Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Announces 2019-20 Artists In Residence
May 30, 2019 Allston, Massachusetts– The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard has announced the three artists selected for its 2019-20 Artist In Residence Program. The Artist in Residence Program through the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard offers dedicated artists the opportunity to involve themselves in research and growth, pushing their art in new directions in a dynamic, urban studio connected to Harvard University. Individuals will have the opportunity to build relevant skills in research, professional development, technical ability, creative problem solving, teaching and community involvement. The 2019-20 Artist In Residence program runs from September 2019 through August 2020.
Paul Briggs grew up in the Hudson Valley of Newburgh, NY taking his first ceramics class in 9thgrade. He eventually landed at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Paul is an artist-teacher with balanced training in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Education. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, an MSED from Alfred University and a PhD in Art Education/Educational Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University. He’s taught all educational levels and various contexts including the Penland and Haystack Schools of Craft. Recently he was awarded a South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council Grant for the installation, Cell Persona: The Impact of Incarceration on Black Lives. Fall 2019, Paul will also be an Associate Professor of Art Education at MassArt.
Ruth Easterbrook received her BFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 2007. After she apprenticed and assisted various ceramic artists and studios. She has shown work nationally at places such as Baltimore Clayworks and Carbondale Clay Center. A turning point in her personal growth took place while participating in an eight-week concentration at Penland School of Craft in 2014. Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been an important place of learning for Ruth, spending extensive time there are student, then summer intern and returning as the Artist in Residence in 2016. Most recently she earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University in 2019.
Kyle Johns found his passion for working with clay at Oakton Community College. Kyle then transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where he began studying under Paul Dresang and Matt Wilt. Following undergraduate, Kyle received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, studying with Brad Schwieger, Tom Bartel, Alex Hibbitt, and Chuck Mcweeny. While at Ohio University, Kyle participated in a six week residency at The International Ceramics Center in Kecskemet, Hungary. Kyle also was a studio assistant at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, returning several times as a workshop assistant. Kyle has been a resident at both Red Lodge Clay Center and the Archie Bray Foundation.
About the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Now in its 50thyear, the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard provides a creative studio and laboratory study environment for Harvard students, staff, and faculty, as well as designers, artists, scholars, and scientists from the greater Boston, national and international arenas. Courses, workshops, master classes and special events are offered in the program's 15,000-square-foot studio at 224 Western Avenue in Allston.
For more information, please visit the Ceramics Program website at https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/ceramics.