Artist Statement

Inspired by my childhood obsessions, I try to capture the magic I found in the shoebox dioramas I made when I was eight years old. Working with porcelain, I illustrate miniature worlds filled with painstaking detail. There is a range of subject matter within each work, and I like to think of each piece as a visual poem. Some poems are about the intricate entanglements of history, such as the interactions between buildings, abandoned places, trees, subterranean levels, and archeology. Others poems contain characters. I personify objects such as trees or houses to portray themes of social issues and the human condition. I aim to leave the viewer with that same sense of wonder and discovery I felt as a child while looking at miniature dioramas. As a working artist in Richmond, Virginia, my creative life is full. I teach a variety of ceramic programs in the community, collaborate creatively with other artists, and maintain a daily personal studio practice at home.

EDUCATION

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

BFA. Craft and Material Studies. Concentration in Ceramics and Metalsmithing. August, 2003.

 

CONTINUED EDUCATION

Florida Keys Community College, Key West, FL. Fall 2012.

Resident Artist and studio assistant with Jay Gogin.

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Summer 2002.

Advanced Gemstone setting, metalsmithing techniques with David Butler.

 

COLLECTIONS

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, North Carolina.

Arthur Goldberg Collection, Boston Massachusetts.

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture and private donations: “Artists in Schools Grant”. Tile Mosaic Mural program and installation for Boys and Girls club of Key West, August, 2012.

Bobby Kadis Award. Full Scholarship in Ceramics.

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. May, 2004.

Peachtree Award. Scholarship in Crafts.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2002.

Allan Eastman Founders Fund. Scholarship in Ceramics. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. May 2001.

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, Ohio. 2006-Present.

Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA. 2009-Present

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

“ Misadventures” Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. October 2012.

“Julie Elkins: New Work” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA. September 2009.

“Remembering to Remember”, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. March 2009.

“Brick by Brick”, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA. October 2005.

“New Works”, Hershey Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA. March 2005.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

“Art Among the Ruins” 1708 Gallery, Satellite Exhibition, Richmond, VA.

2015

“Work” True F. Luck Gallery, Richmond, VA.

“And Then Suddenly, Everything Was New” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2014

“Teatime: Annual National Invitational” Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.

“Work” True F. Luck Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2012

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL.

“Fairytales, Fantasy, and Fear” Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

“Generosity of Spirit” Penland School of Crafts Benefit ” The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2011

“Fighting Rainbows” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2010

“50th Anniversary Celebration” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL.

“Emergence” (NCECA Gallery Tour) Bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2009

“Home Sweet Home” Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY.

“Midnight Snack” Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL.

“Group Exhibition” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

“Teapots, Steep in Thought” Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburg, PA.

2008

“Adaptation”, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA. March.

“Plant Zero @ Artspace”, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL.

“The Amazing Ceramics on Gist Street! (NCECA Gallery Tour)”James Simon Sculpture Studio, Pittsburgh, PA.

2007

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL.

“Grand Opening” VisArts Center, Rockville, MA.

2006

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL.

“The Curious Teapot”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.

2005

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2004

“The Object and Its Place”, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.

“Teapots: Object to Subject”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.

“100 Teapots 2”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

2003

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS CONTINUED

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Starr, Ann. “Porcelain of the Possessed” Starr Review. Starr-review.blogspot.com. Nov, 2012.

Upfront, “Sherrie Gallerie Exhibition”, Ceramics Monthly.April, 2009. 17.

Kaizaad Kotwal, “The Many Faces of Clay: Dazzling, Dizzying, Dynamic-                                                  Ceramic Sculptors on the Cutting Edge”, Short North Gazette, December, 2008.

Bird Cox, “Medium”, Brick Weekly, July 10, 2008, 5.

Potpourri, “Steeped in Richmond”, Richmond Home Magazine, Fall, 2006, 24.

Upfront, “Juried Exhibition of Teapots”, Ceramics Monthly, February, 2004, 22.

Mike Giuliano, “Clayworks’ tempestuous return to ‘Teapots’”,

The Columbia Flier, January 29, 2004, 35.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Virginia State University. Ettrick, VA. 2015-present.

Adjunct ceramics professor. Providing instruction in ceramic wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture.

 

Visual Arts Center. Richmond, VA. 2011-present.

*Ceramics instructor for adults. Providing advanced level classes and workshops in sculpture, ceramic hand-building and sculpting with porcelain.

*Creativity instructor for the Creativity @ Work program, providing creative teambuilding programs for local businesses.

*Creativity instructor for outreach programs including work with autistic youth, elderly, adults with traumatic brain injuries, and adults with Alzheimer’s disease. I work in collaboration with The The Faison School for Autism, Mill House Community Brain Injury Services, The Peter Paul Development Center, Greater Richmond Alzheimer’s Association, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Senior Connections of Richmond.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA. January, 2016.

Sculptor in Residence in collaboration with the Rodin Exhibition.

 

Milk River Arts. Richmond, VA. 2015-present.

Mentoring Artist for a non-profit providing integrated career-focused support for artists with special needs through professional studio practice and exhibition opportunities.

 

John Tyler Community College. Chester, VA. 2007.

Ceramics Instructor for college accredited program for high school students attending Thomas Dale High School.

 

Art 180, Richmond, VA. 2010-2014

*Program Leader for Atlas teen leadership theater program.

*Program leader for Atlas teen leadership mural program at

the RVA Street Art Festival.

*Program leader at ROSMY (Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth) mural program.

*Program Leader at Franklin Military Academy tile mosaic mural program.

*Program Assistant at Boushall Middle School ceramic sculpture program.

 

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

*Assistant ceramics instructor with Laura Jean McLauglin. Spring 2004

*Assistant ceramics instructor with Sergei Isupov. Summer 2003.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA. 2005.

Visiting Artist workshops and lectures with Matt Lively and Johnston Foster.

 

Clayworks Supplies. Richmond, VA. January, 2017.

Visiting Artist workshop and demonstration.

 

Old Tavern Collective. Quinton, VA. 2015.

Resident Artist and Ceramic Instructor for Community Art and Agriculture Center. Collaborator with the Old Tavern Kiln Collective providing educational ceramic programing and wood firing opportunities.

 

Lovebomb, Richmond, VA. 2013-2014.

            Co-founder, Event Organizer and Resident Artist of Community Art Center.

 

Art on Wheels and All the Saints Theater Company, Richmond, VA. 2013.

Resident Artist: Theatre program at the Hilliard House Shelter for Women.