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My work combines, parts, pieces and fragments into sculptural forms.  Once constructed, these reference a simultaneous sense of structure and spontaneity.  The over-all forms I create are abstract and tend to lean toward non-representation. The parts and pieces act as inventory and evidence of the ever developing landscape and phenomenon of the progress of society.  This is a shared human experience, relevant to the present and bound by history.  I focus on a mix of architectural ornament, exposed layers of earth, engineered forms, discarded byproduct and industrial parts.  I am fascinated by the simultaneous accumulation of both new and old which overlaps itself as decades pass.

Clay, and the ceramic process, allows me to make a permanent record of what filters into my daily experience.  A material which is both intimately connected to our humanity and can be made to take any form.  As a companion to society, it owns a historicity like almost non-other.  Mixing media with store bought, found, and repurposed materials creates a context of the present.  Some physical connections amongst the parts are meant to seem temporary.

As a tangible snapshot of the dynamic nature of society and culture, these accumulations of visual information undermine a linear sense of recognition.  By attempting to create an appearance of a constant dismantling and reorganizing, of structure vs improvisation; the familiar elements and shape relationships are then overshadowed by uncertainty and ambiguity.  By expressing a delayed and shifting experience of understanding, I’m inviting my viewer to build, re-examine, deconstruct, then rebuild their own perceptions and conclusions.

 

                                                                                                                          

Education

2006    University of Minnesota Department of Art Minneapolis, Minnesota

Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics   Minor, Art History

 

2001    Northern Michigan University Department of Art and Design Marquette, MichiganBachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics

 

Teaching Experience

2012-Present   Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota

Visiting Assistant Professor

 

2013,15           University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Adjunct Faculty

 

2010                Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota

Sabbatical Replacement

 

2008-2009       Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, Montana

Community Class Instructor, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classe

 

Professional Experience and Grants

 

2016    McKnight Artist Fellowship Grant through the McKnight Foundation and the Northern Clay Center Artist Fellowship Program

 

2013    Guest Juror, Facilitator Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards, College of Visual Arts St. Paul, Minnesota

 

2009    The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, Montana

Artist in Residence, 2 years

 

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Studio and Facilities Technician-

 

Richard Notkin Ceramic Studio Artist, Helena, Montana

Studio Assistant

Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts, Helena, Montana

Awarded “Artist Spotlight Grant”

 

2008    Workshop Assistant to Donovan Palmquist Kiln Building Workshop Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, Montana

 

2006    International Snow Carving Symposium in conjunction with the Festival de Voyageur Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

 

2018    Scheduled Progress and Lamentations Solo Exhibition, Phipps Center for the    Arts Hudson, Wisconsin

 

2015    Nicolas Darcourt, New Work Solo Exhibition, Waseca Art Center, Gallery L Waseca, Minnesota

 

Filterd Two Person Exhibition, Nicolas Darcourt, Lois Peterson Schaefer Art Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, Minnesota

 

2009    Harp Overt, Solo Exhibition, Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts Helena, Montana

 

2008    Monument, Balance, Circumstance, Solo Exhibition University Center Gallery,  The University of Montana Missoula, Montana

 

2007    Panoramic Fusion, Two Person Exhibition, work by Jonathan Bridges, Nicolas Darcourt Northern Clay Center Gallery A, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2016    Open Door 12  Juried by Andrea Carlson, Rosalux Gallery Minneapolis, Minnesota “Artifact/Artifice I” stoneware, nylon twine, brazillian crate wood, “Artifact/Artifice II” stoneware, nylon rope, brazillian crate wood, “Artifact/Artifice III” stoneware, nylon twine, brazillian crate wood

 

Clay? VI Juried by University of Washington Ceramic Faculty, Kirkland Arts Center Kirkland, Washington “Artifact/Artifice I” stoneware, nylon twine, brazillian crate wood, “Artifact/Artifice II” stoneware, nylon rope, brazillian crate wood, “Artifact/Artifice III” stoneware, nylon twine, brazillian crate wood

 

Ceramics Exhibition Juried by Robert Harrison, Regional Exhibition in conjuction with NCECA 2016, Mulvane Art Museum Topeka, Kansas “New Habits” stoneware, underglaze, glaze

 

2015    River to River Juried by Bede Clark, Regional Exhibition in conjunction with Ceramic Conference, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa “Anecdote(Antedote)” stoneware, underglaze, glaze, underglaze transfer, “Blue Gentian” stoneware, underglaze, glaze

 

Visions in Clay Juried by Lisa Reinertson LH Horton Jr. Gallery Stockton, California “Sarsasm etc…” stoneware, glaze, underglaze transfer

 

Abstraction in Action Juried Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, Minnesota “Anecdote(Antedote)” stoneware, underglaze, glaze, underglaze transfer

 

Aut Kem (pr) Out Come invitational, a collection of contemporary ceramic works created by a network of friends and colleagues in conjunction with NCECA 2015 Cellar Door Projects Providence, Rhode Island “Blue Gentian” stoneware, underglaze, glaze

 

Graphic Clay Juried, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, Maryland “Color Sample Series, Corinthian” ” stoneware, glaze, underglaze, underglaze transfer 10”hx8”wx4”d

 

2014    Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2014 Biennial Juried Regional Group Show, Minnetonka, Minnesota “Sarcasm, etc…”, “Capillary Scribble”, “Billboard Veritas”, “Corbelo”, “Soft Footed”, “Lever”, “Canter One”, “Pastoral”

 

Contemporary Ceramics International Biannual-Clay & Context Juried by Ray Chen, Swope Art Museum-Halcyon Art Gallery Terra Haute, Indiana “Part 26 A” stoneware, glaze, underglaze, underglaze pencil, underglaze transfer paper

 

2013    Our Earth II, Juried Flow Art Space, St. Paul, Minnesota “Pastoral” stoneware, slip, glaze

Adjunct Faculty Show, Invitational Univerisity of Minnosota, Regis Cener for Art “Billboard Veritas” stoneware, slip, underglaze, glaze

 

2012    4th Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Juried by Sarah Millfelt, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota “Old Gin” stoneware, glaze, slip

Clay EVV Juried by Christyl Boger and Joseph Smith, The Arts Council of SW Indiana Evansville, Indiana “Corbelo” woodfired stoneware, slip, glaze  “Soft Footed” woodfired stoneware, slip, ceramic ink stamps

Passages Pathways Portals Juried Flow Art Space, Minneapolis, Minnesota “Throat Clutch” stoneware, slip, glaze

 

2010    Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay, Juried by Adrian Arleo, Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma  “The Wide Open” stoneware, glaze “Ornamento” stoneware, glaze                     –Awarded Jurors Choice-

 

Jersey Shore Clay National, Juried by Mark Dean, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, New Jersey, “Little Circus” wood fired stoneware, glaze

Soda Salt National V, Juried by Julia Galloway, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Montana “Wheel Barrow” salt fired stoneware, glaze, slips

 

Minnesota State University Moorhead Art Department Faculty Show, Hodo

Lounge Fargo, North Dakota “DeCornate” stoneware, glaze

 

Foot in the Door, Survey of Minnesota Artists, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts Minneapolis, Minnesota “Hand Study V” white earthenware, stains, glaze

2009    Archie Bray at the Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Kolva Sullivan Gallery “Shifted I”, “Shifted II” Spokane, Washington

 

2008    Archie Bray Residents Present and Past, Galaxie Gallery, Chicago Illinois “Proclivity Assignment (shifting)” terra cotta, glaze, stains

 

2007    2007 Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition

organized through Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, P.R. China   “Horse and Rider”, “Horse and Rider II”, “Horse and Rider III” stoneware, glaze

 

2006    Below the 49th Parallel, Invitational, The Label Gallery Winnipeg, Manitoba “Ever Forward” terra cotta, glaze, concrete

Global Unity, in affiliation with Minneapolis Mosaic, Minneapolis, Minnesota “8 Sided Triumph” terra cotta, glaze, concrete

North American Graduate Art Survey, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota Minneapolis “Temper Tantrum” terra cotta, concreate, glaze “Vigilant Id” terra cotta, concrete

 

Clay Bodies by Student Bodies, Hillstrom Museum of Art Saint Peter, Minnesota “Anonymous Gestures” terra cotta, glaze, concrete “Stacked” terra cotta, glaze, concrete

 

2005    Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “Time Series III” stoneware ceramic, “My Drunken Id” terra cotta, glaze

2005    Beyond Borders, Off Beat Gallery Minneapolis, Minnesota  “Please Remove your Shoes” unfired terra cotta, mixed media installation

 

2004    Fresh At Soapbox, No Name Exhibitions Soap Box Factory Minneapolis, Minnesota “Pompous Poodle” stoneware

 

College Bowl 1, The Northern Clay Center Minneapolis, Minnesota “Point of View” stoneware

2003    It’s Only Clay, Bemidji Community Arts Council Bemidji, Minnesota

“Potpourri Jars-set of three” stoneware

 

Celebrating the Figure, Lansing Art Gallery Lansing, Michigan “Kara’s Constellation” ceramics

 

Publications

 

2015    Sun Sailor April 27 “Abstraction in Action at Minnetonka Center for the Arts” Photo and Caption of Ceramic Sculpture by Nicolas Darcourt as part of exhibition

 

2009    Ceramics Monthly “Harp Overt” featured in Upfront Exhibitions and Reviews by Nicolas Darcourt volume 9 issue 4 pp. 22

 

2008    Ceramics Monthly Gallery Guide “Inverted Dandies circa 1908” white earthenware, glaze, stains” volume 56 issue 8 pp.74

 

2007    2007 China Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition “Horse and Rider II” white earthenware, glaze published catalog accompanying exhibition p. 151

 

2006    Ceramics Monthly “Clay Bodies by Student Bodies” by Donald Myers and Lois Peterson November issue pp. 35-37

Works in Private Collection

Midge and Jerry Golner, Phoenix, Arizona “Reclined Slide II” terra cotta, glaze, stains 15″h 2008

Jon and Paulette Satre, Helena, Montana “Reclined Slide I” terra cotta, glaze, stains 17”h 2008

Richard Bater, Spokane,Washington “Proclivity Assignment” terra cotta, glaze, stains 13”h 2008

 

Gallery Representation

 

Cellar Door Projects, Providence, Rhode Island, http://www.cellardoorprojects.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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