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Emily Potts (b. 1996 Houston TX, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice gives material form to invisible and chronic conditions. Emily’s research focuses on the relationship between the brain, the mind, and the body in connection to function and disruption of internal and external processes. Her sculptures give material forms to dysfunction within or throughout the body, and she works in a wide variety of media, from traditional materials like ceramics and wood to unconventional materials like paper pulp and bubble gum. The unique sculptural forms she creates are made by hand to have strange and childlike qualities, so they are familiar but also strange and somewhat unsettling. Her work has been exhibited at notable institutions regionally and nationally such as New York Academy of Art New York, NY, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance’s Confab 2023 at the University of Oklahoma School of the Visual Arts, Norman, OK, the SAA Visual Arts Center, Springfield, IL, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights IL, and LHUCA, in Lubbock, TX. Emily graduated with her MFA in Sculpture in the Spring of 2022 from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Emily then taught full-time and served as the University's Galley Coordinator at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. Emily now lives in Allentown, PA, and teaches at Muhlenberg College, she works as the Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture. 

BIO

STATEMENT

Through my artmaking process I explore the relationship between the brain, the mind and the body through internal and external systems that regulate and process mental pressure and stress. I work to overcome the assumption that in order to heal something has to be completely resolved within the self. Instead, I offer that healing is an indescribable area, that is unmeasurable, and it is forever evolving and never finished with value placed in the state of discomfort. My overall vision for my work is to simulate the gesture and sensibility of a figure into systems that extend outside of the body but still allude to it in an unrealistic, imperfect, and nonfunctional way.

 

I utilize and experiment with a combination of materials from ceramics, steel, bronze, wood, and fibers to unconventional materials like paper pulp, gloop, and bubble gum. I simulate the gesture and sensibility of a nonfunctional body through a network of pipelines and plumbing fixtures along with figures that are in state of discomfort. My piping system utilizes common items like the pressure valves, gaskets, and shutoff valves that respond to and regulate internal pressure. However, the system is disrupted and cannot seem to function properly. 

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Emily Potts

emilygracepotts96@gmail.com 

713-614-3325

Currently lives and works in Allentown, PA

https://emilygracepotts.com

 

Education 

2022 MFA, Studio Art concentration in Sculpture, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 

2019 BFA, Studio Art concentration in Sculpture, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 

Professional Teaching Experience

2023-24 Visiting Assistant Professor (Full-Time), Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

-Sculpture I 

-Advanced Sculpture (Sculpture II & III)

-Drawing I

-Advising faculty member CUE, Senior Capstone

-Independent Study (AI & the Arts)

2022-23 Visiting Artist Lecturer and Gallery Coordinator (Full-Time), Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

-Special Topics, The Body as a Vessel

-Photography

-Sculpture

-Senior Capstone

2022 Remote Adjunct Instructor, Odessa College, Odessa, TX

-Art Appreciation (Remote)

2021-22 Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton, TX

-Beginning Sculpture Traditional Methods

2021-22 Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton, TX

- Professional Practice

-Pedagogy Course for Digital Methods Sculpture I

2019-21 Class Lab Instructor, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton, TX

-Art 1900 Foundations

-Class Lab Instructor for Design II

-Class Lab Instructor for Drawing II

2017-18 Volunteer Teaching Assistant, The Art School at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX

-Wood and Steel Fabrication

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Selected 2-3 Person Exhibitions

2024  

Sneaky Pink Room, Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA (Upcoming Solo Exhibition)

TBD, Lightwell Gallery at the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts, Norman, OK (Upcoming 3-Person Exhibition)

TBD, Soft Machine Gallery, Allentown, PA (Upcoming 2-Person Exhibition)

 

2023 

Teardrop, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA (Solo)

 

2022 

Healing & Reassembling, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton, TX (Solo)

 

2016 

Finger Food, Wake the Dead, San Marcos, TX (Solo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024

Sculpture, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI  

Living Thing, Arts Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 

Naked Show, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

Center for Visual Research Spring Show, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

2023 

ArtsQuest Staff & Teaching Artist Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

Vox Populi $99 Exhibition: Little Windows, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA

Clay Cup VI, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Healing/Nobility/Community, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

Of the Land, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance’s Confab 2022, (Honorable Mention Second Place Award) Virtual Exhibition Space & University of Oklahoma School of the Visual Arts, Norman, OK

 A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose, Accrete Art Collective, Bloomington, IN

2022 

Art of Possibilities Art Show, Courage Art Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute  Minneapolis, MN     

Innovations, Art Gallery of St. Albert, in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

MAC Juried Student Exhibition, MAC Gallery, Gallery. Dallas, TX

30 Under 30, Greater Denton Art Council, Denton, TX 

2021   

CHILDREN- 2021 Dual Exhibition and Publication, organized by Galluriem Biafarian,Online Exhibition

First Impressions, Lewisville Grand Theater, Lewisville, TX

REPRESENT Series Intersections, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

Artovation, Student Show Texas Association of Schools of Art Online Exhibition

500X College Expo, curated by Dr. Valerie Gillespie, 500 X, Dallas, TX

2020 

AXA Art Prize, juried by Ian Alteveer, Lauren Haynes, Brett Littman, Eugenie Tsai, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Creep Show II, The Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

5$ Video, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

Digital Dream Tour, Risen Shine Gallery, Instagram-exclusive Exhibition

Town and Country: 2020 Texas Painting Symposium Juried Exhibition, LHUCA,  Lubbock, TX

Go Figure, SAA Visual Arts Center, Springfield, IL

2019 

30 Under 30, Denton Art Council, Denton, TX

Dubois Pop-Up Gallery, Price Center, San Marcos, TX

Precipice, Texas State Gallery, San Marcos, TX

People First, Gallery of Common Experience, San Marcos, TX

2018 

FASA Group Exhibition, Dalilah Woods Gallery, San Marcos, TX

Other Professional Experience

2022-23 Gallery Coordinator, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA. I was responsible for interacting with the public, liaising with artists, budgeting, creating workshops, and overseeing exhibition and public programs.

 

2022 Lab Specialist-Art, Digital Art & Design, Architecture (Part-Time), Dallas College Brookhaven Campus Farmers Branch, TX. This was a tech position that aided in running kilns, both electric and gas, as well as helping in creating ceramic shell for bronze casting.

 

2019-21 Graduate Assistant Sculpture Department, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design in Denton, TX. Responsibilities included maintaining and organizing shop tools and equipment for the whole sculpture area. This included the wood-shop, the metal fabrication, and welding area, the plaster and mold making area, and the CNC router.

2019 Contracted Sculptor for Peace Circle, Grapevine Fine Art Program and Foundry, Grapevine, TX 

2019 Studio Intern, Artpace in San Antonio, TX. Responsibilities include studio assistant to visiting artists and maintaining 

gallery space, as well as collecting material artist needs for projects.

2019 Studio Assistant, to Gil Bruvel in Wimberly, TX. Duties included shop maintenance, production artist, mediums included wood and mold making.

2018 Studio Assistant, to Colleen McCulla-Thomas in San Marcos, TX. Duties Included preparation for her exhibition utilizing direct plaster, full-scale body molds, woodworking.

Public Arts Commission

2018 Commissioned float for the city of San Marcos, TX. Awarded best float for the annual Mardi Gras Parade in San Marcos. Float illustrated the Greek god of the river Okeanos, constructed out of styrofoam and paper-mache.

 

Grants, Fellowship, Awards, and Honors

2023 Honorable Mention, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance’s Confab Award

2023 Professional Development Grant, Expenses to be Involved in Leadership at a Professional Meeting, Muhlenberg College 2022 Outstanding Student Award Nomination, ISC

2022 Honorable Mention, 2022 Student Juried Exhibition at the MAC, Dallas, TX

2019-22 Vortman-Ardoin Fellowship, Toulouse Graduate Academic Scholarship University of North Texas, University of North Texas

2019-22 Peggy Laverne Chavalier Graduate Fund, University of North Texas

2018 Outstanding Student Award Nomination, ISC

 

Artist Talks & Workshops

2024 Artist Talk, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

         Artist Talk, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC  

         Sterling Silver Soldering Workshop (Pendant), Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

2023 Artist Talk, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

         Participant of conference, International Sculpture Center Conference, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton Township, 

         Sterling Silver Soldering Workshop, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

         Artist Talk, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

         Artist Talk, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

2022 Ceramics Workshop, Graceland University Library, Lamoni, IA

         Professional Development Talk, Cy-Fair Lone Star Community College, Cypress, TX

 

Biography, Brochure, and Publications

2024  InLiquid, Emily Potts

          Artsy, Emily Potts

2023  Of the Land, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance’s Confab 2022

          Lamoni Local News Paper, Emily Potts Teardrop

2022 Canvas Rebel Voyage Feature

2021 Shoutout DFW Meet Emily Potts, April 2021

         The Book of Arts: Children

2020 AXA Art Prize 2020, Exhibition Brochure

         Voyagedallas.com Meet Emily Potts, February 2020

2018 Emily Potts Mind and Body, written by Taylor Criswell

 

Service and Community Outreach

2024 Member, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

2023 Member, ArtTable, Professional Organization, National

         Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Artpace San Antonio Studio Intern, Responsibilities include studio assistant to visiting artists and maintaining gallery space, as well as collecting material artist needs for projects in San Antonio, TX.

2018 Volunteer Intern, at Big Medium in Austin, TX

2018 FASA Member, San Marcos, TX         

2017 Volunteer Assistant, for Texas Clay Fest, in Greene, TX

Extra

Farm Mouse Studio for Jewelry/Metals Portfolio

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