LAUREN MABRY

Lauren Mabry makes painterly, abstract, ceramic art. She is a calculated risk taker with a keen attraction to color, movement, and material. The transformative properties of clay and glaze drive her ongoing compulsion to make, play, and experiment with surface. Mabry’s work communicates directly through its formal and aesthetic qualities because it’s focused heavily on basic considerations like color, contrast, and movement.

Her work is best understood in relationship to abstract painting and shares many similarities with post-minimalist and process art. She exploits the intrinsic qualities of clay, producing works that are warm, seductive, and surprising. Ultimately, the work is a synthesis of intuitive, expressive surfaces and elemental forms. The completed surfaces may look effortless, but in fact they are the result of a long-term exploration of the physical and chemical behavior of ceramic materials. The simple, cylindrical forms Mabry paints are still, so the colors clash and resound with a kind of musical timbre, flowing with movement and creating rich, hypnotic tones and textures.

Lauren Mabry
Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION
MFA, Ceramics, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2009-2012
Post Baccalaureate, Ceramics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO/ 2007-2008
BFA, Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ 2003-2007
Study Abroad, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemèt, Hungary/ 2006

RESIDENCIES
Resident Artist, Jingdezhen International Ceramic Center, Jingdezhen, China/ Summer 2015
Resident Artist, LH Project, Joseph, OR/ August 2014
Resident Artist, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA/ 2012-Present
Resident Artist, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ Summer 2012
Resident Artist, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO/ 2008-2009

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Upcoming, Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Building, Kansas City, MO/ Feb-Mar., 2015
Upcoming, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE/ Oct.-November/ Oct.- Nov., 2015
Emerging Artists, National Council on Education for Ceramic Art, Milwaukee, WI/ Mar., 2014
Lauren Mabry at Heidmann Art Salon, Heidmann Art Salon, Kansas City, MO/ Jul., 2013
Running, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE/ Jul.- Oct., 2013.
Lauren Mabry- Cylinders, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS/
Apr.-Jul., 2012
Transcendent Materiality, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Eisentrager- Howard Gallery at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ Apr., 2012
Ceramic Works, Handmade Modern Gallery, Lincoln, NE/ Dec., 2010
New Work: Lauren Mabry, Goldsmith’s Fine Art Gallery, Fort Collins, CO/ Jun., 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute Ceramics Department, Kansas City, MO/ May, 2007

SELECTED GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2016
Recent America Ceramics from the Collection, Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
2015
Glazed and Diffused, Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
2014
Art MRKT Hamptons, Mindy Solomon Gallery, The Hamptons, NY/ July 11-13, 2014
Superficial, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR/ Two person show with Matthew Causey/ Jun.-Aug., 2014
Harvard: Leslie Ferrin Ceramic Top 40, Harvard Ceramics Department, Harvard University, Boston, MA/ May-Jul., 2014
Transformations: Raphael Prize Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA/ Juried Exhibition/ Apr.-Jul. 2014
Flow, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Wisconsin/ Juried Exhibition / Feb.-Mar., 2014
The Clay Studio: 40th Anniversary Exhibition, National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee, WI/ Invitational/ Mar., 2014
2013
Leslie Ferrin Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Building, Kansas City, MO/ Juried Exhibition/ Nov.-Jan, 2013/14
Hello/Goodbye, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA/ Aug.-Sept/ Invitational/ Aug.-Sept., 2013
Heat Wave, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington, D.C/ July-Aug./ Invitational/ Jul.-Aug., 2013
Kansas City Art Institute Art & Design Auction, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ Juried Exhibition/ Jun. 2013
NCECA 2013 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX/ National Juried Exhibition, Jan.- May, 2013
Archie Bray Foundation 2012 Residents, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX/ Invitational/ Mar., 2013
Big Red: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Exhibition, O’Kane Gallery, Houston, TX/ Invitational/ Mar.-Apr, 2013
Noteworthy: MEDICI Foundation, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE/ Feb., 2013
Kansas City Artists Coalition Annual Benefit, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO/
Jan.- Feb., 2013
Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA/ Jan., 2013
2012
Recent Acquisitions to the Archie Bray Permanent Collection, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ Sept.- Nov., 2012
14th Annual Art Auction, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE/ Juried Exhibition/
Sept.- Oct., 2012
Archie Bray at Kolva-Sullivan, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA/ Invitational/ Oct., 2012
Kansas City Collection II: The Collectors Fund, 360 Architecture, Kansas City, MO/ 2012-present
Resident Artist Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts,
Helena, MT/ Jun.- Jul., 2012
Chromamania, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA/ Invitational/ Apr. 20- May 27
2012 Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition, Bemis Underground at The Bemis Center for
Contemporary Art, Omaha,NE/ Juried Exhibition: Juror’s Award from Shannon Stratton/ Mar.- Apr., 2012
Big Ten Graduate Art Exhibit, Big Ten Headquarters, Park Ridge, IL/ University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Representative/ Juried Exhibition/ Jan.- Sept., 2012
Abstract- Kansas City, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS/ Nov. ’11- Apr.’12
2011
13th Annual Art Auction, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE/ Juried Exhibition/
Sept.- Oct., 2011
Generations: A Family of Clay, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI/ Invitational/ Oct.- Nov., 2011
Project Mercury: Performance, Painting, Sculpture, Club Blue, Lincoln, NE/ Invitational/ Sept., 2011
Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO/ Invitational/ Jun.- Jul., 2011
Eighth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA/ National Juried Exhibit: Best of Show Award/ Jun.- Jul., 2011
2011 Bemis Regional Juried Exhibition, Bemis Underground at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art,
Omaha, NE/ Mar.- Apr., 2011
Beyond the Brickyard, North Gallery at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ International Juried Exhibition/ Jan.- Apr., 2011
2009
Craft In America: Kansas City Art Institute Clay: Post Y2K, Craft In America Online Show/ Juried Exhibition/ <http://www.craftinamerica.org/exhibition>/ 2009
Kansas City Art Institute Alumni Show, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO/ Invitational/ May, 2009
Nine Month Residents: New Work, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO/ Apr.- May, 2009
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL/ National Juried Exhibition/ Mar., 2009
Cream & Sugar Invitational, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO/ Jan.- Feb., 2009
2007
Red Heat, Alexandre Hogue Gallery at The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK/ National Juried Show/
Oct.- Nov., 2007
2006
6x6x6, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO/ Nov.-Oct., 2006

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Artist Lecture, Harvard Ceramics Department, Harvard University, Boston, MA/ Jun. 2014
Artist Lecture, Emerging Artist Award, National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee, WI/
Mar. 2014
Panel Lecturer, Transitions: Emerging Artists, National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee, WI/ Mar. 2014
Panel Lecturer, No Lesson Plan For This: K-12 Ceramics. National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee, WI/ Mar. 2014
Board Member, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, present-2013
Artist Lecture, Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Helena, MT/ Aug., 2012
Artist Lecture, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS/ Apr., 2012
Demonstration/ Monoprint on Clay, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ Mar., 2012
Graduate Assistant in Ceramics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2009-2012
Post Baccalaureate Assistant, Ceramics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO/
2007-2008
Intern, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM/ 2005-2006

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
The Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE/ 2012
The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ 2012
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS/ 2011
Colorado State University Teaching Collection, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO/ 2009
Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ 2007

GRANTS
Independence Foundation Grant, $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA/2014
Rudy Autio Grant for Creative Initiatives, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ 2012
Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Grant, Adamsville, OH/ 2011 and 2012

AWARDS
Emerging Artist Award, National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts/ 2014
Merit Award, Transformations 9: Raphael Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft/ Pittsburgh, PA/2014
Sage Scholarship, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT/ 2012
Juror’s Award, Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art,
Omaha, NE, Juror Shannon Stratton/ 2012
Best In Show, Marge Brown Kalodner Eighth Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio,
Philadelphia, PA/ 2011
Best In Show, Third Annual National Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, Juror
Julia Galloway/ 2011
Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Edgren Graduate Tuition Fellowship, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska-
Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE/ 2009
Chancellor’s Fellowship, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE/ 2009, 2010, 2011
Tuition Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO/ 2009
Kansas City Art Institute Dean’s List, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ 2007
Kansas City Art Institute Dean’s List, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ 2004, 2005
Academic and Artistic Competitive Merit Scholarship, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO/ 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
National Honor Society, Verona Area High School, Verona, WI/ 2003

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Workshop, Low Fire Surfaces: Demonstration, Harvard Ceramics Department, Harvard University, Boston, MA/ Jun. 2014
Workshop, Low Fire Surfaces: Demonstration, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, PA/ Feb. 2014
Instructor, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY/ Winter 2013
• Focus on hand building and low fire surfaces.
Instructor, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA/ 2012-Present
• Part time year round instructor of private classes, special events, wheel throwing, handbuilding, and surface workshops.
Teacher of Record, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2010-2011
• Created and taught curriculum for undergraduate ceramics courses for Art-Majors and
Non-Art Majors/ Fall Semesters, ’09, ’10, ‘11
Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Lincoln, NE/ 2009
• Assisted Professor Gail Kendall with an undergraduate ceramics for Non-Art Majors. Wheel throwing, handbuilding, low fire, and high fire methods/ Fall Semester ‘09

PUBLICATIONS
Ceramics Monthly. Cover Image and “Emerging Artists 2014” article. May 2014 Issue. Cover, p. 46.
Flow Catalog. Milwaukee Art Museum and National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts/ 2014
Hanus, Julie. “Top Ten NCECA Conference Moments.” American Craft Council Web Exclusive,
3 April 2013. http://www.craftcouncil.org/post/top-ten-nceca-conference-moments/ 2013
2013 Biennial Catalog. National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts/ 2013
American Craft. “Shows to See: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft NCECA Biennial.” April/ May 2013 Issue. Image pg. 12/ 2013
Thorson, Alice. “Rebellion, identity underline three Nerman shows.” The Kansas City Star, 20 May 2012. http://www.inkkc.com/content/rebellion-identity-underpin-three-nerman-shows/ 201