Christine Golden

Christine Golden has been creating and teaching art for over 15 years. She has explored many different avenues of art, such as painting, pottery, metal and woodworking; but her primary focus has been the human form sculpted in clay.

She draws inspiration from the natural world, and the idiosyncrasies of human nature. Because her inspiration lies within nature and human nature; you can often find her outdoors and people watching. Experiencing different cultures, customs, architecture and artworks by traveling though out the States and abroad, has also greatly influenced her work. Christine pulls from all of these influences to create her psychological portraits. Her Narratives explore that fertile ground where the historical and allegorical, and the tragedy and comedy of every day life develop into a theatrical journey.

Christine attained her BFA at the University of Utah, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded an undergraduate research grant and the University of Utah permanent collection purchase award. Before attending graduate school she worked as a ceramic lab technician and taught for five years at Youth City Artways, a state funded educational organization for “at-risk” youth.

In 2010 she received her MFA from Indiana University where she also became an Associate professor and received several awards, such as the Grant in Aid of Research & Creative Activity Award, Tanner Fellowship, Indiana University Fine Arts Fellowship, and the Della Fricke Teaching Scholarship. During this time she won the Ilknur P. Ralston Memorial Award through the National Society of Arts and Letters and displayed her art at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

During her professional career, Christine has participated in numerous residencies and visiting artist programs, a few of which include Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Red Lodge Clay Studio, Northern Arizona University, and the LH Project. She continues to teach workshops and classes through numerous organizations such as the Coconino Community College, Santa Fe Clay, and the Armory Art Center, among others. She curates exhibitions, including “The Realm of the Feminine: Interior Edge” at the 2012 NCECA (National Council on Education for the Arts). And has been published in several art books and magazines including Ceramics Monthly, Direct Art, Ceramic Sculpture: Making Faces, and 500 Figures in Clay Vol. 2.

Currently Christine is a dedicated studio artist where she continues to be a life-long student through the exploration and investigation into art, human foibles and the natural world. She teaches workshops, participates in numerous exhibitions and visiting artist programs, and is currently represented by Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale, Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico, ARC Gallery in Sedona, and Eutectic in Portland.


Christine Golden Ceramics, You, Me, This and That
Christine Golden, When We Are Kids

– You, Me, This and That, 2011-2014

– When We Are Kids, 2012-2013

I create sculptures that explore the momentum of our daily lives and the accumulation of events that become the anatomy of our existence. I draw inspiration from the natural world and the idiosyncrasies of human nature. Because my inspiration lies within nature and human nature, environmental and specific social concerns are often visible throughout my work. My sculptures are visual diaries wherein each figure becomes a psychological portrait. I am investigating that fertile ground where the historical and allegorical, and the tragedy and comedy of life intersect.

In order to facilitate the narrative of each piece, I create a framework or environment for my characters by using particular patterns, imagery, and animals that have specific symbolic or metaphorical meaning. Some of my narratives become didactic lessons, and some are portrayals of events and memories, while others are purely emotional responses. I also pull inspiration from the canon of classical art. Whether it is the forces of nature found in Romanticism, the contemplative and reactionary qualities of Neo-classical art, or the grandeur of concepts associated with the Baroque period. I particularly admire the dramatic paintings that document historical, religious, and mythological events, in which moral tales and reactions to times of unease become expressive declarations. All of these influences have been distilled down to the off-kilter, theatrical characteristics that make up my art; wherein a narrative voyage of life’s journey is created.

CHRISTINE GOLDEN’s C.V. (resume) | View all works

2010 – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Ceramics MFA, May 2010 
2005 – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT BFA, Summa cum Laude

2014 – Workshop instructor, “Figuring it Out”, Armory Art Center, FL
– Visiting Artist: Northland Pioneer College, AZ
– Workshop instructor, Southern AZ Clay Artists Guild, AZ
2013 – Coconino Community College, AZ, Associate Instructor
2012 – LH Project, Resident artist, OR
– NAU, Visiting artist, AZ
– NCECA Exhibition, Curator: “The Realm of the Feminine: Interior Edge”, WA
2011 – Workshop instructor: Emotional Impact: The Human Head, Santa Fe Clay, NM
– Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT, Resident Artist
2010 – Heron School of Art, Indianapolis IN, Visiting Artist
– Penland School of Arts &Crafts, NC, Assistant to Tip Toland
2009-10 – Indiana University, Associate Instructor, Ceramics for majors
2009 – Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, Assistantship: invited by Christina West
2008-09 – Indiana University, Associate Instructor, 3-D Design Fundamentals for Art Majors
2008 – Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, summer resident, fellowship
2007 – Vermont Studio Center: Johnson, VT, Sculpture residency, Fellowship
2003-07 – Youth City Artways, Ceramics and Visual Arts Teacher, Salt Lake City, UT
2000-05 – University of Utah, Ceramic Lab Technician 
2002 – Undergraduate Research Grant, National Research Fellow, Presenter, IN
– Peter’s Valley Art and Craft Center, NJ, Ceramic summer internship, Fellowship

2014 – 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, TX
– Women’s Art: Women’s Vision, Joseph Center for Arts and Culture, OR
2013 – Christine Golden SOLO Show, Gallery 113, AZ 
– Visions in Clay: BEST OF SHOW, San Joaquin Delta College, CA 
– It’s Elemental, Coconino Art Center, AZ
– Human/ Nature, invited artist, Manchester, NH
– Beginning to End, Co-curator, Santa Fe Clay, NM
2012 – Visions in Clay: BEST OF SHOW, San Joaquin Delta College, CA
– The Realm of the Feminine: Interior Edge, Curator, NCECA, Seattle, WA 
– Across the Divide, Invited artist, Flagstaff, AZ 
– Mounted, Invited artist, Red Lodge Clay Center, MT
2011 – Visions in Clay, San Joaquin Delta College KH Horton Gallery, CA 
– Contemporary Ceramics, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA
– From the Ground up XXV, Las Cruces Museum of Art, NM
– Confinement, Workhouse Art Center, Virginia 
– Figurines, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
– 60th Anniversary of Archie Bray: Contemporary ceramics exhibition, Al Swanson Annual – – Women Exposed: Every Body, Form, Formless, & Transfiguration, IN
– SOLO: Christine Golden: Debut Exhibition, Gebert Contemporary AZ,
2010 – A New Decade of Clay: 2010, North Star Resort, Tahoe, CA
– The In-Between, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sofa Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2009 – Clay & Context; BEST IN SHOW, Juror: Sherman Hall, ISU Terra Haute, IN
– The Kinsey Institute National Juried Competition, The Kinsey Institute, IN
– National Society of Arts and Letters, Emerging artist regional competition, Ilknur P. Ralston Memorial Award, Gallery North, Bloomington, IN
– Gittens Invitational, Gittens Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 – The Kinsey Institute National Juried Competition, The Kinsey Institute, IN

– Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
– Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM 
– Eutectic, Portland, OR
– ARC Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2014 – Lark Book: 500 Figures in Clay, Vol 2, by Nan Smith
– Ceramic Sculpture: Making Faces, by Alex Irvine
– Direct Art Magazine, Vol. 21/ 7 
2013 – THE Santa Fe Monthly Magazine, Feb/March pg 49, “Beginning to End”
– Flagstaff Live, Vol. 19/ issue 49, pg12-13, ”Fascinating Faces and Places” 
– The NOISE: arts & news Magazine, Oct/ Cover & pg 18, “Sweet dreams are made of these”
2012 – Ecumene: Interface in American Ceramics
– Pasatiempo Magazine, Dec 14, pg. 52-53 “Ceramic Cycle” 
– AZDaily Sun, ”Mind Blowing Works in Clay” Sunday, June 10, 2012 
– Flagstaff LIVE, June, Cover & pg. 14-17, “Lasting Impressions”, 
– The NOISE: arts & news Magazine, June issue/ pg 15-16,” Across the Divide”
2009-10 – Ceramics Monthly, Oct. 2010, pg.47
– Ceramics Monthly, April 2009, pg.18
– Indiana University MFA Catalog
– Canvas Creative Arts Magazine, Vol. 12. Issue Two. Spring 2009. Pg 26-27 / Vol 13. Issue One. Fall 2009. Pg 58 / Vol. 13. Issue Two. Spring 2010. Pg 36-37
– Kinsey Today, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

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