Casey Whittier is an artist who received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is deeply interested in the philosophical power of visual art and the ways in which the ceramic and material creates direct connections between the geology of the earth, basic human needs, and complex metaphysical desires.
Her research centers around understanding personal and cultural value systems associated with historical and contemporary craft and labor. Repetitive processes and systems of reliance are particularly captivating. She thinks of all her works (whether objects, installations, or socially engagements) as manifested metaphors. Beyond the studio, Whittier works with The Land Institute through their Ecosphere Studies Program cohort and as a participant in their Silphium Civic Science Community, where research into new perennial and sustainable food and oil seed production is ongoing.
Whittier teaches ceramics social practice at the Kansas City Art Institute and works from her home studio. Whittier was named a 2020 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She is Vice President for Artaxis.org.