Armory Art Center Announces Ceramics Department Chair

CONTACT: Stephanie Uitenbroek/Kelly Husak 561.278.0850

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Helen Otterson has joined the Armory Art Center as the ceramics department chair, according to Therese Shehan, executive director for the West Palm Beach-based visual arts education and exhibition center.  Otterson brings 10 years of ceramics teaching experience to her new faculty position.  She was most recently an instructor at Portland Community College where she taught introduction to handbuilding.            As the ceramics department chair, Otterson will ensure that the ceramics curriculum meets the needs of Armory students while providing a superior learning experience.  She will teach classes at the Armory and provide artistic leadership to the faculty and students of the ceramics department.

“Helen’s experience encompasses what the Armory is all about,” said Shehan.  “She has been exhibiting her work throughout the United States in both solo and group shows, she has been an artist-in-residence and a curator, and she has extensive knowledge in ceramics as well as glass casting and printmaking.  We’re delighted to welcome her to our great staff.”

Otterson earned a MFA in ceramics from the University of Miami, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in studio arts and art history.  She has won numerous awards and is a member of the College Arts Association in New York, National Council on the Education of the Ceramics Arts, as well as the Oregon Potter’s Association.    

According to Otterson, her work is influenced by personal experience and microscopic slides of human tissue.  In order to explore the concept of health and disease, she creates textured forms referencing organic growths.   

A meet and greet with Otterson will be held January 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. during the Armory’s “Art a la Carte,” January 3 - 5.  She will begin teaching classes at the Armory in Session 3 from January 8 - February 17.  Any ceramics class registrations of students new to the Armory at the meet and greet will receive a 10 percent discount.


The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts center providing opportunities for individual growth, self-expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio, exhibition, lecture and other educational programs. The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the "experience of art," and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information on the Armory Art Center and call 561.832.1776 ext. 21 or visit the Armory’s website at



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