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Savanna is a southern gal from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she grew up behind the counter of her parents’ retail store filled with local art, imported furniture, home decor, and more. After finishing her BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Louisiana State University, she moved from cajun country to the Rocky Mountains of Carbondale, CO where she was an Artist in Residence at the Carbondale Clay Center 2017-2019. Transitioning from Artist in Residence to Marketing & Communications Manager, Savanna spent 3 years working with Carbondale Clay Center in efforts to expand the organization's reach, programs, and impact on the local and ceramic communities.  Currently, she is focused on her studio practice at Studio for Arts & Works in Carbondale, CO where she continues to investigate the power of multiples, explore material combinations, and develop a language of mark-making.

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Pulling from my background in painting and drawing, my current work focuses on the power of multiples: pattern, rhythm, and repetition. Ranging from sculptures and installations made from copious amounts of ceramic parts to embellished functional ware, my exploration is centered on components as marks. All together, the multitude of "marks" make up a drawing or mural through physical pattern and surface design.

CURRICULUM

VITAE

EDUCATION

2012 - 2017

Louisiana State University

BFA Studio Art, Concentrations: Ceramics & Painting

Minor: Sculpture

Magna cum Laude

2014 - 2015

University of Hawaii at Manoa

National Student Exchange Program

2013

Santa Reparata International School of Art

Study Abroad: Printmaking in Florence

TEACHING

2021

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Handbuilt: Adult Intermediate Clay
 

Private Lessons

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

 

2020

Adult Handbuilding

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Family Clay Play

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Private Lessons

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

 

2019

Adult Intermediate Clay

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Clay for Beginners

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Kids Hand-building & Wheel Throwing

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2018

Kids Hand-building & Wheel Throwing

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

 

2017

Away From the Wheel: Adult Hand-building

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Kids Wheel Throwing

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2021 - present

Gallery Committee Chair

Carbondale Arts Gallery Committee, CO

2020 - present

Creative Council Member

Carbondale Creative District, CO

2020

Anderson Ranch Art Center

Attendee: Conversations on Clay virtual workshop 

Feb 2019-Dec 2021

Marketing & Communications Manager

Carbondale Clay Center, CO


2019 - present

MudTies Collective Member

 

2018

Anderson Ranch Art Center

Attendee: Tyler Lotz's workshop 

Object Design: Ceramics, Hand & Machine

2017

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

educational assistant/work-study program

Attendee: 

    Sunshine Cobb’s workshop Hand-building Fundamentals

    Shane Darwent & Andrew Saftel’s workshop Mining for Place

    Lauren Gallaspy's workshop Poetics of Surface

Penland School of Crafts

work-study program

Attendee: Lynn Batchelder's workshop Jewelry + Drawing  

Anderson Ranch Art Center

Attendee: Gabriela Salazar's workshop Material & Metaphor  

 

Attendee: 51st annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference

Co-Vice President of Louisiana State University’s Ceramic Arts Student Association (CASA) 

 

2016 - present

Member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

2016 - 2017

Louisiana State University Painter’s League: Secretary

2016  

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

educational assistant/work-study program

Attendee:

    Courtney Cerruti's workshop Image Transfers & Mixed Media

    Lauren Kussro's workshop Playing with Paper

Penland School of Crafts

work-study program

Attendee: Justin Rothshank's workshop Decals & Data

 

2015 - 2017   

Member: Ceramic Arts Student Association (CASA),

Louisiana State University

2014 - 2015

Member: Clay Club,

University of Hawaii at Manoa

AWARDS

2018

Anderson Ranch Scholarship for Object Design: Ceramics, Hand & Machine Workshop

 

2017

Anderson Ranch Scholarship for Material & Metaphor workshop

 

Tiger Athletic Foundation Award, based on faculty nomination

2016

Miriam Garic Barranger Scholarship

Tiger Athletic Foundation Award, based on faculty nomination

2015

Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Distinguished Scholarship for the Arts

Miriam Garic Barranger Scholarship

 

2014

Louisiana State University Sculpture Department Scholarship

 

2013   

Travel Scholarship for study abroad program “Printmaking in Florence”

2012    

Baton Rouge Gallery award to study with local painter Diane Hansen

RESIDENCIES

2017 - 2019

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

EXHIBITIONS

2022    

Voices, group collaborative exhibition

Aspen Chapel Gallery, Aspen, CO (upcoming)

Mudties PopUp Online Show

Online, in conjunction with NCECA 2022

Annual Valley Visual, juried exhibition

R2 Gallery, Carbondale, CO

2021    

Deck the Walls, group exhibition

R2 Gallery, Carbondale, CO

    

Annual Cup Auction Donation

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO    

    

A Thankful Pop-up, group show

Bath Provisions, Carbondale, CO

    

Settings Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center, CO

    

Shared Earth, Group Exhibition

Colorado Mountain College Aspen Gallery, CO 

    

Pairings Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2020

Pairings Invitational​

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Settings: Limited Edition

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

22nd Annual Cup Auction 

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2019

21st Annual Cup Auction 

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center pop-up location, Carbondale, CO

Holiday Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Maker Queens Group Pop-up

Batch, Carbondale, CO

 

Tacos on Plates

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Interwoven: Fiber + Clay Group Exhibition

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Ellipsis Resident Artist Solo Exhibition

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Linear // Planar Dual Exhibition with Stephanie Seguin

R2 Gallery, Carbondale, CO

Pairings Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Mutual Makers Group Exhibition

Colorado Mountain College Aspen Gallery

2018

Holiday Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

20th Annual Cup Auction 

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center pop-up location, Carbondale, CO

Throwdown Hoedown 

Donation for Annual Fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Clay National XIII: Out of the Mold

Group Exhibition, juried by John & Andrea Gill

Carbondale Clay Center, CO

Tiny Art Show 

Group Exhibition, juried by Johanna Mueller 

R2 Gallery, Carbondale, CO

 

Paralleled Pastiche Resident Artist Dual Exhibition

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Pairings Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2017 

Holiday Invitational

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Annual Cup Auction Donation

Carbondale Clay Center pop-up location, Carbondale, CO

Foundational Dwellings Solo Thesis Showcase

Firehouse Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

BFA Group Showcase

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

   

LSU Discover Day Juried Exhibition

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2016

Painter’s League Group Showcase 

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

 

White Light Night Annual Art Festival

Studio C, Baton Rouge, LA

2015    

Light Fantastic: 30th Annual Louisiana Art and Science Museum Gala 

30 local artists invited by Auction Co-Chairperson for principle fundraising

Baton Rouge, LA

    

White Light Night Annual Art Festival

Studio C, Baton Rouge, LA

Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show, International Juried Showcase

Baton Rouge, LA

2014    

Work selected for the University Medical Center 

New Orleans, LA 

2013    

White Light Night Annual Art Festival

Studio C, Baton Rouge, LA

 

Highland Nights Annual Arts Festival

The Stockade, Baton Rouge, LA

2012    

Real Life Experience

Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA