Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jeanne Quinn

May 15 - August 17, 2014

Jeanne Quinn will speak about her work at 7 p.m. May 15, 2014, at HMA. Admission is free. A reception follows. Jeanne Quinn will conduct a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Line Into Form” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16-18, 2014. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.

Jeanne Quinn received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in 1988 from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied art history and baroque music performance. Unsure how to resolve these two interests, after graduating she apprenticed to a woodworker in Tennessee and later to a violinmaker in Italy. Upon returning to the U.S., she got a job in Boston making flutes – an enjoyable position, but one that valued craft over creativity. Quinn desired to invent her own forms, although, like musical instruments, function and a relationship to the human body remained important considerations. She took ceramics classes at a community center and quickly realized clay’s potential for invention, as well as its deep, functional connection to the human body. Following post-baccalaureate study at the University of Colorado at Boulder with renowned ceramicist, Betty Woodman, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1995 from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Jeanne Quinn has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado; Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark; Formargruppen Gallery, Malmö, Sweden; Sculpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. She has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, the Archie Bray Foundation, the International Ceramic Center in Denmark, the Kahla Porcelain Factory, and the Ceramic Center-Berlin in Germany. Her work is published in books such as The Artful Teapot by Garth Clark; Postmodern Ceramics, by Mark Del Vecchio; Sex Pots by Paul Matthieu; A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence by Peter Held, and Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz. She has lectured at numerous institutions including Alfred University, Kansas City Art Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Minnesota, among others. Quinn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Quinn is renowned for hybrid works that combine porcelain in dynamic dialogue with unexpected mediums. In Floating, Quinn examines material culture through the disrupting lens of installation art. Based on an 18th century Italian lace pattern, the installation alludes to the history of decorative arts. It is also a porcelain chandelier that references multiples, materiality, and the human body. By suspending hundreds of precisely arranged ceramic objects, Quinn pushes ornament into space, isolating and celebrating that which is usually thought of as flat, superficial embellishment. The scale envelops, suggesting the softness and movement of textiles. Space itself becomes the place of decoration; the installation, a stage; the viewer, an actor.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jeanne Quinn

Jeanne Quinn, Floating, n.d. Porcelain, wire, paint, electrical hardware, 20’ W x 14’ H x 26’ D. Image courtesy of the artist.