Armory’s Artists-in-Residence Display A Year’s Work In Farewell Show Along Side The Annual Student Showcase

Armory’s Artists-in-Residence Display A Year’s Work In Farewell Show Along Side The Annual Student Showcase


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL):  The Armory Art Center announces two fresh new exhibitions: The 2013-2014 Artists in Residence Exhibition and the Armory Art Center Student Showcase. The Opening Reception for both exhibitions will be Friday, March 28, 2014 and will run March 29-May 30, 2014. 

2013-2014 Armory Artists in Residence Exhibition: Each year the Armory Art Center welcomes emerging and up-and-coming artists from all over the country to be a part of the Armory’s Artist-in-Residence program. The highly competitive program attracts a diverse group of people with varied backgrounds in the art areas of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and painting and drawing. Working in the Armory’s state-of-the art studios, the Artists in Residence create at the Armory for eight months, developing 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. 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.


The Armory Art Center Student Showcase: An exhibition of art in all media including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, printmaking and sculpture by talented artists who create work in the Armory studios.


The Armory’s mission is to provide high-quality visual art school and art gallery services that stimulate personal self-discovery and generate knowledge and awareness of art as part of life. For more information on the Armory Art Center, or to sign up for classes, visit or call (561) 832-1776.

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