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SOAD artists to exhibit at Fosdick-Nelson

 Four artists from the Division of Ceramic Art, each using distinct approaches to process, technologies, and materials, have come together to construct objects and installations that complicate perception of pattern and depth.


 ALFRED, NY – Four artists from the Division of Ceramic Art, each using distinct approaches to process, technologies, and materials, have come together to construct objects and installations that complicate perception of pattern and depth.

Jason Green, Johnathan Hopp, and Hannah Thompsett, in addition to Kahlil Robert Irving, who served last year as Turner Teaching Fellow in the Division of Ceramic Art, are exhibiting their work at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. The exhibition, Material Structures, will run through March 27.

The artists will also host a Gallery Talk at the Gallery March 19 at 4:30 p.m. . The Gallery Talk is open to the public a free of charge.

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 3 p.m. weekends. The Gallery is closed during University holidays.

 

Artist Biographies:

 Johnathan Hopp, an Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, has degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 2001, Industrial Design) and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (MDes, 2013, Industrial Design).  As a designer, Johnathan has worked on commissions and projects for clients such as Paul Smith (London), The Tel-Aviv municipality, the Kastiel furniture company (Tel-Aviv), and the Design Museum (Holon). As a studio artist, he has exhibited his work in venues such as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Gardiner Museum (Toronto), the Museum of Art and Design (NYC) and the Yingge Museum (Taipei). His work resides in public and private collections such as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), the Kneset collection(Israeli parliament, Jerusalem) and the Jewish Museum (NYC).

  Jason Green received his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 1998 and returned to Alfred in 2009 after teaching Ceramics at Walnut Hill School for the Arts for 11 years. In the Division of Ceramics he has taught Tile, Intro to Throwing, Tools and Strategies for Digital Design and Fabrication, Systems and Color and Surface. He has also taught students in Freshman Foundation workshops including Color, Make:Lab, Observational and Experimental Drawing.  Greens work with tile and architectural terra cotta explores the intersections between traditional methods of making and digital design and fabrication technologies. For the last three years he has collaborated with artists, architects and engineers at the Architectural Ceramics Assemblies Workshop developed by the company Boston Valley Tera Cotta. Along with his team members from the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and others, Green has been exploring the potential applications of architectural terra cotta in high-performance façade design and fabrication. During the last Fall semester, Green was an Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte, NC. As part of his residency, Green co-taught a Digital Fabrication class at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with Thomas Schmidt (AU MFA ’09).

Kahlil Robert Irving attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University, St. Louis (MFA Fellow, 2017); and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Art History and Ceramics/Sculpture, 2015). His work has been exhibited at the Nerman MOCA, Kansas; the Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix; and the RISD Museum, Rhode Island, among others.

Irving was selected to participate in the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where his solo exhibition is on view between May - August 2020. In 2018, Irving’s first institutional solo exhibition took place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Connecticut, and was accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays and an interview. Irving's work is featured in Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019, upcoming at the Whitney Museum (November 20, 2019–January 2021).

His work is in the collections of J.P Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

 Hannah Thompsett uses ceramics, paper, and photography to explore ideas of perception and reality.  She received her BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2011 and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2016.  She continues her studio practice in Western New York and exhibits her work nationally.