GISELLE HICKS

CURRENT + RECENT EXHIBITIONS

THE WOMEN

Works on view include recent pieces by women whose primary medium is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and...

My current work addresses sites within a domestic space – particularly the bed/bedroom and table/dining room – that are routinely and ritually inhabited. These sites are the intersections where connections are established and sustained, or may potentially breakdown. The work is an abstraction of how I translate the expansive and complex experiences that take place across these sites. What is retained from these experiences is reflected back in a series of memory traces that inform our behavior in the context of the next experience. As a result, a pattern emerges which shapes our identity.

CURRENT PROJECT

The series, And Then it Was Still, references both art and literature.  In the 17th century European Still Life paintings, the fragile beauty of flowers is made permanently still in the exquisitely painted object, and thus shared across time as a concept of beauty.

In my work I am inspired to capture that sense of beauty and transience in three dimensional form in order to make solid, still and permanent, something that is fleeting and invisible, such as the characteristic or sense of a person, an exchange between a loved one, or an exuberant meal shared with family and friends. Often taking place within the domestic realm, I find beauty in these daily illuminations and I want to hold them still and give them form. Though these moments are intangible, they mark us and become a part of who we are.

In addition to the visual, I draw ideologically from themes resonate in the book ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Wolf where the main characters struggle to hold on to and make still the complex beauty they recognize in the small and fleeting, everyday moments.

And Then it was Still presents the table as a dimensional Still Life. I imagined the table blooming with flowers, then frozen in time representing the abundant beauty that I want to hold still.

Giselle Hicks, 2013

Location
Helena, MT

Born
Boston, Mass

Education
2010 M.F.A Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2001 B.F.A Ceramics, Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY

Upcoming, Current & Recent Exhibitions
2016
At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2015
Engendered, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

2014
Intense and Fragile: Contemporary Porcelain Sculpture, Russell Hill Rogers Galleries, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
At Your Service, Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA
Collaboration and Revelation, Kohler Arts and Industry 20th Anniversary Exhibition Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2013
Ceramic Top 40, Ferrin Contemporary at Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Bloom, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, Tx
Bray Resident Show, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Resident Show, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Bray Resident Show, Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Fellowship Show, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Past, Present, Future, CMC Gallery, Aspen, CO
Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kohler Co., Kohler, WI

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011
Winter Blooms, 2 person show with Kala Stein, Firehouse Gallery, Rochester, NY

2010
(in) between you and me: M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Neslon Gallery, Alfred, NY

2008
Whispering Walls, 2 Person Show with Laura Pickett Calfee, John Michael Kohler Art Center ArtistSPACE, Kohler, WI

2006
Nesting, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2005
Pillow Talk, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheyboygan, WI

Selected Past Group Exhibitions
2012
COVET, Art Miami, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Blue and White, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
PAUSE, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
COVET, SOFA NY, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
More or Less, Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY
Director Invites, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Deviations From Comfort, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
LH Project: A Decade of Distinction, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

2011
The Birding Life, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Hello/Goodbye, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
More Than a Mold: Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramics, Baum Fine Art Gallery, Conway, AK
The Pursuit of Porcelain, Ferrin Gallery, Pittslfield, MA
Resident Artists and 2011: Artists to the Edge, Archie Bray, Helena, MT
Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Hiding Places: Memory in Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

2010
CraftForms 2010, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Encore, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Profile 2010: Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, New York, NY

2009
Alfred Grads at ACerS, American Ceramic Society Conference, Pittsburg, PA
More than Skin Deep, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2008
2D/3D, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2007
Agape, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
We Were Here, We Were There, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
Size Matters, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2006
Collaborations: Maggie Mailer and Giselle Hicks, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
Tell Me a Story, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Sculpture Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY

2005
Series of Echoes, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2004
Common Ground, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2003
Anderson Ranch Group Show, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL

2002
Impossible Possibilities, Baltimore Clay Works Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2001
Inklings…, B.F.A. Exhibition, Sarah Coyne Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Professional Experience
2013-14
Resident Artist: The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2012
Resident Artist: The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Resident Artist: ARTS/ Industry, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan and Kohler, WI
Visiting Lecturer: Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Lecturer: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Visiting Artist: Director Invites’-One month visiting artist-in-residence, RLCC, Red Lodge, MT

2011
Resident Artist: The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Resident Artist: Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Visiting Lecturer: Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2010-2011
Studio Artist: Alfred, NY
Studio Assistant: Andrea Gill, Alfred, NY
Studio Assistant: Wayne Higby, Alfred, NY
Studio Assistant: Chris Antemann, Joseph, OR

2010
Visiting Lecturer: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Resident Artist: LH Project, Joseph, OR
Visiting Artist Selection Committee: N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2005-2008
Studio Artist: Cummington, MA

2005-2007
Gallery Manager: Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2005
Resident Artist: ARTS/ Industry, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan and Kohler, WI

2002-2005
Resident Artist: Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2002-2005
Studio Assistant: Doug Casebeer, Snowmass Village, CO

2002-2004
Summer Workshop Assistant Ceramics: Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2003
Assistant Studio Manager Ceramics: Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2001
Studio Potter: Created and maintained mail-order pottery business: Inklings, Syracuse, NY

Selected Publications
2013 Ceramics Monthly, Exposure Section, p. 20, November, 2013.
2012 The Boston Globe, Modern Riffs on New Ideas, Review by Cate McQuaid, May 30, 2012
2008 Ceramics Monthly, In Search of Sanctuary, Article p. 38-41, December 2008
2006 Ceramics Monthly, Upfront Section, June 2006
2005 Ceramics Monthly, Common Ground, Article p. 34, January 2006
2004 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Lark Books
2002 Keramieki Techni, Impossible Possibilities… Mary Cloonan and Giselle Hicks, Article, Issue 41

Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2010
2nd Prize Recipient, The MBK Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2005, 2007
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee

2001
NCECA Regina Brown Fellowship, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts.