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DEWSNAP, SUSAN
DEWSNAP, SUSAN
MAINE
My recent work has been an investigation into the dynamics of how the drawing on the surface and the shape of a piece can be intimately connected. I aspire to create a deep, rich and visually complicated space by reducing my color choices to nearly black and white. There is a graphic quality that draws one in, yet when viewed up close there are subtleties of color and line that cannot be seen from a distance. The high contrast creates an ambiguous space, shapes flip and what is closest recedes, the form emerges and dissolves beneath the surface. I look to painting as much as to ceramic history, as my work draws from art history as an eternal source and presence. I consider each pot as presenting a particular issue or problem to be solved where interior meets exterior. By embracing and reaching outside of decorative practices, as well as working toward a more reductive three-dimensional form, I am trying to merge structure and surface to evoke a response beyond the familiar.


EDUCATION
2008
MFA-CERAMICS, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN, Lincoln, NE
1984
BFA-PAINTING, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Durham, NH
Minor-Applied Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude

HONORS AND AWARDS
2005-2008
OTHMER FELLOWSHIP AWARD. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
2005-2008
FULL GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2004
MELLON LEARNING ASSOCIATE LECTURER, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
2003
MELLON LEARNING ASSOCIATE LECTURER, Bates College

SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
2009
5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea International Competition, Icheon, Republic of Korea
NCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ Purchase Award Amaco/Brent
Feats of Clay XXII, Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA, Juror: Tony Marsh
Four Invite Four, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
National Juried Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, Juror: Pete Pinnell
2008
HISTORY IN THE MAKING III, Rochester, NY, Juror: Linda Sikora of Alfred University Award: First Place
CUP: THE INTIMATE OBJECT IV, invitational exhibit, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
17TH ANNUAL SAN ANGELO NATIONAL CERAMIC COMPETITION, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
16th ANNUAL STRICTLY FUNCTIONAL POTTERY NATIONAL, Juror: Linda Arbuckle
Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
LUX CENTER FOR THE ARTS, In the Showroom, Lincoln, Nebraska
2007 - 2008
WATERSHED CENTER FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS, Salad Days Invitational Sale, Newcastle, ME
2007
THE CLAY STUDIO, Fourth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
ELDER GALLERY, NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Art of Fine Craft Conference Regional Juried Exhibition. Jurors Kathryn Finnerty, Jeanne Quinn & Paulus Berensohn - Awarded: Best of Show
THE LUX CENTER, Clay Convergence, UNL Ceramic Graduate Students, Lincoln, NE
UMC Art Gallery, COllaboratioNE, Boulder, Colorado
2006
THE HAYDEN GALLERY, New Visual Voices, UNL MFA Students, Lincoln, Nebraska
PERU STATE COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Codered, Peru, NE, Invitational
2005
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA ROTUNDA GALLERY, UNL MFA Ceramics: Recent Work, Lincoln, Nebraska
WORCESTER CRAFTS CENTER. Karen Karnes Ceramics Invitational, Worcester, MA
L/A ARTS CENTER. All Maine Invitational, Exhibit and Auction, Auburn, Maine
2000 – 2006
WATERSHED CENTER FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS, Benefit Show and Sale, Newcastle, ME
2004
CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART, The Inspired Hand II, Juried Show
AUCOCISCO GALLERY, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art Benefit Show , Portland, ME
WORCESTER CRAFTS CENTER. “Handle It” Invitational Show, Worcester, MA
2003
SCOTT GOLDBERG POTTERY, Peninsula Potters, Invited Artist, Brooksville, Maine
1999 - 2002
CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART, Work of the Hand Invitational Group Show, Rockland, Maine
1998
MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, “New Faces” - A curated, invitational 3-person show, Orono, Maine

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2006 – 2009
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
Graduate advisor to 1st and 2nd year ceramic MFA candidates
Beginning Ceramics: Sculptural forms, basic throwing and hand-building
2007
PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Assistant to Gail Kendall
2005
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN, Co-taught with Gail Kendall
Beginning Ceramics: Introductory hand building and wheel throwing
Intermediate Ceramics: Continued development of throwing skills, taught and supervised introduction to firing gas and electric kilns
Advanced Ceramics: advised students on independent sculpture and pottery projects with emphasis on student articulation of ideas and craftsmanship.
2005
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, Hand, Mind and the Creative Process Workshop, Assistant to Chris Staley
2005
BATES COLLEGE, Short Term Faculty/Lecturer in Ceramic Art, The Japanese Tea Ceremony: short-term semester with emphasis on wheel throwing, readings and discussion on the history of the Japanese tea ceremony
2004
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Visiting Artist, Portland, Maine
1998 - 2001
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Continuing Education, Portland, Maine
2000
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Visiting Ceramic Artist, Portland, Maine
1994 - 2000
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Continuing Education–Secondary Students, Portland, ME

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
2002 - 2009
Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine
St. George Pottery, St. George, Maine
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

COLLECTIONS
2008
University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
Marc & Kathryn LeBaron, Lincoln, Nebraska

PUBLICATIONS
2008
CERAMICS MONTHLY, October 2008, Up Front Review, p. 32
2007
CERAMICS MONTHLY, August/September 2007, The MFA Factor, p. 43

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1990 – 2005
Paralegal, Douglas, Dehnam, Buccina & Ernst, Portland, Maine