Project Description

Bobby Silverman

Bobby Silverman’s work seeks to subvert and recontextualize the porous boundaries separating the aestetic and the utilitarian, art and design.  He is interested in flattening the hierarchies between the domestic, decorative, and industrial associations of ceramic tile as it has been used in the West and the lofty, rarified status it has attained in the East.

Silverman was originally trained in ceramics and his work embraces the idiosyncratic nature of the material and its unique history.  However, it is the act of viewing, not the material that consummates the work.  Ideas of perception, phenomena, and the transformation of the familiar and mundane are the focus of my exploration.  Gravity, reflection, translucency, the emotions associated with color and the drama of light and shadow, are all addressed in ways that provoke and challenge our preconceptions of these seemingly inconsequential kinds of phenomena.

Bobby Silverman received his MFA in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1983.  He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad.  His work is in many public collections including Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, New York, NY; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, Holland; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; and Shein-Joseph International Ceramics Museum, Alfred, NY.

EDUCATION
1981-1983 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1978-1981 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO (Dean’s List, Fall 1981)
1974-1978 BFA Social Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA (Graduated Cum Laude)
1976-1977 Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2007 Louisiana State Council of the Arts Artist Entrepreneur Grant
2004 Louisiana State Council of the Arts Mini-Grant Individual Fellowship
1999 Louisiana State Council of the Arts Individual Fellowship
1995 Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship
1988 New York State Council of the Arts Artist in Resident Fellowship

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Art and Industry, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2011 European Ceramic Work Center, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
2008 Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2007 “Code/Ornament” Bentley Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2006 European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, Holland
2006 Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2004 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2003 Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2003 Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
2001 Ferrin Gallery, SOFA, New York, NY
2001 Gallery Materia Scottsdale, AZ
2000 Farrell/Pollack Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
1998 Gallery Materia , Scottsdale, AZ
1998 European Ceramic Work Center s’Hertogenbosch, Holland
1998 Firehouse Arts Center, Norman,
1989 Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Kindred Beasts: 2016 Everson Biennial, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
2016 Ceramics Invitational: National Clay, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 Chromophilia, KCAI Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2016 The Once and Furture: New Now, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO     
2016 NY, NY: CLAY, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2015 Waterfall Mansion, New York
2015 Glazed and Diffused, Ferrin Contempoary, North Adams, MA
2015 Calibrating Color: The Visible Spectrum and the Ceramic Surface, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2015 Fluid: Peter Christian Johnson and Bobby Silverman, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Color and Light, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2013 Survey of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Curated by Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Contemporary, Cummington, MA
2013 Color and Light, Harvey Meadow Gallery, Aspen, CO
2013 Ceramic Top 40, Belger Art Center, KC, MO
2013 Convergence, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2011 To the Edge, Archie Bray Foundation, Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT
2011 British Ceramic Biennial, Stoke-On-Trent,England
2010 “Boom or Bust” Lyons Weir Gallery, NY,NY
2010 “(Re)Form H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City,MO
2010 “Small Works” Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 “Ceramics and Architecture” Dutch Design Week. European Ceramic Work Center, Netherlands
2009 “Survey of Contemporary Art”, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2008 “New Now” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboyen, WI
2008 “Summer Show” Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 “Multiples” Bennington College, Bennington, VT
2005 “Summer Show, Gallery Artists”, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2005 SOFA New York, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 SOFA Chicago, Sherry Leedy Gallery,
2004 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, SOFA, Chicago
2003 21st Century Ceramics, Columbia College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
2003 Art Form Palm Beach: International Fair for Dimensional Fine Art, Ferrin Gallery,
Palm Beach, FL
2003 Shared Passion: The Sara David Liberman Collection, Arizona State University, Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ
2002 An Invitational, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2002 La Grange National 2002 Biennial, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, La Grange, GA
2001 A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray’s Influence, Holter Museum of Art
2000 Color and Form, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
2000 SOFA Park Ave Armory/ Gallery Materia, New York,NY
2000 Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2000 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier/ Gallery Materia, Chicago, IL
1999 Revolution of Style, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1999 Rendezvous, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearny NE
1999 An Invitational, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
1998 Introductions, Ferrin Gallery, Northhampton, MA
1998 Summer Show, Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, OR
1997 The Best in Contemporary Clay, Miller Gallery and the Cincinnati Art Museum
1996 Southern Arts Federation Art Auction Governor’s Mansion, Atlanta,
1996 LaGrange National Biennial XIX Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange,
1995 1995 SAF/NEA Regional Fellowships in Crafts Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC
1995 Winter Showcase Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
1995 1995 Monarch National Ceramic Competition Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts, 1995 Florence, AL
1995 Artist on their Own Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
1995 10th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, Museum of Fine Arts, San 1 Angelo, TX
1994 University of Washington Invitational Seattle, Washington
1994 Contemporary Forms in Clay: A Regional Survey Moody Gallery of Art, University
of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
1993 Art in Bloom New Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans, LA
1993 NCECA Clay National, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS/COMMISSIONS
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
The Berman Collection, New York, NY
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, La Grange, GA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, Holland
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse NY
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Landmark Bank, Madill, OK
The Marer Collection, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, New York, NY
President’s Collection, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Ramada Renaissance Hotel Corp., Southbury, CT
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Shein-Joseph International Ceramics Museum, Alfred, NY

PUBLICATIONS
2016 CFile, “Robert Silverman on Beauty at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” Issue 8.11.16
2016 CFile,” Exhibition | Harvey/Meadows Gallery Explores Visual Culture: Urban, Domestic & Digital,” Issue 01.25.16
2015 Best of CFile.Daily | Our Favorite Brick and Tile Posts Since 2013, 12.29.15
2015 Ceramics Monthly Magazine, “Clay Culture; 92Y Virtual Clay,” September, pg. 26
2015 CFile, “Exhibition | Robert Silverman Celebrates the Reclamation of Soviet Architecture,” Issue 8.12.15
2014 CFile, “Exhibition | Bobby Silverman: Art and Industry at The Clay Studio,” Issue 10.20.14
2011 Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Exposure, October 2011
2009 Ceramics and Architecture European Ceramic Work Center, The Netherlands
2009 Ceramics and the Elastic Mind, Studio Potter,V37 N2
2009 Garden Gallery Phoenix Home and Garden
2008 Why the Y” Ceramics Monthly Magazine
2007 Ceramics Monthly Magazine “The MFA Factor”
2005 Ceramics Monthly Magazine “NCECA National”
2004 The Craft and Art of Clay, Susan Peterson, Prentice Hall
2003 21st Century Ceramics, Catalogue published by Columbus College of Art and Design, Bill Hunt
2003 Shared Passion: The Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Catalogue, Peter Held, State University Press, Tempe, Arizona
2002 Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook Glenn Nelson and Richard Burkett,8-4
2002 Ceramic Art and Perception “A Glimpse of the Invisible “Volume 49
2001 Post Modern Ceramics Mark Del Vecchio, Thames and Hudson
2001 A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of Ceramic Influence University of Washington Press
2001 Nouvel Object VI: Artists from Around the World,Pg 184
2001 Revista Internacional Ceramica “Bobby Silverman” No. 75
2000 Ceramic Art and Perception, “Bobby Silverman: Objects, Still-Lifes, Installations”
1999 American Craft Magazine, ”Bobby Silverman:” Objects of Pure Perception”
1999 Ceramics Monthly Magazine “Bobby Silverman”
1998 European Ceramic Work Center Catalogue “Bobby Silverman”
1996 American Craft Magazine, “AAF/NEA Winners”
1994 Ceramics Monthly, “Bobby Silverman, An Autobiography”
1993 Studio Potter Magazine, “Soda Firing” Volume 21, Number 2
1993 American Ceramics – Ceramics Education Director
1993 American Craft Magazine – Gallery Section

LECTURES
2016 Long Beach State, Long Beach, CA
2015 Columbia University, New York, NY
2014 Columbia University, New York, NY
2013 NCECA Conference, Houston, TX  
2012 Second Annual Ceramics Lectureship Series, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2012 Columbia University, New York, NY
2012 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
2011 Archie Bray Foundation 60th Anniversary, Helena, MT
2010 Hunter College, NY,NY
2010 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
2009 NCECA Conference 2009, Ceramics and the Elastic Mind, Lecture, Phoenix, AZ
2009 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
2008 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2006 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
2006 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
2005 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, WI
2004 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
2004 University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2003 Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus OH
2003 Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2003 Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
2001 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2001 Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Arts Forum, Phoenix, AZ
2001 Arizona State University, Scottsdale, AZ
2000 Haystack School, Deer Isle, ME
2000 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2000 92nd St Y,New York, NY
2000 Hunter College,New York, NY
2000 Pratt Institute,Brooklyn, NY
1999 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
1999 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1999 University of Montana, Missoula, MT
1998 Arrowmount School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1998 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1997 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
1997 Arizona Clay, Phoenix, AZ
1997 Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK
1996 Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
1996 University of Massachusetts, New Bedford, MA
1995 The Art of Craft Symposium, College of Charleston, Charleston,SC
1995 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1995 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village,CO
1995 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
1995 University of Florida, Gainseville, FL
1989 Emerging Talent, NCECA, Kansas City, MO
1984 Betzalel Art School, Jerusalem, Israel
1984 Beersheva Art School, Beersheva, Israel.
1984 Edinburough School of Art, Edinburough, Scotland

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