Keith Ekstam driving the school truck at Tainan National University of the Arts, March, 2012. 

 

About

Keith Ekstam is a Professor of Art and Design at Missouri State University in Springfield. He has been a member of the MSU faculty since 1987 and maintains a career as an active ceramic artist and dedicated art educator. He received his MFA degree in ceramics and drawing from The University of Michigan School of Art in 1987 and his BFA degree in ceramics and painting from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1982.  Examples of his ceramic artwork can be found on this website.

Abbreviated Research Resume

                                     Professor of Art and Design/ Ceramics      Missouri State University      901 South National Avenue   Springfield MO 65897 USA        Office: MSU Brick City Bldg. 1, Rm. 109        327 West Mill Street, W: (417) 837-2336

EDUCATION

1987       The University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MFA Ceramics/ Drawing

1982       Minnesota State University- Mankato, BFA Ceramics/ Painting

ARTWORK in SELECTED PUBLIC and PRIVATE  COLLECTIONS              

Great China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen City, People’s Republic of China     

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan County, Taiwan

 Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark

 Shui-Li Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park, Nantou County, Taiwan

 MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, Maine

 Delmar College, Cain Art Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas

Celebrated Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Standard Ceramics Company/ The Clay Place Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

SELECTED JURIED, INVITATIONAL and SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 2017     Anu Pentik Gallery, International group invitational exhibition, Posio, Finland

               Snite Museum of Art, International invitational exhibition, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana

              South Bend Museum of Art, International invitational exhibition, South Bend, Indiana

              360 Degrees of Inclusion, The Third Room Gallery, International invitational exhibition, Portland, Oregon

             Out of the Ashes, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, Florida. National juried exhibition

2016      Wood-fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration, International invitational exhibition, Springfield Art Museum

                Generations, Invitational exhibition, Filipino Cultural Center, Overland Park, Kansas

                Aesthetic Influence: The Art of Chinese Scholar Rocks Invitational, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, MO

                Wood-fire: Old Dogs, New Tricks, Invitational exhibition, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama

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

                Twin Cups National Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

                360 Degrees of Separation: Artists of the Guldagergaard Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. International invitational exhibition

                The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas, University of Missouri- Columbia. National juried exhibition

2015       Middle Earth- Ceramics Invitational, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

             The Cup Show, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia. National juried exhibition

                KC Clay Guild Teabowl National Juried Exhibition, Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri

                Mudworks- Ceramic Sculpture, Two-person Invitational exhibition, Batesville (AR) Area Arts Council

                Solo Exhibition, Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Invitational exhibition

2014       Relationships; Societal/Environmental, Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, OK. Three-person juried exhibition.

                Shapes of Influence: Contemporary Ceramics, Springfield (IL) Art Association. National juried exhibition

                Shoebox: International Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Middle Tenn. State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

                The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas, University of Missouri-Columbia. National juried exhibition

2013       The Potent Object, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. National Juried exhibition

                KC Clay Guild Teabowl National Juried Exhibition, Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri

                Artifacts from the inferno: Contemporary Wood-fired Ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. National Juried exhibition      

                The Wichita National All Media Juried Craft Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

                Cup of Comfort International Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

2012       Woodfired Landscapes – International Ceramic Sculpture in Sweden, Röhsska Swedish National Crafts Museum, Gothenberg, Sweden. Invitational exhibition.

                Trace Elements, solo exhibition, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

                Group Exhibition, HDK Ceramics Gallery, Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden.

                Tachi 66, group exhibition, Koji Pottery Museum, Chia-yi City, Taiwan

                Luo Tu, group exhibition, Chiung Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

              What Now? Invitational exhibition, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas City, MO

       Ceramics Invitational, University of Central Missouri Art Gallery, Warrensburg, Missouri

              The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas, Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia, National juried exhibition 

2011       Sculptural Approaches to Clay, Two person exhibition, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition      

               KC Clay Guild Teabowl National, Kansas City Clay Guild Gallery, MO

               Influences: Ceramics Invitational, Buddy Holly Art Museum, Lubbock, Texas.

               Mynka Memorial Art Exhibition, Blackburn College, Carlinville,IL. Invitational exhibition

2010       4th Jingdezhen Contemporary International Ceramics Exhibition, Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Gallery, Jingdezhen City, People’s Republic of China

                44th Annual Small Sculpture & Drawing National, Delmar College, Corpus Christi, TX

                Eight fluid Ounces, National Juried Cup Exhibition, Louisiana State University

2009       International Wood-fired Exhibition, The Clay Place, Pittsburgh, PA

                43rd Annual Small Sculpture & Drawing National, Delmar College, Corpus Christi, TX

               20” x 20” Compact National Exhibition, LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2008       Return to the Source, solo exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado

                Work from the Nordic Wood-fire Marathon in Denmark, Standard Ceramics, Pittsburgh, PA. NCECA group exhibition

                Soda Salt National IV, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Montana

2007       Ozark Flux, Group Invitational, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY,

                National Juried Cup Show, Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

                National Juried Wood Fire Exhibition, Thrown Together Clay Center, Louisville, Kentucky

                Alternative Firings- Clay Invitational, G Gallery, Houston, Texas

2006       International Wood-fired Exhibition, Nantou County Cultural Center, Nantou City, Taiwan. Invitational exhibition

                Eight fluid Ounces: National Juried Cup Exhibition, Louisiana State University

                6th Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition, Kent State University, Ohio

                OCEE/ Overseas Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Regional Arts Council of St. Louis

2005       International Wood-fired Invitational Exhibition, Shui-Li Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park, Taiwan.       

                Wandering the Wilderness, solo exhibition, SMSU Art and Design Gallery

                Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Three person exhibition

                Clay on the Wall: 2005 Clay National, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2004       Prairie Fire, Wheeler Art Community, University of Indianapolis. Group exhibition

                Vitrified Clay National: Form and Content, Rockport (TX) Center for the Arts                    

2003       From Here to There, three-person exhibition. Chu- Yun Art Gallery and Ivy Art Gallery, Yingge District , Taipei, Taiwan

 Seven Years of Visiting Artists, Tainan National College of the Arts Fine Art Center, Tainan city, Taiwan

 The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Manoa

                Prairie Fire, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. Group exhibition

2002       Sculptural Clay Invitational, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

                Prairie Fire, Leedy- Volkous Art Center, Kansas City,MO. Group exhibition

                Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay, University of Tulsa, OK

               The Art of Fine Craft, Nebraska Wesleyan University, National invitational exhibition, Lincoln, NE

                East- West Clay Invitational, Filipino Cultural Center, International invitational exhibition, Overland Park, KS

2001       New Dialogue, Yingge Wu-Yao Artspace, Taipei, Taiwan

                Yard Art 2, Jewish Community Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

2000       The Cultural Diversity, Celebrated Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

                Made In Missouri, Craft Alliance for the Visual Arts, St. Louis, Missouri

                Suited To A Tea- Midwest Ceramics Invitational, Waterloo Museum of Art, Iowa

1999       Two Person Exhibition, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana       

                Out of Clay II, Susannah Keith Gallery, Dexter, MI. National exhibition

                Prairie Fire- Hot Clay From the Midwest, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1998       Ceramics: Viewpoint ’98, Grossmont College, El Cajon, California

              Out of the Fire VIII, Kreft Center for the Arts, Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                     Regional Craft Biennial, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

1997       Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland Museum, New Zealand

       Wall Forms-Sculptural Works In Clay ’97, Maine Artists’ Space, Portland, ME

       Clay on the Walls, FOVA Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

1996       Non-Objective, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Group invitational exhibition

SELECTED ARTIST RESIDENCIES and VISITING ARTIST POSITIONS

2017       9th Arctic Ceramic Symposium, Arctic Ceramic Center, Posio, Finland. Three-week Artist Residency  

              Springfield Art Museum, panel discussion participant. Moderator: Sarah Buhr, Museum Curator 

2016      University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Week-long Artist Residency at symposium titled  “Language of Collaboration”                                             

              University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. Four-day Artist Residency, workshop and lecture           

2014       Guldagergaard/ International Ceramics Research Center, Skælskør , Denmark . One month Artist Residency

               Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lecture

2012       HDK College of Applied Arts and Crafts, Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden. Three-Week Artist Residency, workshop and symposium titled “Wood-fired Landscapes”.

               Tainan National University of the Arts,Tainan City, Taiwan, Three-month Artist Residency

              National Taiwan University of the Arts, Bon-qiao District, Taipei, Taiwan, lecture

              Asian-Pacific Institute of Creative Arts, Tou-fen, Taiwan, lecture

2011       Heated Conversations: Wood-firing as Catalyst, panel discussion participant. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference, Tampa, Florida.

                  Moderator: Janet Mansfield, Panel participants: Richard Hirsch, Scott Meyer, Keith Ekstam.

               Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two-week Artist Residency

               Texas Tech University, Lubbock. Visiting artist at wood-fire workshop

                Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, workshop

2010        Pottery Workshop at the Sculpture Factory, Jingdezhen, China. One- month Artist Residency

2009       The Union Project and  Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA. Two-week Artist Residency

2008       National Taiwan University of the Arts, Bon-qiao District, Taipei, Taiwan, workshop and lecture

                 Pottery Workshop at the Sculpture Factory, Jingdezhen, China, lecture

2007        Fundacio Tallers J. Llorens Artigas,Gallifa, Barcelona, Spain, Two-week Artist Residency

          Nordic Wood-fire Marathon, Gendo Keramik Studios, Nordjyllands, Denmark, One-week Artist Residency

          Rochester Institute of Technology/ School of American Craft, workshop and lecture

          Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, workshop and lecture

2006        Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri. Gallery lecture

2005        Shui-Li Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park, Nantou County, Taiwan. Three -week Artist Residency at symposium titled: “International Workshop on Wood-firing”.

         Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, workshop and lecture

2004       Nanjing Art Institute- Design College, Nanjing, China, lecture

                China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. lecture

 2003       Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan County, Taiwan/ Two-month Artist Residency

          California State University- Northridge, lecture and workshop

2002       East- West Clay Invitational, Filipino Cultural Center, Overland Park, KS. Exhibition co-curator

2001       Fu-Xin Ceramic Art Studio, Taipei, Taiwan/ Lecture and workshop

        Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan County, Taiwan, lecture and workshop

2000       Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan County, Taiwan, lecture, workshop and panel discussion                                                    

1999       Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, lecture and workshop

1997       The University of Delaware, Newark, DE, lecture and workshop

1996       University of Nebraska- Lincoln, workshop 

1993       Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, Maine. Two-week Artist Residency

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016       360 Degrees of Separation: Artists of the Guldagergaard Program exhibition catalog, Purdue University,  West Lafayette, Indiana.

                Wood-fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration, exhibition catalog, Springfield Art Museumhttps://art.missouri.edu/upcoming.html

2013       Neue Keramik, March/April issue. Work cited, P. 45, in article by Zach Tate titled  “2012 Wood-fired Landscapes Symposium”     

2012       CeramicsTECHNICAL, article authored:  “Artist Residency in Taiwan”, Issue No.35,Pp 74-77

               CeramicsTECHNICAL, “Wood-fired Landscapes”, Issue No. 34, color image, P. 82

              Ceramics Monthly, April issue, color image, P. 29, in article by Justin Rothshank titled “Trading Experiences”.  

2011       NCECA Journal 2011, article on “Heated Conversations: Wood-firing as Catalyst” panel discussion. Pp.46-49 (text/ images) and P. 150 (color images).Vol. 32

2009       500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books, Asheville, NC. Color image on P. 54

Creating Ceramic Art, catalog publisher: Taiwan National University ofthe Arts

Clay Times magazine, Gallery section, November/December issue. P.50

 2005       The Sculpture Reference by Arthur Williams, published by Sculpture Books Publishing, Gulfport, MS.  Color image on P. 222

Ceramic Art magazine,Taipei,Taiwan. Article on  Artist Residency at  Shui-li Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park/ Fall issue

2001       Pace Interior Magazine, Pace Publishing Co., Hong Kong, exhibit review

2000       Ceramic Art magazine,Taipei,Taiwan. Article on Artist Residency at Tainan National College of the Arts/ Vol. 28 Summer issue, PP. 32-37

         Artist magazine, Taipei, Taiwan. May issue      

1999       Clay Times magazine, Cover image, September/October issue

         American Craft magazine, Gallery section, February/ March issue, P. 110

                Clay Times magazine, Gallery section, January/ February issue, P.30

1998       The Ceramic Design Book, Altamont Press, Asheville, North Carolina, P.165

1997       Ceramics Monthly magazine, “1997 Fletcher Challenge Awards” /October, P.52                                                                                                                      

SELECTED AWARDS

2017       2017 NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

             Foundation Award for Research, Missouri State University

International Travel Award, Missouri State University. Project: Three-week Artist Residency at the“9th Arctic Ceramic Symposium”, Arctic Ceramic Center, Posio, Finland 

2016       Twin Cups National Ceramics Exhibition, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO.First place award.

                College of Arts and Letters Special Projects Grant, co-recipient/ Kevin Hughes, Missouri State University

2014        Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University. Project:  Artist Residency at Guldagergaard, International Ceramics Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark 

2013       Of the Sea, Phoenix Fired Arts, Joplin, MO, First Place Award

2012-11      Sabbatical Leave: Missouri State University. Projects:  Three- month Artist Residency in Taiwan and  three- week Artist Residency in Sweden at symposium titled “Wood-fired Landscapes”.

               Faculty Research Grant, Missouri State University, Project: Artist Residency in Taiwan

2010       Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University. Project: Month- long Artist Residency at The Pottery Workshop at the Sculpture Factory, Jingdezhen, China.

2009       43rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture and Exhibition, Delmar College, Corpus Christi, Texas. Collection Addition Award

2008       International Travel Award, Missouri State University. Project: Lectures in Jingdezhen, China and Bon-qiao District, Taipei, Taiwan     

2007       Lighton Foundation International Artists Exchange Program, Kansas City, MO.

                   Grant for Artist Residencies at the Fundacio J. Llorens Artigas, Gallifa, Barcelona, Spain and Nordic Wood-fire Marathon, Nordjyllands, Denmark

                The Wichita National, Wichita Center for the Arts/ Third place award

2006       College of Arts and Letters Award in Research, Missouri State University

2005       Summer Faculty Fellowship, SMSU. Project: Artist Residency at symposium titled: “International Workshop on Wood-firing”, Shui-Li Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park, Taiwan.

2004       International Travel Award, Southwest Missouri State University. Project: Lectures in Hangzhou and Nanjing, People’s Republic of China.

2003       Sabbatical Leave: Southwest Missouri State University. Project: One- month Artist Residency in Taiwan

2000       Summer Faculty Fellowship, SMSU. Project: Artist Residency at Tainan National College of the Arts