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Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro is a ceramic and mixed-media sculptor, and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Kansas State University. Beginning with collections of objects and materials, she pieces together stories tinkering in a realm of kitsch and cute.

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Gallery group show Clay Pride, October 2012

 

Amy Santoferraro Artist Bio

Amy Santoferraro is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Amy completed her M.F.A in 2012 at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Born in Akron, Ohio, Amy earned her B.A.E (Art Education) and her B.F.A (Ceramics) from The Ohio State University In 2004. While at Ohio State, Amy was an apprentice and Undergraduate Research Scholar. Amy has been a Summer Resident and Studio Manger at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. She spent a year at Louisiana State University for Post-baccalaureate Studies, and was an employee of Southern Pottery Equipment and Supplies. Amy was a Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a four-year Resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amy has taught hand building, and mold making to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Amy's work is exhibited and housed in permanent and private collections nationally and internationally.

 

Amy Santoferraro Artist Statement

As a kid I secretly collected "shoe poison". I kept records of each pair of shoes that helped contribute to my coveted collection of gel silica. Diagrams, dates of purchase, sizes, colors, and materials were all meticulously catalogued in my Holly Hobby notebook. Only my Best Friends were invited to my top-secret laboratory/closet to view it and hear of my somewhat sinister plans to poison bad guys.

The collection remains my playground. Collections are spectacularly selfish satisfactions that are classless and limitless. Rich museum collectors in search of obscure works of art and unemployed QVC shoppers dialing in a hundredth crystal unicorn are essentially doing the same thing as me; strategically collecting objects to organize and make sense of our surroundings through interactions with the material world. Through these interactions I hope to further understand the need and affection for objects and ideas that questionably perpetuate the commemoration of places, feelings, and people.

Objects become charged with meaning, history, sentiment, and the authority to tell stories as I rowdily rummage through thrift stores, dollar stores, hobby stores, and hardware stores seeking objects and materials, whose usefulness has been exhausted or underutilized and await a new imagined life. I carefully handpick and catalogue objects and materials that are familiar or boast a degree of promise and beauty to me. I put objects and stories together piece by piece, relentlessly tinkering with objects and ideas until they fit and work in a way that is very mine. After all, I am the boss of them. Narratives, both personal and adopted third person, slip into and then take over the work. I am attracted and magically repulsed by the insertion and "standardized personalization" of remembrance and celebration feted in kitsch and souvenir vernacular. I beg these ideas and objects to buck-up; acknowledge and engage their own artificiality and hidden agenda of astute cute.



Amy Santoferraro Artist Resume

Education:
2010-2012, M.F.A. Masters of Fine Art, Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2004-2005, Post Baccalaureate Student, Ceramics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1998-2004 , B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Art, Ceramics & B.A.E. Bachelor of Art Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Solo Exhibitions:
2012, Please Stand By: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2009, Just Visit: (A Resident Artist Solo Exhibition) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009, Shame On Our Beards:(A Visiting Artist Solo Exhibition), Lantana Grange Arts Center, Cwmbram, Wales
2007, Right Outside @SpaceLAB Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2006, Left Outside: (A Resident Artist Solo Exhibition), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2004, Bric-a-Brac (An Undergraduate Solo Honors Thesis Exhibition) Studio 853, Columbus, Ohio
Selected Exhibitions:
2012, Contemporary Clay Invitational (Curated by Andrea Keys & Adam Paulek)
2012, j fergeson gallery, Farmville, Virginia
2012, Wrapable, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2012, Clay Pride (Curated by Kathy King) MudFire Clayworks and Gallery, Decatur, Georgia
2012, Mounted, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
2012, Arrowmont Surface Symposium Show, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
2012, From the Wall, Stories Emerge (Curated by Liz Vorlicek),Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2012, Small Favors VI The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012, Shirts and Skins AMACO/Brent Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana
2012, The Ceramic Surface (Curated by Jason Bige Burnett), Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont
2012, 20 Years: Arrowmont Resident Artist Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2011, Eighth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Student Exhibition The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2011, Pouring Permanence (Curated by Kate Fisher and Wesley Harvey), Interior Motives, St. Petersburg, Florida
2011, Horsing Around (Curated by Marco Rosichelli) Transitory Spaces, Helena, Montana
2011, More Than The Mold: Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramics Baum Gallery, Conway, Arkansas
2011, ReMapping: The Expanding Landscape of Ceramics (Curated by Joe Page)
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
2011, Small Favors V The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2011, Top That M. T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey
2011, Mountaineer Little Gem, Wellsville, New York
2011, Interpreting The Cup: Process, Influence and Intent (Curated by Jason Bige Burnett), Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina
2011, Liquid Measure (Curated by Susan Bostwick and Melody Ellis), Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois
2011, Fresh Figurines: A New Look At A Historic Art Form (Curated by Gail M. Brown, Curator of Contemporary Craft) Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
2010, International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics of Vallauris, Magnelli Museum, Vallauris, France
2010, State of the Art 2010: A National Biennial Ceramics Invitational (Curated by Erin Furimsky), Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2010, Chiaroscuro Film Series hosted by Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2010, Main-Lining Ceramics (Curated by Glen R. Brown, Critic and Professor of Art History), Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010, Travel Show (Curated by Peter Morgan) Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010, Here and Now (Curated by John Williams) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010, Souvenir Shop (Curated by Joanie Turbek) Art Star, Philadelphia
2010, Mish Mash Strikes Back: Contemporary Ceramic Art, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
2010, Small Favors IV The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
2009, Material Afterlife Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2009, Citizen Jane Film Festival Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
2009, Art Museum Models Walking Fish, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009, Philly Works Meyerson Hall Gallery, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009, Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009, Starting A Hare in Ceramics Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
2009, Spoon It, Fork It, Cut It Up (Curated by Gail Brown, Curator of Contemporary Craft) , Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
2009, Art w/ Heart F.U.E.L. Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008, The Clay Studio Residents Show M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey
2008, Small Favors III The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008, Gifted II The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008, Cutie Pie (Curated by Jodi Hayes) Tennessee State University Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2008, Reality Gallery American Slide-All New York Studio and Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2008, New Year, New Residents The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007, North Meets South Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
2007, Plates and Platters The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007, Small Favors II The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006, Ceramic Residencies of the South Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado
2006, Arrowmont Artists in Residence Exhibition Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2006, Eight Fluid Ounces II: A National Invitational Cup Exhibition, Alfred Glassell Jr. Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2006, Past and Present: Arrowmont Artists in Residence Exhibition
2006, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2005, Connect Four: John Byrd, Amy Santoferraro, John Garbanzo, and Bill Newman Jefferson Art Market, Lafayette, Louisiana
2005, Cross Currents St. Andrew's, Sewanee, Tennessee
2005, Hot Stuff/Clay Tigers: LSU Ceramics 1970-2005 Alfred Glassell Jr. Gallery, Rouge, Louisiana
2005, Clay on the Wall: 2005 Clay National, Texas Tech University School of Art, Landmark Arts, Lubbock, Texas
2005, Feats of Clay XVII Gladding McBean Terra Cotta Factory, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California
2005, Special Student Showcase Showdown Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2004, Taking Measure II, Jingdezhen: 1000 Years of Porcelain Celebration Jingezhen, China
2004, NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
2004, Watershed Resident Artist Juried Exhibition Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2004, Summer Storage Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2004, A Midsummer's Picnic Aucosico Gallery, Portland, Maine
2004, Undergraduate Juried Exhibition Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Visiting Artist Lectures:
2012, INVITE + IGNITE: 25th Anniversary Symposium, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2011, Costal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
2010, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
2009, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
2009, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Art Futures Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales
2008, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales
2008, Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, New York
2008, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
2008, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, Maryland
2008, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Art Futures Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
2006, University of Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky
2005, Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Artist Residencies:
2012, Ceramic Surface Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2011, Summer Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2006-2010, Artist In Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008-2010, Summer Artist in Residence, Tiny Circus, Grinnell, Iowa
2008, Artist in Residence, Fireworks Studios, Cardiff, Wales
2007, Summer Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2006, Artist In Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2005, Belden Brick Factory Residency (Initiated by Mary Jo Bole), Belden Brick, Sugarcreek, Ohio
2003, Summer Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
University Teaching Experience:
2012, Assistant Professor of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas
2011, Teaching Assistant To Ted Morgan, Freshmen Foundations, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2011, Teaching Assistant To Richard Slee, Junior Sculpture, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2011, Teaching Assistant To Walter McConnell, Junior Sculpture, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2010, Teaching Assistant To Paul Higham, Introduction to 3D Modeling, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2010, Studio and Teaching Assistant, Alfred Summer School, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
Bibliography:
Exploring Sentimentality's Dark Edges, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, November 29, 2011
(Really) Great Room, Philadelphia Magazine, Lauren McCutcheon, Marian Conicella, October 2010
Porcelain Fuss, Philadelphia Weekly, Erica Palan, Review Publishing, March 31-April 6, 2010
1000 Ideas for Creative Re-use, Garth Johnson, Rockport / Quarry Books, 2009
Ceramic Art: Innovative Techniques, American Ceramic Society, Edited by Anderson Turner, 2009
Plate-O-Matic! Pottery Making Illustrated, Paul Wandless, American Ceramic Society, May/June 2008
500 Tiles, Edited by Angelica Pozzo, Lark Books, 2008
The Essential Guide to Slip Casting and Mold Making, Andrew Martin, Lark Books, 2007
500 Animals In Clay, Edited by Joe Bova, Lark Books, 2006
Image Transfer on Clay, Paul Wandless, Lark Books, 2006
Collections:
Magnelli Museum, Vallauris, France
Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Shanghai, China
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramics, Alfred, New York