He is the Founder and Editor of Critical Ceramics, an online journal of issues and ideas of interest to the serious ceramic artist. In addition, Forrest has been the Artistic Programs Director at Baltimore Clayworks, an Independent Curator, and Ceramics Instructor. Currently, he teaches in the Harvard Ceramics Program. In 1996, Forrest was awarded an MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. He has exhibited, taught, and worked in Maine, New York, Vermont, Colorado, Maryland, Oregon, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and other such exotic locales.
Alessandro Gallo represents the silent life happening around him using human/animal hybrids. He uses the animal head as an expressive tool, something between a mask and a caricature that exaggerates inner features. Alessandro combines these heads with the silent language of our body and the cultural codes of fashion in order to portray specific individuals, the subcultures they belong to and, ultimately, the common habitat we all share.
Alessandro Gallo was born in 1974 in Genoa, Italy and is now based in the United States, in Helena, Montana. After studying Law at the University of Genoa, Gallo moved to London where he studied at Saint Martin’s College of Art and at Chelsea School of Art and Design. Alessandro has shown internationally and his work was in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. In 2014 and 2016 he had solo shows at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. In 2018 Alessandro was selected as a Demonstrating Artist for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).