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BRANT, JENNI
BRANT, JENNI
NEBRASKA
My understanding of beauty is rooted in my rural mid-western upbringing and my parents’ emphasis on family bonds, respect and hard work. My work affirms life and is a reminder to celebrate the trivial, the tragic and the triumphant.

My pots are intended for gatherings of family and friends. While on display they serve as daily reminders of times spent with loved ones and symbols of times to come. These are functional pots, despite their delicate appearance. Symmetrical forms establish sturdiness and utility, while the fragility of their handles and edges and the
precariousness of the feet are reminders to handle the work –and life—with care. Smooth, luscious, and transparent surfaces and lace decorations suggest formal use, though the pots are appropriate for everyday domestic life.

While made by hand, my work emphasizes the beauty of the object over the identity of the maker. The pots are individually crafted from start to finish, using only the wheel, draping molds and my hands as tools to make parts that are altered and assembled into complete pieces. The damp green ware is then decorated with colored slips and
finished with luscious glazes. They are inspired by the pottery of ancient Persia and Sung dynasty China, as they challenge contemporary masculine ceramics. Colors remind us of flesh and of candy; things that are sweet, good, and that stir desire.

Born and raised in southwest Wisconsin on a dairy farm, Jenni Brant developed an appreciation for the simplicity of life and the beauty of natural materials that comes through in her elegant and carefully crafted pottery. Jenni is a maker of functional ceramic objects focusing on serving vessels and dinnerware made for celebratory occasions, often making the most mundane of activities a cause for merriment and remembrance. She received a BFA with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in December 2002 and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in April 2007. Jenni also works as the Executive Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, a job which allows her interact with and support the work of artists, writers and composers from all over the country. In addition, Jenni teaches workshops working with students, young and old, beginners and professionals. Jenni was named an Emerging Artist of 2008 by Ceramics Monthly and was recently recognized with a Mayor’s Arts Kimmel Foundation Award. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and 500 Plates & Chargers by Lark Books. She is represented at Lill Street Art Center, Terra Incognito, LUX Center for the Arts and the Sheldon Art Museum Store.

EDUCATION
2004-2007
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
MFA in Ceramics, Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellow
1997-2002
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW)
BFA with Ceramic Emphasis, Summa Cum Laude

SELECTED EXHIBITION RECORD
2012
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Seattle, WA (Upcoming Invitational)
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA (Invitational)
Flora, Gallery Up, Rockhill, SC (Two-person)
LEAP Award Finalist Feature, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA (Solo)
2011
Holiday Invitational: Winter's Florifertum, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

(Invitational)

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE (solo)
Small Works, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI (Invitational)
8th Annual Ceramics Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI (Invitational)
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Tampa, FL (Invitational)
2010
Holiday Show Room: Mugs as Ornaments Display, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC (Invitational)
Gifts from the Hand, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Group Show)
July Members Invitational, Gallery 9, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Tea and Coffee, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI (Invitational)
NEXPO Exhibition, NCECA, Philadelphia, PA (Invitational)
a la cARTe, NCECA, Philadelphia, PA (Invitational)
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Philadelphia, PA (Invitational)
40th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI (Invitational)
2009
Adorned, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD (Invitational)
Gifts from the Heart, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Drink Up!, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL (Invitational)
Alumni Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI (Invitational)
Strictly Functional, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA (Juried)
Fruits of Their Labor, LUX Center for the Arts Annual Auction, Lincoln, NE (Fundraiser Event)
Members Invitational, Gallery 9, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Drawing the Line, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE (Fundraiser Event)
Individuals Developing Together, NCECA, Phoenix, AZ (Group)
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Phoenix, AZ (Invitational)
a la cARTe, NCECA, Phoenix, AZ (Invitational)
National Juried Cup Exhibition, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Juried)
Guns, Girls and Meat, The Project Room, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
January Invitational, Terra Incognito, Chicago, IL (Invitational)
2008
Gifts from the Heart, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Intimate Distances, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS (3-person)
Fruits of Their Labor, Lux Center for the Arts Annual Auction, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
All Fired Up: The Artful Table, Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY (Invitational)
Desire and Utility, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Solo)
Look Inside: Work from Burro Branch Studios, A to Z Printing, Lincoln, NE (Two-person)
2007
National Cup Show, Siena Heights, Adrian, MI (Juried)
Winter Showroom, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (Invitational)
National Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS (Juried)
Art of Fine Craft, Elder Gallery, Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE (Juried)
It's Only Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN (Juried)
Clay Convergence, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
4th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (Juried)
Beautiful Objects, Eisentrager • Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Solo)
COllaboratioNE, UMC Gallery, Boulder, CO (Invitational)
Red Alert, Hastings College Art Gallery, Hastings, NE (Invitational)
2006
Delineations, SoOh Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Blue Grass Clay National Show, The Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY (Juried)
Botanicals, The Eisentrager • Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Code Red, Peru State College Gallery, Peru, NE (Invitational)
100 Cups, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
3rd Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (Juried)
New Visual Voices: UNL MFA Students, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
Quiet Obsessions, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Two-person Exhibition)
2005
UNL MFA Ceramics: Recent Works, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, NE (Group)
UNL Graduate Students, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE (Invitational)
2004
Cup: The Intimate Object III, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN (Juried)
Fall Juried Artist Members Exhibition, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE (Juried)
Recent Works: Graduate Ceramics, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS (Group)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
July 2007-Present Studio Artist, Jenni Brant Ceramics, Lincoln, NE (relocated to Nebraska City, NE 2010)
2007
Apr 2010-Present Executive Director, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
Jan 2008-Apr 2010Education Director, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Adjunct Faculty for Beginning Ceramics, Doane College, Lincoln, NE
Gallery Assistant, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Assistant Gallery Director, Eisentrager • Howard Gallery, UNL
2005-2006
Teacher of Record, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005
Exhibition Coordinator, UNL MFA Ceramics: Recent Works, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Fundraiser Coordinator, UNL Clay Club Throw-a-Thon and Sale for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
2004-2005
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2003-2004
Manager, Burnies Rock Shop, Madison, WI
2002-2003
Assistant Manager, Burnies Rock Shop, Madison, WI

PUBLIC LECTURES/WORKSHOPS
2012
Visiting Artist, Syracuse High School, Syracuse, NE (Upcoming 1-day workshop)
2011
Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2-day workshop/lecture)
Guest Artist, Nebraska ESU4 Art Cadre, Nebraska City, NE (1-day workshop)
Visiting Artist, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (1-day workshop)
2010
Guest Speaker, Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn, NE
Teaching Artist, Sheldon Art Museum/Lincoln High, Lincoln, NE (1-wk workshop)
2009
Panel Discussion, Careers in the Arts, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
2008
Visiting Artist Workshop, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE (2-day)
Visiting Artist Workshop, Northeast High School, Lincoln, NE (1-day)
Gallery Talk, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2007
Gallery Talk, Eisentrager • Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE
Gallery Talk and Slide Lecture, UMC Gallery, UC Boulder, CO
2006
Gallery Talk, Peru State College Gallery, Peru, NE
2003
Visiting Artist, Clay for Kids After School Program,
Madison Metropolitan School District (3 months)
2002
Presenter, UW-W Undergraduate Research Day, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI
2001
Presenter, National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Montana-Missoula
Instructor, UW-W Saturdays for Young Scholars (2 months)
Presenter, UWW Undergraduate Research Day
Visiting Artist Workshop, Badger High School, Lake Geneva, WI (1 day)
Visiting Artist Workshop, Parker High School, Janesville, WI (1day)

SELECTED AWARDS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION
2010
Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) Finalist, Society for Contemporary Craft,
Pittsburgh, PA
2009
Lincoln Mayor's Arts Award – Emerging Artist (sponsored by Kimmel Foundation)
2008
NICHE Award Finalist, Professional Category: Ceramics, Wheel-Thrown
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly
2004-2007
Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship, UNL
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, UNL
2002
Work Study Studio Assistant Grant Penland School of Crafts Bailey Ceramic Award, UW-W Annual Student Juried Art Show
Chancellor’s Office Purchase Award, UW-W Annual Student Juried Art Show

ONGOING GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI
Terra Incognito Studios, La Grange, IL
LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Sheldon Art Museum Shop, Lincoln, NE
Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA

RESIDENCIES
2009
Kimmel Harding Nelson Arts Center, Nebraska City, NE (2-week residency)
2007
LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (6-month residency)

COLLECTIONS
PUBLIC
Teaching Collection at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, AR
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts, Fort Wayne, IN
Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
PRIVATE
Robert & Karen Duncan, Lincoln, NE
Robert & Vicki Northrup, Lincoln, NE
Charles & Jean Green, Pittsboro, NC

PUBLICATIONS
2001
Becoming an Artist: Socialization Processes in Four Art Programs,
Sociological Imagination, pp. 224-241, vol. 38, no. 4 (fall)

CITATIONS
2011
Extraordinary Vessels, NET Public Television, 6-minute feature airing on public television and online
2008
Woman uses finer things for pottery inspiration, Lincoln Journal Star, August 10, 2008, pg. 8K
Emerging Artists, Ceramics Monthly, May, pg. 80
500 Plates, Lark Book Publications, pg. 352
Art Axis Webpage, www.artaxis.org
2007
Ceramic Connections, L Magazine, November, pg. 60-61
MFA Factor, Ceramics Monthly, August/September, pg. 42
2006
Local Color, Lincoln Lifestyle Magazine, Winter, pg. 10-11