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Kari Woolsey

MFA Ceramics 2018

AIRs Awards 2018-2019


Kari was awarded a year-long residency at Arrowmont School of Craft.

Sara Martinez

BA Art History 2018

Sara Martinez SIUSara was one of the top students in Art History who won the Tony Fehm Award in Art History.

Sarah Ballek

BFA Ceramics 2016

Awarded a year-long residency at Odyssey Clay Works in Asheville, NC

Jan. 2019-Dec. 2019.

Jam Lovell

MFA Sculpture 2018

Jam Lovell is currently adjunct faculty at Illinois Central College and is co-founder and owner of Black Dog Metal Arts, LLC. along with Danny Rohr. She is on the Steering Committee for 2019 and 2021 for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices at Sloss in Birmingham, AL. In June of 2018 she spoke on a panel called Iron and Materiality alongside Gina Miccinilli, Katie Hovencamp, Jenny K. Hager, and Cristin Millett at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, PA.

Jam Lovell SIU GraduateHer work is currently on exhibit at the Jackson Street Gallery in Morton, IL. Her work was recently exhibited at the 16th Annual Waterloo Arts Festival juried by Ray Juaire in Cleveland, OH, and at the Hot CIAO V annual exhibition in Peoria, IL juried by Erin Buczynski where she won 2nd place.
She will be featured in an episode of the podcast Studio Break hosted by David Linneweh in November of 2018 where she will be discussing her current and past work as well as promoting an upcoming performance/exhibition in Peoria, IL.

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Instagram: jamlovellart and blackdogmetalarts

Ayako Kurimoto

MFA Sculpture 2018

Ayako Kurimoto is currently a resident at Paul Artspace in St. Louis, Mo. Her residency affords the opportunity to work alongside resident artists Alexis Rivierre, Steve Coplin and Director, Michael Behle. Ms. Kurimoto’s recent developments includes giving an artist talk and studio visits at the University of Mississippi and participating in Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Open Studios. While in resident, she also participated in the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance Conference in Granite City’s Art & Design District in Granite City, Mo. Prior to her residency, Ms. Kurimoto led a workshop at Blazing Paddles Studio in Macon, Georgia. During one her workshops she demonstrated animal origami sculpture and taught origami jewelry.

Ayako Kuimoto SIU SculptureKurimoto’s work has recently been featured in a multitude of juried shows and a solo exhibition displaying sculptures and artworks that are rarely seen. The exhibits include “MASTER PIECES” at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 2018; “Micro/Macro” at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri, Aug. 2018; “Green” at Webster Arts Center in St. Louis, MO., Sept. 2018; “Professional” at Granite City Art & Design District, Granite City, IL., Oct. 2018; “Japanese folktale” a solo exhibition at Blazing Paddles Showroom in Macon, GA., June 2018; “City” at Art Room Gallery, July 2018 and “Art & Fear” at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Mo., June 2018, where she received best in show.

Ayako Kurimoto’s current work can be seen at the Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO., "Child's Play" from Jan. 4th through Feb 15th, 2019 and forthcoming exhibitions at Indianapolis Art Center, IN., "Pushing Paper", Feb 8th - April 10th, 2019; and "Fired Works 2019", Macon Arts Alliance, GA., April 5th - 14th, 2019.

Kurimoto is also one of the finalists for the MANIFEST Grand Jury Prize. The works shown represent the highest ranking artworks out of roughly 8,200 separate works submitted for consideration across 21 group and 9 solo exhibitions during our 14th season. This Season 14 Grand Jury Prize features a pool of 52 works by 48 artists, representing 30 different exhibitions. The exhibits presented 505 works by 312 artists in 41 states and 12 countries. Details on the exhibitions, and all of season 14, can found at this link. The entire season, and all works shown, will be documented in the forthcoming Manifest Exhibition Annual publication planned for release in late 2019 or early 2020.

Instagram: @ayako.kurimoto
Facebook: @AyakoKurimotoArt

Anna Wonnell

BFA Painting 2017

Anna wonnell Shawnee acrylic on canvas artwork

Online exhibition for Fusion Art
Painting entitled “Shawnee” – Acrylic on Canvas

James L. Webb

MFA Ceramics 2017

James has been invited to present a guest lecture to the Harvard Ceramics Program on February 13. While James bases his work out of Somerville, Mass. as the current Artist-in-Residence at Mudflat Studio, he is originally a Kentucky native and will discuss his life and work in ceramics with the Harvard Arts community at this public event. Photos of James's work and more about his SIU narrative can be found in Harvard's event preview.