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Michael Cohen

(b. 1936, Boston, Massachusetts) lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts, Lidded Arch Form, 1975, porcelain, 5.75 x 8 x 2 inches, 93.39.112AB Michael Cohen had an artistic upbringing, and was selected during high school to participate in intensive art classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, an experience which encouraged him to attend college at […]

Tis Mal Crow

Beaded Buckskin Bear Doll, C.2005, 8 inches tall On December 15, 1999, the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery opened Transforming Tradition, an exhibition highlighting hand-crafted, tradition inspired, contemporary native objects by Tis Mal Crow. Crow fashioned the objects using materials such as smoked bear and moose hides, claws, fur, teeth and antique beads reflecting the materials […]

Marc Hansen

(d. 1975) lived in Kalamazoo, MI Bottle, 1975, porcelain, crystal glaze, 8 ¾ x 6 x 5 ¾ inches, 93.39.19 In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The Symposium’s mission […]

Anna Malicka-Zamorska

(b. 1942, Lviv, Poland) lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland, Lobed Chair, 1973, unglazed terracotta, 40 x 44 x 36 inches, 93.39.246A-F Anna Malicka-Zamorska began her extensive career as a ceramic artist by  studying under renowned Polish ceramicist Julia Kotarbińska at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, from where she received an M.F.A. in […]

Tim Mather

Lives and works in Indiana, Raku, 1973, clay, 25 x 25 x 10.75 inches, 93.39.221 In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The Symposium’s mission to help develop a worldwide network […]

Asia Mathis

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Warrior Rabbit, 2012 Stoneware clay, 24 x 14 x 12 inches, 2015.65.33 Mathis earned a B.F.A. in ceramics and painting from MTSU and began work as a full time artist in 2004. Her work often uses animal imagery, contrasting textures, and poetry. She has exhibited her work in Nashville, Atlanta, and […]

Michael McBride

(b.1957) lives in Nashville Sensual Melody, 2009 oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2015.65.14 McBride earned his B.F.A. from Tennessee State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Illinois State University. He taught at Watkins College of Art and Design and Film and served as curator of the Hiram V. Gordon Gallery at Tennessee […]

Santo Mignosa

(b. 1934, Priolo, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy) lives and works in North Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, Sculpture, 1973, raku glazed stoneware 15.25 x 6.75 x 4 inches, 93.39.262 Additional images below. Santo Mignosa has had a deep connection to clay his whole life. Born in Sicily, Italy, as the youngest of twelve children, he was expected to […]

Charles Morgan

(1936-2006) lived in Baxter in Putnam County Tennessee Tit Mouse Bird wood and paint, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, 77.36.31 Wren wood and paint, 4.5 inches, 77.36.33

Marilyn Murphy

(b.1950) lives in Nashville Night Winds Over Tulsa, 1998 (detail) oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2000.40 Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Murphy received her B.F.A. from Oklahoma State University, and her M.F.A from the University of Oklahoma. Murphy specializes in creating situations from everyday life often that have an unusual […]

Lesley Patterson-Marx

(b.1975 Louisville, KY) lives in Nashville Root Mother Almanac, 2007 mixed media, 36.75 x 29.25 x 1 inches, 2009.54.2 Patterson-Marx holds a M.F.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.F.A. Degree from Murray State University, KY. She has exhibited her works at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City; Kohler Arts […]

Melis Van der Sluis

(b. 1931, Bolsward, Friesland, the Netherlands) lives and works in Hamilton, New Zealand, Japanese Show Lantern, 1973, clay, 9 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 93.39.21 When Nazi Germany occupied his hometown of Bolsward in the Netherlands, Melis Van der Sluis was only nine. Even after WWII finished, it was still difficult to make a life there, […]