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Shea at work in his studio. Photo by A. Sue Weisler

John Shea (American, b. 1989) is an American ceramic artist currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Shea’s abstract sculptures that take a dual lens view as to what constitutes an object, in his own words, “looking at an object as composed of individual elements as well as a set of relationships that inform those objects.” Shea creates abstract compositions built up from individual elements, some geometric in shape, others organic in form. Richly pigmented in vibrant tones, the skillfully applied palette yields a surreal, luminescent quality to the finished work.



2015-2018        MFA, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
2015-2017        MA, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
2012-2013        Post-Baccalaureate Program, Oregon College of Art and Craft,
                              Portland, OR
2007-2011        BA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

2019                 Visiting Lecturer, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
2018-2019        Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology,
                              Rochester, NY
2016-2018        Instructor of Record, University of Wisconsin - Madison,
                              Madison, WI
2015-2016        Studio Technician, University of Wisconsin - Madison,
                              Madison, WI

2019    Hostler Burrows, New York, NY (forthcoming)
            ReVerb, City Art Space, Rochester Institute of Technology,
                 Rochester, NY (forthcoming)
            Perfect Darkness, Milan Design Week, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
            MiArt Milano, Art and Design Fair, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
            Collect 2019, UK Crafts Council Art and Design Fair, Officine Saffi,
                 Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
            Open to Art, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy (Award Finalist)
            Articulating Craft, Arts Center Gallery, Arts Center, Nazareth College,
                 Rochester, NY

2018    A Material Thing, Firehouse Gallery, Flower City Art Center,
                 Rochester, NY (Solo Exhibition)
            Visions in Clay, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College,
                 Stockton, CA
            Southern Miss Ceramics National, University of Southern Mississippi,
                 Hattiesburg, MS
            The Clay Studio National, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Objective, Master of Fine Art Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
2017    10 Years in the Making, Concurrent NCECA Exhibition, Portland, OR
            Talente 2017, Internationale Handwerkmesse Munich, Munich, Germany
            Object Logic, Master of Art Exhibition, Gallery 7, Madison, WI
2016    Bizarre Stuff, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
2015    Practice and Memory, Ash Street Project, Portland, OR
2012    With Fire, Group of Anagama Fired Sculptures, Carmichael Library,
                 Montevallo, AL
2011    A Marker’s Path, Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition, The Lower Mill,
                 Honeoye Falls, NY
2018-2019        Studio Resident, Rochester Institute of Technology,
                              Rochester, NY
2014-2015        Community Artist, Ash Street Project, Portland, OR
2011-2012        Artist In Residence, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

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