LINDA SORMIN

Linda Sormin, a leading installation artist, is known for pushing the extremes of material and concept. The large size and delicacy of her work challenge the clay’s intrinsic strength. She combines found and built objects with internal imagery in multiple complex forms. Scale, color, and variety of references expand in her work to create a layered unity made of disparate fragments.

“The site looms above and veers past, willing me to compromise, to give ground. I roll and pinch the thing into place, I collect and lay offerings at its feet. This architecture melts and leans, hoarding objects in its folds. It lurches and dares you to approach, it tears cloth and flesh, it collapses with the brush of a hand.

Nothing is thrown away. This immigrant lives in fear of waste. Old yogurt is used to jumpstart the new batch. What is worth risking for things to get juicy, rare, ripe? What might be discovered on the verge of things going bad?” — Linda Sormin

LINDA SORMIN

EDUCATION
2003 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2001 Diploma, Ceramics, School of Craft + Design Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Highest honours; Silver Governor General’s Academic Medal
1993 Bachelor of Arts, English Literature – Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, Summa cum laude

EXHIBITIONS
2016  Kindred Beasts: The 2016 Everson Biennial, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
2015 Two-person exhibition with Heidi Bjorgan, Entrée Gallery, Bergen, Norway 2014 Jakarta Ceramics Biennial, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Chameleon: 1st Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale, McClure Gallery, Centre des arts visuels, Montréal, Canada.
Ceramic Top 40: New & Selected Works at Harvard, Boston, MA
2013 Royal Bank of Canada People’s Choice Award Exhibition (finalist), Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
Girls Just Want to Have Funds, La Mama Galleria, New York, NY
Crafting a Continuum, Arizona State University Museum, and Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA
Code, NCECA 2013, Houston, TX
NCECA Biennial 2013, Houston, TX
2012 My voice changes when I speak your language, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Are you land or water? West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway
mine (i hear you unclip me), Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Howling Room, gl Holtegaard, Denmark
2010 Pretty Young Things, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2009 Drawn in A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France
Rift, in Possibilities and Losses: Transitions in Clay, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art Middlesbrough, UK
Playing the Field, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Salvage, Louisiana Artworks, New Orleans, LA (solo)
Sounding Retreat, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (solo)
Full and Spare: Ceramics in the 21st Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
2007 Arthaus Miami, Parting Favors, White Box satellite show, Miami Beach, FL
Mobile Structures, Roaming Tales, TechLab, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
Mobile Structures, Roaming Tales, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK (catalog)
2006 Ontario Craft Council Award Winners Exhibition, The Guildshop, Toronto, ON
Cheh-ae Siah, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)
Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
White Gold, Flow Gallery, London, UK
From the North: Canadian Ceramics Today, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Taipei NCECA Exhibition, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
The Conative Object, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
NCECA Clay National, Baltimore, MD
School’s Out!, NCECA Conference, Baltimore, MD
30,000 +, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC
2004 Languor, Lohin-Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
Hot Clay, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2003 Selections I, Lohin-Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
Radius of the Will, MFA Graduate Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
NCECA Clay National, San Diego, CA
2002 George E. Ohr National Arts Challenge, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS
Craft Art Western New York 2002, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Harbingers, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Artsite, Wellsville, NY
Ontario Craft Council Awards Exhibition, Designers Walk, Toronto, ON
2001 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001 Korea International Competition, Gyeonggi Prov, Korea
Emerging Clay Artists, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, ON
New Works from Sheridan College, Lafreniere & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON

RESIDENCIES
2014 Antena Projects and Sarang Building, Artist in Residence, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Watershed Summer Session, Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts, ME
2012 AIDAshed Residency, Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts/Watershed, Givat Haviva, Israel
2011 DIVA Residency, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
Edge Artist in Residence for Bray 60th Anniversary, Archie Bray Foundation, MN
2009 The Berlin Residency for Ceramics, Pankow, Germany
A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France
2008 Louisiana Artworks, New Orleans, LA
2006 Medalta International Artist in Residency Program, Medicine Hat, AB
2004 Intranation Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2014 Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Sheridan College Faculty Professional Development Grant, Oakville, ON
2012 Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
2010 Rhode Island School of Design, Professional Development Grant, Providence, RI
Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
2009 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant (Berlin, Germany)
Rhode Island School of Design, Professional Development Grant, Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design, Kyobo Grant (to team-teach with Art Historian Paola Demattè)
2006-09 Rhode Island School of Design, Faculty Conference Fund, Providence, RI
2006 Emily Carr Institute, Faculty Professional Development Grant, Vancouver, BC
2005 Canada Council for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant
2004 Banff Centre for the Arts, MVA Intranation Residency, Banff, AB
2001-03 Alfred University, Graduate Fellowship, Alfred, NY
2002 Ontario Crafts Council, Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship, Toronto, ON
2001 1st World Ceramic Biennale, International Competition Award of Merit, Korea
Sheridan College Craft and Design Graduate Exhibition, Best in Show, Oakville, ON
Sheridan College, William and Mary Corcoran Craft Award, Oakville, ON
Sheridan College, School of Crafts and Design Silver Medal, Oakville, ON
Ontario Crafts Council, Kingcrafts/Lady Flavelle Award, Toronto, ON
Ontario Crafts Council, Critical Writing Award, Toronto, ON
1999-01 Sheridan College, Betty Kantor Silent Night Award, Oakville, ON
Sheridan College, Don McKinley Memorial Scholarship, Oakville, ON
1999 Sheridan College, Don Shields Student of Tomorrow Award, Oakville, ON
FUSION Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Workshop Award, Oakville, ON
1998 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Work Study Scholarship, Deer Isle, ME

WRITING
2012 “Are you land or water: love notes to buddhas,” in Contemporary Essays series, Ceramics in the Expanded Field (online journal, University of Westminster), September 2012
2011 “Boundary-work,” Interpreting Ceramics, Issue 12 (online UK journal), transcribed from CAA ’09: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/icrc/issue012/articles/07.htm
2009 “forage/salvage,” a video conversation piece with poet Rita Wong. See: forage-salvage-2009 on YouTube in 3 parts. Part One: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJD2RFcsffw
2007 “Courting Risk,” Interpreting Ceramics: Research Collaboration, Issue 9 (online UK journal): http://www.uwic.ac.uk/ICRC/issue009/articles/02.htm
“Ploen-nanofolk,” Intranation Issue, West Coast Line, Fall 2007, 60
2004 “Ceramics and Context” (for Gailan Ngan exhibition), Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, BC
“Feature Artist” (photo), FUSION Magazine, Fall 2004
2003 “The Radius of the Will” (graduate thesis), Alfred University, Alfred, New York 2002 “
2001 OCC Awards Winner Linda Sormin,” Ontario Craft, No. 13
2001 “Mark Pharis at Sheridan College,” FUSION Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 2
“Julia Galloway,” FUSION News Magazine, Spring issue, (co-authored with Victor Levin)
2001 “Tanya Harrod on Contemporary British Crafts,” FUSION Magazine, Vol. 25, #1
2000 “Foulem on Picasso,” FUSION News Magazine, November issue, (co-authored with Victor Levin)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014 Held, Peter and Heather Sealy Lineberry, Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Arizona State University Museum Press, pp. 20, 68-69
2013 Tokita, Chiho, Cups About Loss, article in FUSION Magazine, 2013
Exploring Chaos and Fragility: An Interview with Linda Sormin. Interviewer: Tracy Teagarden
Shop Talk, Volume 6. Publisher: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, pp. 120-129
Pollack, Maika, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Medium as Metaphor, exhibition catalogue, New York, pp. 6, 54-60
2012 Adamson, Glenn, “Slow Burn,” exhibition essay for My voice changes when I speak your language, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NYC
Jorunn Veiteberg, essay, Ting Tang Trash catalogue, West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway
2011 Damsbo, Mads, Karen Harsbo & Alexander Tovborg (eds). Lerets Magi: Ceramics in contemporary art, gl Holtegaard, Denmark
Skov, Nanna, interview in Danish, Samfundsrefleksioner i ler, KUNSTEN.NU, d. 22, marts 2011 Paterson, Liberty, interview with curators of Lerets Magi: Keramik I international samtidskunst,
gl Holtegaard publication, pp. 135-157
2010 Adamson, Glenn, essay in Possibilities and Losses: transitions in clay, British Crafts Council
publication, in partnership with mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)
2009 Sikora, Linda, “Metaphysical Materiality,” Ceramic Review, Sept./Oct., Issue 239, pp. 46-49
Itinerary review of “Possibilities and Losses,” Sculpture, July/August, Vol. 28 No 5, p. 21.
2007 Hanaor, Ziggy, Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics, Black Dog Publishing, pp. 37, 128-129
Long, Timothy, “Unearthing,” Mobile Structures: Dialogues Between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art catalog, pp. 8–19, Mackenzie Art Gallery
Gogarty, Amy, “A Bell Rings Out – Recollection, Architecture, and Ceramics at The End of Modernity,” Mobile Structures catalog, pp. 38-47
Burisch, Nicole and Diana Sherlock, “Linda Sormin: Two Views,” Ceramics Art & Perception; Issue 67, pp. 27-31
2006 Hanessian, Holly, “Encountering Abundance: Multiplicity in Clay,” Ceramics Art and Perception; Issue 63, pp. 9-12
Neeley, James, “Diverse Ceramics,” Medicine Hat News, June 2, 2006, A4
2006 Sikora, Linda, “Metaphysical Materiality,” Stride Gallery solo exhibition publication
Sherlock, Diana, “Ceramics reshape familiar forms,” Calgary Herald, April 8,
2006 Nicole Burisch, “Collected visions: Linda Sormin’s chaotic ceramic landscape,” FFWD (Vol. 11 #17, April 6, 2006)
Laurence, Robin, “Ceramics break the mould”, (article on ECI ceramics graduating student work), The Georgia Strait, May 18, 2006
2005 Levin, Victor, “Linda Sormin,” Fusion Magazine (l. 29 No. 2 Spring 2005)
Mathur, Ashok. “Leaving it be,” Fuse Magazine (Vol. 28, No. 2)
Ghaznavi, Corinna. “Conative Object,” York Quay Gallery (exhibition essay), January 2005

TEACHING HISTORY
2012–present Professor, Head of Ceramics, Sheridan College, Faculty of Animation, Art & Design,
Oakville, ON
2010–11 Associate Professor, Head of Ceramics Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2006–09 Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2005–06 Head of Visual Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
2003–06 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC