Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1977. He received his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. After serving as an Assistant Professor at Mount Mercy and Kansas State Universities, Casto returned to The University of Iowa, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art teaching Ceramics and a member of the Public Digital Arts Faculty Initiative. He was a 2011-2012 long-term artist in residence, and the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan. Casto was awarded the second place award in the 2013 VII Bienalle International de Ceramic, in El Vendrell Spain, and the 2010 FuLe Prize by the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in Fuping, China. He was recently selected as a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and has completed solo exhibitions at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri in Milan, Italy in 2016, and Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami in 2017.
ARTIST STATEMENT //
My current body of work involves an investigation into dialogues concerning extant negative forces in our lives, and to what degree the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of erosion and geological processes translated into ceramic and mixed media objects. I seek a purposeful link between macrocosmic environmental change, and interruptions in our otherwise routine existence. Within this inquiry, alternative and diverse construction methods are emphasized as tools of fresh, genuine expression in the creation of dynamic assemblages of great fragility. The foundation of this exploration is a desire to uncover the sublime in these moments of incongruity; the rush of presence into experience that might otherwise remain banal and ordinary, brought on by perceived inconvenience. My work asserts that it is possible for our daily vexations to illuminate the power of the present moment – something we all too often fail to notice.
At its best, this investigation becomes collaborative in nature, and includes input from other artists to assist in problem solving, critical feedback on the relevance of one technique over another, and in the fabrication of unique construction elements. I often appropriate the discarded remnants of others’ work into my own; a type of studio “sampling” in the electronica sense. My best work becomes intertwined with the sentiments of those around me, metaphorically and literally, and links my concerns and ideas to the immediate community in tangible fashion.
ANDREW CASTO //
M.F.A. The University of Iowa, 2010
M.A. The University of Iowa, 2009
Post Baccalaureate Studies The Ohio State University, 2001-2002
B.A. Earlham College, 2000
2016-present Assistant Professor of Art, The Univeristy of Iowa
2014-2016 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
2012-2014 Assistant Professor of Art, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA.
2010-11 Adjunct Instructor of Art, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2011 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
2011 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.
2007-2010 Instructor of Record, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Regidoria de Cultura, El Vendrell, Spain.
The Arizona State University Museum of Art Ceramics Research Center.
Centre Culturel d’Andenne, International Ceramics Collection, Andenne, Belgium.
Foundacio Apelles Fenosa, Terragona/Catalonia, Spain.
UNICUM International Collection, Carinthian Gallery of Fine Arts, Gradec, Slovenia.
The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.
FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, DAO Art Space, Fuping, China.
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, USA.
Maruchu Gallery, Toki City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Method Accumulation: Studies in Materiality and Existence, Pacific Northwest College of Art, concurrent NCECA 2017 exhibition, March, 2017
Sloppy Late Night Pop Up, group exhibition at Double Dragon PDX, Portland, OR, March, 2017
Revelatory Dérive, solo exhibition at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, March/April, 2017
Small Favors, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, February, 2017
Art Palm Springs, Winston Wäcther Fine Art, Florida, February 2017
Small Treasures, Santa Fe Clay, December, 2016
4x4 Midwest Invitational, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO, September, 2016. *Awarded grand prize
Seattle Art Fair, Winston Wächter Fine Art, August, 2016.
Market Art+Design, Art Market Hamptons, Mindy Solomon Gallery, July 2016
Andrew Casto, Aneta Regel, Guy Marshall-Brown, Invitational exhibition at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri, Milan, Italy, June/July, 2016.
April Color, Winston Wäcther Fine Art, Seattle, April, 2016.
Materiality, Methodology, Metamorphosis: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition, self-curated and organized, Kansas City, MO, 2016.
Accessibility by Design: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition curated by Susan Beiner, Kansas City, MO, March, 2016.
From There to Here: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition curated by Kwok-Pong Tso, Kansas City, MO, March, 2016
The 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual: Invitational exhibition at Scripps College in Los Angeles, California, January-April 2016.
Andrew Casto, The Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, Milan, Italy, Jan 14-February 30, 2016. Solo international exhibition.
Midwest Life Vest, Recent work by Andrew Casto, Joanna Powell, Amy Santoferraro, and Jesse Ring. Walker Art Gallery, The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Sept./Oct, 2015
Hamptons Art Market, Market Art & Design, NY, Represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery
Three Wheel Studio Ceramics Annual Exhibition, *Invited artist, Providence, RI, Oct, 2015
The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics Finalists Exhibition, Zanesville Museum of Contemporary Art, Zanesville, OH, Sept 2015-Jan 2016
Contemporary Ceramics 2015, Invitational exhibition at The Dairy Barn Arts Center curated by Brad Schweigger and Chuck McWeeny, Sept, 2015
The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, June 2015
Recent Work by Andrew Casto, Eutectic Back Room Gallery, Portland, OR, June, 2015
Recent Work: Solo invitational exhibition at Olive Deluce Gallery, Northwest Missouri State Universtiy, March, 2015
2015 NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, Providence, RI, March, 2015
All About Porcelain, juried exhibition at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Feb, 2015
Constructed, Invitational exhibition, Eastern Oregon University, Feb, 2015
Clay Center: Students and Faculty of The Midwest, Vernon Filley Art Museum, Pratt, KS, Jan, 2015
KSU Ceramics Faculty and Student Exhibition, Garden City Community College, Garden City Kansas, Nov, 2014
7th Bienale De Ceramica winners exhibition, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct, 2014
Mixed Company, two person exhibition with Liz Howe, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR, Aug-Sept, 2014
The Clay Studio of Philadelphia Juried National, March 7-30, 2014
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Sept 7, 2013-Aug 30, 2015
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Bellevue Arts Museum , Bellevue, Washington; Boise Art Museum , Boise, Idaho; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort. Wayne, Indiana; Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Houston, Texas
The 7th Bienale De Ceramica, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct-Nov, 2013
Visions in Clay, San Joaquin Delta College LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, California, June, 2013
Archie Bray Foundation Resident and Visiting Artists Exhibition, 18 Hands Gallery,
Houston, TX, Concurrent NCECA Conference Exhibition, March, 2013.
The Fourth International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, Ceramica Multiplex, Verazdin, Croatia, and Vienna, Austria, Aug-Dec, 2012
We Met in Iowa: Recent Work by Graduates and Faculty of the University of Iowa Ceramics Department. Exhibited at Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, Dec, 2012
An Exercise in Fluidity, Solo exhibition at The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September, 2012
Nobody’s Darling Fellowship exhibition of completed works at The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, Aug-Sept, 2012
2012 Ceramic Sculpture National, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO. Summer, 2012, *invited artist.
UNICUM International Ceramics Trienale: Ljubljana, Slovenia, Summer, 2012
Biennale la Ceramique d’Andenne, Andenne, Belgium, May, 2012
Clay? IV: Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, March, 2012
Table of Content: Foster White Gallery, Seattle, Washington, March, 2012
Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, Feb, 2012
Backspace Gallery, Peoria, Illinois, Feb, 2012
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, The Emerson Art Center, Bozeman, MT, Nov-Dec, 2011
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, Washington, Oct-Nov, 2011
Craftsmanship, Content, Innovation: Red Lodge, Montana, May 2011
The University of Iowa MFA Experience, The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, June-Aug, 2010
UN-wedged, November, 2010, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA. *Voted Honorable Mention
The Weight of Knowing is Lighter than Air, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA, March, 2010
ICMEA Ceramics Competition, Fuping, Shaanxi Province, China, first round selection, awarded FuLe Prize, Oct, 2010
The Lasting, two-person exhibition at The Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL. July, 2010
New Work, two person exhibition at The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, July-August, 2009
Displacement, 12 artists at The Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL, May-June, 2009
International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan, First Round Selection, March, 2008
Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA, May, 2008
2016 Springfield Museum of Art 4x4 Midwest Invitational Grand Prize Award
2015 NCECA and Windgate Charitable Foundation Emerging Artist grant.
2014 2nd Prize, 7th Bienalle of Ceramics, El Vendrell, Spain.
2nd Place juror’s selection, Visions in Clay, San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, California.
2012 Research grant, Rudy Autio Fund for Creative Development.
3rd place jurors selection, Kirkland Arts Center, Clay? IV, Kirkland, WA, March, 2012.
2011 MJD Fellowship, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Helena, MT.
2010 FuLe Prize, ICMEA (International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association) International Emerging Artist Competition, Fuping, China, 2010. Awarded one-month residency in Fuping Pottery Art Village (forthcoming).
2010 Honorable Mention, Pottery Northwest’s UN-wedged international juried exhibition, Seattle, WA, October, 2010.
2009-2010 Iowa Arts Fellowship, Iowa Arts Council for graduate fellowship at The University of Iowa.
2009 The University of Iowa Research Fellowship, awarded by The Graduate College of The University of Iowa.
Lectures, Symposiums, Workshops
2017 Artist Lecture and Workshop, Kent State University, March, 2017. 2016 Panel Discussion, Springfield Museum of Art 4x4 Midwest Invitational, Oct, 2016.Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Iowa, February, 2016.
Artist Lecture/Gallery Talk, The Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, Milan, Italy, January 16th, 2016.
2015 Artist Lecture, The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Oct, 2015.
2015 NCECA Emerging Artists Lecture, Providence, RI, March, 2015.
2015 NCECA Panel Discussion: Maintaining an Original Voice, Providence, RI, March, 2015
Artist Lecture and Workshop, Northwest Missouri State University, April, 2015.
2014 Artist Lecture, C.R.E.T.A. artist residency center, Rome, Italy, Oct, 2014.
Artist Lecture, 7th Bienale De Ceramica, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct, 2014.
Artist Lecture, The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Sept, 2014.
Artist Lecture and Workshop Presenter, The University of Kansas, March, 2014.
Artist Lecture, Kansas State University, Feb 2014.
2013 Artwork included from the permanent collection of Arizona State University’s Ceramics Research Center in the exhibition, symposium, and catalog for Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Sept, 2013.
2012 Artist Lecture, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, Dec, 2012.
Artist Lecture, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, Nov, 2012.
Artist Lecture to coincide with the solo exhibition An Exercise in Fluidity, Mount Mercy University, November, 2012.
Artist Lecture, The University of Iowa, Oct, 2012.
Artist Lecture, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, July, 2012.
Artist Lecture, Mount Mercy University, April, 2012.
Visiting Artist Lecture and Student Critiques, The University of Wisconsin Madison, March, 2012.
Invitational Workshop Demonstrator and Artist Lecture, Archie Bray Days, The University of Montana, Feb, 2012.
2011 Exhibition Curator: We Met in Iowa: Pittsburgh, KS, and Richmond, IN, 2012-13.
2010 Image Presentation, Graduate Image Forum, NCECA national ceramics conference, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2010.
2009 Panel Discussion and Image Presentation, Coe College, Nov, 2009.
Image Presentation, Graduate Image Forum, NCECA national ceramics conference, Phoenix, AZ, April, 2009.
2008 Ceramics Workshop Artist Presenter, Luther College, Decorah, IA, Oct, 2008.
2014 Arists invite Artists Residency, Process and Metamorphosis, Watershed Center for
The Ceramic Arts, NewCastle, Maine.
2011-12 MJD Fellow and long term Artist in Residence, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Helena, Montana.
2009-2010 Iowa Arts Fellowship, The University of Iowa.
2009 Artist in Residence, The Institute of Storytelling, Iowa City, Iowa.
2015 49th Annual NCECA Journal, “The Poetics of Growth” (personal narrative and images).
2011-present Art Axis, contemporary ceramics artist resource, online profile visible at www.artaxis.org.
Access Ceramics, contemporary ceramics image resource, online profile visible at www.accessceramics.org.
2011 Photo credit: Ceramics Monthly Magazine, October, 2011.
Photo credit: 45th Annual NCECA Journal, March, 2011.
2010 The Weight of Knowing,The University of Iowa Press, May, 2010.
2007 Comment Feature, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, April, 2007.
2016 TL Mag, Featured as upcoming artist at Puls Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, December, 2016. Ceramics at a Breakthrough Art Fair, Editor’s Roundtable, by Matthew Kangas, Visual Art Source, accessible via http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=17&aID=3553Art LTD, March/April, 2016 "Beyond the Object: The 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual" pg. 24.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Image feature, February, 2016.
2015 …But Why Ceramics? New Ceramic Magazine, by Palma Bobos, Sept/Oct, 2015.
Exhibition Review, Constructed (Exhibition at Eastern Oregon University) in CFile, online journal, www.cfileonline.org.
Ceramics Now Magazine, interview and images, Issue 3, June, 2015.
2014 Seventh Bienale De Ceramica, catalog, article by Marius Domingo, critic and juror.
2013 Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, edited by Peter Held and Heather Sealy-Lineberry, The University of North Carolina Press and Arizona State University.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Image featured, December 2013.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, October 2013, exhibition image from Visions in Clay 2013.
2012 Ceramic Excellence, featured artist monograph produced via The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, in conjunction with The Jentel Critical Writing Residency Program, written by Tanya Hartman.
2010 DAO Clayform, 2010 no.2, Published by Fuping Pottery Art Village, Fuping, China.
Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami
Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, Milan, Italy
Winston Wächter Gallery, Seattle