Alisa (AL) Holen
Al Holen came to Evansville in 2011 to take the position as Assistant Professor of Ceramics at USI. She earned her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Iowa in 2004 and has since been teaching at various colleges and universities around the country. Working with William Morris' classic quote in the back of her mind, Holen creates objects that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, inviting to the touch, and at least a little bit playful.
Alex is from Indianapolis and is a junior at USI. She is majoring in Studio Art with a Psychology minor. This wheel-thrown work is Alex's first exploration with the Majolica technique. She has chosen a map motif to express her love for modern typography and a global awareness. By creating bowls with the seven continents, she is able to bring the world to her table. Alex's hand-built bowls evolved around the theme of unity and variety. They are glazed in a palette that she developed herself.
Katie is an Evansville native and a recent graduate of USI. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a Studio Art Emphasis. The work that she is presenting began as a study of expressions and the anatomy of age, but has developed dramatically into a body of work that exposes the inner and often hidden personalities of the people around us. Katie has done extensive research in finishing techniques to find textures and colors that reveal the subtleties of her characters.
Annette is from Henderson, KY. She is a senior at USI pursuing her BA in Studio Art with an Art History minor. The work here explores both the anatomical and psychological idea of femininity. She uses seeds, growth, and foliage as her visual vocabulary. She works primarily in Terra Cotta, utilizing a variety of firing techniques including low-fire oxidation and raku.
Meggan is a senior at USI from Southern California. She is pursuing a BS in Studio Art and Art History. The pieces displayed represent her journey of pressing porcelain to its boundaries, addressing the question of both physical and conceptual breaking points. Through her nesting bowls she navigates ideas of family, home and fragility.