B R I A N   G I L L I S
E D U C A T I O N

MFA (2002)
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

BA (2000, Cum Laude)
Art Education, Humboldt State University, Cum Laude

BA (2000, Cum Laude)
Studio Art, Humboldt State University, Cum Laude

1998 - 1999 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Studied Ceramics and Sculpture
1995 - 1998 Humboldt State University, Studied Ceramics, Sculpture, and Graphic Design
1994 - 1995 San Diego State University, Studied Graphic Design


S E L E C T E D__S O L O__E X H I B I T I O N S

2014
(Forthcoming) The Tome, Doris Ulmann Gallery, Berea College, Berea, KY

2013
Maps and Bridges, Heilongjiang University School of Art Gallery, Harbin, PR China
Of Ghosts and Speculation, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Of Ghosts and Speculation, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

2012
Of Ghosts and Speculation, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Of Ghosts and Speculation, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Free Radio, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2011
40 Years, Frontier Space, Missoula, MT

2010
NO!, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
…on Wednesday, Cascade Gallery, Portland, OR

2009
An Expeditionary Journal, The White Stag Block, Portland, OR
NOW!, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA
A New World: On Taking The Long Way Home, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
You Deserve More, The Ice House, Phoenix, AZ

2008
In 1908…, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL
Communication, Ames School of Art, Merwin & Wakeley Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2007
On Strangers, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville S.O.F.A. Gallery, TX
Brian Gillis, University Gallery, Milikin University, Decatur, IL
The Storyteller, UIS Gallery, U of I at Springfield, Springfield, IL

2004
History of Contemporary Ceramics XXXVI, 16ft. Penske Flatbed Truck, San Diego, CA

2003
History of Contemporary Ceramics XXXII, 16ft. Penske Flatbed Truck, San Diego, CA

2002
A Licking County Monument, Denison University, Granville, OH
Culmination, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
At The Light, The Terracotta House, Alfred, NY
MFA Thesis Show, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY


S E L E C T E D__G R O U P__E X H I B I T I O N S

2013
CODE, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
Call and Response, The Jung Center, Houston, TX

2012
The Portland Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta Interdisciplanary Art Center, Portland, OR
The Long Now, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
Deviations From Comfort, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

2011
Shattered, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
Art and Addiction, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
30 Small Works, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC
Week 8, Sarah Lawrence Art Gallery, Bronxville, NY

2010
Inspired by Science, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
The Souvenir Shop, Art Star Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Chicago, IL

2008
Masked Production, Harold Washington College, President’s Gallery, Chicago, IL
Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Viewpoint: Ceramics, Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, CA
Ceramic Objects/Conceptual Material, Kittrell Gallery, Fayettville, AR

2007
Drawn to Between, Rhonda Goodall Gallery, Louisville, KY
Big Muddy, Clarke College Quigley Gallery, Dubuque, IA

2006
ROJARAKU 10th Annual Exhibition, City of Roja, Latvia
Gaining Focus, Noir Art Emporium, Jacksonville, IL

2005
Sanctum: New American Reliquary, Za Zou Gallery, San Diego, CA

2004
Kiln Opening.Edu, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA

2003
Community College Clay, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
Generations: Impending Lineage, Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego, CA
Blue, Mesa Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
Outdoor Sculpture, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

2002
Visual Fellows Invitational, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Mesa Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA


P U B L I C__C O L L E C T I O N S

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
Brookens Library, Archives/Special Collections, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
Illinois State Museum
Heilongjiang University, Harbin, PR China
Milwaukee Art Museum, Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
City of Roja, Roja, Latvia
Rosa Parks Elementary School, San Diego, CA
Schien-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Glory Hole Collection, Alfred, NY


G R A N T S ,__A W A R D S ,__A N D__D I S T I N C T I O N S ,__E T C.

2012
Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
Kickstarter Grant for Free Radio

2011
Professional Opportunity Grant for Free Radio, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
Merit Fellowship, Contemporary Artists Center, Troy, NY
Bronze Prize, Art Interview 23rd International Artist Competition, Berlin, Germany
Nominated and Elected to the Watershed Advisory Board of Directors, Newcastle, ME
Dean’s Summer Research Award, University of Oregon

2010
Nominated for the Brink Award, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Nominated for the Watershed Advisory Board of Directors

2009
Honorable Mention, Visual Overture Winter 2009 Competition

2008
Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
Competitive Scholarly Research Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield
Strategic Academic Initiatives Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield
Scholarly Presentation Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield

2007
Competitive Scholarly Research Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield
Extra Merit Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Springfield
Scholarly Presentation Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield
Chancellor's Distinguished Visiting Scholars Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield

2006
Illinois Arts Council Multi-Arts International Residency Grant
Diversity Task Force Grant, University of Illinois at Springfield

2005
Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry Grant

2004
Lynnette Jennings, Inc. Grant

2003
Sam Walton Arts and Education Grant

2001
Faculty Achievement Award, Shanghai University
International Travel Grant, NYSCC at Alfred University

2000
Graduate Fellowship, NYSCC at Alfred University
Tuition Grant, NYSCC at Alfred University

1998
Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
West Coast Builder’s Award
RAA Juried Competition: Honorable Mention

1997
Presidential Scholar, 1997/1998
Art Department Travel Grant, Humboldt State University

1995
California State University Grant, 1995-1999



R E S I D E N C I E S__A N D__F E L L O W S H I P S

2014
(Forthcoming) Center for Visual Arts, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

2013
Heilongjiang University, Harbin, PR China

2011
Contemporary Artists Center, Troy, NY
School of Arts, Media, and Engineering – Digital Culture Initiative, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2010
Eigerlab, Rockford, IL
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (Declined due to scheduling conflict)

2009
White Stag Fab Lab, Portland, OR
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Session V: Utopia or Bust, Newcastle, ME

2006
ROJARAKU International Art Laboratory, Roja, Latvia

2005
Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry, February Think Tank, Grand Junction, CO

2004
Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry, October Think Tank, Grand Junction, CO

2003
SDSU Foundation, City Heights Project, San Diego, CA

2001
College of Fine Art at Shanghai University, Shanghai, PR China
Jingdezhen/San Bao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, PR China


P U B L I C A T I O N

2014
(Forthcoming) Raj Ghoshal, "Transforming Collective Memory", Theory and Society, ISSN TBD

2013
(Forthcoming) Rosalind Ragans, “Studio Space”, McGraw-Hill ISBN TBD
Bob Crambitt, “Edgefield Pottery Face Jugs Being Recreated Using 3D Tech.”, The Edgefield Advertiser, Jan. 4, 2013
Rosette Gault, “Paperclay: Art and Practice”, Bloomsbury Publishing/U of Penn Press ISBN 9780812222418
Mark Frauenfelder, "Recreating 19th Face Jugs with 3D Scanning and Printing Technology", MAKEzine.com, Jan. 2, 2013
Bob Crambitt, "Recreating 19th Face Jugs with 3D Scanning and Printing Technology", boingboing.net, Jan. 2, 2013

2012
Rosette Gault, “Paperclay: Art and Practice”, Bloomsbury Publishiing/U of Penn Press ISBN TBD
Linda Kopp, Ed. "The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay", Lark Books ISBN 13: 9781454701415
Philip Schmidt, "The Plywood Book", Storey Publishing ISBN 978.1.60342.725.8
Jim Long, “Planet Waves”, CityARTS, May 2012: 58
Brian Gillis, “Of Ghosts and Speculation”, Chipstione Foundation, 2012, ISBN 9.781437.526876
Kareem Estefan, “Liberating the Air Waves: Free Radio’s Broadcasting Communities”, on-verge.org, April 4, 2012
Jonathan Boys, “Portland 2012 Biennial: Disjecta, Its Own Petri Dish for Art”, EAZine, Vol. 3: 31
Allison Klion, “Free Radio: Brian Gillis and Robin Lambert”, Art Experience NYC, Vol.1, No.7, May 2012: 132
Richard Speer, “Portland 2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art”, Willamette Week, April 19, 2012
Brian Gillis, “Free Radio Manual”, CUE Art Foundation, 2012, ISBN 9.780983.285359
John Motley, “Portland 2012”, The Oregonian, April 11, 2012
Aaron Scott, “Interview: Portland Biennial Curator Prudance Roberts”, Portland Monthly, March 6, 2012

2011
David Andrew Frey and Tema Stauffer, “New Artists Feature”, Culturehall, Issue 66, March 23, 2011
Staff Writer “Eugene Artist Wins Grant for Solo Show”, The Register Guard, December 22, 2012: D2

2010
Jen Graves, "So Much Local Art It Hurts:14! Shows", slog.thestranger.com, September 30, 2010
Heather O., "Catch this: NO! at the Kirkland Art Center", cityartsmagazine.com, September 15, 2010
Brian Allen Moore, "Marginal", Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 80, 2010: 110
John Chwekun "This Hand is Your Hand" Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 80, 2010: 111
Erica Palan, “The Souvenir Shop”, Philadelphia Weekly, March 30, 2010
Adam Welch, "The Margins: A Theory of Resistance", Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 79, 2010: 42

2009
Arlissa Vaughn, Visual Overture Magazine, Winter 2009 Issue
Jeff Jahn, "An Expeditionary Journal at U of O's White Stag Block", portlandart.net, August 22, 2009
Molly Kimelman, ”UICA Summer Exhibits Challenge Conventional Ideas", The Grand Rapids Press June 14, 2009
Jessica Knapp, "The Margins" Ceramics Monthly June/July/August 2009: 17
Brian Gillis, "Transdisciplinarity: Multiples in Practice", NCECA Journal, Volume 30, April 2009: 89
Glen R. Brown, "500 Ceramic Sculptures", Lark Books, 2009, ISBN 978.1.60059.247.8
Alan Artner, “Everybody is Art in this Great Show”, Chicago Tribune, April 2, 2009

2008
Carolyn Rowley “Across the Divide” Arts Across Illinois - WTTW Television. Chicago
Brian Mackey, “Artists Interpret Race Riots.” The State Journal-Register, September 18, 2008: 17A.
Pete Sherman, “Riot Not Forgotten.” The State Journal-Register, August 14, 2008: A1.
Brian Gillis, “In 1908…”, ALPLM Press, 2008, ISBN 978.1.60702.172.8
Brian Gillis, Catalogue Forward, "The Sunshine of Our Last Day"
Crafting Content: Ceramic Object/Conceptual Material, University of Arkansas (Catalogue)

2007
Schorno and Gerster et al, “ROJA.ROJARAKU”, TISSU Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978.9984.39.251.6
Tamara Browning, “Artist’s Exhibit Mixes It Up”, The State Journal-Register, March 1, 2007

2006
Inese Baranovska, “ROJARAKU – Has Excellent Artists”, Studja Magazine, Volume 50, 2006
Adam Welch, "Criticism and Meaningful Communicative Action", Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 66, 2006: 101
John W. Conrad, "Cone Three Ceramic Formulas ", Falcon Company Publishing, 2006, ISBN 935921.24.1
Paul Wandless, "Image Transfer on Clay", Lark Books, 2006, ISBN 1579906354
Laima Landmane, “10th Anniversary of ROJARAKU International Arts Laboratory”, BANGA, August 4, 2006
Zanda Vilama, “ROJARAKU Brings International Artists”, BANGA, August 11, 2006

2003
Kristen Tow, "Lassie Come Home", WE Magazine, May 2003

2002
Stewart B. Dyke, "A Licking County Monument", The Columbus Dispatch, October 10, 2002
12th Annual California Clay Competition (Catalogue)


C O N F E R E N C E__P A N E L S ,__P R E S E N T A T I O N S ,__E T C.

2013
Panelist, Contemporary Craft and Digital Design: New Roles for Foundation Programs
34th Biennial Foundation in Art: Theory and Education Conference, Savannah, GA

2011
Presentation, Timelessness, Tedium, and the Technological Dog Leash
45th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Tampa, FL
Panelist, Health and Safety in the Artist’s Studio
99th Annual College Art Association Conference, New York, NY

2009
Presentation, Investigating Multiples
Annual Art Historians of Southern California Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Presentation, Transdisciplanarity: Multiples in Practice
43rd Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Phoenix, AZ

2008
Panel Moderator, Multiples in Practice
Biennial Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN
Panelist, The Story of Something So Horrible
Symposium at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL

2007
Panelist, Teaching New Knowledge: Chemistry of Art - Materials of the Artist
29th Annual Association for Integrated Studies Conference, Tempe, AZ

2006
Panelist, Exploring a New Criticism
40th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Portland, OR

2003
Panel Moderator, New School: Emerging Artists and Shifting Paradigms in an Expanded Field
37th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, San Diego, CA


P U B L I C__L E C T U R E S__A N D__W O R K S H O P S

2014
(Forthcoming) Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL - Lecture

2013
(Forthcoming) UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA - Lecture
Heilongjiang University, Harbin, PR China - Lecture/Workshop
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL - Lecture

2012
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI - Lecture
The Drawing Center, New York, NY - Family Art Workshop at CUE Art Foundation
Oregon College of Arts and Craft, Portland, OR - Lecture/Workshop

2011
University of Montana, Missoula, MT - Lecture
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA - Lecture

2010
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR - Lecture
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA – Lecture
Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA - Artist Talk
Ox-Bow School and Artist Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI - Lecture
Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada – Lecture/Workshop
Cascade College, Portland, OR – Lecture

2009
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME - Lecture

2008
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL - Artist Talk
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH – Lecture
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL - Lecture
Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL – Lecture
University of Arkansas, Fayettville, AR - Lecture

2007
North Central College, Naperville, IL - Lecture
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Lecture
Milikin University, Decatur, IL - Artist Talk

2006
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI - Lecture
Roja Cultural Center, Roja, Latvia - Lecture

2005
Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL - Lecture

2004
Westerwald Keramik Museum, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany - Lecture
Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA - Lecture

2003
Pomona College, Claremont CA - Lecture
Ceramic Artists of San Diego, San Diego, CA - Lecture

2002
Allied Craftsman of San Diego, San Diego, CA - Lecture
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA - Lecture
Denison University, Granville, OH - Artist Talk/Workshop
Philadelphia Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA - Lecture

2001
NYSCC Alfred University, Alfred, NY - Lecture at Alfred Ceramic Circus
Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen, PR China - Lecture
Xiao Ping Studios, Yixing, PR China - Lecture
College of Fine Art Shanghai University, Shanghai, PR China - Lecture



C U R A T O R I A L_P R O J E C T S

(Forthcoming) An After School Special, The White Box, Portland, OR (2015)
The Margins, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ (2009)
James Luna: Talking Stones, UIS Gallery, Springfield, IL (2008)
The Sunshine of Our Last Day, UIS Gallery, Springfield, IL (2008)
Generations: Impending Lineages, Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego, CA (2003)
Michael McKean: The Rainbow Quasar Roller Coaster Divide, San Diego Mesa College Art Courtyard (2003)
BLUE, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery (2003)
From Paper and Prosthetics to Toilets and Turbines, San Diego Mesa College Learning Resource Center (2003)



A C A D E M I C__A P P O I N T M E N T S

2012 - Present
Associate Professor of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2008 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2010
Ox-Bow School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI (Summer)

2005 - 2008
Assistant Professor of Ceramics/Sculpture, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL

2003 - 2004
Thesis Advisor, Institute for Ceramics and Glass
University of Applied Sciences, Koblenz, Germany

2002 - 2005
Assistant Professor of Ceramics, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA