Visual Art Lecture Series: Robin DuPont and Dan Murphy

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The Visual Art Lecture Series presents talks by leading Canadian and international artists, curators, and academics. Robin DuPont and Dan Murphy are faculty for the Visual + Digital Arts residency: Kiln Raising

Robin DuPont is a ceramics artist based in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, an MFA from Utah State University in Logan, and has studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. DuPont specializes in atmospheric wood fired pottery; a process that reveals subtle and inexplicable tones, surfaces, and effects. Having built several wood kilns, his research and experimentation in wood firing has led him across Canada, to the USA, Australia, and Korea. In 2011, he was the Rawlinson Visiting Artist at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, and in 2012, visiting faculty at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. DuPont teaches ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Kootenay School of the Arts. His exhibitions include the RBC Emerging Artist Exhibition (2013), Gardiner Museum, Toronto; NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramics) Exhibition (2013), Red Lodge Clay Centre, Houston; Woodfired Invitational (2013), The Clay Studio, Missoula; and Touch (2012), Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary.

Dan Murphy is an artist and associate professor of art with twenty years of experience firing wood-burning kilns. His work has been presented in fifty-five invitational exhibitions, six of which have been in concurrence with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conferences. His numerous exhibitions include The Melwood Arts Centre, Louisville (2007); Indiana University, New Albany (2007); Zuver Performing Arts Center Gallery, Macon (2006); University of North Texas, Denton (2006); Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Cedar City (2006); Tong-In Auction Gallery, Seoul (2005); and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg (2004). Murphy was the organizer and the Master of Ceremonies for Twenty + One Years of the Tozan Kiln, an international wood fire conference at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff (2006), and participated in the First International Anagama Seminar at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg (2007). In 2008, he was awarded Researcher of the Year and Artist of the Year in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University, where he currently teaches.  Other awards include NCECA National Award of Excellence in Wood-fired Ceramic Art (2005), and the Juror’s Award, CERAMICS USA (2003).