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Blue Line Arts offers the following activities as a special opportunity for our community to meet with Jason Walker and learn about his craft first hand starting August 14th through September 4th, 2020.

SCG ART Workshop I

Fri, August 21 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This workshop is a hands-on opportunity for participants of all skill levels to learn how to make sculptural and/or functional objects with porcelain, and combine their forms with 2-Dimensional imagery. Jason will demonstrate his methods of hand-building with porcelain and teach his process of painting with underglaze. Various concepts for combining two-dimensional imagery with three-dimensional…

SCG ART Workshop II

Tue, September 1 / 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by this year’s Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist in Residence (SCG ART), this workshop is a hands-on opportunity for intermediate/advanced level participants to deepen their exploration and learn how to make sculptural and/or functional objects with porcelain, and combine their forms with 2-Dimensional imagery. Jason will demonstrate methods of hand-building with porcelain and teach his…

OPEN STUDIO HOURS

Interested in watching a professional artist in action?

Schedule a time to come visit Jason Walker and see him working on his ceramic techniques in the Education Gallery:

Tuesday, August 18th | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25th | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 28th | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 29th | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Meet Jason Walker 2020 SCG Resident & Teaching Artist

In my ceramic sculpture, I have been exploring how technology is shaping and influencing our perceptions of nature. Behind every technological creation lie unintended consequences and underlying messages that forever change our perceptions, social interactions and our relationship to nature. If typed into a google search, nature is defined as “the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations”. This description of nature creates two very exclusive worlds – the non-human world and the human created world. We perceive ourselves and our creations as separate from nature.

For example, engineering, architecture and the development of cities has changed our perception of landscape. The rise of digital technology has re-ordered aspects of our social lives and redefined how we think about community. It is a new world that is removing the need for corporeal experience (something that used to be integral to the phenomena of Human existence) and replacing it with a steady stream of mediated experience.  Now ‘checking out Nature’ is akin to a few clicks on YouTube and a conversation can be typed out with your thumbs. Perhaps, our collaborative effort with technology is the ‘Natural’ progression of our evolution as a species?

Even if we integrate more with machines as we evolve, our bodies will remain the constant connecting us to ‘nature’. The pieces I am presenting for Personal Encounters, are realized through ‘Real Life’ events and places I have experienced. I am attempting to illustrate how embodied experience not only reminds me of my place in the food chain, but also of my vulnerability as a mortal animal. No amount of technology will change this. I am a part of the ecological system we all identify as nature.

The way we identify and perceive nature speaks volumes about how we perceive ourselves and define what it means to be human. A place that embodies our most ideal perception of nature is wilderness. Speaking of wilderness William Cronon wrote, “For Americans wilderness stands as the last remaining place where civilization, that all too human disease, has not fully infected the earth. It is an island in the polluted sea of urban-industrial modernity, the one place we can turn for escape from our own too-muchness.”

Paradoxically, from our ‘own too-muchness’ our ideas of wilderness and nature are conceived. Thus, I have come to realize my own appreciation for nature has come from the culture of which I belong, because all we think and perceive, or think we know, is constructed and mediated through signs – or language. Ultimately, ideas of nature and/or wilderness are human constructs ever changing through human cultures at different moments in history. It is time to rethink our perceptions of nature, culture, wilderness and civilization, and perhaps we may once again reinstate our own naturalness and one day find balance between the planet and ourselves. In doing so we may come to a better realization of what it means to be human at this present time.

To view more of Jason's work, visit his website here.

Jason Walker

2712 West 300 South, Cedar City, UT 84720

(home and studio) 360-739-8897

jasondeloswalker@hotmail.com

jasonwalkerceramics.com

 

Education

 

1999     MFA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

1996     BFA, Utah State University, Logan, UT

 

Professional Experience

2018

Lecturer of Ceramics, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2017

Instructor, sabbatical replacement, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2016

Artist-in-Residence / Instructor, The Pottery Workshop (in cooperation with West Virginia University), Jingdezhen, China

2015

Sessional Instructor, ( 2012 to 2015) Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2014

Instructor, La Meridiana International Centre of Ceramic Art in Tuscany, Certaldo, Italy

2013

Instructor, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2010

Instructor / Visiting Artist, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Invited Artist, Korea Ceramic Foundation at the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic     Biennale, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Visiting Artist Exhibition, the Ridges Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2015

Bridge, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2014

On the River, Down the Road, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

Featured Artist, San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

2012

Corporeal Perspectives, Cross-Mackenzie Gallery, Washington D.C.

Blind Admiration, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2009

Human Made Wild, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2007

Nature Seeker, SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Featured Artist, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006

Biomorph, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

One of 43 International Invited Artists to exhibit at the 2018 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale “Humanistic Return: The Spiritual Origin of Ceramic Art, New Taipei City, Yingge Ceramics Museum 3F Gallery

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Supermud/Futuremud, The Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA

Concurrent/Conventions, Sacramento State University Library Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2017

Contemporary Ceramics: A Dairy Barn Invitational, The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio

Demonstrating Artist Exhibition, Canadian Clay Symposium, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Contemporary Teapots at RAM, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, New York City, New York

 

Lectures and Workshops

2015

Lecture, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Workshop, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2012

Lecture, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

 

Collections

Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, AZ

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Logan, UT

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China

 

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The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.

The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov and Phoebe Toland.

To learn more about Susan Cooley-Gilliom and this lasting gift to the community, visit The Placer Community Foundation.

Art Stipend Scholarships available for High School Students and Local Artists thanks to the Placer Community Foundation.  

Applications TBD

Art Stipend Opportunity - for Local Artists

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program fund at Placer Community Foundation provides financial support to local artists for the purpose of participating in in-depth workshops taught by a visiting, nationally-known artist. Workshops are held in Placer County and will focus on media specific to each visiting artist.

The 2020 ART program’s visiting artist is will be Jason Walker. Hosted by Blue Line Arts, Jason Walker is holding 2 x 3-day workshops in Roseville, CA. Stipends to attend a workshop free of charge will be awarded to individual artists in Placer County for one of the following:

Workshop Session I, All Skill Levels

Or

Workshop Session II, Intermediate/Advanced

 

Deadline to submit: TBA