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Jeff Irwin Biography Installation View, Photo Credit Philipp Scholz Rittermann

EDUCATION

1987 MFA, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
1984 BA, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
1976 AA, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fall 1999 present, Full time, Ceramics
1989-1999 Adjunct, CeramicsGrossmont College, El Cajon, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015 “The Nature of Trophies”, R. B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego CA. One Person
2014 “Casting Plus”, San Diego City College Art Gallery, San Diego CA
  “Image: A Ceramic Show of Decalcomania”, Eutectic Gallery, Portland OR
  "Lux Store Project", Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
  “OMA Art Auction”, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
  “Object Object!!”, Helmuth Projects, San Diego CA
2013 "Allied Craftsmen Today", Mingei Museum of Art, San Diego CA
  “Clay Prints: Image, Surface and Narrative in Contemporary Ceramics”, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN
  “Museum Menagerie”, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
  “Renewed: A Short Story About the San Diego Public Library’s Visual Arts Program,” San Diego Central
  Library, Curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego CA
  “Object Object!”, Helmuth Projects, San Diego CA
2012 "Group Exhibition", Point Loma Library, Point Loma, San Diego, CA
  "Lux Store Project", Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
  "Faculty Exhibition", Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
2011 "Trophies", instillation, New Children's Museum, San Diego, CA
  "Group Exhibition", Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  "Plates and Platters", Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Wash. DC
2010 "Here Not There", Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  "The White Show", Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Wash. DC
  "Cups", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
  "Decalomania", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
  "SOFA Santa Fe", Clark+Del Vecchio, Santa Fe, NM
  "SOFA NY", Cross Mackenzie Gallery, New York City, NY
  "Animal Art", New Childrens Museum, San Diego, CA
  "Beast", Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  "Flora and Fauna", Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  "Boom and Bust", Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2009 "65th Scripps College Ceramic Annual Invitational", Claremont, CA
  "Hot TEA", Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  "Nature as Trophy", Pacific Beach Library, Pacific Beach, CA, One person
  "Functional and Sculptural Teapots", JRB ART at the ELMS Gallery, Oklahoma City
  "Teapots: Object to Subject", William D. Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
  “Dust to Decadence”, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
2008 “Clay and Print”, Artist Image Resource Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  “Feats of Clay XXl” Lincoln, CA, Tile Heritage Prize
  “Nature or Nurture”, Bread and CEI, San Diego, CA, One person
  “Ceramics Invitational”, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA
  “Sip, Slurp, Gulp”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 “Clay and the Transferred Image”, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN
  “Agape”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2006 “Al Fresco”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  “New Work of Allied Craftsmen”, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
  “The Yxing Effect”, Holter Museum of Art. Helena, Montana
  “Teapot”, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual”, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA
2005 “NCECA Invitational Exhibition”, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
  “Clay and Print 1”, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
  “Cups, Cups, Cups”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
  “California Clay Competition”, Artery Gallery, Davis, CA, Laguna Clay Award
2004 “Celebrating Nature”, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  “The Art of Tea”, Rockville Arts Place, Gaithersburg, MD
2003 “ The Inspired Vessel”, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. LA, CA
  “Painted Clay”, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
  “San Diego Clay Artists and their Mentors”’ Santa Fe Room, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  “San Diego State Ceramic Alumni Exhibition”’ Town and Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA
  “The Cultivated Landscape”, Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI
2002 “Ceramics Invitational” 2002, Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt St. Univ
  “I-5 Resurfacing: Four Decades of California Contemporary Art”, San Diego Museum of Art, CA
  “Terra Sutra”, The Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2001 “World Ceramic Biennale”, World Ceramic Center, Ichon, Korea, juried
  “The Yxing Effect”, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass
  “Once Upon A Time”, Wusutum Museum of Art, Racine , WI
2000 “Artist Statement”, Simay Space Gallery, San Diego, CA, One Person Show
  “Monarch Tile Ceramic Competition”, San Angelo , Texas, Prix Primo Tile Award
  “Artists and Time”, Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI
  "The Plate Show", Collins Gallery, England, Scotland, Whales, On tour
1999 “California Craft Contemporary”, Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Juried
  “The End is Near", Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI
  “Erotica in Ceramic Art", SOFA NYC & Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
  “The Plate Show", Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
1998 “Current Clay and Fiber", Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
1997 “White Light", Simay Space Gallery, San Diego, CA, One Person
  “Ten Years, A Retrospective", Simay Space Gallery, San Diego, CA, One Person
  “Monarch Tile Ceramic Competition", Kinnedy-Douglas Center, Florence, AL, Merit Award
  “Artists and Eating Invitational", Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI
1996 “Water Theme Invitational", Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
  “Rendezvous Clay", Nebraska Museum of Art, Kearney, NE
  "Cup as Metaphor 2", Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2015 Breslaw, Cathy, "Environment Concerns Fuel Jeff Irwin's Sculpture", ArtScen. Publishing April, pg. 24
2013 Hiss, Mark, "Ceramic Menagerie", Stars of San Diego”, San Diego Home and Garden, McKinnon
  Publishing, December, pg. 46-49
  Lawton, Jim, “500 Teapots”, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NY pg. 183
  Wandless,Paul Andrew, “500 Prints in Clay”, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NY pg. 147
2012 "The Best of 500 Ceramics", Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NY pg. 227, 230
2010 Ollmen, Leah, "Jeff Irwin: Nature as Trophy", American Craft, Vol. 70, No. 1, pg. 36,37
  Pincus, Robert, "A Boisterous Exhibit Shines Spotlight on S.D.", San Diego Union-Tribune, June 13.
  Ollmen, Leah, "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now' at the Museum of Contemporary Art",
  Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2010
  Shepherd,Baudelaire, "Here Not There: Rewiew of MCASD Show, Espresso, September 19.
  Judith Beermann, "Whites It All About", The Georgetown Dish, January 16.
  Dayton, Linnea, The Photoshop Book, Illus. pg 96,97
  Pincus, Robert, "Here are 10 shows that deserve special mention for the year 2009"
  Pincus, Robert, "Big Game Hunter",
  MCASD, Artist Podcast, Itunes address, Track 15:
2009 “Jeff Irwin", DVD produced by the National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts, Demonstration,
  lecture and interview.
  Pincus, Robert, Art Review, "Big Game Hunter", San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 15, 2009
  Pincus, Robert, "Solace and Light-and low cost", San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 27, 2009
2008 Dayton, Linnea, Photoshop User Magazine, March, Illus. pg 76,77
  Lark Books, 500 Platters, Plates & chargers, Sterling Publishing, NY, Illus. pg. 351
  "Jeff Irwin Demonstration", Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art, DVD produced
  by NCECA
2006 Andrew Wandless, Paul, Image Transfer on Clay, Lark Books, NY Illus. pg. 13,48
  Sweet Marvin, The Yixing Effect, Foreign Languages Press, China, Illus. pg. 122,123
  Launer, Pat, “Around San Diego”, San Diego Home and Garden, Illus. & review pg. 3
  Lark Books, 500 Animals, Sterling Publishing, NY, Illus. pg. 402,416
2004 Chung, Dong-Hun, “American Contemporary Ceramics”, Korean Craft Publications
  “500 Cups”, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NY

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  World Ceramic Center, Ichon, South Korea
  Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI
  California Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
  San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX
  Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
  Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio
  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Ireland

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

2013 San Diego State University, San Diego CA, Lecture
  Mingei Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, Lecture
  San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Lecture
2011 Contemporary Arts Committee, San Diego Museum of Art Support Group, Lecture
2009 Pacific Beach Library, Pacific Beach, California, Lecture
2007 Idyllwild Summer Arts, Workshop and Lecture
  Ceramic Artists of San Diego, Grossmont College, Demonstration & Lecture
2004 NCECA Conference 2004, Indianapolis, IN, Demonstration & Lecture
2003 San Diego Museum Arts Council, Lecture
  San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Lecture
  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, Lecture
2002 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
2001 San Francisco Community College, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
1997 Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
1995 Ceramic Artists of San Diego, San Diego, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
1994 American Ceramic Society, Los Angeles, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
1991 Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA, Demonstration & Lecture
  American Korean Clay Camp, I-Ri City, South Korea, Workshop & Lecture

GRANTS

1990 San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2011 Executive committee member, Allied Craftsmen of San Diego
2006 San Diego Art Institute, Juror, San Diego, CA
2003 Humboldt State University Student Exhibition, Juror, Arcata, CA
  Co-Organizer for NCECA Conference San Diego

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