Meet our Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 Season
We are proud to introduce our 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence. These five emerging artists from across the country were selected for this highly-competitive program. During their eight-month residency they will share their unique talents with the Armory and the community while teaching classes, developing their work in their studios, giving lectures, and participating in outreach, exhibitions, and fundraising programs.
The Armory Art Center’s Artists-in-Residence for 2017-2018 are Andy Denton in sculpture, Nate Ditzler in ceramics, Maria Tritico in jewelry/metalsmithing, and Amber Dawn Tutwiler in drawing, painting, and 2D media.
Nate Ditzler grew up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He completed a Master of Fine Arts at West Virginia University. His sculptures are featured in public collections including the Hawaii's State Foundation for Culture and the Arts as well as the Mayor’s Office for Culture and the Arts. Ditzler has artwork in private collections in the U.S., Switzerland, and Canada. He has shown in internationally galleries, juried exhibitions, solo exhibitions, and group shows. Nate Ditzler continues to develop art that explores nuances of the human condition while constantly expanding on his investigations of materials and means of fabrication. He was recently the Ceramic Area Technician and an Adjunct Professor at Marshall University.
Amber Dawn Tutwiler received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University (2017). Originally from South Florida, she is a hybrid maker who works across painting, sculpture, audio, and installation. Her research involves the intersection between the body, narrative, and ephemerality.
Andy Denton earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from East Carolina University. He is a figurative sculptor whose processes involve casting and welding metal to ceramics and pottery. You Always Live Again, a recent solo exhibition at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, North Carolina, featured large figurative works, functional face-pottery, and small wall reliefs. Denton managed the summer studios at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and was an adjunct instructor at Pitt Community College in North Carolina until becoming a self-employed artist. Many cities across the Southeast and Midwest exhibit Andy's outdoor sculptures. He has twice been awarded the Regional Artist Project Grant for Pitt County.
Maria Tritico was born and raised outside of Houston, Texas. She received her BFA from Texas State University in photography and in studio art with an emphasis in metals/jewelry before receiving her masters of art in art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Maria works predominately in jewelry and sculpture using the implied lines in nature and the implied patters in architecture to create abstract geometric-based “mini stories.” Maria exhibits in local and national art shows and has worked in venues ranging from assisted living/ skilled nursing care, youth camps, adult classes, and incarceration. Maria is on the Board of Sa Voix-Haiti, a secular non-profit that empowers young women transitioning out of orphan care through mentoring and skills training.