Chris Dufala

Artist Chris Dufala

Bio

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Chris Dufala received his MFA in Spatial Arts/Ceramics at San Jose State University. Chris maintains an active exhibition record and has been an Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula and Osage Artists Community. He has instructed as adjunct faculty, lectured and led visiting artist demonstrations and at several institutions including: NCECA, Montana State University Bozeman, State University of New York Fredonia, Buffalo State College and Western Michigan University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at University of Montana.

Artwork

Statement

I am inspired by illusion. It is the cornerstone of my technical process and a catalyst for my conceptualization. My artwork is an amalgam of objects and images that reflect an imitation of reality. As a whole, they represent a relationship between the domestic and the natural world. Under the surface, they suggest that anything in life can be misunderstood. Their physical appearance belies their actual material nature, much as the objects they represent belie their waste and convenience. This notion of deception is important to me as it resonates with everything I find dishonest, contrary, and generally lacking integrity. I am not trying to find a solution, but simply commenting on that which I observe.

 

CV

Education

2004 Master of Fine Arts, Spatial Arts -Ceramics, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Exhibitions

Solo and Two-Person

2015 New Works, The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT

2014 American Yard Sale, Frontier Space, Missoula, MT

Wave/Wither (2 Person), Hall-Spassov Gallery, Seattle, WA

Vestiges (2 Person), Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Group, Juried and Invitational

2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH

University of Montana Faculty Show, Gallery of Visual Arts, Missoula, MT

Clay Montana Exhibition, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT

Bray Recent Acquisitions Permanent Collection, Bray North Gallery, Helena, MT

Montana Triennial, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

Bray 2nd Year Fellowship Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Hope, Terror, Promise, Rage, Old Montana Prison Museum, Deer Lodge, MT

Bray Benefit Silent Auction, Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT

Constructed, Invitational, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

Holter Gala and Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Pot-sketch, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Bray Days, MSU Exit Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2014 Fellowship Exhibition, Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT

Resident Artists Exhibition, Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT

Bray Resident Artists, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

Pot-sketch, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Bray Benefit Silent/Cup Auction, Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT

Archie Bray NCECA, Milwaukee Convention Center, Milwaukee, WI

Red Lodge Clay Center NCECA Gallery Expo, Milwaukee Convention Center, Milwaukee, WI

New Horizons, St. Pete Clay Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Bray Days, MSU Exit Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2013 Bray Resident Artists, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

Ceramic Invitational, Danforth Gallery, Livingston, MT

Ceramics Now (3 Person Show), The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT

Ceramic Contemporary Invitational, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, WY  

New Artists, New Work, Hall Spassov Gallery, Bellevue, WA

Friends & Influences, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Cup Show Invitational, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

TranspARTation, Hall Spassov Gallery, Bellevue, WA

Pot-sketch, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

Permanent Collection Exhibition, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

ACGA Clay/Glass National Juried Exhibition, Los Angles, CA

Landscapes, Hall Spassov Gallery, Bellevue, WA

Teaching Experience

2015 Visiting Professor (Fall/Spring Sabbatical Replacement) University of Montana, Missoula, MT

2014 Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer Art 115A, Beginning Ceramics, Carroll College, Helena, MT

2013 Lecturer, Part-time, ART 270, Foundation in Clay, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

Artist In Residence

2015-2013 The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2012 Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT