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Each year, Blue Line Arts partners with the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program, at the Placer Community Foundation for an artist-in-residency program. The ART program is permanently funded through an endowed gift made to the Community Foundation in memory of the beloved local artist, Susan Cooley-Gilliom.


The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts in Placer County through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally established and highly-reputable artists who create in a range of media. You can learn more about the visiting artists, and register for future workshops by visiting


Registration & FREE lecture dates COMING SOON! Please email Katie Curler Education Manager, to be notified when signups for the workshops are available.




Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching Program is proud to present featured artist Sergei Isupov


A short description of his work and career as referenced by the 2012 Alabama Clay Conference:

Sergei Isupov is internationally renowned for thrilling viewers with this meticulous, surreal, figurative sculpture.  Born in the Ukraine, Isupov studied art at universities in Kiev and Estonia before emigrating to the United States in the early 1980s. His work is in museum collections around the globe, and he lectures and gives workshops world-wide. Isupov now resides in Massachusetts, and is represented by Ferrin Gallery.


Isupov’s sculptures display an uninhibited celebration of imagination, human relationship, personal mythology, and free-form narrative. Painted images of the human form drape over, wrap around, meld with, and become a part of the surface of the sculpture, which is itself in the shape of a human form. The layered imagery is ripe with layers of meaning, conveying human pathos, tenderness, ambiguity, and humor. With jaw-dropping attention to detail, his work plays with themes of raw sexuality and the playful and delicate connections in all kinds of human relationships. His methods are meticulous but have nothing to do with realism. His forms and style are relegated to the odd and colorful world of dreams and memory. His means of communication are non-apologetic and arresting, and convey an intimate, personal and dramatic display of what could best be described as enthusiasm.




Workshop #1

Expressive Figurative Sculpture

Friday, Saturday, and Monday April 3rd, 4th, and 6th, 2015

10AM - 4PM at Blue Line Arts

Sergei Isupov beautifully constructs his work in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques. In this 3 day workshop, Sergei Isupov will focus on figural works that defy gravity both in the wet clay stage and in the firing process. For the first two days, students will create a small sculpture to experiment with during the workshop. Painting with colored slips and the use of wax resist will be explored on the third day.


Workshop #2

Painting on Figurative Sculpture

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2015

10AM - 4PM at Blue Line Arts


In this 3 day workshop, Sergei Isupov will discuss his use of stains and glazes to contrast areas of intense drawings in black and white areas with colorfully glazed and painted sections.  The course will focus on the building of small figurative or non-pieces then decorated according to the model and the shape. Participants will work with porcelain clay and “underglazes.” There will be a detailed slide presentation that chronicles the development of his work from the teapots he was first known for to the recent 6' tile mural produced in the Arts/Industry program at Kohler.


Registration & FREE lecture dates COMING SOON! Please email Katie Curler Education Manager, to be notified when signups for the workshops are available.

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