grew up in the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 2001, he studied abroad at Staffordshire University in Stoke of Trent, England and in 2002 received his BFA from Finlandia University International School of Art and Design in Hancock, Michigan. Since graduating Kenyon has worked with several artist’s, as an apprentice, resident artist, and studio assistant at the Penland School of Crafts. “I believe that finely crafted, thoughtfully made pottery can contribute to a renaissance of tradition and habit. My hope is that the pots I make can play a role and be a factor in a renewal of ritual. Clay allows me to play with a physical language. When I throw or hand build, I am engaged in the conversation, curiosity often pushes the dialog, while the desire to find something new guides me forward. I strive to create pottery that is both considered and balanced containing a healthy dose of spirit and care.“

Lindsay Pichaske

Marcia Eidel

Marcia Eidel

Marcia Eidel is the Development Director at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Martha Grover

Martha Grover

Martha Grover received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has spent time as a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the 2008 recipient of the Bray’s Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship and most recently has been awarded the Bray Taunt Fellowship for 2009–2010. Her thrown and altered porcelain forms emulate orchids, flowing dresses and the body.

Nicholas Bivins

Nicholas Bivins

Nicholas Bivins grew up in the Northern California Bay Area. He received his MFA from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio in 2009 and a BFA and BA from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Nicholas was an artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center and most recently the recipient of the 2010-2011 Matsutani Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Past Resident Artists

Past Resident Artists

Rachel Hicks

Director of Programs and Communications at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Rachel has been working at the Bray since 2007.

Sean O'Connell

Steven Young Lee

Steven Young Lee

Steven Young LEE received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. In 2004-5, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, Lee created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York and the Lill Street Studio in Chicago, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation.