Shalene Valenzuela

Photo of artist Shalene Valenzuela

Photo of artist Shalene Valenzuela

Bio

Shalene Valenzuela was born in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has participated in artist residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has taught at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula Art Museum, Richmond Art Center, ASUC Studios at UC Berkeley, and CCA Extended Education. Shalene has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities. Her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and is included in numerous private collections. She was the recipient of the Jessie Wilber and Frances Senska Individual Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council in 2013, and is the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula.Artwork

Statement

My ceramic sculptures reflect upon a variety of issues with a thoughtful, yet humorous and ironic tone. I am inspired by the potential of everyday common objects. I reproduce these objects primarily through slipcasting, and illustrate the surfaces with handpainted and screenprinted imagery. My narratives explore topics ranging from fairytales, urban mythologies, consumer culture, societal expectations, etiquette, and coming-of-age issues. Stylistically, much of my imagery is pulled from somewhat “dated” sources that represent an idealized time in society and advertising. Beneath the shiny veneer of these relics hides a complex and sometimes contradicting truth of what things seem to appear as upon first glance.

 

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Education

University of California at Berkeley, BA with Honors in Art Practice and a minor in Geography, May 1994

California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA, MFA in Ceramics, May 1997
Selected Solo Exhibitions (past 5 years)
2014 Alterations, Texas Woman’s University West Gallery, Denton, TX

2013 Shalene Valenzuela, Jubilee, Houston, TX

2012 Following Patterns, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

2011 No Place Like Home, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT

A Recipe for Disaster, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
Recent Selected Group Exhibitions (past 2 years)
2015 Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Montana Clay, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT

Montana Triennial, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Davis, CA

Domestic Comfort, John A. Day Galley, University of South Dakota (2 person exhibit)

Teapots 9!, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Santa Fe Clay’s La Mesa 2015, Mathewson St United Church Providence, RI

Inciteful Clay. 2015 venues include the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and CSU Dominguez Hills (CA)

2014 Clay + Paper, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Souvenirs From the Future: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, Lawrence Art Center, KS

Girl Parts, MudFire Clayworks & Gallery, Decater, GA

Ceramic Top 40 – Selected Works, Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard, Boston, MA

Mediums Mingling, Danforth Gallery, Livingston, MT
Clay Provocateurs, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

Pop Rocks: Heroes, Icons and the Mundane, AE Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce, FL

Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Santa Fe Clay’s La Mesa 2014, Hampton Inn & Suites, Milwaukee, WI

Teapots 8!, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Inciteful Clay. 2014 venues include Foosaner Art Museum (FL), Arkansas Arts Center, and Woodbury Art Museum (UT)
Recent Professional Experience (past 5 years)
Executive Director, The Clay Studio of Missoula (2012-current)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Montana School of Art (2010-current)

Adjunct Faculty, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, MT (2012)

Interim Faculty, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR (2009-2010)
Residencies
2011- Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME – Invited AIA Artist and Kiln God Funding Recipient

2007/09- The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT – Long-term residency

2006- Archie Bray Foundation of the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT – Summer Residency

2004- Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME- awarded funded Kiln God Summer Residency
Awards/Grants
Awarded the 2013 Artist’s Innovation Award in Ceramics from the Montana Arts Council

Strategic Development Grant Recipient, Montana Arts Council, 2011 and 2012

Emerging Artist, Web Edition of Ceramics Monthly, 2006