Chris Antemann



Chris earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota and her B.F.A. in ceramics & painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and China. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, The 21 C. Hotel Museum, The KAMM Teapot Foundation, The Archie Bray Foundation, and the Foshan Ceramic Museum in China. Her artist residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, where she was the NEA funded resident.  IN 2010 she was the First Place Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Grant, a prestigious grant awarded to artists working in 3D to allow them time to further their work. Chris is currently working on a full room installation titled, Forbidden Fruit: A Porcelain Paradise in collaboration with the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany.

Inspired by 18th C. porcelain figurines, Chris Antemann’s work employs a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roles. Characters, themes and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.

The pieces Chris is making in the Meissen Art Campus use the literary technique of a frame narrative, a story within a story, to build relationships and create layers of information between the sculptural aspects and the painted surfaces. The main story is presented in the guise of the 18th century porcelain figurine as a context, which frames a parody or second narrative between the sculpted characters. Other stories and in many cases, the sources of inspiration for the piece are painted into the scene in elaborate detail.




Joseph, Oregon and Meissen, Germany


2000 M.F.A. in Ceramics University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1997 B.F.A. in Ceramics & Painting Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Forbidden Fruit: US Traveling Exhibition, The Portland Art Museum in association with MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory. Portland, Oregon

A Collection of Antemann Dreams Exhibition, MEISSEN Boutique, Nuremburg, Germany

2013 Forbidden Fruit: A Porcelain Paradise, Chris Antemann in Collaboration with the Meissen

Porcelain Manufactory’s art CAMPUS, Museum of Art MEISSEN, Meissen, Germany

2011 Let Them Eat Cake, An Exhibition of Prints in Collaboration with Photographer, Kendrick Moholt, Robischon Gallery, CO

Chris Antemann, Presented by Ferrin Gallery, Art LA, CA

2009 Battle of the Britches, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2007 Chris Antemann, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

Hausfrau, The Holter Museum, Helena, MT

2006 Chris Antemann, Harris Street Gallery, Helena, MT

Chris Antemann, The Clay Place, Pittsburg, PA

2004 Domestic Ironies, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2003 Beyond the Pursuit of Pleasure, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Two-Person Exhibitions

2012 Paradise Garden: Chris Antemann and Vladimir Kanevsky, Museum of Art MEISSEN, Meissen, Germany

2004 Chris Antemann & Beth Cavener Stichter, Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, ID

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Antemann Dreams 2015 Debut, MEISSEN Vernissage, Dresden, Germany

International Biennale of Ceramic Art, Vallauris, France

A Gilded Age, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

Salone del Mobile 2014, Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy.

Image: A Ceramic Show of Decalomania, Curated by Dan Anderson and Ted Vogel, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

FLOW: The NCECA Ceramic Invitational, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

MEISSEN COUTURE Fall/Winter: Tender is the Night. Villa MEISSEN, Via Monte Napoleone, Milan, Italy

Maison & Objet, Antemann Dreams 2014 Collection in collaboration with MEISSEN Paris, France

2013 Dialogue with the Baroque, Lustheim Palace, Munich, Germany

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2013, Icheon, Gyeonggi, Korea

Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, Museum of Arts & Design, NY

F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design), Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Garden Eden, Museum of Meissen Art, Meissen, Germany

New Blue and White, Foster Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

Sex & Design, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy

2012 LH Project: A Decade of Distinction, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

2011 Meissen Art Campus, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

Fresh Figurines, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Northwest Contemporary Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

ArtMRKT San Francisco, presented by Ferrin Gallery, CA

Pursuit of Porcelain, Ferrin Gallery, SOFA NEW YORK, NY2010 BAM Biennial, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK

Nude, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

SOFA CHICAGO, Ferrin Gallery, IL

Art Miami, Ferrin Gallery, FL

ART CHICAGO, Ferrin Gallery, IL

2009 SOFA CHICAGO, Ferrin Gallery, IL

SOFA NEW YORK, Ferrin Gallery, NY

Women: Portrait + Figure, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2008 Tacitly Tactile, Ceramic Invitational, Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA

West Palm Beach 3, Ferrin Gallery, FL

Ceramic Survey, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

SOFA NEW YORK, Ferrin Gallery, NY

2007 Bridge Art Fair, Ferrin Gallery, FL

SOFA CHICAGO, Ferrin Gallery, IL

Northwest Figurative Ceramic Sculpture, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT

Small Works, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Agape, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Gallery Artists, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, ID

Ladies in White: Women Working in Porcelain, Goodall Gallery, Louisville, KY

The Figure: National Contemporary Figurative Ceramic Sculpture,

Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK

2006 Small Works Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, ID

40 Under 40: Ceramic Invitational, The Clay Place, Carnegie, PA

LH Project Exhibition: A New Brand of Residency, Group Show, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR,

Interpreting the Figure, Ceramic Invitational, Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR, Figuring the Feminine, Northview Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

2005 Clay Chronicles: Connecting Communities Exhibition, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

The Animal Instinct, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

XXX, Curated by Sandy Besser, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

NCECA Conference Exhibition, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

A Tale to Tell, Ceramic Invitational, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2004 Small Artworks Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, ID

2003 SOFA CHICAGO, R. Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL

SOFA NEW YORK, Ferrin Gallery

Subject-Me-Object, Ferrin Gallery

Women on the Edge, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Art Form, Ferrin Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

After Palissy, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

Duo Show, Paris Gibson Art Museum, Great Falls, MT

2002 Residents Exhibition, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute Gallery, Jingdezhen, China

International Ceramics Exhibition, Foshan Ceramic Museum, Foshan, China Figurative Sculpture Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, CA

Clay Invitational, Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art, Coeur D’Alene, ID

Resident Farewell Exhibition, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT Sculpture II, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, OR


2011 Northwest Contemporary Art Awards Finalist

2010 First Prize, Virginia A. Groot Foundation

2005 NEA Funded Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

2002 Emerging Artist Grant, American Craft Council

1999 Brown/McKenzie Scholarship

1998 Katherine A. Nash Scholarship 1997 – 2000 Teaching Assistantship, University of Minnesota Art Department


Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

21 C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY

The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Foshan Ceramic Museum, Foshan, China

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

KAMM Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI

Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY

Residencies/Visiting Artist

2014 Visiting Artist, Ceramics Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2011 Artist in Residence, Meissen Art Campus, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, 2014 Meissen, Germany

2010 Visiting Artist, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2006 Artist in Residence, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2005 Connecting Communities Resident, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2004 Arts/Industry Resident, John Michael Kohler Factory, Kohler, WI

2002 Artist in Residence, Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China

2000 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, 2001 Helena, MT


Forbidden Fruit: A Collection of Antemann Dreams, Forbidden Fruit Installation, Museum of MEISSEN Art, Barbara Domschky. Preface by Dr. Christian Kurtzke. Published by the MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory.

Exhibition Catalog

Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, Exhibition Catalog with essays by David Revere

McFadden, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design;

Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Guest Curator; Laurent de Verneuil. The Museum of Arts and Design, NY

In Dialogue with the Baroque, Galerie Handwerk at the Neues Schloss Schleissheim,

Oberschleissheim, Germany. Exhibition Catalog. Supported by the consulate general of the Netherlands, Munich and by the Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.

The Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Exhibition Catalog, Incheon, Korea

New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, by Shin-Yeon Jeon, World Ceramic Art section, Monthly Ceramic Art, Korea, April 2013, pp 65-67.

For the Love of the Figurine: The Porcelain Sculptures of Chris Antemann through the Lens of Kendrick. Edited by Lauren Levato and Kendrick Moholt, Blurb Books.Chris Antemann, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2011 Exhibition Catalog.

Chris Antemann: Autobiographical Narratives, Figuring Power, Glen R. Brown, Clay Art International Yearbook 07-08

Radar, Chris Antemann, Joyce Lovelace, American Craft, Dec/Jan 2008

Image Transfer on Clay: Screen, Relief, Decal & Monoprint Techniques, Paul Andrew Wandless, Editor, Lark Books, 2006

500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Editor, Lark Books, 2006

Creative Oasis, Tim Buckley, Artisan Northwest, Spring 2006

Figuring the Feminine: Women Ceramists of the Pacific Northwest, Editors, Marie Sivak and Lois Allen, April 2006

Fitting Finale, Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2006

Create Your Story in Clay, Amy Horst, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Newsletter, May/June 2005

Clay Time for Connecting Communities, Katrina Harrmann, The Sheboygan Press, Thursday, July 14, 2005

Portfolio, American Craft Council Magazine, August/September 2005

Chris Antemann and Beth Cavener Stichter, Sheri Boggs, Ceramic Art and Perception, No. 56, 2004Silence and Story, Marty Demarest, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, April 8-14, 2004

Christina Antemann: Domestic Ironies, Kim Cridler, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Newsletter, May/June 2004