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Adam Posnak

Adam Posnak

Adam Posnak's work is a natural result of his roots in the South, with its strong traditions of folk pottery, blues music, snake-handling and other Vatican-disapproved religious observances. Snakes, demons, Adam & Eve, bulls, and buzzards form his core vocabulary with a changing cast of complementary characters. Adam's illustrations on earthenware vibrate almost seismically with energy and power.

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Adam Posnak Jar with Devils at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Box with Devils at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Square Tumbler with Buzzard at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Square Tumbler with Devil at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Square Cup with Eve and Adam at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Adam Posnak at MudFire

Gallery group show Creatures of the Night, August 2011

 

Adam Posnak Artist Bio

I was born at a very young age, and fortunately ingrained with an incredibly sophisticated sense of humor. I grew up in Macon, Georgia, and am an undisputable product of that place. The pottery (my Mom Becky Posnak, Michael Simon, Ron Meyers), music (Little Richard, Otis Redding, rural blues), religion (hoodoo, rattle-snake handlers, etc.), resonate through everything that I do or say.

Besides Georgia, I have had the privilege to live in the great states of Louisiana, Florida, and Arkansas, where I currently reside in the White River Valley of the Boston Mountains, with my better half Jeannie Hulen, Professor of Ceramics at the University of Arkansas. These locales have certainly played formative roles in the development of my work and person.

In other news, I also exorcize artistic demons through the pursuit of what some have been kind enough to refer to as 'music.' I have an archaic-post-appocalyptic-shake-em-on-down-proto Blues band called Devils Promenade . . . but that's a whole other story . . .



Adam Posnak Artist Resume

Education:
1999 Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art/Ceramics: Louisiana State University
1996 One Year, Post Baccalaureate: Kansas City Art Institute
1995 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art/Ceramics: Macalester College
Selected Exhibitions:
2010 "Small Favors V," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2009 "TNNUA Pottery Festival," Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
2009 "Now + Again," ddp gallery, Fayetteville, AR
2009 "Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative," Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
2008 "Lillstreet International," (Juror: Sam Chung), Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008 "Dinnerware Invitational", Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008 "Cup and Mug Invitational: Consider the Cup," The Artisan Gallery, North Hampton, MA
2008 "Legacy II," Alfred G. Glassel Gallery, L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2008 "8 Fluid Ounces," L.S.U. School of Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2007 "Eat With Your Eyes," The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Plates and Platters: Salon Style," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006 "Gifted," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006 "40 under 40," The Clay Place, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 "Mastery In Clay: 2006," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006 "Teabowl Exhibition," University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2006 "Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot," Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2006 "30/30," Lillstreet Art Center's 30th Year Aniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2005 "Adam Posnak," Solo Exhibition, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2005 "Tea," Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2005 "Five plus Five," Earth and Fire Gallery, Vienna, VA
2005 "Hot Stuff/Clay Tigers: LSU 1970-2005," The Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
2005 "Steamin'," Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
2005 "Adam Posnak and Machiko Munakata," Lill Street Art Center, Chicago
2005 "Contemporary Teapots: Object as Subject," curator Leslie Ferrin, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2005 "For The Table," Invitational Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay
2005 "8 Fluid Ounces," L.S.U. School of Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2003 "NCECA 2003 Clay National Exhibition," R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2003 "Feats of Clay XVI," Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
2003 "Tea for Two or Twenty," Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003 "Jackpot!" Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
2003 "3rd Annual Juried Cup Show," Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2003 "NCECA Endowment Silent Auction," San Diego, CA
2003 "18th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition," Central Missouri
2003State University, Warrensburg, MO
2003 "An Affinity for the Cup," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 "Manifestations II: Form and Function," Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY
2002 "Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay," Alexandre Houge Gallery, The University of Tulsa
2002 "Living With Form," selections from Arkansas craft collectors, Museum of Decorative Arts, Little Rock, AR
2002 "Artists of Northwest Arkansas," The Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR
2002 "Cup: The Intimate Object," Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
2002 "Holiday Show," The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2002 "Featured Gallery Artist," The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2001 "Le Grand Buffet," invitational exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2001 "2001 Holiday Show," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2001 "Holiday Exhibition," The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2001 "We're Covered," exhibition of covered forms, Celadon Gallery, Water Mill, NY
2001 "100 Teapots," Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2000 "Faculty Show 2000," Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University
2000 "Y2KLAY," Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
2000 "Emerging Artists of the United States," Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury Center, VT
2000 "Studio Days 2000," Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
2000 "Porcelain 2000," Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY
1999 "Porcelain Pots," Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University
1999 "Craft Forms '99," Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
1999 "National Contemporary Crafts Competitive," Spiva Center For the Arts, Joplin, MO
1999 "The Clay Cup," Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1998 "National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts Student Show," Fort Worth, TX
1999 "Phantom Gallery," invitational exhibition in public art spaces, Sponsored by the Arts Council of Baton Rouge, LA
Residencies, Awards:
2009 Sept-Dec, Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan Awards
2003 "Jackpot!" Juror's Merit Award, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
2004 "Feats of Clay XVI" Purchase Award, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
Workshops, Lectures, Panels:
2009 Workshop, sponsored by Boston Mountain Potter's Association, Fayetteville, AR
2008 Workshop and Lecture, sponsored by Ceramic Art Students Association, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2007 "Distillation of Art and Family," panel, NCECA Conference, Louisville, KY
2004 Workshop/Lecture, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
2003 Workshop/Lecture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
2002 Workshop/Lecture, Murray State University, Murray, KY
2002 Workshop/Lecture, University of Miami, Miami, FL
2001 Workshop/Lecture, Florida Atlantic University, F.A.U. Potter's Guild Residencies
2009 Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan, Sept-Dec 2009
Publications:
2006 Ceramics Monthly magazine, Nov. 2006 Issue
2003 Clay Times magazine
2001 Northern Clay Center Fall Publication
2001 Clay Times magazine
2000 Ceramics Monthly magazine