Current Resident Artists
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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.
Stella Nall is a full time multimedia artist working out of Missoula, MT. She received a BA in Psychology, a BFA in Printmaking, minor in Art History + Criticism from the University of Montana in 2020. Her work has been published in Scribendi, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, Montana Quarterly, The Thalweg, and Poetry Northwest. She was the 2020 recipient of the Western Regional Honors Council Award for Visual Art. She is involved in the community of Missoula as a member of the WMCI Indigenous Art Advisory Committee, by playing in the local band Cry Baby, and by frequently sharing her work through exhibitions, publications, murals, and interactive installations which invite community participation. She is currently an exhibiting artist with the Art Mobile of Montana, and her work lives in numerous public and private collections, including The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts..
Connecticut based artist, Maya Moen, has fostered her passion for ceramics and the ceramic community since 2013. Maya is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design BFA program and has also spent a year as a studio resident working with students and faculty at the university of Montana, Missoula. Maya has since returned to New England where she established her own private studio space. Maya has always been drawn to the beauty of utilitarian items inspired by traditional crafting techniques. From knitting, to quilting, basket weaving, and printmaking; Maya allows the visual language and iconography of these often-overlooked disciplines to influence and enhance her functional ceramic forms. Decorated with delicate floral patterns and bold areas of color, Maya’s tableware pieces showcase forms that appear soft and comfortable. Her works are made to be touched and
used, symbolism explored and changed through interaction. Individuals explore their own connection between form, surface, and function as they interact with each piece.
Her work has been featured in juried shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, Maine and Montana. Currently her work is exhibited in the collection of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.
Hailing from small town Arkansas, Lane Chapman started out as a painter and illustrator until she transitioned into clay in college. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Uni- versity of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2017. After graduating, she moved to Rochester, NY for a two-year residency at the Flower City Arts Center. She just finished a two year residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula and is now an incoming resident at Wildfire Ceramic Studio in Missoula, MT.
Gabs Conway is ceramic artist born in the Midwest but grew up in Missoula, MT. Gabs obtained her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She holds a strong connection with sculpting but has a familiar relationship with wheel throwing and functional pottery.
Gabs is interested in the tension that is created between the dualities of existence. In which she considers the human essence, and the human physicality as two separate entities. The body is merely a vessel for human existence; a continuator of survival. She explores what of the human experience is an emphasis of living, and what is a strain of human accomplishments. As of late, she is interested in forming tension in space by that of the viewer and that of the work.
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.