Allison Cochran (b.1994) grew up in a small suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her passion for clay led her to Ohio University where she studied under Tom Bartel, Alex Hibbitt and Brad Schwieger. During her time as an undergraduate student, Allison traveled to Germany where she studied ceramics at the Burg Giebeichenstein School of Art and Design. She has been a resident at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and was also part of the first Advanced Student Project Network at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Allison completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2016 and is excited to return to Montana as one of the 2016-2017 Long-Term Residents at the Red Lodge Clay Center. During this year Allison will head to Skaelskor, Denmark for the 2016 Project Network at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center.

I am using ceramics as a way to question the contemporary standards our culture has set through the influence of the media. I find we are directly affected by the images that surround us on a daily basis. Visually permeating, advertising sells us value, image and an overall perception of normalcy. I am interested in the way these constructed images affect our subconscious idea of gender characteristics and body image. My own perceptions stem from my time spent as a college cheerleader. This immersed me in an environment where self worth was based on body weight and personal appearance. I saw first hand the measures taken to achieve a specific physique and became interested in the number of ways that people maintain control over food. These include the act of portioning food, smelling food, chewing and spitting it out.

Currently, I am using the vessel as a way to explore the idea of normalcy in relation to consumption. The ceramic vessel is generally associated with abundance, generosity and comfort in terms of food. Through the abstraction of function and the reference to sanitary and institutional ware, I aim to blur the lines between public vs. private, acceptance vs. shame, and guilt vs. satisfaction.

EDUCATION

2016   B.F.A Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

2015   Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochshule, Halle (Saale), Germany.

 

RESIDENCYS

2016-2018 Long Term Resident, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

2016   Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center: 2016 Project Network, Skaelskor, Denmark.

2015   Short-Term Resident, The International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary.

2015   Short-Term Resident, Advanced Student Project Network, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014   Studio Assistant for Tom Bartel, Ohio University Ceramics Area Chair, Athens, OH.

2014   Ceramic Apprentice, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.

 

HONORS/AWARDS

2018   Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist

2016   Howard Award of Excellence in Ceramics, Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried exhibition, Lincoln, NE. 

2016   Honorable Mention: The Almighty Cup, Gandee Gallery, Fabius NY. 

2016   Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center 2016 Project Network Nominee.

2016   Windgate Fellowship Nominee.

2015   Jurors Choice Award: 2015 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Ohio University, Athens, OH. 

2015   Rosenfield Scholarship for Residency at Red Lodge Clay Center, Louise Rosenfield Arts Foundation of Texas.

2014   Ohio University/ Arrowmont School of Craft Matching Scholarship.

2014   Huntington Museum of Art, Walter Gropius Master Artist Series.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018 Belfry Elementary After School Clay Class, Belfry, MT.

2018 Adult Continuing Education: Intro to Ceramics, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

2017 1-Day Community Class, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

2017 Belfry Elementary After School Clay Class, Belfry, MT.

2017 Intermediate Ceramics, Adult 10 week Community Class, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

2017 Kids Clay Camp, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

2017 Belfry Elementary After School Clay Class, Belfry, MT.

2017 Intermediate Ceramics, Adult 10 Week Community Class, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.    

2016 1-Day Community Class, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

 

 

WORKSHOP/DEMONSTRATIONS

2017   Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident Demonstration and Artist Lecture, Fox Studio, Red Lodge, MT.

2017   Demonstration and Artist Lecture, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2016   Project Network: Before the World Tour, Apple House Gallery, Guldagergaard  International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark.

2015   Sixteen Days, Kapolna Galeria, The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018   2017-2018 Long-Term Resident Exhibition, Loft Gallery, Red Lodge, MT.

2018   Red Lodge Clay Center Staff and Residents, SinClair Gallery, Northwest College, Powell, WY. 

2018   Rocky Mountain College Presents: Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Residents, Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, Billings, MT. 

2018   In the Forefront, Emerging Artist Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH. 

2017   2016-2017 Long-Term Resident Exhibition, Loft Gallery, Red Lodge, MT.

2017   Rocky Mountain College Presents: Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Residents, Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, Billings, MT.

2017   Red Lodge Clay Center Staff and Residents, SinClair Gallery, Northwest College, Powell, WY.

2016   Maintaining Control, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Trisolini Gallery, Athens, OH.

2016   Ohio University Faculty and Student Invitational, Starbrick Gallery,  Nelsonville, OH.

2015   A Sense of Place, Trisolini Gallery, Nelsonville, OH.

2015   Formal Function, Cube 4 Gallery, Ohio University, Athens Ohio.      

 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2018 Last Call lll, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN.

2018 The International Cup, The Clay Studio Of Missoula, Missoula, MT.

2017 2017 College Collective, Genessee Center for the Arts and Education, Rochester, NY.

2017 Hudgens 2nd National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition, Hudgens   Center, Duluth, GA. 

2016 The Almighty Cup, Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY. 

2016 Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard  Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. 

2016 Serve it Up: Functional and Sculptural Ceramic Tableware from Cups and Bowls to Casseroles and Spoons, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas NV. 

2016 2016 College Collective, Genessee Center for the Arts and Education, Rochester, NY. 

2016 Domestic Design, Architecture Gallery, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL.

2016 delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining, Third Biennial Juried Exhibition of   Functional Ceramics, Arts Student League of Denver, Denver, CO. 

2016 Drink Me: Cups Mugs and Tumblers, Mariani Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Grenley CO. 

2015 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens,  OH.

2015 Graphic Clay: A Survey of Illustrated, Printed and Innovative Surfaces,Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD. 

2014 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH.             

2013 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Seigred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH.