Artists in Residence
The Museum School Ceramics Department launched an Artist in Residence program in 2011. Residency programs benefit both the artist and the organization in that the artist is able to build his/her own repertoire of skills and add to his/her résumé. The organization receives the benefit of a budding professional in the field who will bring fresh ideas to the program.
The Ceramics Department’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Jennifer Fitzhugh, completed her residency in August 2012. Her lasting contribution to the Pottery Department was converting the old Alpine kiln into a soda-fire kiln.
Our second Artist-in-Residence, Ryan Sniegocki, served as resident artist for two years, from 2012 to 2014, continuing the work started by Jennifer of converting the old Alpine kiln into a soda-fire kiln.
Ashley Morrison is the new Resident Artist in Ceramics at the Arkansas Art Center. She was born in Italy and raised in Arkansas. She holds a Ceramics Degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and she recently finished an academic residency at Colorado State University. She strives to create uniquely unfamiliar functional ware that invokes a sense of mystery while simultaneously exploring issues of ornamentation and beauty. She finds pleasure in altering traditional objects and distorting ideas of function to suit her own aesthetic sensibility. All of Ashley’s work is wheel-thrown and assembled by hand. She also teaches basic handbuilding and intermediate and advanced handbuilding and wheel throwing ceramics classes. See Ashley’s work at http://cargocollective.com/ashleymorrison.