CURRENT EXHIBIT

Apr 14 - May 20  •  2017

2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational

Opening Reception: April 14, 5-7pm

Radius Gallery's 2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational features over 60 jaw-dropping functional and sculptural clay artworks by twelve extraordinary makers from across the state and beyond:

(click names for short bios of each artist)

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For nearly thirty years, Adrian Arleo has focused her work on the human figure, often integrating animal imagery and other elements of the natural world. Some works allude to a relationship of understanding or connection between the human and animal realms. In others, human figures possess animal features in a way that reveals something hidden about the character or primal nature of the human.

Arleo studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College and received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her sculptures are exhibited internationally, and have been collected by numerous public and private institutions including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, Korea; the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA; the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT; Greenwich House Pottery in New York, NY; and Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, WA.

Chuck Aydlett creates surreal ceramic figures, vessels and sculptures comprised of hand-built and slip-cast components. He decorates his work with dreamlike drawings that take the viewer on a narrative journey using perspective drawing and three-dimensional elements.

Aydlett received his BFA and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His work appears in various public and private collect- ions, including the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Salt Lake City, UT. Aydlett has received both a Jerome Foundation Grant and a McKnight Foundation Grant. He has been on faculty at Penn State University, St. Cloud State University and Winona State University. Aydlett currently lives in Helena, MT where he maintains a studio and manages the Clay Business at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Born in Genoa, Italy, Alessandro Gallo received his BA from the Chelsea School of Art in London. While studying painting, he began experimenting with digital photography, creating scenes of animals in familiar city settings. Around 2005 he decided to give his creatures a physical presence by sculpting them from clay. Intriguing and humorous, his figures signal the myriad ways humans communicate silently through dress and posture, as well as our casual compulsion to anthropomorphize animals as a means of interpreting our own place in the world.

Gallo’s work was featured in the 237th Annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as well as the 54th Venice Biennale. In the past three years he has had two solo exhibitions at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. He is the recipient of a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation.

Miriam Griffin was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and has lived in Missoula since 2011. She received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2013, and has also studied at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She was a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula from 2014 to 2016.

In Ceramic Artists Now, Mary Baumstark wote of Griffin’s recent work, "[She] complicates tropes of aesthetics and decoration in pottery, using the ubiquitous blue and white to question our cultural values of decoration, especially on pots. Why are we used to seeing swallows, but not bats? Butterflies, but not flies? Griffin’s attention to and reverence for the aesthetics of these creatures transcends cultural boundaries, and invites beholders to share in the decorative possibility of what is often considered grotesque, mysterious, and dirty."

Kenyon Hansen received his BFA from Finlandia University International School of Art and Design in 2002. Upon graduating, he continued his studies as an apprentice to Simon Levin, and as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts. In 2012 Hansen was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship and residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. He now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Hansen says, "I believe that finely crafted, thought- fully made pottery can contribute to a renaissance of tradition and habit. My hope is that the pots I make can play a role and be a factor in a renewal of ritual. Clay allows me to play with a physical language. When I throw or hand build, I am engaged in the conversa- tion, curiosity often pushes the dialog, while the desire to find something new guides me forward. I strive to create pottery that is both considered and balanced, containing a healthy dose of spirit and care."

Jeremy Hatch’s studio practice employs a variety of techniques and concepts linked to ceramics, ranging from vessel-based, wheel-thrown sculpture to large-scale slip cast porcelain installation.

Hatch holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Since 2000 he has been active in solo exhibitions, collaborative projects and group shows at venues such as the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids; the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Icheon, Korea; and the Holter Museum in Helena. Hatch has been a resident at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Archie Bray Foundation, the European Ceramic Work Center, and elsewhere. He is currently an assistant professor at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Giselle Hicks has an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has participated in various artist residencies including the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City, the John Michael Kohler Art Center in New York, and elsewhere. She is currently the Ceramics Studio Coordinator at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.

Hicks’ ceramic tiles are inspired by the patterns of decorative textiles found within the home. Using floral designs as well as motifs from quilting, textile and wallpaper survey books, she carves patterns into her pillow-like ceramic objects. With a palette that reflects the winter landscape, she applies muted glazes whose blurred irregularities convey a sense of faded memory through the passage of time.

Heesoo Lee’s work explores the vulnerability of the human condition through the metaphor of the natural world. Informed by nature and place, her artistic language engages themes of identity, connection and time. In describing subtle variations of light and texture, color and shadow as they exist in nature, Lee is fundamentally illuminating a range of human emotions and the humbling reality of being a feeling person in a vast and changeable world.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Lee earned her BA in Art from Ewha University. Lee began a full-time studio practice in Berkeley, CA in 2000. From there, she relocated to Maui, where she established a thriving studio business. Lee was a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2013 and returned in the fall of 2014 as a long-term resident. She is currently a full time studio artist in Helena, Montana.

Steven Young Lee received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. From 2004-2005 he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China, and while there created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York, the Lill Street Studio in Chicago, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Says Lee, "My current work examines the process of recognition—how individuals draw realities based on experiences and environment. Through functional pottery and sculpture, I challenge pre-conceptions of style, form, symbolism, superstitions and identity."

David Peters holds a BFA from Utah State University. While an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, David began using locally sourced materials for his work. During graduate studies at Montana State University he refined his unique approach to wood firing through kiln design and experiments with computer-aided design (CAD). He now lives in Helena and works as a full-time artist.

Peters says, "My perpetual instinct is to return to the earliest principle of ceramics, the forming and heating of clay. For me this means clay mined directly from the earth and heat produced from burning wood. This is simple in idea, but not in application. Natural materials and their transformations are inexplicably complex. I welcome this character, for with chaos comes serendipity. My art is to pay attention, to discover, to harvest the beautiful, and absorb the disappointment."

Deborah Schwartzkopf holds a BFA from the University of Alaska and an MFA from Penn State University. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the University of Washington. She has attended residency programs nationally and internationally, and her work has been exhibited around the world. In 2013 she established Rat City Studios in Seattle where she makes pottery, teaches classes and workshops, hosts social events and offers emerging artists space to work.

Schwartzkopf says, "In order to make pottery I must approach the clay with openness and practiced skill, with a clear idea and playful intuition. I draw from my own processes and from my approach to problem- solving. I love the stillness and intensity of my studio practice in which I am free to listen, to move clay, to invent. My studio practice feeds me."

Eric Van Eimeren has a BA in ceramics from San Diego State University and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He came to Montana as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, and has enjoyed living and working in Helena ever since. Van Eimeren was the recipient of a WESTAF/NEA regional fellowship, and an individual artists award from the Montana Arts Council.

an Eimeren says, "I am happiest when making things. I strive to create pots that are visually unique and comfortable to use. I am inspired by the fact that despite thousands of years of pottery-making, we can still leave our studios today having created something new. The idea of form following function still rings true for me; however, I believe that function can sometimes be persuaded to follow sculptural form, creating an interesting dialogue between utility and sculpture."

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

2017

May 26 - Jul 1 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Holly Andres, Chris Bivins, Victoria Brace, Hannah Lee Cameron, Myungjin Kim, Linda Leslie, Megan Moore, Ben Pease, Chris Riccardo and Shannon Troxler.

Jul 7 - Aug 12 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Julia Galloway, Stephanie J. Frostad and Kent Lovelace.

Aug 18 - Sep 23 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Catherine Earle, Jennifer Eli French, Trey Hill and Crystal Morey.

Sep 29 - Nov 4 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Courtney Blazon, Joe Boddy, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Michael deMeng, Theo Ellsworth, Lauren Gallaspy, Tate Hudson and Philip Slagter.

Nov 11 - Dec 24 • 2017

4th Annual Holiday Show.

2018

Jan 26 - Feb 24 • 2018

Group show featuring new artwork by Pamela Caughey, Beth Lo and Sean O'Connell.

PAST EXHIBITS

2017

Mar 3 - Apr 8 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Crista Ann Ames, LeAnn Boyd, Ric Gendron and Doug turman. Take the virtual tour.

Jan 20 - Feb 25 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Hadley Ferguson, David Hiltner and Bobbie McKibbin. Take the virtual tour.

2016

Nov 4 - Dec 24 • 2016

3rd Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 99 artists.

Sep 21 - Oct 26 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Josh DeWeese, Megan Moore and James G. Todd, Jr.

Jul 30 - Sep 16 • 2016

2nd Annual Juried Exhibition ("The Changing Moment") featuring artwork by 61 artists.

Jurors: Liz Dye, Hadley Ferguson and Kristi Scott.

Jun 17 - Jul 23 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Dana Boussard, Michael Haykin and Dale Livezey.

Apr 22 - Jun 11 • 2016

2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational featuring new artwork by Crista Ann Ames, Adrian Arleo, Josh DeWeese, Christopher Dufala, Julia Galloway, Mel Griffin, Beth Lo, Randi O'Brien, Alison Reintjes, Shalene Valenzuela and Tara Wilson.

Feb 27 - Apr 16 • 2016

The Last Best Place: Surrealism Here & Now featuring new artwork by Deighton Abrams, Crista Ann Ames, Bayla Arietta, Adrian Arleo, Courtney Blazon, Molly Blazon, Susan R. Carlson, Monte Dolack, Theo Ellsworth, Jennifer Eli French, Stephanie J. Frostad, Stephen Glueckert, Lillian Nelson, Wesley Saint John, James G. Todd, Jr and Cathy Weber.

Jan 20 - Feb 21 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Lucy Capehart, Stephen Glueckert and Randi O'Brien.

2015

Nov 20 - Dec 24 • 2015

2nd Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 76 artists.

Sep 17 - Nov 14 • 2015

Radius 1: Anniversary Show featuring artwork by Courtney Blazon, LeAnn Boyd, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Ric Gendron, Michael Haykin, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin, Megan Moore and Barb Schwarz Karst.

Aug 12 - Sep 12 • 2015

Compositions featuring artwork by Eric S. Carlson, Darcy Chenoweth, Chris Maynard and Barbara Michelman (collaborating with Charles Finn).

Jun 11 - Aug 8 • 2015

2nd Annual Juried Exhibition ("Scapes: Land • Sea • Mind") featuring artwork by 61 artists.

Jurors: Barb Schwarz Karst, Stephen Glueckert and Jennifer Leutzinger.

May 6 - Jun 6 • 2015

Life | Stories featuring new artwork by Melissa S. Cole and Ric Gendron.

April 22 - May 2 • 2015

Everyone In Me Is A Bird featuring new artwork by Courtney Blazon and Susan R. Carlson.

Mar 11 - Apr 18 • 2015

Form In Action featuring new artwork by LeAnn Boyd, Pamela Caughey, Louise Lamontagne, Rick Phillips and Barb Schwarz Karst.

Jan 14 - Mar 7 • 2015

Second Sight featuring new artwork by Bobbie McKibbin.

2014

Nov 21 - Dec 23 • 2014

1st Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 54 artists.

Oct 3 - Nov 16 • 2014

Wind & Bones featuring artwork by Melissa Bangs, Elizabeth Bass, Tricia Bass, Cindy Betka, Courtney Blazon, Joseph Boddy, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pam Caughey, Monty Cawker, Darcy Chenoweth, Samantha Dwyer, Craig Edwards, Ric Gendron, Dean Johnson, Ivette Kjelsrud, Louise Lamontagne, David Lusk, Bobbie McKibbin, Barbara Michelman, Karen Shimoda and Cynthia Swidler.

Aug 18 - Oct 1 • 2015

Introducing Radius Gallery featuring artwork by Melissa Bangs, Courtney Blazon, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Ric Gendron, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin and Megan Moore.