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REBECCA HUTCHINSON: Biography

Rebecca Hutchinson, Professor of Ceramics, joined the Artisanry faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2001. Her BA in Ceramics is from Berea College and she received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia.

Her work is large-scale, installation in format, and engages concerns for both the observation of place and the myriad of construction possibilities in building site-specific work. The work embraces qualities of craft, developmental theory, and observation of both animal and human architecture and systems. With this personal and equal interest in both the human and natural world, recent pieces have been influenced by observing plant growth and ecosystem dynamics.  Exhibitions include solo shows and installations at San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, 2012; Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan; Keramikos Internationale della Ceramica D’Arte, Bracciano Museum, Bracciano, Italy; Racine Museum of Art; Fuller Craft Museum; Holter Museum of Art; The Society of Arts and Crafts; University of Tulsa; Lowe Museum of Art; Vertigo Gallery-Denver; Islip Museum of Art; Skidmore College; University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Rebecca Hutchinson was a New England Artist Award recipient, fellowship recipient from: The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Virginia Cultural Commission, The North Carolina Arts Council, Virginia Commission of the Arts, a NEA fellowship finalist for the Southern Arts Federation and was awarded grants from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Kalamazoo College, and Myrna Loy Art Center. She has curated and juried exhibitions and participated in residencies including the Archie Bray Foundation, Banff Centre for Fine Art, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, the Greenwich House Pottery and Vermont Studio Center.

She has taught Large-Scale and Paper Clay workshops internationally and nationally at Anderson Ranch, Mendocino Art Center, Clay Art Center, Appalachian Craft Center, Southwest Craft Center, Peters Valley Art Center, Northern Clay Center, and Mudflat Ceramics, amongst others. Her work can be found in collections private and public including Bracciano Museum, Bracciano, Italy; Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana; Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia; University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; La Suerte Biological Station, Cariari, Costa Rica; Concordia University, Quebec, Canada; and Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.

Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, American Crafts, Sculpture, Korean Ceramics, Studio Potter, Critical Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, in numerous catalogs and books such as Paperclay Community and Beyond (AC Black-London, 2011), Additions to Clay Bodies (A&C Black-London, 2011) and 500 Ceramic Sculptures (Lark Books, 2009).

Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, she held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, Seattle, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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