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LICHMAN, BRENDA
LICHMAN, BRENDA
KANSAS

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Making things is important to me. It is the way that I ground myself and connect to people and the world around me. This is true, whether I am in the kitchen preparing food, or in the studio working on my pots. For me, there's great satisfaction in creating something from scratch and putting it out into the world for others to enjoy.

It is important to me that my pots carry a sense of having been touched. Working with my hands over the entire surface of the piece allows me to physically connect to it, instilling it with my own liveliness and identity. The pots begin on the wheel, and are later altered off the wheel by stretching, massaging, pulling, and pushing the clay outwards. This process creates a sense of volume that celebrates generosity and strength.

In most of my work, I accent the form with a thickly applied slip that allows me to create soft, fluid contours. These luscious lines can allude to the graceful movement of a feminine gesture or even to the rich creaminess of homemade hummus or a swirl of melting frozen yogurt. Atmospheric firing intensifies this richness, bringing out the butteriness of a glaze, or adding zest by activating the vibrant color of a flashing slip.

I strive to make beautiful pots that bring balance, energy, and enjoyment to the table.

BIOGRAPHY
Brenda Lichman grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and her M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in drawing from the University of North Texas in 2002.

In 2008, Brenda curated and organized "Line to Volume," an exhibition of thirty nationally known ceramic artists for the NCECA conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda was named, "Emerging Artist" from Ceramics Monthly Magazine in May of 2009; she also received a "Merit Award," from the University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition that same year.

Currently, Brenda is a studio poter in Wichita, Kansas where she also teaches ceramics and drawing at Wichita State University. Her work is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR, Dallas Pottery Invitational, 18 Hands Gallery, & Santa Fe Clay.


EDUCATION
2002
MFA, University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
1998
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Eau Claire, WI.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2010-Present
Adjunct Lecture/Practicing Professional, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
2006-2010
Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
2005-2010
Ceramic Lab Technician, University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
2003-2005
Instructional Associate and Ceramic Technician, Eastfield Collete; Mesquite, TX.
2003-2005
Adjunct Professor, Eastfield College; Mesquite, TX.
Continuing Education Instructor-Children's Summer Ceramic Class
2003
Adjunct Professor, North West Tarrant County College; Fort Worth, TX.
1999-2002
Teaching Assistant/Fellowship, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

EXHIBITION RECORD
2012
“Handle with Care”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Cup: The Intimate Object VIII”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
“Three Cups”, White, Green, Black, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado
“Cups, Invitational”, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas. Curator: Ben Ahlvers
“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, The Gallery-Addison Visitor Center, Addison, Texas
“Atmospheric Invitational”, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA. Curator: Stephen Robinson
“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Seattle, Washington
“2012 Yunomi Invitational” AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2011
“Cup: The Intimate Object VII”, Charlie Cummings Gallery
“30 X 5 Soda/Salt”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
“American Pottery Festival Exhibition”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
“Then and Now-UNT Alumni Exhibition,” Idaho. Curator: Elmer Taylor
“Russell Wrankle Artist Invite Exhibition” RLCC Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana
“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas
“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Tampa, Florida
“NCECA EXPO-Red Lodge Clay” NCECA, Tampa, Florida
“Atmosphere” NCECA Exhibition, Tampa, Florida
“2011 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2010
"La Mesa in Santa Fe, Invitational", Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Cups, Invitational", Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas Curator: Ben Ahlvers
"Feature Artist", AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
"Luscious, Invitational" Schaller Gallery; Red Lodge, MT.
"Potsketch" The Clay Studio of Missoula Gallery; Missoula, MT.
"Art of the Pot Invitational" Austin, TX.
"Multifarious" Group Ceramic Exhibition, Visual Arts League Gallery; Lewisville, TX.
"Dallas Pottery Invitational" Janette Kennedy Gallery; Dallas, TX.
"NCECA EXPO - 18 Hands Gallery" NCECA; Philadelphia, PA.
"La Mesa Invitational" NCECA, Philadelphia, PA.
"Fill-adelphia" NCECA, Philadelphia, PA
"Texas Teapot Tournament" Clay Arts Museum; Houston, TX.
2009
"Featured Artist" Red Lodge Clay Center; Red Lodge, MT.
"Featured Artist" 18 Hands Gallery; Houston, TX.
"Cups and Pouring Vessels-Cup Invitational" Santa Fe, NM.
"Strictly Functional" Market House Craft Center; East Petersburg, PA.
"2009 Six Pack, Texas Clay Arts Association Exhibition" Live Oak Art Center; Columbus, TX.
"Drink It In, Juried Cup Exhibition" Jared Michael Branfman Memorial Gallery; Needham, MA.
"National Juried Cup Exhibition" Lux Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NE.
"UNT Reunion Exhibition" Practical Art Gallery, NCECA; Phoenix, AZ.
"Dallas Pottery Invitational" Janette Kennedy Gallery; Dallas, TX.
"Starbrick Clay National Cup Show 2009" Starbrick Clay Gallery; Nelsonville, OH.
"UNT Ceramics" Frost Center for the Fine Arts; Abilene, TX.
"International Cup" The Clay Studio of Missoula; Missoula, MT.
"University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition" Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery; Irving, TX.
"Vasefinder Nationals" Online Exhibition Only
"Texas Clay Festival" Gruene, TX.

JUROR
2010
"San Antonio Potter's Guild 17th Annual Juried Exhibitions: Thoughts about Tea", Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

CURATOR
2008
"Vessels 2008", CSCF Gallery, McLennon Community College, Waco, Texas
2007
"Line to Volume", NCECA Exhibition, Indiana University Southeast, Barr Gallery, New Albany, Indiana

PUBLICATIONS
2009
Focus: Emerging Artists, Ceramics Months, May 2009 Issue (page 40)
Clay Times, December 2009 (Page 14)
2008
Maureen Mills, Surface Design for Ceramics, Lark Books, Asheville, NC (pages 19 & 114)
2007
The Gallery, Clay Times, July/August Issue (page 47)

AWARDS RECEIVED
2009
"Emerging Artist", Ceramics Montly, May 2009 Issue
"Merit Award", University of Dallas Regional Juried Competition, Beatrice M Haggerty Gallery, Irving, Texas Juror: Dick Hay
2008
"Invited Artist", Utilitarian Clay V, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2007
"Emerging Artist", Texas Clay Festival, Gruene, Texas
"Outstanding Serve Award", Studio Technician Group, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
"Star Performer Award", University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2002
"Emerging Artist Scholarship Merit Award", The Official Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair
"Griffin Grip Tec Inc. Award", From the Ground Up Exhibition, The Richardson Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Juror: Doug Jeck

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES (LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS, CRITIQUES)
2012
Workshop & Artist Lecture, NE Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas
2011
Workshop & Artist Lecture, Collin County College, Plano, Texas
2010
Workshop, Midwestern State university, Wichita Falls, Texas
Workshop and Artist Lecture, Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas
Slips and Teapot Workshop and Artist Lecture, Kreuger Pottery, St. Louis, Missouri
Gallery Lecture on Multifarious Ceramic Exhibition, Visual Arts League, Lewisville, Texas
Workshop, Balylor University, Waco, Texas
2009
Kiln-Building Workshop - Built a 12 cubic Foot up-draft kiln, Fort Worth County Day School, Fort Worth, Texas
2008
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Desoto Art League, Desoto, Texas
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Clay on the Wall Ceramic Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
2006
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Sal Ross University, Alpine, Texas
2005
Demonstration: Throwing Techniques, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
2004
Demonstration and Visiting Artist Lecture, Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Fort Worth Sculpture Guild, Fort Worth, Texas
2003
Demonstration: Hand-building Techniques and Visual Arts Critique, Fort Worth Day School, Fort Worth, Texas
2002
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas
2001
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Fort Worth County Day School, Fort Worth, Texas
Demonstrations and Visiting Artist Lecture, Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas

COMMITTEES
2007
Sculpture Art Technician Hiring Committee, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2004
Eastfield College Recruitment Committee - Created Art Profram Flyer
Eastfield College Art Exposition Publicity Committee
2003
TCAA Members Exhibition Committee "Attachments 2003"

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES/STUDENT SERVICES
2005-Present
University of North Texas Clay Guild - Advisor
2010
Orgnized and Hosted "Simon Levin" Workshop and Lecture
2009
Hosted "Artstream at UNT-Texas Tour" Lectures, Critiques and Sale
Organized and Hosted "Liz Lurie" Workshop and Exhibition, UNT
2008
Organized "Ron Meyers, Chuck Hindes, and Dean Murphy - UNT Wood Fire Workshop"
2007
Organized and Hosted "Bede Clark and Tim Rowan Workshop" University of North Texas
2006
Tours of Don Reitz Exhibition to UNT Classes, university of North Texas Gallery
2003-2005
Eastfield College Clay Guild-Organize and Advisor
Contribution to the State Employees Charitable Campaign
Curator/Installer of Eastfield College Student Exhibitions and Display Cases on campus
Organized and hosted workshops at Eastfield College, Mesquite Texas: Artists - Jeff Ostriech, Jerry Austin, and Elmer Tayler
2004
Ceramic Hand-Building Demonstration, "Majority-to-Minority Program", Eastfield College
2001
Coordinator, Wood-Fire Extravaganza Workshop, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

COMMUNITY SERVICES
2004-Present
Volunteer & Contributing Artist, Empty Bowls, Meyerson Symphony Center, Throwing Demonstration, Dallas, Texas
2008
Contributing Artist: Empty Bowls Silent Auction, S.A. Potters Guild, San Antonio, Texas
2007
Donation to Silent Auction, The Children’s Place, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Denton, Texas
2004
Contributing Artist: Denton Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Denton, Texas
Contributing Artist: Inside Out, Floresville, Texas
Art and Craft Fair documentation, Article for TCAA newsletter

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Potters Council, Member
The Clay Arts Museum & Educational Organization (CAMEO), Member
artaxis.org, an evolving independent network of artists (juried), Member and Juror
National Conference for the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Member
The Craft Guild of Dallas, Member
Women’s Caucus for Art WCA, Member
University of North Texas-Clay Guild *President of the UNT Clay Guild from 2001-2002
Texas Clay Arts Association (TCAA), Member

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge Montana

COLLECTIONS
Institutional:
Mercer University Art Collection, Macon, Georgia
Baylor University Ceramic Collection, Waco, Texas
Eastfield College Library Collection, Mesquite, Texas

Private:
Don Reitz-Ceramic Artist, Arizona
Leila Koeppe-Arts Director, Fort Worth Country Day School, Fort Worth, Texas
Stan Cowen & Valerie Knaust, St. Petersburg, Florida
Doctor Robert & Louise Arnold, Lubbock, Texas
David and Louise Rosenfield, Dallas, Texas
Dewayne E. Perry, Austin, Texas