Open Studio Hours
SCG ART Program Events
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 in 2021
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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:
Dates & Times in 2021
Tuesday, August 17th from 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, August 19th from 3:30-5:30pm
Friday, August 20th from 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, August 26th from 3:30-5:30pm
Meet Jason Walker 2021 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.
1999 MFA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
1996 BFA, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Lecturer of Ceramics, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
Instructor, sabbatical replacement, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Artist-in-Residence / Instructor, The Pottery Workshop (in cooperation with West Virginia University), Jingdezhen, China
Sessional Instructor, ( 2012 to 2015) Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, CA
Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Instructor, La Meridiana International Centre of Ceramic Art in Tuscany, Certaldo, Italy
Instructor, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Instructor / Visiting Artist, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
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
Bridge, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
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
Corporeal Perspectives, Cross-Mackenzie Gallery, Washington D.C.
Blind Admiration, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Human Made Wild, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Nature Seeker, SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Featured Artist, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
Biomorph, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
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
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
Lecture, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Workshop, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
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
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, Michelle Gregor, Ana Lisa Hedstrom 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 Local Artists are generously provided by the Placer Community Foundation.