Artists in Residence for 2013-14 Season

Armory Art Center announces Artists in Residence for 2013-14 Season

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) August 1, 2013: The Armory Art announces that five up-and-coming artists from across the country will be part of the Armory’s Artist in Residence Program during the 2013-2014 season. The highly-competitive program attracts a diverse group of artists from varied backgrounds.  Working in the Armory’s state-of-the art studios, the Artists in Residence create at the Armory for eight months, develop a portfolio of work in their area of study, while at the same time teaching Armory students and learning from Armory faculty and Visiting Master Artists.  Their residency culminates in a show of the work produced during their tenure. 

The Armory Art Center’s Artists in Residence for 2013-2014 are Jessica Brandl and Josh Stover for ceramics, Lisa Johnson for jewelry, Hiromi Katayama for painting and drawing, and Maggie Finlayson for sculpture.  The Artists in Residence Program is underwritten by Armory Art Center Governing Board Member and benefactor Mary Montgomery.

Jessica Brandl, a native Midwesterner, works in ceramics, drawing and, painting. Set in landscapes with looming architecture, turbulent skies, and misplaced objects, Brandl’s work exposes historical and eccentric places engulfed in psychological scenarios - both sinister and sublime. Surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts support a voyeuristic sense of seeing things from the inside out. Her current work of functional terracotta cups and platters serve as pointed souvenirs of history and the path to American-ness.

Maggie Finlayson grew up in Ontario, Canada, and completed her undergraduate studies in Ceramics in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.  She has participated in residency programs at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Medalta Pottery, and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Her sculptural work uses simple and familiar materials – clay, iron, wood, leather, hair and bone, etc., to examine the impact of everyday objects in our lives.

Lisa Johnson graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with an M.F.A. with a Concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. She is trained in metalsmithing and jewelry design and frequently incorporates techniques found in ceramics to explore service ware, jewelry, and sculpture. Her passion for teaching classes of all age levels enables her to bring enthusiasm to the classroom to motivate and inspire students to develop their skills, expand their appreciation for art, and find their voice.

Hiromi Katayama, a native of Ibarki, Japan, studied for her MFA in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduated in May of 2012. Hiromi received her BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan, in the spring of 2008. Hiromi's love for creative art was founded in the private studio of her mentor Renjoin Sensei, from the age of nine years old. Today, Hiromi's work is created using traditional Japanese pigments and techniques; through traditional methods and materials, and her belief in cultural foundations in nature.  Through her work, Hiromi hopes to share her culture and a little bit of herself with her audience.

Josh Stover recieved a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2012. He was awarded a Fogelberg Fellowship by Northern Clay Center allowing him to work as an artist in residence there for one year. While at Northern Clay Center Josh had the opportunity to teach demonstrations, assist with classes and teach a workshop at a local community college. He enjoys teaching and helping others with their work. Josh makes functional ceramics with narrative surface illustrations that are influenced by Americana, cartoons and his childhood.


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