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Ryan Blackwell

Ryan Blackwell Ceramics featured artist on Ceramics Now Magazine

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Ryan Blackwell was born and raised in Indiana — receiving a BA in Studio Art from DePauw University in 2009. Expecting to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the spring of 2013 with an MFA, Ryan intends to move to Brooklyn and continue his journey as an emerging artist.

"My practice is rooted in material investigation. I find my work in a consistent state of flux. Processes change and evolve, imagery comes and goes. This minute I’m steeped in symbolism, say, through the repetition of thousands of dustpans, while the other I’m firmly rooted in geometric abstraction.

My fluid framework reflects my experience of American culture—a place where I navigate free choice and inherent socio-political and economic constraints. Through symbols and materials of domesticity my works find some continuity. It is my intention to create works that, in relation to each other, seem as dichotomous as they are connected. Although materials and processes may seem disparate, they find connection through aesthetics and systematic repetition. It is through a controlled failure of my materials and systems that I find consistency. But of course, inconsistency is always present.” Ryan Blackwell

Ryan Blackwell's C.V. (resume) - View his works

EDUCATION
2013 - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Master of Fine Art Candidate, Ceramics; Expected Graduation Date Listed
2009 - DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, Ceramics
2008 - GLCA New York Arts Program, New York City, New York

EXHIBITIONS
2012 - Fabricated Dichotomy, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA
- MOUNTED, The Loft Gallery, Red Lodge, MT
- Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
- PRINTS + PIECES, Mt Comfort Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
- SPICK-AND-SPAN, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA
- On The Wall, Thomas Hunter Project Space, New York City, NY
2011 - Imported, Miss Annabel Dee Gallery, Leigh on Sea, England, UK
- Points of Origin, UMass Amherst Student Union Gallery, Amherst, MA
- Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
- Post-Authentic Habitation, Gallery 244, New Bedford, Massachusetts
- 2011 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, University of South Florida’s Centre Gallery and the William and Oliver Gallery, Tampa, Florida
- Sierra Mist, Gallery 244, New Bedford, Massachusetts
2010 - Glimpse Exhibition, Gallery 244, New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Corporeal Impermanence, The Low Road Gallery, Greencastle, Indiana
- National Society of Arts & Letters Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, Gallery North, Bloomington, Indiana
- 4th Annual Juried Group Show, Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terra Haute, Indiana
2009 - Northwest Indiana Juried Art Show, The Low Road Gallery, Greencastle, Indiana
- Senior Art Show, Visual Arts Gallery at Peeler, Greencastle, Indiana
2008 - Salon Des Refuse, The Blue Door Café, Greencastle, Indiana
2007-2006-2005 - Annual Juried Art Show, Peeler Art Center, Greencastle, Indiana

PRESS
2012 - Featured Artist, Ceramics Now Magazine, ceramicsnow.org
- Review: PPrints + Pieces at Mt. Comfort, Dan Grossman, NUVO Inc.
- THE BEST & WORST YEARS, QUANTITY 3, IKEA STACK - April 2012
- SPICK-AND-SPAN - April 2012
2010 - NCECA Journal, Volume 32, Page 141
2008 - Sketch Pad, Low Road Gallery
2007-2006 - The Midwestern Review, Biannual Publication, DePauw University

GRANTS AND AWARDS
20011 - Ceramics Club Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
2009-2010 - Fifth Year Internship, DePauw University
2008-2009 - E. Louise Reuter Endowed Scholarship, Annual Fund, DePauw University
2005-2009 - Indiana Higher Education Award,Frank O’Bannon Grant with Academic Honors, State of Indiana
- Indiana Freedom of Choice Award, Frank O’Bannon Grant with Academic Honors, State of Indiana
2008 - Outside Scholarship, DePauw University
- Indiana Artist / Craftsmen Talbot Street Art Fair
2005-2006 - Federal Pell Grant, United States Department of Education
- Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, United States Department of Education

APPOINTMENTS
2011 - Summer Studio Manager, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2010-2011 - Graduate Assistantship, Ceramic Studio Technician, UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Artist Assistant, Jim Lawton, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
2010 - Part-Time Instructor,DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana / Art Department, Ceramics
- Teaching Assistant and Project Technician, Deer Meadow Primary School, Greencastle, Indiana
- Gallery Technician,The Low Road Gallery, Greencastle, Indiana
2009-2010 - Teaching Assistant, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana / Art Department, Ceramics
2008 - Artist Apprentice, New York Arts Program New York City, New York / Worked under Michele Oka Doner and Diana Al-Hadid

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