Biography

Education

1972 M.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
1967-1968 Graduate studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1966 B.S. Art Ed. SUNY at Buffalo State, New York

 

Professional Experience

1972- Studio Artist
1984 Artist Editions: Limited Edition, issued 1986, Kohler Co. WI
1980 Visiting Faculty, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1976 & 1979 Visiting Artist, Artist in Industry Program at Kohler Co.
1976 & l978 Lecturer, Art Dept. University of Wisconsin, Madison
1977 Visiting Artist, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
1972-l977 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Beloit College, Wisconsin

 

Grants & Awards

2003 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year
1987 The Guild American Crafts Merit Award, Kraus Sikes Inc. New York
1977 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1976 Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

 

Public & Institution Collections

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, California
Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz County, California
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
J. Orton, Jr. Ceramic Foundation, Columbus, Ohio
Plains Art Museum, Morehead, Minnesota
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library Collection
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

Private Collections

Dr. Robert and Louise Arnold, Texas
Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Karen Johnson Boyd, Racine, Wisconsin
Gail M. Brown, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Paul & Sharon Dauer, Sacramento, California
Candice Groot, Chicago, Illinois
Sonny & Gloria Kamm, Encino, California
Kohler Company Collection, Kohler, Wisconsin
Ruth Kohler, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Jack Lenor Larsen, New York, New York
Lois Moran, New York
Arthur Williams, New York, New York

 

Solo Exhibitions

2005 Real and Implied Space, exploding head gallery, Sacramento, California
2003 Artist of the Year Exhibition, County Government Center, Santa Cruz, California
2001 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Pence Gallery, Davis, California
1995 Pattern and Form, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz
1992 New Work, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, California
1984 Canyon Arts Gallery, Santa Cruz, California
1980 Synopsis Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
1979 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1978 Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho
1977 Synopsis Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois
1975 Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
1973 University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

 

Two Person Exhibitions

2003 Karen Thuesen Massaro and Kazuko Mathews, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California.
2000 A Survey: Two Artists in Mid Career, Karen Thuesen Massaro & Joel Leivick,Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California
1989 Massaro & Kuentzel, Viewpont Gallery, Carmel, California
1984 Massaro & Kuentzel, Rocklands Gallery, Monterey, California
1981 Dorothy Hafner and Karen T. Massaro, Objects Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
1977 Massaro and Kruger, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

 

Group Exhibitions invitational unless jury noted

2015 Travels Through Light and Time, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA conference sites and Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico annually since 2009
 2014 Craft Forms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, juried
Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Arts/Industry: At and After the Factory, Artspace at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Old Hands In Clay, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Galleries, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Paoli Family Clay Exhibition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Embellished Surface: Image and Pattern on Clay, Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art,College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
Louder Than Words, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2013 Objects of Status, Power & Adornment II, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Contemporary Art Jewelry Exhibition and Sale, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Duets, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
2012 A Feast of Beads: Ceramic Jewelry, curator, Gail M. Brown, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Handle with Care, Santa Fe Clay New Mexico
2011 Alchemy: From Dust to Form, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Univ. Florida,Gainesville, Florida juried
Small Sculptures, Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico
Not so Still Life, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
2009 Spoon It! Fork It! Cut It Up! Baltimore Clayworks, Maryland, curator: Gail M. Brown
NCECA Clay National 2009 Biennial Exhibition, juried
Abstraction, Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico
Under Cover, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Contemporary Studio Ceramics: The Dauer Collection, Sacramento State University, CA
2008 Tercet, Bryan Hopkins, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Anat Shiftan, Anelle Gandelman Fine Art,Larchmont, New York
SOFA Exposition, Chicago, Represented by Perimeter Gallery as in2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1994
2007 NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition, jurors’ pick
2006 PEPPER-and-SALT…, An Extravagance of Ceramic Pairs, Baltimore Clayworks,Baltimore, Maryland, curator: Gail Brown
Then & Now, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California
2005 Tony Marsh, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Harrison McIntosh, Frank Lloyd Gallery,Santa Monica, CA
White, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence, Racine Art Museum, WI
Clay on the Wall: 2005 Clay National, Texas Tech University,School of Art-Landmark Arts, Lubbuck, Texas, juried third prize
From Tiles to Totems: A Century of Northern California Ceramicscurated by Nancy Servis, The Art Foundry, Sacramento CA
2004 Form Follows Function, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, juried third prize
Power of Pottery Invitational Exhibition, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, Florida
Fabrication, Bruce Gallery of Art, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA
34th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2003 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, curator: Bill Hunt,Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio
Revealing Influences: Conversations with Bay Area Artists,Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco
Planting, Potting & Pruning: Artists and the Cultivated Landscape,Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin
Emergence: Women Artists in the New Millennium, Northern Indiana Arts Association,W.J. Bachman Gallery, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, Indiana
SOFA, New York, Rep. by Sherry Leedy Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
2002 Summer 2002, Sherry Leedy Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Exhibition & Competition, Shepparton ArtGallery, Shepparton, Australia
2001 Viewpoint: Ceramics 2001, Grossmont College Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, CA, juried first prize
Taking Measure: American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium, World CeramicExposition 2001, Yeoju, Korea, curated by NCECA
Telling Tales, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri, curator: Gail Brown
2000 Focus on Function, National Ceramics Biennial 2000, Univ. of Minnesota, MN juried
Craft Forms 2000, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania juried
1999 USA Craft Today 99, Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Connecticut juried
1998 Strictly Functional National, Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA juried
Artists Address Clothing & Self Adornment, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Tea Bowl Invitational, Craft & Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, California
1997 NCECA Ceramic National, Las Vegas, Nevada juried
Food Glorious Food: Artists and Eating, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
The Common Object, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
Teapot Invitational, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California
1996 Just Add Water: Artists & the Aqueous World, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Ten Outstanding Women Ceramists, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1995 1995 Monarch National Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts,Florence, Alabama juried
1994 Massaro, Blackburn, Abright, Visiting Artists’ Exhibition, Butte College, Oroville, CA
Anniversary Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Table Top Exhibition, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
A Discerning Passion, Forum for the Visual Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
1993 Soup Tureens ’93, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NCECA Clay National, San Diego Museum of Art, traveling 1993-1995 juried
Contemporary American Ceramics 1993, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
Monterey Bay Ceramics, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey California
Summer Exhibition, Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, Maine
Black and White, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
New Art Forms Exposition, Chicago, Represented by Perimeter Gallery (& 1988, 87, 86)
1992 Group Exhibit, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1991 The Pitcher, The Farrell Collection, Washington, D.C.
Minnesota Metaphor, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
Group Exhibit, Joanne Rapp/The Hand & The Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona,
1990 Art That Works, Art Services International, curator: Lloyd Herman, On Tour l990-93
1989 Clay AZ Art XV-International Conference Exhibition, Northern Arizona Univ. Flagstaff
Group Exhibit, Baker University, Lawrence, Kansas
Group Exhibit, Media Gallery Enterprises, Kansas City, Kansas
Group Exhibit, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1988 Wichita National, Kansas: Honorable Mention & Patron Purchase juried
Mixed Greens, Pajaro Valley Art Gallery, Watsonville, California
Group Exhibit, Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Michigan
1987 Porcelain Today, Wita Gardiner Gallery, San Diego, California
Contemporary Teapots 200, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois
1986 The Art of Function, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
40th Birthday Exhibition, Rochester Art Center, Minnesota
Bowl Invitational, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
1985 Cups (drawings) The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Everyday and Sunday, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
40th Ceramic Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1984 The Cup Invitational, Martha Schneider Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois
1983 Cups and Saucers, By Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Porcelain Invitational, Gail Chase Gallery, Bellevue, Washington
1982 American Porcelain, The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Porcelain Exhibition, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1981 Porcelain: Tradition & New Visions, Cooper Lynn Gallery, New York
Porcelain Exhibition, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1980 American Porcelain, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Place Settings, Mandell Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Poetic Imagery, The Elements Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Pieces of Eight, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
NCECA Conference Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Clay, Fiber, Metal, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Function: Non-Function, Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Wisconsin Sculpture Invitational, Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Illusions, Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey
Ceramic Invitational, Pratt Manhattan Center & Pratt Institute, New York
Red River Annual, Plains Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, Honorable Mention, Purchase Prize
White Clay, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
1978 Group Show, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Clay From Molds, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
American Chairs II, John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Clay, Fiber, Metal by Women, Bronx Museum, New York
Wisconsin Directions 2, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1977 8 Artists in Industry, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Beaux Art Designer Craftsman’77, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio juried
1976 Porcelain Exhibition, Kaplan-Bauman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
7 For 76, Paul Sargent Art Gallery, Charleston, Illinois
Fifty Americans, NCECA Conference Exhibit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
32nd Ceramic Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1974 Extraordinary Vehicles, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1973 The Plastic Earth, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1972 22nd National Ceramic Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas juried
51st Exhibition of Wisconsin Crafts, Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin, Purchase prize juried
Beaux Arts Designer/Craftsman ’72 Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, OhioBest in Ceramics Award, Outstanding Wisconsin Craftsman Award juried
24th Annual Ohio Ceramic and Sculpture Show, Butler Institute, Ohio juried
1971 Great Lakes Ceramic Show, Wisconsin State Univ. Platteville, Wisconsin
43rd Annual Student Art Show, University of Wisconsin, Purchase prize juried
23rd Annual Ohio Ceramic and Sculpture Show, Butler Institute, Ohio juried
1970 Cerritos Ceramic Annual ’70, Los Angeles, California juried
1968 Pacific Dimensions, California Crafts IV, Sacramento, California juried
12th Annual National Exhibition, Fall River, Massachusetts juried
1967 Annual Exhibition, Massachusetts Assoc. of Craftsmen, Boston, MA juried

Books: articles and images

2014 Arts/Industry: collaboration and revelation, John Michael Kohler Arts Center: 18, 22, 23-24, 25-26, 33, 88, 108-10
1,000 Beads, ed. Julie Hale, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co: 61, 144, 300
2012 The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson and Jan Peterson, Fifth Edition, Laurence KingPublishing, London: frontpiece
2008 The Japanese Tea Ceremony by A.L. Sadler, Charles E.Tuttle Co: forward illustrations
2004 Electric Kiln Ceramics by Richard Zakin, 3rd edition Krause Publications: 178, 179
Making Marks… by Robin Hopper, Krause Publications: 271
2003 The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson, Fourth Edition, Overlook Press, NY: frontpiece
21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, ed. Bill Hunt,The American Ceramics Society: 131
Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook by Glenn Nelson and Richard Burkett, Harcourt Brace
2002 1998, 1996 Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, Overlook Press 1998:178, 179
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hluch,Krause Pub: 30, 119
2000 Functional Pottery, Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose by Robin Hopper, 2nded.Kraus:168
The Contemporary Potter, Rockport Publishers: 148, 130
1998 Best of Pottery Vol. 2, ed. A Fina, C Gustin, Rockport Pub: 4, 59, 72
Electric Kiln Ceramics, by Richard Zakin, 2nd ed. Krause:
1996 Best of Pottery Vol. I, ed. J. Fairbanks, A. Fina, Rockport Pub: 83
1992 Mold-making for Ceramics, by Don Frith, 2nd ed. Krause Pub: back overleaf
Sculpting Clay, by Leon Nigrosh, Davis Pub. MA: 121
1990 Ceramics: Mastering the Craft, by Richard Zakin, Chilton: 24-25
Art that Works, by Lloyd Herman, University of Washington Press: 22, 23, 113
1985 Electric Kiln Ceramics, by Richard Zakin, 1st ed. Chilton Book Co: 81,187,190
Mold-making for Ceramics, by Don Frith, 1st ed. Book Co: 81, 187
1981 Porcelain Traditions and New Visions, by Jan Axel & Karen McCready,Watson Guptil: 167, 173, 174
1980 American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art by Lloyd Herman, Timber Press
1979 Low-Fire, by Leon Nigrosh, Davis Pub: 70, color 5
Ceramica, by Nino Caruso, Hoepli, Milano, Italy: 86, 104
American Ceramics: the Studio Potter, by Paul Donhauser, Kendall Hunt Pub: 189

Journals: articles and images

2012 Ornament, 35.4:30-31
2009 Clay Times, July/August 2009, NCECA 2009 Clay Biennial:33
2009 NCECA Clay National Biennial Catalogue 2009:33:, 2007:52, 1997:33, 1993:24
2005 Ceramics Technical, No. 21, 2005:65, 68
2003 Ceramic Art, Taipei, Taiwan profile by Lin chen-long Spring 2003: 70-72
2003 “Revealing Influences: conversations with Bay Area Artists, A Report,Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, Vol.19, No.3 & No. 4/2003: 5
1994 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Journal
2014-1972 Ceramics Monthly, 2/2014, 10/2005: 146, 12/2003: 52-53, 10/2003: 14, Karen Thuesen Massaro 9/2000: 50-54, cover, 5/l990, 8/l987, 2/1984, 10/1979, 1/1978, 6/1972
2003-1972 American Craft, Real/Surreal, the Ceramics of Karen Thuesen Massaro by Chiori Santiago, June/July 2000: 38-41, June/July 2003:14, featured artist, 12/1997, 10/96, 4/95, 12/1992, Dec/Jan l988 Portfolio Section, 4/l982, 6/1972

Writing by Massaro

2014 Massaro Essay on Arts/Industry program,  Kohler Co. John Michael Kohler Arts Center publication in press
2011 “Big Creek Pottery.” Ceramics Monthly 4/2011: 48-52
2008 “Profiles, Karen Thuesen Massaro.” New Ceramics, Germany, Vol. 6,Nov./Dec., 2008: 13-15
“A Potter’s Throwing Rib.” Studio Potter, V36, N2 Summer/Fall 2008: 92
2007 “Naming My Work” Studio Potter, V35, N2 Summer/Fall 2007: 54-56
2003 21st Century Ceramics in the United States & Canada, edited by Bill Hunt,American Ceramic Society: 252-253
2000 “Behind Every Woman a Woman….” NCECA conference Journal: 94-100
1997 “Time And Place: Fifty Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics.”The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA. Catalogue essay: 27-43
1997 “Santa Cruz Clay.” Ceramics Monthly 9/1997: 65-70

Workshops/Lectures

2013 Ceramic Sculpture: Integrating Form, Surface, and Content, Cabrillo Arts Summer WorkshopCabrillo College, Aptos, California
2011 Public Presentations and DVD interview with Bruce and Marcia McDougal forBig Creek Pottery 1967-1983 exhibition, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Big Creek Pottery 1967-1983 exhibition, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
2009 Potters as Sculptors, Sculptors as Potters, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California
2006 ClayScapes: National Potters Council Conference, Sunnyvale, Ca
San Diego State University, San Diego, California
2003 Exploring the Intersection of Craft, Folk Art and Contemporary Craft, panelist
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California
Profile Performance, Santa Cruz County Government Center, California
2002 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
2001 12th California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, CA
Grossmont College, El Cajon, California
2000 Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California
University of Arizona, Tucson,  AZ
NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts) convention, Denver,CO
1997 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Golden Gate Collectors Club, San Francisco, California
Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California
Private Lecture Series, Aptos, California
1996 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1995 UCSC, Extension course
1994 Butte College, Oroville, California
1992 Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, California
1982 San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
1981 Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida
1980 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Craft and Folk Museum, Los Angeles, California
Lill Street Studios, Chicago, Illinois
1979 Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1978 Peters Valley, Layton, New Jersey
Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho. two week workshop
1977 Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. three person workshop
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
1976 University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
N.C.E.C.A. Conference panel member, “Away from the Wheel” Baton Rouge, LA
1975 Miami-Dade Community College South, Miami, Florida
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
ACC North Central Region Conf. Ceramic Workshop together with Jack Earl and Tom La Douse. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana
1974 Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana

Guest Curator

2011 Big Creek Pottery, 1967-1983, Solari Gallery, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
1997 Time And Place: Fifty Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics, Solari Gallery,The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California

Professional and Community Service

2000-2013 Collections Management Committee, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, California
2000-2001 Public Art Committee, City of Santa Cruz, California
1978-1980 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Board of Directors
© Karen Thuesen Massaro 2017. Support by AM of Santa Cruz.