EDUCATION

1984                        MFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

1978                        BFA, Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010                        Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

1999                        Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

1998                        Grand Arts Studio, Kansas City, MO, exhibition of Rosettes, public art project work-in-progress, in collaboration with Al Frega, metal sculptor

1996-1992               Annual Open Studio Exhibition, Chapel Hill, NC

1994                        Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY

1992                        Duke University Bryan Center Gallery, Durham, NC

1991                         Chapel Hill Preservation Society, Chapel Hill, NC

1989                        Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

1987                         Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC

1986                         Glaxo Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC

1985                         305 West Cameron Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

                                 Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016                       The Once and Future: New Now,  Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

                               Chromaphilia, Grand Arts Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

                               50 Women, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO

                               Archie Bray Foundation Resident and Visiting Artists, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                               Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995-2015, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

                               Recent American Ceramics from the Dr. Harold F. Daum Collection, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

                               Summer Invitational, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2015                       In Pursuit, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

                               Summer Workshop Artists Exhibition, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014                       The Center is a Moving Target, Kemper at the Crossroads, Kansas City, MO

    Analagons, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO                                                    

2013                        20th Annniversary Clay on the Wall Invitational Exhibition, curated by Glen Brown, Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art, Lubbock, TX

2011                         Narrow Margins, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

                  Bray Collaboration, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

                                Islamic Influence, Crossroads Gallery, St. Petersburgh College, Clearwater, FL

                                Kansas City Clay, Red Star Studios, NCECA Expo Gallery, Tampa, FL

2010                        Creating and Collecting: Kansas City and Contemporary Sculpture, Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art, Kansas City, MO

                                 (Re)Form, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

                                 Six McKnight Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN (catalog)

                                 25th Anniversary Summer Exhibition, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City,

                                 Connecting with Contemporary Sculpture, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

2009                        Evermore: Pattern & Process, Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS (catalog)

                                 KCAI: Then and Now, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

2009-2007              Craft in America Exhibition and Catalog, venues:

                                    Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK

                                    Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

                                    Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

                                    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

                                    Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

                                    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

                                    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, C

2008                        Kansas City Flat Files, KCAI H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2007                        It’s Only Natural, KCAI H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2004                        Tile: Matter and Motif, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

                                  Connoisseurs of Clay: Collecting Contemporary Ceramics (catalog), St. Petersburg, FL

     Works by Artists in Residence at the International Ceramics Studio, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

2003                        21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada (catalog), Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

                   Facets of Clay, Macalester College Art Gallery, Saint Paul, MN

                                 Scripps College Annual Invitational, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont College, CA

2002                        Evidence, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

                                  Sculptural Clay Invitational (catalog), Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO

                                 Out of Academe, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS

                                 Gathering Influence: The Artist as Collector, KCAI H&R Block Artspace, Kansas Ctiy, MO

                                 KCAI Ceramics Faculty 1996-2002, Vanderslice Hall, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO                                           

2000                        Artistry in Tile, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

                                  The Summer Show, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2000-1999               Flora and Fauna in Ceramics Sculpture (catalog)

                                   Traveling exhibition curated by Cary Esser, venues:

                                               Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

                                               KCAI H&R Block Artspace

                                               Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

                                               Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL

1999                         Clay Invitational, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

                                 Departures from the Midwest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

1998                         Living With Tile: The Art of Installation, Wayne Arts Center, St. Davis, PA

1996                         Clay Works: A National Invitational Exhibition, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY

1995                         Tile ’95 (catalog), Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

                                  Keepers of the Flame, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

1993                          Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

                                  Another View, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth, MA

                                  Six Women Who Make Art With Clay, Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson, NC

1992                          Archie Bray Foundation Benefit Exhibition, Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1991                           Ceramics Walls, Brainard Gallery, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

1990                          Artists in the Garden, Peden Gallery II, Raleigh, NC

      LSU Ceramics Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

1989                          North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowships 1988-89 (catalog), City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC

                                   Ceramic Sculpture in Open Spaces, Charlotte Kemper Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1987                           Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

1985                           A Centennial Celebration: Highlights from Kansas City Art Institute Alumni, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

1984                           40th Western New York Exhibition, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1982                           Architectural Ceramics, Women’s Interart Center, New York, NY

                                   Annual Scripps College Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Claremont, CA

PUBLICATIONS and Media

2016                           Order and Entropy, essay by Cary Esser, Studio Potter, Summer 2016

                                   Cary Esser: A Ceramicist for the 21st Century, profile by Elizabeth Kirsch, KC Studio, March/April, pp. 50-53 (cover photos)

                                  Made of Clay, interview by Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton, Central Standard, KCUR 89.3, http://kcur.org/post/made-clay#stream/0

                                 The Story Behind Cary Esser's 40-Year Passion for Clay, interview by Laura Spencer, KCUR 89.3, http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-cary-essers-40-year-passion-clay#stream/0

                                 Top 50 Moments of NCECA's 50th, review by Julie Hanus, March 20, 2016, http://craftcouncil.org

                                 Sculpture Techniques, book, edited by Bill Jones, published by The American Ceramics Society, Westerville, OH, pp. 102-104

                                 Kansas City Collection IV Catalogue 2016-2017, essay by Liz Cook, pp. 36-39, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUmE868Y4N0

2015                         Cary Esser: A Vital Geometry, photos, profile by Glen R. Brown, Ceramics Monthly, February 2015

2014                            Regional Artists Tackle Global Concerns with Vigor, review by Alice Thorson, The Kansas City Star, June 8, 2014, p. DI

                                   Meditations from the Middle, photo, review by Alice Eler, Hypoallergenic, May 2, 2014, http://hyperallergic.com/124051/meditations-from-the-middle/    

                                    2014 Summer Visual Art, Photo, preview by Alice Thorson, Preview Section p. 22, Kansas City Star, May 15, 2014

2013                            Terra Sigillata, book by Sevim Cizer, Baser Publications, Izmir, Turkey

                                    The Songbird and the Architecture, article by Tanya Hartman, Ceramics: Art and Perception, issue 91, 2013

                                    20th Annniversary Clay on the Wall Invitational Exhibition Catalog, essay by Glen Brown, Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art, Lubbock, TX

2011                            Lay of the Land, review by Glen Brown, Ceramics Monthly, February

                                    Kansas City Clay: What’s Happening Now, article by Tara Polansky, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 88

2010                            Six McKnight Artists, Exhibition Catalog, essay by Robert Silberman, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

                                    Art Institute’s Feats of Clay, review by Elisabeth Kirsch, Kansas City Star, Oct. 24, 2010

                                    A Voyage of Ideas and Reflections, review by Aarik Danielson, with photo, The Columbia Daily Tribune, January 4th 2010

2009                          Episode V: Process, Craft in America, documentary produced by Carol Sauvion, air date    October 7th Public Broadcasting Service

                                   Epsten Gallery Explores Pattern and Process, radio interview with Marcus Cain and Laura Spencer, arts reporter, KCUR 89.3FM Radio, January 14th

                                   Patterns at Play, review by Sarah Mote, The Kansas City Star, The Arts section, January 4th

2008                         Evermore: Pattern and Process, exhibition catalog essay by curator Marcus Cain, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, KS

2007                         Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, book by Jo Lauria and Steve Fenton, published by Clarkson Potter

2006                         Myra Morgan Collection at Dennis Morgan Gallery and Belger Center, review by Andrea Norris, Review magazine, February

2004                         Matter and Motif, Clay Times, September/October

2003                         21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, Ceramics Monthly, December

                                  21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, exhibition catalog edited by Bill Hunt, The American Ceramics Society                                

2002                          Regeneration, NCECA Conference Preview, article by Cary Esser, Ceramics Monthly, March

                                   TRAX Exhibition Brochure, curator’s statement by Cary Esser

                                   Sculptural Clay Invitational Catalog, essay by Sherry Cromwell Lacy, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, March                               

                                   KANSAS CITY: New Territory, review by Stephanie Bowman, Art Papers, July/August

                                   Curating Clay: A Troika of Tactics, review by Alison Zimmer, Review, May/June

                                   Glaze Daze, NCECA exhibitions preview by Kate Hackman, The Kansas City Star, PREVIEW, March 15th-21st  

                                   The Penland Book of Ceramics, by Angelica Puzo, Lark Books

                                   Cary Esser Gives Kansas City an NCECA Look, interview by Marcus Cain, Review, March/April                                   

                                   Openings, Review Magazine, listings and comments by Kate Hackman, March/April

                                   Photo, Review, March/April

2000                         Humans, Nature, and Human Nature, review by Elizabeth Kirsch, The Kansas City Star, April 16th

                                    KCAI and the Capacity for Ceramics, by Elizabeth Kirsch, The Kansas City Star, April 16th

                                    An Elegant Show of Naturalistic Clay Sculpture, review by Kate Hackman, Review Magazine, April

1999                            Flora and Fauna Exhibition Catalog, curator’s essay by Cary Esser

                                    Timeless Tiles, by Cara Walz, Pitch Weekly, November 11-17

                                    Surface Decoration, by Lynn Peters, Lark Books

                                    Kansas City Art Institute Ties, Ceramics Monthly, September

                                    No Shortage of Variety, by Elizabeth Kirsch, The Kansas City Star, May 29th

                                    Living with Tile, by Nancy McCroskey, Clay Times, January/February

                                    Gallery Section, American Craft, December 1998/ January 1999

1998                           Making Molds, by Pierce Clayton, Lark Books

1995                           Celebrating Ken Ferguson, by Patricia Degener, American Craft, October/November

                                    Tile ’95 Exhibition Catalog, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

                                    Keepers of the Flame Exhibition Catalog, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO

1992                           When Art Goes Public, by Kate Dobbs Ariail, Independent Weekly, January 15th

1989                           North Carolina Arts Council Artists’ Fellowships 1988-89 Exhibition Catalog, by Vernon Pratt, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC

1985                           Architectural Clay Focus, Ceramics Monthly, April

1983                           Scripps Invitational, Ceramics Monthly, February

COLLECTIONS

Kansas City Collection IV

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

Belger Collection

el dorado architects

North Carolina Arts Council Artworks for State Building

First National Bank and Trust Company

FGI Corporation

Glaxo Corporation

City of Sanford, North Carolina

Montgomery County, Maryland, Art-in-Public-Architecture

Archie Bray Foundation

John Michael Kohler Art Center

RESIDENCIES

Present - 2014          Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2010                           Northern Clay Center, McKnight Residency, Minneapolis, MN

2003                          International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

1999                           Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

1982                           Arts and Industry Program, Kohler Manufacturing Company, WI

1982-1980                  Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

AWARDS and HONORS

2016                         Kathleen Collins Chair of Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2013                           Distinguished Achievement Award, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2014-12,

2009-04,           

2001, 1998-96           Faculty Development Grant, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2009                          McKnight Foundation Ceramic Artist Residency

2003                           Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, Kansas City, MO

1994                            Professional Development Grant, Duke University Institute of Arts, Durham, NC

1993                            Research Grant, Duke-UNC Program in Latin American Studies, Durham, NC

1988                            Visual Artists Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC

COMMISSIONED PUBLIC WORKS

1999-1996                   Old Revenue Building, Raleigh, NC

                                     • Contracted to collaborate with metal sculptor Al Frega to produce found-metal and carved ceramic sculpture with wall relief for lobby of renovated building.

                                     • Funded by Artworks for State Buildings Program, North Carolina Arts Council, Department of Natural Resources.                                                          

 

1994-1990                    Heritage Park, Sanford, NC

                                      • Designed and produced four ceramic murals, installed fall 1994.  Funds received from City of Sanford, private donations, and New Works grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.                                                                         • Artist/designer with landscape architect Carter Crawford and Downtown Revitalization Corporation, to develop master plan for pocket park and murals (1994-1990).                           

                                       • Led workshops for 150 Lee County residents to facilitate community brick murals.                                                          

 

1989-1988                    Paint Branch High School, Burtonsville, MD

                                     • Designed, produced, and installed two ceramic relief murals. 

                       • Funded by the Montgomery County Art-in-Public-Architecture program (Percent for Art)

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2016                           Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995-2015, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, M

2005                             The Eye of the Collector: Art Pottery and More from the Morgan Collection, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

2004                             Tile: Matter and Motif, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2002                             TRAX: An Exhibition of Sited Sculpture and Performance, Union Station, Kansas City, MO

                                    New Territory, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

                                       Evidence, Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, MO\

2000-1999         Flora and Fauna in Ceramic Sculpture, a nationally traveling group exhibition

TEACHING

Present-1996      Kansas City Art Institute, Professor and Chair, Ceramics, Kansas City, MO

1994-1990           Duke University, Artist-in-Residence, Durham, NC

                                             Courses:           

                                               • Architectural Ceramics

                                               • Re-creating Pre-Columbian Material Culture, (co-taught with Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, Curator of Pre-Columbian Art, Duke University Museum of Art)                                                         

                                               • Public Art/Private Concerns (co-taught with Professor Vernon Pratt, Department of Art and Art History)                                                                     

                                               • Ceramic Sculpture

                                               • Introduction to Drawing

1996-1989             University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

                                               Adjunct Professor, Art Fundamentals for Elementary Education (1996-1990)

                                               Visiting Lecturer, Ceramic Sculpture (1991-1989)

1991                               Louisiana State University, Visiting Instructor in Ceramics, Baton Rouge, LA

LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

2015                             Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2011                               University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2010                              Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

                                       Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

2004                              Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

                                        Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

                                        El Camino Community College, Torrence, CA

2003                               International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

                                        University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

                                        University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

                                        Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

2001                                Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2000                               Kent State University, Kent, OH

1999                                Florida Craftsmen and St. Pete Clays, St. Petersburg, FL

1998                                Forrest Park Community College, St. Louis, MO

1997                                New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

                                        Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

1996                               Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

                                        Boulder Potter’s Guild, Boulder, CO

                                       American Crafts Council Southeast Conference, Louisville, KY

1994                               University of Wyoming & Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY

1992                               University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

                                        Public Art Symposium, Wake Forrest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1991                                National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), New Orleans, LA

                                        American Crafts Council Southeast Conference, Jackson, MS

                                        Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

                                       University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

                                        Lee Brick Company, Sanford, NC

                                        Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

                                        Southeastern Massachusetts University, New Bedford, MA

1990                                Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

                                         National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Cincinnati, OH

                                        Wilson County Public Schools, Wilson, NC

                                        Paint Branch High School, Burtonsville, MDd

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2015                                Visiting Artist, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2010                                Grant Panelist, Jerome Award Panel, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2004                               Juror, Regional Juried Student Exhibition, NCECA conference, Indianapolis, IN

2002-1999         On-Site Liaison and Board Member, NCECA conference, Kansas City, MO

2001                               Juror, Emerging Artists Program, NCECA conference, Charlotte, NC

1999                               Juror, Missouri Scholastic Awards, Kansas City, MO

1997                               Juror, Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Lexington, KY

1993-1992          Design Advisory Group, North Carolina Pottery Museum, Seagrove, NC

1992                               Selection Panelist, Artworks for State Buildings Program, North Carolina Arts Council, Durham, NC                                                

1991                                Grant Panelist, Visual Arts Project Grants, North Carolina Arts Council, Durham, NC