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MEGAN CHRISTINE CALDWELL
Megan Caldwell received her BFA with a P-12 teaching licensure in 2017 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In 2017 she was awarded the Charles A. and Margaret Pollack Art Purchase award, making one of her ceramic works of art a permanent part of the Mulvane Art Museum’s collection. During her time at Washburn University, Megan showed work in local, statewide, and national exhibitions. Since 2017, Megan has been teaching art to grades 3-12 on the Flathead Reservation. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana with her husband and her 3 cats.
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Sarah Conti is a ceramic sculptor from western Washington, she received her BFA with a sculptural emphasis from University of Idaho. After undergrad she lived in Illinois for three years and was a resident artist at Terra Incognito ceramic studio. She then attended Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon to receive her post baccalaureate in ceramics. Sarah is passionate about ecology, conservation, preservation and sparking conversations about climate change and human impacts on wildlife species. She lately completed a ceramics post baccalaureate at the University of Montana and is currently living, working, and birdwatching in Missoula.
Patricia Countryman is a latinx ceramic artist born and raised in a border town of Arizona and Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics at Western New Mexico University. Patricia is experienced in sculpting, wheel throwing, ceramic mural/public art and tile making.
I am interested in life and our character as variables. I work in a way of interpreting struggling moments into a metaphor for growth and reflection. I focus on the challenging experiences; it’s those trying times where the shedding and adding of personal qualities are more abrupt. By tuning into psychological coping processes I look to express this idea of balancing out characteristics. This allows me to bring out the duality of a person in this state and represent the two sides or a cycle. As I work I take the malleability of one’s character and emphasize it through the figure to produce a moment of reflection.
Stephanie Dishno is a ceramic artist born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana. Stephanie obtained her BFA in ceramics at Herron School of Art and Design. After which, Stephanie attended a two-year post-baccalaureate at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Stephanie has participated in two short term residences at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana. Stephanie received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Montana. Stephanie is creating work in Missoula, Montana.
Bruce Kitts was born and raised in Central Illinois where he received his BFA from SIU at Carbondale in 2009 that followed up with a two year residency at Terra Incognito in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his MA from EIU in 2012. As a member of the Illinois Artisan Program, his work has been displayed in various galleries and museums throughout Illinois. In 2015, Bruce left for the west coast where he was a studio tech and artist in resident at the Mendocino Art Center. Since then, his work has been displayed in several nationally juried exhibitions. In 2017, Bruce moved to Helena, MT to work as a studio potter and currently resides in Missoula, MT working in his home studio.
Born and raised in the Western States, Mary Krochmalny began playing with clay probably around the same time we all did. The difference is, she just kept going. And now it rules her world.
She sees everything in clay: the human form, the forces of nature, the interconnected universe. And her work makes you see clay like that too. In this aim, she has help. Ghosts love Mary, and they help her bend clay with the deft grace of a freshly used comb bending a thin stream of water. Mary lives in Missoula with her Cat and Vitamix.
Krissy Ramirez discovered her passion for clay in the small border town of Douglas, Arizona. After moving to the hills of Silver City, New Mexico she continued her studies in ceramics and graduated with a BFA from Western New Mexico University in 2017. Krissy was awarded the Artist in Residence position at WNMU from 2017-2019 and is well known for her dedication to the arts community. There she was involved with a number of educational themed community mural projects that involved making ceramic tiles with Mimbres Regional Arts Counsel. She was also an assistant to many visiting artists for the Silver City Clay Festival such as Bede Clark, Julia Galloway and Sunshine Cobb. She helped juried annual K-12 arts shows and showed work in local galleries. Now, Ramirez resides in Missoula, MT and just finished the year as a Post-Baccalaureate at the University of Montana.
Ryan Caldwell received his BFA with emphasis in Ceramics and Sculpture from Washburn University, in Topeka Kansas, and was awarded the Charles A. and Margaret Pollak Art Purchase Award in 2015. He has been a short term artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center and Medalta in Alberta, Canada. Ryan received his MFA from The University of Montana in 2020, His work is in art collections small and large, such as The Mulvane Art Museum and the Shimpo permanent collection. Ryan is currently a working artist in Missoula, Montana.