NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, M.F.A. in Ceramics, 2002.
NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Special Student, August 1999-May 2000.
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, B.A., Magna cum laude, June,1998.
Extracurricular Courses: Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy 2005 /Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2004, 2006/Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, 1999/ Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA, 1999/Antonieta Hambleton Studio, Cayey, Puerto Rico, 1998-1999
2002-2005 Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland,
August 2016, Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts
USA Artist Fellowship
“40 under 40: Craft Futures,” Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, American Art Museum, exhibition and work acquisition
Mint Museum of Craft and Design Project 10/10/10,permanent collection commission recipient
Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Award
Best Art Exhibit: Cristina Córdova at Hodges Taylor, Creative Loafing, Best of Charlotte A & E Critic’s Picks
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Visiting Artist Fellow, January
AICA Award (International Association of Art Critics): “Best Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition” for “Hacia otro mar,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
AICA Award (International Association of Art Critics): “Best Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition” for “Fábulas de la Fascinación II”, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
NC Arts Council Fellowship Award
American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant
Liza Plaster Award, Lenoir Sculpture Show, Lenoir, NC
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Colección Acosta, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Gretchen Keyworth, Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
Joseph-Schein Museum, NY
Penland School of Crafts, “Sculpture in Motion,” ceramic sculpture and stop-motion course taught with Arturo Guillermo Cordova
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “The Printed Figure,” ceramic arts workshop
Women Working with Clay Symposium, Hollins University, presenter
Visiting Artist, Oxbow School of Art
Firefest, Starworks Ceramics, Star, NC
“The Printed Figure,” ceramic workshop taught with Jason Burnett, Soto-Cordova Studios, Penland, NC
“Taller”, ceramic demonstration and lecture, Soto-Córdova Studios, Penland, NC
2013 NCECA Biennial Juror (in collaboration with Richard Notkin and Namita Wiggers)
Presenter-Work Intensive III : Figuration, ceramic arts demonstration and lecture, California State University ,Long Beach
Founder of TravelArte (travel-arte.com)
“Ultrafiguración,” figurative ceramics arts course , Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, PR
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado,”Figure:Form + Content”, ceramic arts workshop,
Francis Marion University, Presenting Artist at Figurative Symposium with Sergei Isupov and Janis Mars Wunderlich
Trustee, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Armory Arts Center, ceramic arts workshop, West Palm Beach, Florida
Odyssey Center for Ceramics, Asheville, NC, “The Figure in Clay”, ceramic arts workshop
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ceramic arts workshop, Deer Isle, ME
Penland School of Crafts, Spring Concentration ,8-week ceramic arts course, Penland, NC
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, Visiting Artist
Georgia State University, Visiting Artist
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Visiting Artist
Penland School, Penland, NC, “Corporal,” ceramic arts workshop
Clague Studio, Bakersville, NC, “Figurative Workshop,” ceramic arts workshop
Mudfire, Atlanta, GA, “Figurative Intuition”, ceramic arts workshop
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “The Figure in Clay,” ceramic arts workshop
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, “The Figure: Structure and Surface”
Odyssey Center for Ceramics, Asheville, NC, “The Figure in Clay,” ceramic arts workshop
Taller Hambleton, Cayey, Puerto Rico, “Cerámica Figurativa,” ceramic arts workshop, February
NY State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design, “Drawing Techniques,” Assistant to Prof. George Riekin, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
NY State College of Ceramics, “Handbuilding Techniques,” Assistant to Prof. Andrea Gill. Alfred University. Alfred, NY
New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, “Figure Drawing”, Instructor, Alfred, NY
“Cristina Córdova | CERCA Y LEJOS,” Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
“Contemporary Clay, A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics” The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
“EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes,” Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
“Cristina Córdova,” Blue Spiral Gallery, July
“Ceramic Top 40,” Gallery 224, Office of the Arts at Harvard, Boston, MA
“Clay Bodies: International Figurative Sculpture,” Barry Friedman Ltd.
“Cristina Córdova: Tierra de Leche y Miel,” Pamil Fine Art, Puerto Rico
“40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
“2012 NCECA Invitational exhibition/Push Play,” Bellvue Art Museum, Seattle, WA
“Cristina Córdova: Bestiario,” Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
Mancha, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Muestra Nacional de Artes Plasticas,” Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Museo de las Américas, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Contiguous”, Cristina Cordova and Jerilyn Virden,Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
“A Show of Heads,” a collective with Tip Tolan, Akio Takamori, Judy Fox, Doug Jeck, Tom Bartel, Tanya Batura, Thaddeus Eardhal, and Arthur Gonzalez, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL
Cristina Córdova: “ENTRE][TIERRA”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puero Rico, PR
Cristina Córdova, Hodges Taylor Gallery,Charlotte, NC
Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Hacia otro mar, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico,
“Paseantes,” The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Fábulas de la Fascinación II,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
SOFA Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Causes Invisibles,” Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC
“Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas,” Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Museo de las Américas, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Palm Beach 3, Ann Nathan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
“Fábulas de la Fascinación,” Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
“Mito y Enteanatomia”, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Enteanatomia,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Vanitas,” Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
“School’s Out,” curated by Gail Brown, Community College of Baltimore County, Cantonsville Gallery
“Armory Arts Center Figurative Invitational Exhibition,” Armory Arts Center, Palm Beach, FL
“Cristina Cordova: Mitomemoria,” WDO Gallery, Charlotte, NC
“Penland School of Crafts: Contemporary Traditions,” SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago IL
“Mito, memoria y lluvia,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“National Fine Arts Juried Sample,” Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal, Puntilla, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Penland Resident Artists Show,” Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
“Transformation 4: Contemporary Works in Ceramics,” Elizabeth Raphael Prize Finalists Show, Honorable Mention, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
“Bajo Faldas y entre cabezas,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“De mujeres santas y renacimientos,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“MFA Thesis Exhibition: Cristina Cordova, Dragica Suskind and Brian Gillis,” Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
“Artists in Wonderland,” Digital exhibition curated by Pedro Pachano, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY
“Graduates,” Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
“Encuentro: Cristina Cordova y Mercedita Andrew,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Recent Ceramic Sculpture,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Raices,” Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Escalera,” Kaleidescope Gallery, Rincon, Puerto Rico
“Annual Student Juried Exhibition”, Chardon Gallery, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (1998- First Prize Award)
“The Body Eloquent,” Joyce Lovelace, American Craft magazine, Feb/March 2012.
“Retablos,joyas,plateria y arte colección acosta de San Juan, Puerto Rico (1695-2010),” Acosta, Stolberg, Robert, Editorial Reves, November 2012.
Art Market Insights: Art at the Crossroads, review by John O’hern, American Art Collector, Issue 39, January 2010.
Cristina Córdova, Paul Howley,The Laurel of Asheville, July 2010.
Cristina Córdova: Entre Tierra, Isabel P. Sanz De Arellano López ,Imágen, mayo 2009.
“Umbral de lo surreal,” Mariana García Benítez,Arq.i.tec 3.4, junio 2009.
ENTRE TIERRA : Nueva escultura en cerámica por Cristina Córdova (English/Español),
Ivette Fred Rivera y Lilliana Ramos Collado, ARTES (artesrp.com), mayo 2009.
“Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina,” Kate Dobbs Ariatl, American Craft Magazine, October-November 2008.
“Creadora de enigmas,” El Nuevo Dia, 14 de diciembre del 2007.
“Cristina Córdova: Magic Realism,, Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing, May 2007.
“From the Inside Out- Two Views on the Creation and Experience of Cristina Cordova’s Clay Sculptures,” Katey Schultz and Linda Hillman,
Ceramics Art in Perception, 2006.
“Reviews: Cristina Cordova,” Kate Dobbs Ariail, American Craft, September-August 2006.
“Body Language,” Fred Camper, Chicago Reader, May 2005.
“The Figure in Clay,” Suzanne Tourtillot, Lark Books, 2005.
“Dark Horse,” Scott Lucas, Creative Loafing, May 2004.
“500 Figures in Clay,” Editor Verónica Alice Gunther, Lark Books, 2004.
“Transformation,” Graham Shearing, American Craft, June/July 2004.
“Cristina Cordova: Mito, Memoria y lluvia,” Rafael Trelles, El Nuevo Dia, March 2004.
“Enamorada de la cerámica”, Mario Alegre Barrios, El Nuevo Dia, 2003.
“Celebracion Femenina”, Manuel Alvarez Lezama, El Nuevo Dia, 2002.
“Cristina Cordova: Mujeres Santas y Renacimientos,” Jorge Rodriguez, El Vocero, 2001.
“My Experiences and Impressions,” Luo Xiaoping, Sculpture, 2000.3, vol. 23, 2000.
“Cerámica Escultural,” Manuel Alvarez Lezama, El Nuevo Día, 2000
Through my work I seek to generate figurative compositions that explore the boundary between the material driven, sensorial experience of an object and the psychological resonance of our involuntary dialogues with the self-referential.
I am driven by the primal act of imbuing an inanimate representation with a sense of presence, transforming it into the inspired repository of our deepest longings and aspirations. My goal is to have these compositions perform both as reflections of our shared humanity as well as question socio-cultural notions of gender, race, beauty and power.
Congratulations to Cristina Córdova: 2015 USArtists Distinguished Fellow in Crafts
United States Artists celebrates the breadth of American artistic practices by providing $50,000 unrestricted awards directly to artists. They honor innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers, who are nominated by their peers and field experts for their fresh perspectives, unique artistic vision, and impact on their field. Awards are presented in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts. Since their inception in 2006, they have awarded almost 450 artists with over $21 million in support through their signature Fellowship program.
“Cristina Córdova: Involuntary Dialogs”
Ceramics Monthly, Feb 2016
by Kathleen Whitney
“For centuries, both painting and sculpture were synonymous with the representation of figures; the earliest images we know are figurative. The foundation of Cristina Córdova’s work lies squarely within this global tradition.”
“Near and Far by Cristina Córdova is worth a drive to Penland” by Mark Leach, correspondent for The Charlotte Observer
“The human forms Córdova sculpts are powerful, immediately discernible representations. Each is, as are her mixed media drawings, provocative and lovingly intimate: deeply felt portrayals of her subjects.”