Montana State University — College of Arts and Architecture — President’s Fine Arts Series 2009-2010

Fire in its belly: The rich and dirty story of clay in Montana

Ceramicist Josh DeWeese and Steven Young Lee and historian Rick Newby


March 3

Procrastinator Theater (Strand Union)

Pre–event reception starts at 6:30

Individual Ticket price $20

$75 for the four event season package

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The history of ceramics from the early days of digging material to the contemporary world.

Josh DeWeese

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have recently built a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992–2006.

He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Steven Young Lee

Steven Young Lee is the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Lee is a Chicago native. He received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. In 2004–5, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, he created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province. A former Bray resident, Steven also spent a year teaching at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. in 2005–6.

In the United States, he has taught classes at Alfred University in New York, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York and the Lill Street Studio in Chicago. He has also managed a ceramics supply business in Chicago.

His work has been exhibited in China, Canada and throughout the United States, and is held in private collections in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Montana.

Lee maintains an active studio practice rooted in both functional and sculptural ceramics. His current work examines the process of recognition–how individuals draw realities based on experiences and environment. Through functional pottery and sculpture, he challenges pre–conceptions of style, form, symbolism, superstitions and identity.

Rick Newby

Bio Poet, editor, and independent scholar Rick Newby writes frequently about contemporary ceramic artists, and his essays and reviews have appeared in American Craft; American Ceramics; Sculpture; Ceramics: Art and Perception (Australia); Ceramics Review (UK); Kerameiki Techni (Greece); and High Ground.

Rick is co–author (with Chere Jiusto) of the essay, “‘A Beautiful Spirit’: Origins of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts,” which appeared in A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence (Holter Museum of Art/University of Washington Press, 2001). He is also author of the exhibition catalogs Stephen De Staebler (Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, 2008); Stephen Braun: Cause & Effect (John Natsoulas Press, 2007); Rudy Autio: The Infinite Figure> (Holter Museum of Art, 2006); and Perforation: Tony Marsh, Jeffrey Mongrain, Mary Roehm, Marit Tingleff, & Xavier Toubes (Northern Clay Center, 2005), and co–author of Robert Harrison: The Architecture of Space (Drumlummon Institute/Holter Museum of Art, 2009); The New Utilitarian: Examining Our Place on the Motherboard of Ceramics (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, 2006); and Humor, Irony and Wit: Ceramic Funk from the Sixties and Beyond (Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center, 2004).

Newby makes his home in Helena, Montana, where he serves as executive director of Drumlummon Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering research, writing, and publishing on the culture of the American West, and editor of Drumlummon Views, the online journal of Montana arts and culture here. Rick serves on the Montana Arts Council, and in 2009, he received the Montana Governor’s Award for the Humanities.