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Marianne McGrath

Marianne McGrath Contemporary Ceramics on Ceramics Now Magazine

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"My work is a contemplation on material, process, and object metaphors that juxtaposes the medium of clay with industrial materials to create installations that speak of landscapes lost. Inspired by the landscape of my agrarian childhood home now covered by suburban sprawl, I strive for these works to be spaces and scenarios the viewer can physically or psychologically enter and inhabit, that calls one to pause and witness the result of my consideration of the changing landscapes that surround us.

I employ the medium of clay in unconventional ways to accent the metaphorical capacity of the medium to communicate a sense of memory, ephemerality, and loss.  Based primarily on forms from the now lost landscape of my childhood, the clay objects I create may be unfired and preserved in wax, or fired with raw or unexpected surfaces. I present these objects as physical tributes to a memory, marking both a landscape that I have experienced that no longer exists, and the actual tangible process of object making. These clay objects are then placed with forms made of materials that currently inhabit and fill this now suburban landscape.

The resulting works are entities that are symbiotic yet impossible, balancing what can be seen now, and was seen before. These works speak of the human idea and need of home, and the necessary yet chaotic change that rural and suburban landscapes constantly undergo. They are meant to leave viewers questioning, perhaps considering the role they play in the landscapes that surround them.” Marianne McGrath

Marianne McGrath's C.V. (resume) - View her works

EDUCATION
2007 - Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art-Ceramics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2002 - Access Student in Ceramics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
2001 - Bachelors of Art, Studio Art-Ceramics & Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008-present - Instructor of Art (tenure track), Ceramics & Sculpture Area Head, Temple College, Temple, TX
2011-present - Coordinator, Juror, NCECA’s Projects Space, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
- Executive Board Member, Treasurer, Texas Sculpture Group, TX (statewide)
2011 - Mentor, Arthouse’s Advanced Young Artists Program, Arthouse, Austin, TX
2008 - Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2007-2008 - Adjunct Professor, Ceramics Department, Concordia University Texas, Austin, TX
2007-2008 - Adjunct Professor, Foundations Department, Concordia University Texas, Austin, TX
2004-2007 - Teaching Assistant, Ceramics Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2006 - Teaching Assistant, Foundations Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2001-2004 - Co-Founder, Co-Curator & Lead Coordinator, Gallery Sovereign, Boulder, CO

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
(*denotes solo & two person shows)
2012 - *Marianne McGrath: New Works, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM (upcoming)
- AFTA, Bastrop Arts Center, Bastrop, TX (upcoming)
- Masters & Protégés, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX (upcoming)
2011 - E.A.S.T., ArtPost, Austin, TX
- The Contemporaries, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
- E.A.S.T Group Show, Big Medium, Austin, TX
- Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
- Kaleidoscope, ArtPost, Austin, TX 
- Advanced Young Artists at Arthouse Exhibition, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- NCECA’s Projects Space, Tampa Exhibition Center, Tampa, FL
- Six Pack Show, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, TX
- Inspired Surfaces, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
- Datchuk/McGrath/Takaba-Emerging Ceramic Artists in TX, COM Gallery, Texas City, TX
- Springboard, ArtPost, Austin, TX
- Masters & Protégés, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
- 5x7, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- University of Dallas Regional, Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
- Springboard, ArtPost, Austin, TX
- Temple College Faculty Exhibition, Temple Visual Art Gallery, Temple, TX
- University of Dallas Regional, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX
2010 - *Off The Wall: New work by Marianne McGrath, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, TX
- Clay 2010, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
- Kaleidoscope, ArtPost, Austin, TX
- Craft Texas, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
- East Austin Studio Tour, ArtPost, Austin, TX
- *Ultralab: Inaugural Show: Marianne McGrath & Scott Proctor, ArtPost, Austin, TX
- Masters & Protégés, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
The People’s Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
2009 - *Thoughts on Long Drives, New Work by Marianne McGrath, TC Art Gallery, Temple, TX
- The Magnificent Seven, Houston Decorative Center, Houston, TX
- Inspiration in Education, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
- University of Dallas Regional, Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
2008 - 2008 Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, TX
- Rising Stars: Marianne McGrath & Erin Curtis, Richter Gallery, Austin, TX
- Rare Earth, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
- Annual Faculty Exhibition, Concordia Gallery, Concordia University Texas, Austin, TX
2007 - Eklektikos 07: Marianne McGrath & Rino Pizzi, Till Ricter Gallery, Austin, TX
- CODA II, Visual Arts Complex, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- Amarillo 600, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
- Dallas National Ceramic Competition, Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas TX
2006 - Making It Alone, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX
- San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX
- 5 x 7, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- Related: Mass Gallery Inaugural Show, Mass Gallery, Austin, TX
- GRID, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX
2005 - Marianne McGrath & Michael Anderson: Recent Work, OxBow Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
- Shade, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX
- Fellowship Group Show, OxBow Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
- 5 x 7, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- *Marianne McGrath: Line Studies, Closet Space Gallery, UT Austin, Austin, TX
2004 - CLUTCH/FLOW, Studio 107, Austin, TX
2003 - Own It: Gallery Sovereign Owners’ Show, Gallery Sovereign, Boulder, CO
- Fever, Core New Art Gallery, Denver, CO
- *Response: Recent Work By Marianne McGrath, Gallery Sovereign, Boulder, CO

BIBLIOGRAPHY
- “NCECA’s Projects Space 2011,” NCECA 2011 Catalog, March 2011
- Editor, “East Austin Studio Tour Highlights,” Austin Monthly, November 2010
- Editor, “Craft Texas: 2010,” Craft Texas 2010 Catalog, December, 2010
- Blundell, Judy, “The Big Idea: The Work of Marianne McGrath,” Taylor Daily Press, October 10, 2009
- Staff, “Art Exhibit May Be a Long Drive of Enjoyment”, Belton Journal, September 17, 2009
- Toman, Emily “The Life of Long Drives”, Temple Daily Telegram, September 17, 2009
- Renfrom, Ryan “Clay Play”, Temple Daily Telegram, January 11, 2009
- Walker, Jade “CODA II”, CODA II Catalog, April 2007
- Lovelace, Joyce “San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts”, American Craft, Aug/Sep ‘06
- Lancaster, Ann “Juror’s Statement”, San Angelo National Ceramic Competition Catalog, 2006
- Campbell, Andy “Marianne McGrath”, Making It Alone Catalog, 2006
- Codlin, Alex “Marianne McGrath”, Shade Catalog, 2005
- Editor, “Pick of the Week”, Austin Chronicle, August 26, 2005
- Riedy, James “A Room of Their Own” The Daily Camera, August 8, 2002

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
2011 - NCECA’s Projects Space Participant, Tampa, FL
- Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program Participant, Arthouse, Austin, TX
2007 - Award of Merit, Dallas National Ceramic Competition, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
- Graduate Travel Grant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2006 - Graduate Travel Grant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2005 - OxBow Summer Fellowship, OxBow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
- David Deming Endowed Scholarship in Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- Kelly Fearing Endowed Scholarship in Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- Graduate Travel Grant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2004 - Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Assistance, University Graduate Forum, UT Austin, Austin, TX
- Graduate Travel Grant, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2003 - Scholarship Recipient, Anderson Ranch School of Art, Summer Program, Snowmass Village, CO
   
WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS & LECTURES
2011 - Sculpture Workshop, Young Artists at Arthouse Program, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- Guest Speaker, Arthouse’s New World Kids Program, Arthouse, Austin, TX
- Sculpture Workshop, Guest Speaker, TIPS on Art Summer Programs, Austin, TX
- Artist Lecture, College of the Mainland Department of Art, Texas City, TX
- NCECA’S Projects Space Participant, NCECA Annual Conference, Tampa, FL
2010 - Artist Lecture, Live Oak Art Gallery, Columbus, TX
2009 - Artist Lecture, Temple College Art Gallery, Temple, TX

RESIDENCIES
2011 - Shrimp Boat Project Participant, Galveston, TX
2005 - OxBow School of Art Summer Residency & Fellowship Recipient, in association with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI
       
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
2001-present - National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
2004-present - College Art Association
2008-present - Texas Association of Community College Teachers
- Texas Association of Schools of Art
- Temple College Faculty Council
- Texas Clay Association
2011-present - Texas Sculpture Group

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
- Dan Sutherland, MFA
Interim Associate Chair, Department of Art & Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
512-232-5876, scumpuppy@mail.utexas.edu
- Margo Sawyer, MFA
Associate Professor of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
512.471.0920, romulus@mail.utexas.edu
- John Stoney, MFA   
Associate Professor of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
718.219.5383, jack@stoney.net
- Dan Hammett, MFA
Chair, Art Department, & Associate Professor of Art, The University of Dallas   
972.721.5316, hammett@udallas.edu

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