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Kristin Kowalski

Kristin Kowalski

Ceramic

Clay is a fundamental material that can be used to articulate a relationship between surface and form. The malleable qualities of clay allow me to show process and personal involvement within each three-dimensional sculpture. In the creation of art, I use the marks of the hand and textural elements to create harmony within the forms.

This body of work, inspired by personal growth and development, creates a feeling of intimacy between the interactions of the abstracted forms. Those experiences lead to a floral or blossom element that represents the peak of the experience. The work is meant to be very sensual, playful and slightly dark. I create these feelings with the combination of form, color and surface texture. The floral elements in my work have been inspired from my garden. I love the process and transformation that occurs in nature and feel this growth and cultivation echoes life’s experiences. I want viewers to relate to my work through the relationships of the forms, the representation of colors, and the formal elements and aesthetics of the pieces.

Kristin Kowalski holds a M.A. from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a B.F.A. from The Columbus College of Art and Design. She is ceramic artist that derives inspiration from the natural environment. Kristin has been a fine art instructor for elementary school children since 2007 and currently teaches at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo Ohio. She has also instructed at the Ann Arbor Cultural Art Center and Toledo Museum of Art.  Her artworks have been exhibited in a variety of solo, paired and group exhibitions nationally.

BOJUart donates a portion of each piece sold to this artist’s cause the Friends of the Earth International to emphasize the need to have a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature.

Allurement

Burst One

SOLO/PAIRED EXHIBITIONS
2017 Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington Arts Council, Upper Arlington OH
2016 Diana Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin OH
2016 Wolfe Gallery, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo OH
2016 Kansas City Arts Coalition, Kansas City MO, In Conjunction with the NCECA convention
2016 Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron OH
2013 Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron OH, Unveilings
2012 Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton MI
2012 Gallery Chiz, Pittsburg PA, Sense and Sensuality
2011 Art-o-Matic, Toledo OH
2010 Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City MD
2009 Art-o-Matic, Toledo OH
2009 Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Ohio State University, Mansfield OH
2007 Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2003 Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Bombay Sapphire Regional Finalist-Detroit, Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series, N’Namdi Center of Contemporary Art, Detroit MI             2018 Riffe Gallery, Columbus OH, Teachers as Artists
2015 LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA, Visions in Clay 2015
2014 LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA, Visions in Clay 2014
2014 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH, Natural Inspiration
2103 University of Toledo CVA Gallery, Toledo OH
2012 Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron OH, Small Gems
2011 Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron OH, Small Gems
2011 Hudson Gallery, Sylvania OH, Group of Nine
2010 Owens Community College, Toledo OH, Toledo Emerges
2010 J and J Gallery, Toledo OH, The Feminine Form
2010 Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus OH, Ohio Emerges
2008 Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT, Soda Salt National IV
2008 PIE Studio, Jacksonville, FL, Art on a Pedestal
2007 Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, OH, Kowalski, Lombardo, Van Kerkhove
2007 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, Toledo Area Artists
2007 Creative Arts Workshop, Hilles Gallery, New Haven, CT Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration and Evidence
2007 Franklin Square Gallery, 27th Annual July Exhibition, Southport, NC
2007 Englewood Arts,Englewood Civic Center, Englewood, CO
2005 Space 237 Gallery, Toledo, OH, Untitled
2004 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH, Toledo Area Artists
2004 Heuser Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, Contemporary Ceramic Invitation
2004 Stretch Gallery and Studios, Pineville North Carolina “Funk”-tion, National Ceramic Exhibition, Awarded “Honorable Mention”
2004 Celadon Clay Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, Ceramic Sculpture
2003 Link Gallery, Champaign IL, Annual Ceramics Exhibition
2003 Art Access Gallery, Columbus, OH, Emerging Artist Exhibition
2003 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, Toledo Area Artists
2003 Ohio Art League, Columbus, OH, Juried Exhibition
2002 Art Access Gallery, Columbus, OH, In Conjunction with George Bellows
2002 Art Access Gallery, Columbus, OH, Emerging Artist Exhibition

TEACHING
Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo OH, 2012 – present
Summit Academy Elementary, Toledo OH 2007 – 2012
Ann Arbor Cultural Arts Center, Ann Arbor MI, 2007 – 2012    
University of Illinois, Champaign IL, 2004 – 2006
Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus OH, 199 – 2003            

EDUCATION
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Master in Art, Art Education
Columbus College of Art & Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts , Fine Arts/ Ceramics

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