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Jason Walker

 

Location
Bellingham, WA

Born
1973 Pocatello, ID

Education
1999     MFA degree, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
1996     BFA degree, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Professional Experience
2012
Sessional Instructor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, CA
2010
Instructor and Visiting Artist, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
2009
Instructor, Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
2006
Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, “Drawing on Form”,
2-1/2 week intensive course
2005
Instructor, sabbatical replacement, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID (advanced, intermediate and beginning ceramics)
Instructor, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM (1-week intensive workshop)
2002
Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation, Intermediate and advanced Ceramics, Helena, MT
2000-2001
Instructor, Napa Valley College (Ceramics and Drawing), Napa, California
2000
Salt Fire Workshop-a collaboration with Scott Parady, at Scott Parady Studio, Pope Valley, CA
1999–2001
Instructional Assistant, Napa Valley College (Ceramics), Napa, California
1999
Technical Assistant, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine;
Assistant to ceramic artist Kurt Weiser
Art 020, Basic Drawing Assistant Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (taught two semesters)
Art 280, and 020, Basic Ceramics, Assistant Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (taught three semesters)
1998
Shop Coordinator, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
1994-96
Handpainter and Sign Maker, Superior Signs, Logan, UT
1995
Glassmaker, Heritage Glass, Logan, UT
1988-94
Head Billboard Painter and Trainer, Idaho Outdoor Advertising, Pocatello, ID

Artist Residencies
2011
International Ceramics Workshop, Kecskemet, Hungary
Artist in Residence, The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
2010
Artist in Residence, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
Artist in Residence at A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France
2001-2003
Full-time Resident at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015
Bridge 13: Jason Walker, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh
2014
Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road, Bellevue ArtsMuseum, Bellevue, WA
Featured Artist, 20th San Angelo Ceramic Competition at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
2012
Corporeal Perspectives, Cross MacKenzie Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Blind Admiration, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art, Seattle, WA (March 22 – April 21)
2009
Human Made Wild, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2007
Nature Seeker, SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Featured Artist, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006
Biomorph, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
2004
New Works, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
Featured Artist, SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003
Featured Artist, SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Drawing on Form, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
Taunt Fellowship Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
1999
Solo Graduate Thesis Exhibition, The Pennsylvania State University Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
Naturally, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
GrowlerFest, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
2015
Bodies + Beings, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Fair, Abmeyer + Wood, Seattle, WA
2014
20th San Angelo Ceramic Competition at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
2013
Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Studios, Kansas City, MO
Uncanny Congruencies, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Animal Stories, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
2011
Pursuit of Porcelain, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
SOFA New York, Represented by Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
Art MRKT, San Francisco, represented by Ferrin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Artists from the Center, Bray 60th Celebration Exhibition, Helena, MT
2010
The Hemaphrodites: Living in Two Worlds, Philadelphia, PA
2009
SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2008
Starting a Hare in Ceramics, Pewabic Pottery, Detriot, MI
Ceramics Ireland International Festival Exhibition, Kozo Gallery, Thomastown, Kilkeny Co., Ireland
Voices, NCECA National Invitational Show, Pittsburgh, PA
Cerama A Rama: Soul on Fire, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Perspectives in Clay, Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA
2007
Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University Art Collection, Curator, Peter Held, Travelling Exhibition, 2007–2010
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Red, curated and juried by Richard Notkin, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Northwest Figurative Ceramics Invitational, Turman Larison Contemporary Gallery, Helena, MT
2006
Interface: A Selection of Contemporary Ceramics, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK
Pots in Portland, invitational curated by Dan Anderson, The Japanese Garden Pavilion, Portland, OR
Coming of Age: 21 Years of Ceramics, Utah State University, The Hall Gallery, Portland, OR and Nora Ecles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
Former Bray Residents’ Show, Turman Gallery, Helena, MT
Bowls, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio and Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
2005
13 + 1: Chris Staley and Penn State Alumni, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
James Renwick Alliance Museum Live Auction, Washington D.C.
SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
House of Wonder: Surrealism + Still Life + Objects of Curiosity, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
The Navigators: Art + Science + History + Travel, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
A Tale to Tell, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Japan/USA: A Cross Cultural Exchange, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
After Arcimboldo, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
American Masters: Guest Artists from the Santa Fe Clay Summer Workshop Program, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Human Nature, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
The Animal Instinct, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Drawings, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004
The Drawn Surface, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Bird in Hand: Raffle to Benefit CERF, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
James Renwick Alliance Museum Live Auction, Washington D.C.
2003
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Subject Me-Object: Autobiographical Ceramic Sculpture, Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
SOFA New York, represented by Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
Archie Bray Benefit, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
James Renwick Alliance Museum Live Auction, Washington D.C.
ASU Museum Live Auction, Tempe, AZ
2002
ACGA Exhibitors Show, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Archie Bray Foundation Summer Exhibition, Helena, MT
Archie Bray NCECA Exhibition, The Cube Gallery, Kansas City, MS
Strictly Functional National Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, (Received ‘Purchase Award’)
2001
NCECA Clay National Juried Exhibition, Winthrop Gallery, Rock Hill, SC
ACGA Exhibitors Show, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Mug Shots Invitational Mug and Cup Show, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Kolva Gallery, Spokane, WA
New Works, Invitational at the Odyssey Gallery, Ashville, NC
Porcelain 2001, Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY; (Received ‘Juror’s Award’)
Strictly Functional National Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
2000
Napa Valley College Faculty Exhibition, Napa, CA
Sonoma County Museum Invitational Exhibition, Santa Rosa, CA
1997
Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition, Komatsu Dome, Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan
Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Euphrata, PA
NCECA Student Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
Utah Clay, Traveling exhibition, Las Vegas, Nevada (NCECA), Salt Lake City, UT, and Cedar City, Utah
1996
Celebrate the Arts Exhibition, Alliance for the Varied Arts, Logan, UT
Utah State University Student Exhibition, Logan, UT

Selected Collections
Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, AZ
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, NM
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco: De Young, San Francisco, CA
Nora Ecles Harrison Museum, Logan, UT
Permanent Collection Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Sonny and Gloria Kamm Teapot Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China

Selected Publications
2012
“The Nature of Invention”, American Craft Council, August/September 2012
2008
“Voices: Invitational Exhibition”, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
2004
Art and Antiques, May 2004, “All Fired Up” Bobbie Leigh
2003
Ceramic Excellence: Fellowships at the Archie Bray Foundation, monograph pgs. 3-4. Article written by Rick Newby titled, Things of the Spirit: Jason Walker’s Interrogation of Technology
2001
Clay Times, March/April issue, pg. 16
1997
Clay Times, volume 3, No. 5; pg. 17
Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition Catalogue ‘97; pg. 48

Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2014
Invited Artist at 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition
2010
Nominated for USA Artist Award
2009
Nominated for Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.
The 2009 NCECA International Residency Award. Six week residency at A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France
2002-03
Taunt Fellowship Award, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena,MT
2001-02
Selected as Long-Term resident at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Gallery Materia, consignment of work, Scottsdale, AZ
Lill Street Gallery, consignment of work, Chicago, IL
2001
Selected, Exhibiting Member with the ACGA (The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California), San Francisco, CA
1999
Mary B. Bishop Scholarship, Tuition waiver, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
1997-99
Graham Student Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; awarded for two years
Graduate Assistantship, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; awarded for two years
1997
NCECA Student Fellowship, One of three awarded nationally every two years; Japan study trip
Saga University Summer School Program, Saga City, Japan. Intensive language, culture and ceramic study; Full tuition scholarship provided by The Japanese Ministry of Education and The Association of International Affairs
1996
Nora Eccles Harrison Ceramic Scholarship, Full tuition waiver, Utah State University, Logan, UT
1991
100 Mile Radius Academic Scholarship, Utah State University, Logan,  UT
Hallmark Award Nomination, National Scholastic Regional Art Show, Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID
Peoples’ Choice Award, National Scholastic Regional Art Show, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Conferences
2012
Demonstrator, NCECA Conference Seattle, WA
2011
Invited Artist to Iconography Symposium, International Ceramics Workshop, Kecskemet, Hungary
Demonstrator, panelist and lecturer, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
60th Anniversary: From the Center to the Edge – 60 Years of Creativity and Innovation at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Demonstrator and lecturer, California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, CA
2008
Demonstrator and Lecturer, Ceramics Ireland International Festival, Thomastown, Kilkeny Co., Ireland
2007
Lecture “New Works”, NCECA Conference, Louisville, KY
2005
Lecture, Yixing International Ceramic Art Conference 2005, Yixing, China
2003
Demonstrator and Lecture, World Ceramic Biennale Workshop, Yeoju Ceramic Design Workshop, Yeoju, South Korea, (one week simultaneous demonstration with eight other international artists.)

 

The culture I live in does not emphasize our physical connection and dependence on nature. The current ideology is reliant upon technology, and it promotes disembodied activity such as television [and] computers . . . The gap between man-made and natural is ever increasing.

Light bulbs, plugs, power-lines and pipes that grow from the earth are common images found in my work, juxtaposed with birds, insects, and organic matter such as leaves and trees. Similar to the thinking of the Hudson River School of painting, I attempt to portray nature’s vastness and human-kind as a small proponent of it. Yet I draw the small things of nature large and the huge creations of man small. I want to show how we influence the landscape, or nature. My ideas stem from my own experiences bicycle touring, backpacking and the daily hikes I take with my dog.

In an attempt to explore the methods of early American artists, such as Moran and Cole from the Hudson River School of Painting, I went to an American ‘wilderness’ and backpacked solo with my sketchbook for ten days. The landscape, plant and animal imagery are records from my experience in the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument in the desert of southern Utah. The technological imagery is a record of objects in my everyday experience and is used to express the way in which technology has influenced our perceptions of nature.  I developed a narrative based on the historical progression of our changing perceptions of ‘nature’ and ‘wilderness’ in America.  I titled the show ‘Nature Seeker’ because I think we use term nature very loosely in our language today, and as I hiked I felt as though I was seeking a place or an object that embodied the word nature. According to Webster’s dictionary, nature is something in its essential form untouched and untainted by human hand. So here lies the crux of my quest. At the very heart of our own description of nature we exclude ourselves from it. Does this mean I am not natural? Although this argument may seem purely semantic it is not. The way in which we perceive nature inadvertently describes the way in which we perceive ourselves. Ultimately, my quest is a journey to define for myself what it means to be human in the present time.  -Jason Walker

Cover of Bridge 13: Jason Walker print piece

BRIDGE 13: Jason Walker

This brochure, published by the Society of Contemporary Craft, includes biographical information on Walker as well as an essay by William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

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 Press Coverage

On C-File: Jason Walker’s Illustrated Surfaces and Forms Reviewed by Anthony Stellaccio
“Since his emergence, Walker has remained in the top tier of a group of artists who have defined a sub-genre of ceramic art with expert optical play between illustrated surface and form.” Read more, see more…

The Seattle Times reviews show with Jason Walker at Bellevue Arts Museum
“Crafts turn into fine art at new Bellevue Arts Museum shows” by Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer   Read more, see more…

“SeattleMet takes the reader on an insightful tour of Walker’s exhibition at BAM
“On the River, Down the Road Clashes Nature and Capitalism” by Jeremy Bubin, SeattleMet visual arts writer  Read more, see more…

Anthony E. Stellaccio writes about Walker in his Ceramics Monthly article “Impenetrable Ambiguities, The Illustrated Sculpture of Jason Walker.” Read more, see more…

In American Craft Magazine, Joyce Lovelace describes the connection between “The Nature of Invention” and Jason Walker. Read more, see more…

Jason Walker Cover

Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road

This exhibition catalog published by Bellevue Arts Museum includes an essay by Stefano Catalani, Director of Art, Craft, & Design, Bellevue Arts Museum as well as his interview with Walker.

Click here to order the catalog.