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Peter C. Johnson

Peter Christian Johnson

La Grande, OR, USA

EDUCATION
2003 MFA, Penn State University, PA
1998 BS, Wheaton College, IL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015-present
Assistant Professor, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2010-2015
Associate Professor, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR
2004-2010
Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR
2003
Visiting Professor, Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta CA
2002
Adjunct Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016
Poise: Peter Christian Johnson, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
2015
Fluid: Bobby Silverman and Peter Christian Johnson, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
Collapse, Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
2014
Relics: Peter Christian Johnson, Pendleton Art Center, Pendleton, OR
2013
Artifact and Object, Esvelt Gallery, Pasco, WA
Remnants, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2008
Peter Johnson/ Kerry Loewen, Betty Feves Gallery, Pendleton, OR
2007
Peter Johnson/ Gill Martin, Gallery Space, Bellevue, WA
2006
Studies in Excavating Self, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2004
8 Internal Views, KIT, Calgary, AB Canada
2003
Questions of Containment, Zo1ler Gallery, State College, PA
Thoughts on Kenosis, Adams Hall Gallery, Wheaton, IL
2002
Three Dimensional Illuminations, Sheets Gallery, Altoona, PA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Pottery Northwest 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
Indulge, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Man and Made, MSU Fine Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2015
CeramAttack, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
@Infinitum, Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH
Rhythm, Repetition, Ritual (invited artist), Pottery Northwest, Seattle WA
Glazed and Diffused, Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Featured Objects, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Eastern Oregon University Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande OR
2014
Nurtured in Nature, LH project in the Pearl, Portland, OR
Slip, Slab, Coil, Pinch, Press, Throw, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
Ceramic Top 40 | Selected Works, Gallery 224, Cambridge, MA
San Angelo National Ceramics Exhibition, San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX
Emerged: After the Residency, Lilstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
NCECA Archie Bray Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
2013
Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Earth Moves, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Kolva – Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Fellowship Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, ABF, Helena, MT
2013
Resident Artist Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, ABF, Helena, MT
Honored Artist of Eastern Oregon, ArtsEast Gallery, La Grande, OR
Archie Bray Residents, 18 Hands Gallery, NCECA, Houston, TX
Interpretation of the Object, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2012
Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics, SFCC, Santa Fe, NM
NCECA Emerging Artist Exhibition, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
Deviations From Comfort, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
A Decade of Distinction: LH Project Exhibition at NCECA, Seattle, WA
Archie Bray Residents, Kolva Sulivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
East Meets West, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
Eastern Oregon Biennial, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
Eastern Oregon University Art Faculty, North Santiam Gallery, Albany, OR
2011
Tapped, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Recent Acquisitions, North Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Bray Residents, Kolva-Sulivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Union County Grant Recipients, Union County Art Center, La Grande, OR
Resident Artists and 2011 Artists to the Edge, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena,MT
12th Annual Clay Invitational, Art Spirit, Coeur d’alene, ID
2 by 2: Small Scale Sculpture Biennial, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
EOU Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
2010
Un-wedged, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
2009
Clay on the Wall, TTU School of Art, Lubbock, TX
Descendent/ Emergent, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
EOU Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
2008
Crossing the Blues, Satellite Gallery, La Grande, OR
2007
Clay Mechanics II, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
Art Slate 2007, Condon Armory, Condon, OR
Eastern Oregon University Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
2006
Eastern meets Western, Opis6 Gallery, Eugene, OR
2005
Art Slate 05, Condon Armory, Condon, OR
Eastern Oregon University Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
2004
Seasons Faire, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
Clay Mechanics, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio (at NCECA), Indianapolis, IN
ECACA National Juried Art Show, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO
2003
ACAD Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB
1000 Miles Apart Faculty Exhibition, McDermit Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Graduate Research Exhibition, Hub Gallery, University Park, PA
2002
Vehicles, SoFA Gallery, Indiana State University, Bloomington, IN.
Baker’s Dozen, Adam and Art Gallery, Bellefonte, PA
2001
Intercourse: A collaborative effort, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA
Odyssey Resident Artist Exhibit, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, PA
Odyssey Resident Artists, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
Past & Present, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC

AWARDS
2015 Zanesville Prize Finalist
Union County Cultural Coalition Visual Artist Grant
2014
Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Foundation Career Opportunity Grant
2013
Rudio Autio Grant for Creative Initiatives
2012
Matsutani Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation
NCECA Emerging Artist
Oregon Cultural Trust Individual Artist Fellowship Grant
Eastern Oregon Biennial, Selected Artist Award
2011
Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artist
Union County Cultural Coalition Visual Artist Grant
2007
EOU Faculty Scholars Grant
2005
EOU Faculty Scholars Grant
Artist Award Art Slate 2005
2004
Best of Show (3D) Seasons Faire
2003
1st Place: Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016
Sculpture Techniques; Ceramic Arts Handbook Series, American Ceramic Society,
January, 2016
American Art Collector, “Structure and Fluidity,” October, 2015
Ceramics Monthly, “From Idea to Form,” Sept, 2015
Ceramics Monthly, “Ceramic Top 40 Review,” June, 2015
Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure,” April, 2015
2014
“Art,” Cfile, www.cfileonline.org, October 2014
Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure,” April, 2014
2013
Exhibitions, CFile, www.cfile.org
Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure,” April, 2013
New Ceramics: European Ceramics Magazine, January, 2013
Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure,” January, 2013
2012
NCECA Journal, 2012 Emerging Artist
Creating Linus Art Magazine, Interview, September, 2012
Pottery Making Illustrated, Jan-Feb 2012
2011
Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, May 2011
Artist of the Day, http://musingaboutmud.blogspot.com
2009
500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books
2006
Sylvie Pederson, Eugene Weekly, 05/25/2006
2005
Peterson, Jeff, The Observer, 01/06/2005
2001
Burleson, Mark; Ceramic Glaze Handbook, Lark Books (Asheville, NC)

VISITING ARTIS LECTURES
2015
Visiting Artist Lecture, Souther Illinois University in Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Visiting Artist Lecture, North East Ohio Ceramics Assoc, Cleveland, OH
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2014
Visiting Artist Lecture, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
2013
Visiting Artist Lecture, Montana State University, Boseman, MT
Visiting Artist Lecture, Columbia Basin Community College, Pasco, WA
2011
Visiting Artist Lecture, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Visiting Artist Lecture, Central Washington University, Cheney, WA
2006
Visiting Artist Lecture, Australian National University
2003
Visiting Artist Lecture, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB
Visiting Lecturer, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
2000
Visiting Artist, Wheaton College, Wheaton Il

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Whitman College
Eastern Oregon University
Archie Bray Foundation
Columbia Basin College
Anne and Harry Wollman collection
Allen Berk Collection
NCECA Permanent Collection
Archie Bray Foundation
LH Project Collection
Australian National University
Portland Community College (Cascade Campus)
Alberta College of Art and Design

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2012
Archie Bray Foundation (long term resident)
2011
Archie Bray Foundation (summer resident)
2010
LH Project, Joseph, OR
2006
Australian National University, Canberra ACT
2002
Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC

Peter Christian Johnson’s new body of work is a formal exploration of structure and material. The grid systems become a framework on which to stretch a fluid skin. They expose the relationship between soft and hard, the fluidity of a membrane, and the moment of intersection between these contrasting elements. They strive to pair labored construction with a more unpredictable surface and reveal both the rigid and malleable aspects of ceramic material.

Johnson explains, “My work is meant to be dislocated in time, seemingly a remnant of the past or an artifact from the distant future.  It becomes a reflection on the passing of time, drawing our attention to our own finiteness in light of all our human pursuits toward advancement. It catalogues the act of making, of constructing, of inventing, and reinventing. It speaks to the never ending flow of both time and human attempts at progress.

“My work explores transformation using the kiln as a vehicle for deconstruction. The porcelain grid systems become an architecture over which to stretch a fluid skin that warps or collapses the structures under the strain of the firing. They expose the relationship between soft and hard, the fluidity of a membrane, and the moment of intersection between these contrasting elements. They pair labored construction with unpredictability, and capture the entropy embodied in the process.”

POISE: Peter Christian Johnson

November 18–December 31, 2016
on view at Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 4–6pm

“POISE explores the tension between acts of labor and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses Gothic cathedrals as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. For this exhibition Johnson has created a series of highly organized architectural forms based on the floor plans of historic cathedrals. These forms are distorted and deconstructed under the weight of the glaze in an attempt to find virtue in brokenness.” — Peter Christian Johnson

CATALOG — POISE: Peter Christian Johnson — NOW AVAILABLE.
Glenn Adamson has written an insightful essay on Johnson and his work in POISE. “In the kiln, the works melt, crumpling into themselves. The ceramic grid is unable to support its own weight, and that of the heavy, glassy, colored material on top. By the time the piece is fully fired, it seems on the verge of total collapse, a few degrees of heat away from becoming a heap of slag. And that, of course, is just how Johnson wants it.”
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