Featured Artist : Andrew Cho

Andrew Cho is one of our Youth and Adult Art Instructors at the Lawrence Arts Center. In addition to teaching a wide range of classes to students of all ages, he is also an emerging artist who is starting to gain national recognition for his work. He recently won a People’s Choice Award for his work in the “Beyond the Brickyard” exhibition at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana!

He began working in our ceramics studio when he started teaching for us in 2015 and values our studio because “it allows me to get continuous critical feedback”. The community in our studio is the most important resource for him. “It’s so much more helpful to be able to anticipate and understand different people’s reactions in-process.”

He often incorporates hidden drawings, details, or a slightly altered sense of perspective in his work. When asked about this, he says “I think people get more out of a drawing when they have to work for it a little. If all the answers are BANG! there on the wall, you can quickly take it in and move on. If the drawing is somehow obscured or 3-dimensional, it requires effort on the part of the viewer in order to piece it together. In the case of a partially obscured drawing, it even requires the viewer to fill in the gaps and bring a part of themselves into the work. I think the extra involvement creates an immediate, subconscious relationship to the work, and a greater appreciation of the imagery.”

Check out his work: https://www.theandrewchoartshow.com/

And sign up for classes with him! This summer he is teaching “First Time Potter” on Saturdays from 10:30am-12:30pm, “Pickling Pots & Brewing Bottles” Saturdays from 1:30-3:30pm, and co-teaching “3D Canvas” with Jenny Doores on Tuesdays from 5-7pm. “Pickling Pots & Brewing Bottles” should be particularly interesting because in addition to being a great instructor and artist, he also happens to be a fantastic cook!


Andrew Cho at work