Ashlyn Pope is an African American sculptor of Gullah descent. She holds a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking from Kennesaw State University. She recently graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Pennsylvania State University. Ashlyn is inspired to serve in her community as a champion for diversity. She does so by serving on the board for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as a Student Director at Large. Ashlyn mainly works with ceramics and textiles to create work rooted in personal experiences as a survivor of abuse living in a female Black body. The American system is one of constriction, for her body and for those who look like her. Ashlyn’s work is born of that nature. Through her eyes, spaces are both restricting and binding, yet they also contain hope, strength, and power. Ashlyn uses her work to address how bound or boundless we are.
These 12 month Artist in Residence programs are designed to provide a creative and supportive environment in which artists may immerse themselves in creating new work and expanding their own understanding of their medium and other media available at the Arts Center. The residencies are multi-faceted experience that include teaching, community outreach, interaction with other artists, and studio care, and will culminate in an exhibition of new work.
Nate Ditzler grew up on the island of O´ahu, Hawai´i. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawai´i at Manoa. In 2016, he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at West Virginia University. He has shown in galleries, solo shows, juried exhibitions, and group … [more]
Carly Slade is a Canadian artist who grew up in “Big sky Alberta” and spent her working life in the trades. From carpentry to concrete, she is most at home in a shop. Her work is heavily influence by her childhood in a blue collar home where work ethic and craftsmanship were highly valued. Using … [more]
Christy Wittmer received a BFA in painting and sculpture from Miami University. She has studied ceramics at San Diego City College and The Ohio State University and earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Since then she has been working as a glaze chemist at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, OH. … [more]
Gunyoung Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her BFA from Kook-Min University in Korea in 2010 and came to the United States to pursue an MFA in ceramic art. Gunyoung received her degree from The Ohio State University in 2014 and won the 2014 NCECA Graduate Award for Excellence. Following her residency … [more]
Kyla Strid has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MFA from Ohio University. She worked as a technician for Easy Ceramic Decals and in multiple galleries as an Assistant Manager, Manager, Concept Designer, and Curator. She has been awarded residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, Red Lodge Clay … [more]
Monika Laskowska was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She earned her MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA in Ceramics from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway, Ireland. Laskowska studied at The National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and holds a BA in English from the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland. She recently … [more]
Allen Chen was born in 1979 in Taiwan and immigrated to California in 1991. He received his BFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in 2005 and MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Allen has since completed artist residencies at Mendocino Art Center in California, the Red … [more]
Akiko Jackson holds an MFA (2009) from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA (2006) from California State University Northridge. Jackson has been the recipient of multiple awards and artist residencies including the Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center; the Art Bridge Fellowship from the Pratt Fine Arts Center; and a Roswell Artist in Residence … [more]
Sarah was born and raised in New York City and has done artist residencies at the Greenwich House Pottery in New York, the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She received a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode … [more]
Hak Kyun Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea. He studied ceramics at Seoul National University of Technology and went on to receive his MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula. Since his residency at the Lawrence Arts Center, he has gone on to curate international ceramic competitions, work as the director of The … [more]
Jennifer Holt’s porcelain, mixed media sculpture and installation art revolves around concepts of time, place, and memory. She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Lawrence Art Center, and attended an international residency at Flicam/FuLe International Art Museums in Fuping, … [more]
Jessica Conner came directly to the Lawrence Arts Center from Fort Hays State University after earning her MFA in 2006. She is a Western Kansas native growing up on her family’s farm as part of the fifth generation to participate in farming practices there. After spending a few years as the Lawrence Arts Center’s studio … [more]
Stacy Barnes is originally from Greensburg, Kansas. After she received a BFA in ceramics from Kansas State University, she was awarded the first year-long residency at the Lawrence Arts Center. After her residency she returned to her hometown to set up a studio. She is also the Director of the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg.