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Kathy ButterlyKathy Butterly is a New York City-based artist who works in both sculpture and painting. Butterly received her MFA from the University of California in 1990 and her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 1986. She has been the recipient of several notable awards including the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, the Smithsonian American Art Museum Contemporary Artist Award in 2012, a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2009 and 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts grants, the Joan Mitchell Foundation: Painters & Sculptors Grant and the 2007 Anonymous Was a Woman Grant. Select museum collections include Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Modern Art and Tang Museum.

Butterly will give a public artist talk on Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.


Cristina CordovaCristina Córdova received her MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002 and her BA from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez in 1998. After completing her MFA, Córdova entered a three-year artist-in-residence program at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where she later served on the board of trustees from 2006–2010.

Córdova’s work has been recognized with the following distinctions: an American Crafts Council Emerging Artist Grant, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Grant, several International Association of Art Critics Awards and most recently a 2015 USA Distinguished Fellow in Craft. In 2011, Córdova founded TravelArte (, an ongoing platform that provides educational experiences within the ceramics medium while immersing students in the creative culture of a particular geographical setting. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and the Joseph-Schein Museum in New York. She currently lives and works in Penland, North Carolina.

Córdova will give a public artist talk on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center. 


Josh DeWeeseJosh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he lives with his wife, Rosalie Wynkoop. 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 University, 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.


James Klein and David ReidKleinReid is a New York-based porcelain design studio that stands at the forefront of contemporary studio pottery. The firm’s founders, James Klein and David Reid, began collaborating as KleinReid in 1993, hand-making elegant vases, objects, lighting and serving ware, and more recently soft goods, jewelry and limited-edition prints. Their collections have made a significant impact on tabletop and home design, and their New York City atelier is renowned for its elegant forms; confident style; dense, translucent porcelain; artisanal glazes; and fine, “from scratch” craftsmanship. KleinReid’s pieces have been shown extensively in gallery and museum exhibitions and retail in design stores and stylish boutiques worldwide. KleinReid have designed collections for prestigious firms including Herman Miller, Dansk and Room&Board and have been profiled in national and international shelter, fashion and design periodicals and on television.

James Klein
received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1993 and his BFA from the University of Akron in 1991.

David Reid
received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1992 and his BFA from the University of Akron in 1990.

Klein and Reid will give a public artist talk on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.


Steven Young LeeSteven Young Lee has been the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation since 2006. He received his MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004 and his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1998.

Steve has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Asia and in 2004–2005 lived and worked in China while on a cultural and educational exchange. In 2005–2006, he was a visiting professor at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lee exhibits his work both nationally and internationally and has juried/curated many exhibitions throughout the country. His work can be found in many collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, Korea. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Helena with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Gavin, and daughter, Florence.


Sue TirrellBorn and raised in Red Lodge, Montana, Sue Tirrell received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997. She served as Education Director for the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, Montana, from 1998–2005, where she implemented arts education outreach to rural schools and communities. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, California State University in Chico, and the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City. Tirrell’s work has been included in regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions and museums. She currently maintains her studio in rural Montana near Livingston.



Laurel TrueLaurel True is an artist, educator and community builder based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been creating architectural, public and community-based art for almost 25 years. She works with ceramic, glass, mirrors and recycled building materials such as brick, concrete and asphalt to create mosaic murals and sculptural forms. True is the cofounder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has fostered education in the mosaic arts through teaching and lecturing around the world. She is also the founding director of The Global Mosaic Project, an organization that creates community-based artwork and provides art education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities in urban environments and developing areas, and she is the creative director for the Art Creation Foundation For Children, an arts-based organization in Jacmel, Haiti. She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, National Association for Arts Educators, Community Built Association, Global Alliance for Arts in Healthcare and the Haiti-New Orleans Heritage Task Force.


Matt WedelHaving grown up around his father’s pottery studio, ceramic artist Matt Wedel has long understood and respected both the intrinsic properties of the material and the element of chance that accompanies the process of firing and glazing clay. Stepping away from the notion of ceramics as a functional craft, Wedel’s art enters the realm of mythological creation stories. Intent on recreating the world from mud or clay, he intricately models vegetation, minerals and animals—all of which, while familiar, suggest they have roots in the unknown. Wedel received a MFA from California State University, Long Beach, California, and a BA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. He currently lives and maintains his studio in Albany, Ohio.

Wedel will give a public artist talk on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.