EDUCATION

2008

Master of Fine Arts, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

2003

Bachelor of Arts w/Professional Emphasis, Doane College, Crete, NE

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

2024-Present

Professor of Art, Doane University, Crete, NE

2021-Present

Department of Art & Design Chair, Doane University, Crete, NE

2012-2016

Department of Art & Design Chair, Doane University, Crete, NE

2016-2024

Associate Professor, Doane University, Crete, NE

2010-2016

Assistant Professor, Doane College, Crete, NE

2012

Belvoir Terrace Summer Ceramic Instructor, Lenox, MA

2009

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Doane College, Crete, NE

2007

Penland School of Arts & Craft Teaching Assistant, Jim Romberg, Penland, NC

2005-2007

Teaching Graduate Assistant, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

AWARDS : GRANTS

2020

Heart of the Art Award, Lincoln Arts Council, Lincoln, NE

2015

Merit Award, Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton, IA

2013

Mayors Award, Lincoln Arts Festival, Lincoln, NE

2013

Best of Show, Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton, IA

2012

Merit Award, Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton, IA

2010

Best of Show, Annual Governor’s Art Show, North Platte, NE

2009

Best of Show, Lincoln Arts Festival, Lincoln, NE

2009

Third Place, Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton, IA

2008

Best of Show & Best Booth Award, Albia Restoration Days Art Show, Albia, IA

2008

Outstanding Thesis/ Field Study Graduate Award, FHSU, Hays, KS

2007

38th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Best of Show, Hays, KS 

2007

Russell Original Art Review (ROAR), Second Place and Honorable Mention, Russell, KS

2006

“Glaze Research and Experimentation”, Research Grant, FHSU

2006

Russell Original Art Review (ROAR), Honorable Mention, Russell, KS

2006

NebraskaLand Days Competitive Art Show, Top Ten Award, Honorable Mention, North Platte, NE

2003

North Platte Art Gallery Pastel Competition, North Platte, NE

2003

Mary L. Chapin Art Award, Doane College Senior Outstanding Art Achievement

EXHIBITIONS

2024

“Earth & Fire”, Juried Exhibition, Stifel Fine Arts Gallery, Wheeling, WV

2023

Ra•ku, Solo Exhibition, Prairie Arts Center, North Platte, NE

2023

Nebraska: Artist Biennial, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2022

38th Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2022

“The Evolution of Color,” Solo Exhibition, Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE

2021

Nebraska: Artist Biennial, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE 

2020

“Private Collection,” Rall Gallery, Doane University, Crete, NE

2019

“Think Outside the Jar…” NCECA, Minneapolis, MN

2018

“Fortitude” FHSU Alumni Exhibition, Pittsburg, KS

2018

Sabbatical Exhibition, Rall Gallery, Doane University, Crete, NE

2018

Exhibitors Exhibition, 18 Hands Gallery, NCECA, Pittsburg, PA

2017

33rd Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2017

Workshop Instructor, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV

2017

Transparent, Tea + Art, Houston, TX

2017

Reduce, Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC

2016

Off the Table! Plates for the Wall, National Ceramic Exhibition, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2016

Midwest Mentors, NCECA Exhibition, Bracker’s Good Earth Clay, Lawrence, KS

2015

31st Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2014

30th Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2014

Raku Ceramics: Origins, Impact, and Contemporary Expression, International Invitational Exhibition, Sedona, AZ

2013

Moving On…, Burkholder Project, Lincoln, NE

2013

Lincoln Arts Festival, National Juried Show, Lincoln, NE

2013

11th Annual Iowa Sculpture Festival, National Juried Show, Newton, IA

2012

Memories, Burkholder Project, Lincoln, NE 

2012

10th Annual Iowa Sculpture Festival, National Juried Show, Newton

2011

Simpatico, Invitational, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

2011

Burkholder Project, Member Exhibition, Lincoln, NE

2011

40th Annual Governor’s Art Show, Regional Juried Show, North Platte, NE

2010

27th Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2010

Iowa Sculpture Festival, National Juried Show, Newton, IA

2010

39th Annual Governor’s Art Show, Regional Juried Show, North Platte, NE

2009

Lincoln Arts Festival, National Juried Show, Lincoln, NE

2009

26th Annual Sculpture in the Park, International Juried Show, Loveland, CO

2009

The Other Art Show, National Juried Show, Des Moines, IA

2009

Iowa Sculpture Festival, National Juried Show, Newton, IA

2009

Brookside Art Fair, National Juried Show, Kansas City, MO

2008

Rakuness:  A Cooperative of Ideas; Passion and Art, Solo Show, Centre of Arts and Artists, Newton, IA

2008

Albia Restoration Days Art Show, Invitational Juried Art Festival, Albia, IA

2008

37th Annual Governor’s Art Show, Regional Juried Show, North Platte, NE

2008

Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics, Statewide Juried Show, Lindsborg, KS

2007

76th Annual Plaza Art Fair, National Juried Show, Kansas City, MO

2007

Fort Robinson Art Show, Invitational Art Festival, Crawford, NE

2007

36th Annual Governor’s Art Show, Regional Juried Show, North Platte, NE

2007

38th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Regional Juried Show, Hays, KS

2007

FHSU Master of Fine Arts Graduate Student Exhibition, Invitational Art Exhibition, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

2006

Albia Restoration Days Art Show, Invitational Juried Art Festival, Albia, IA

2006

Fort Robinson Art Show, Invitational Art Festival, Crawford, NE

2006

NebraskaLand Days Competitive Art Show, North Platte, NE

2006

Fort Hays State University Ceramic Student Exhibition, Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, KS

2005

Members and Guest Invitational, The Burkholder Project, Lincoln, NE

2003

Solo Senior Show, Doane College, Rall Gallery, Crete, NE

2003

Mind Expo, A Showcase of Undergraduate Academic Excellence, Group Invitational, Doane College, Crete, NE

WORKSHOPS

2020

Virtual Demonstration: Lincoln Arts Council, Doane University

2019

Diamond Core: Presenter/Demonstration, NCECA, Minneapolis, MN 

2018

AMACO: Presenter/ Demonstrator, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA 

2017

Electric Kiln Raku Demonstration, Des Moines Arts Center, Des Moines, IA

2017

Summer Art Workshops, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV

2017

Pierced Precision, Salt Lake City Clay Guild, Salt Lake City, UT

2017

Ceramics Inspired, Clay Houston, Houston, TX

2016

Ceramics in the Classroom, Wyoming Art Educators Conference, Ten Sleep, WY 

2016

Piercing Demonstration, Wichita Pottery, Wichita, KS

2016

Meredith Host Collaboration, Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, Lawrence, KS

2015

Pierced Precision, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN

2014

Raku Workshop, McPherson College, McPherson, KS

2014

KACA, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

2014

Throwing Demonstration, Prairie Arts Center, North Platte, NE

2014

Carved in Clay, Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, Lawrence, KS

2014

Raku Rodeo, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

2013

Second Saturday, Bracker’s Good Earth and Clay, Lawrence, KS

2013

Throwing Demonstration, Concordia University, Seward, NE

2009

Rakuness: The Passion, The Art, The Artist, Centre of Arts and Artists, Newton, IA

2009

Contemporary Raku, Marshall County Arts Cooperative, Marshall County, KS

2008

Electric Kiln Raku, Albia, IA

2008

Advanced Throwing Demonstration, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

2007

Advanced Raku and Throwing Demonstration, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE

2007

Throwing and Surface Design Demonstrations, North Platte High School, North Platte, NE

2007

Throwing Demonstration, North Central Kansas Art Show, Clay Center, KS

2006

Raku and Throwing Demonstration, Albia, IA

2006

Horsehair Firing Technique, High School Arts Days, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

RESIDENCIES

2017

Artist in Residency, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2008-2009

Artist in Residency, Albia, IA

PUBLICATIONS

2020

Mastering Kilns & Firing, Image Publication, pg. 88

2018

Southwest Art Image Publication, pg. 28, July 

2017

Western Art & Architecture, Illuminations: Ones to watch, June/July 2017, Michele Corriel,
http://westernartandarchitecture.com/Article/illuminations-ones-to-watch29

2016

Artist Feature, Precision Piercing, Pottery Making Illustrated, Jan/Feb.

2014

Heather Johnson, “The hands of the potter,” North Platte Telegraph, online article, July

2013

Artist Feature, Vollendete Formen, Creativ100.de, online article (German Publication), Oct.

2013

Online Article: Creativ100.de (German Publication) Oct. In publication: International 
Porcelain Artists and Teachers

2013

In press. Newton Daily News.  Iowa Sculpture Festival. June 14

2013

In press: Journal Star.  Bones on capital steps bring awareness to genocide, April 19

2012

In publication: Clay Times: Ceramic art trends, tools, and techniques. Volume 18, Summer/Autumn, Pg. 35

2011

“500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique,” Lark Crafts

2008

“Artist-In-Residency Stearns Molds Life into Art,” Union-Republican, December 4

2008

“Albia Artist Uses Pottery Work to Express Himself,” Ottumwa Courier, November 21

2007

“Math Turns Clay into Art,” The North Platte Telegraph, June 16

2007

“FHSU Students to Show Work at Exhibit,” The Garden City Telegraph, March 

2006

“Artist in Residency at ACHS,” Monroe County News, November 

2006

“Artist in Residency ‘fires up’ students,” Monroe County News, November 

2006

“A Potter’s Life: Eric,” Spring Doane Magazine