Fellowships and Residencies Awarded
Four ceramic artists were
named winners of the Archie Bray Foundation's annual fellowship
awards. The Lilian fellowship was awarded to sculptor Brian
Rochefort; the Lincoln Fellowship went to figurative sculptor
Renee Audette, slip-caster Jeremy Hatch received the Taunt
Fellowship, and figurative sculptor Anne Drew Potter was selected
as the first recipient of the Matsutani Fellowship.
Each fellowship awards $5,000 and a one-year residency at
the foundation to artists of exceptional accomplishment and
promise. Beneficiaries are expected to embrace the Bray experience
of community and exchange, and have the opportunity to focus
their attention towards producing and exhibiting a significant
body of work. Artists Adrian Arleo and Sarah Jaeger joined
Bray Resident Artist Director StevenYoung Lee in selecting
this years award winners.
Click here to view 2007-2008 Fellowship Monograph written by Ashok Mathur.
Brian Rochefort grew up in Rhode
Island. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where
he graduated with honors in 2007.
"I intended my Rockstar Energy Gloops to
be a commentary on the relentless commercialization of everything
in sight, and the trend obsession that infects and saturates
every facet of modern life. What is most important about my
recent work is the form and its interaction with the surface
painting where I incorporate celebrity status, pop icons, tattoo
motifs, graffiti, glitter, and the ubiquitous hearts and stars.
Like an abstract narrative on a Greek Vessel, these spray painted,
globular, suggestive forms tell a story about this time period
in American Culture."
Brian Rochefort, thê_Èñïå¢_²Ø²¹_ÄÐ_HÐ
Renee Audette receive her BFA
from the University of Wyoming, and her MFA from the University
of Florida. Since graduating, Audette has been living and working
in Gainesville, FL as a studio artist and part-time professor
at Santa Fe Community College. She has been showing her work
at various venues, both nationally and internationally, and was recently
featured as an emerging talent in the May, 2007 issue of Ceramics Monthly.
"My work represents, simultaneously,
the beauty and ugliness that is inherently part of each of
us. I deal with concerns specific to outward expressions
of interior paradoxes. Feminine in nature, the work often
makes ironic commentary on the stereotypes of girlhood innocence
Renee Audette, Surprise, Surprise
Jeremy Hatch is a Vancouver-based artist who
constructs large-scale cast porcelain sculpture. He has received
several research/production/travel grants and attended residencies
at the Takumi Studios in Japan, the European Ceramic Work
Centre in the Netherlands, Watershed Center for the Ceramic
Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation. Jeremy has taught courses at Interlochen
Center for the Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Rhode
Island School of Design.
Jeremy Hatch, Still
Anne Drew Potter attended Swarthmore
College in Pennsylvania for her undergraduate education, and
she received a MFA degree from the New York Academy of Art,
and was awarded a travel fellowship to the U.K. through the
Royal Academy of Art in London. She pursued a second Masters at Indiana
"My work bridges contemporary conceptual
and narrative concerns with certain elements of sculptural
tradition to question both our current constructions of identity
as they relate to the body and the manner in which these
are connected to a historically informed sense of self.
I am interested in the moment when the self-evidence
of our own experiences is challenged by confrontation with
the other, the infinity of realities that exist outside of
our own. I manipulate signifiers of gender, race, age, and
other identity characteristics to encourage viewers to confront
their feelings about normalcy, difference, and what defines
The Taunt, Lincoln, Lilian and Matsutani fellowships are awarded in each
year and are made possible by Robert and Suzanne Taunt, Joan and David
Lincoln, Osamu and Grace Matsutani and an anonymous donor. The fellowships
reflect the commitment of the donors to ceramic excellence and innovation,
as well as their regard for the significance of the Bray's artistic community.
The Archie Bray Foundation was the first artist residency program in
the United States devoted solely to ceramics. For over fifty years the
Bray has brought together artists with diverse backgrounds and approaches
to the medium, creating an environment conducive to artistic exchange
and individual expression.
Anne Potter, Elizabeth and the Big Head Boys