Kelly Stevenson is a fourth generation Montanan. She was born and raised in Livingston Montana. She received her BFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT in 2009 and completed a year as a post-baccalaureate at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 2011. Kelly completed two short-term, student artist residencies at the Clay studio of Missoula in Montana and The Medalta International Artist Residency in Medicine Hat Canada. In 2013, Kelly was accepted into the MFA graduate program at Georgia State University where she was the recipient of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Fellowship. She Graduated with her MFA in 2015. Upon her graduation, Kelly accepted a Visiting, Assistant Professor Position at Berry College, in Mount Berry, GA where she has taught introductory to advanced wheel and hand building courses, art history survey, and created curriculum for teaching a mixed- media art course and a community outreach art course. Kelly is currently in her third year teaching at Berry College.
Kelly's goal is to be prolific in the contemporary ceramic-sculpture field as a maker while also being a damn good arts educator. She believes that both goals fundamentally sustain one another. Kelly finds incredible joy in teaching art and finds that every course fosters growth as an educator and as an artist. Kelly is proficient in wheel throwing, hand building, atmospheric, gas and electric kiln firings, as well as a myriad of traditional and non-traditional, surface techniques and materials .
KELLY A. STEVENSON / STATEMENT I make emotionally driven, figurative ceramic sculptures. I am curious about how we as complex beings, exist and survive in our dynamic environments. Currently, my work is fueled by my personal experiences, and recurring themes of transition in my life. A successful piece communicates to the visceral, intelligent body of my viewer. I strive to use sculpture as an entry point where what is uniquely held inside the individual can be universally shared. As human experience guarantees continual change with entwined eclipses of pain and joy and the full spectrum of feeling in-between, I know that in order to explore these complexities artistically, I will continue to experiment and evolve in my practice.
I am constantly experimenting with pairing mixed media materials with my ceramic figures. Often incorporating paint, encaustic, wood and fabric, I am allowed to immerse myself in the surface of my work and explore methods to contrast the detail of the figure with gestural mark making. Juxtaposing, the ceramic figure with new materials allows me to find ways to explore content and meaning within my work.
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