Walter McConnell received his BFA from the University of Connecticut in 1974 and his MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University in 1986. Known for his installations of moist clay and towering assemblages of cast porcelain, he is the recipient of grants from, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Constance Saltonstall Foundation.
McConnell’s sculpture has been exhibited widely: at The Freer-Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian; the Bard Graduate Center Galleries NYC; the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD; the American University Art Museum, Washington DC; The Denver Art Museum; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; MASS MoCA; The Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA; The Henan Museum, Zhengzhou China and in the 2019 Korean Ceramic Biennale. Essays and reviews on McConnell’s work have appeared in Sculpture Magazine, World Sculpture News, The New Art Examiner, Ceramics: Art and Perception, The New York Times and Ceramics Monthly. Walter McConnell is currently Professor and Division Chair, Division of Ceramic Art at Alfred University.