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 mountains --- Carbondale, CO where she was an artist in residence at the Carbondale Clay Center 2017-2019. Transitioning from artist in residence to Marketing & Programming Coordinator, Savanna continues to create in her new studio where she investigates the power of multiples, explores material combinations, and develops a language of mark making.  

ABOUT

SAVANNA LaBAUVE

ABOUT

THE WORK

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 wares, 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. 

 

Expanding on the perceptions drawn from surrounding environments, -scapes, and spaces of personal influence I investigate new arrangements of known architectural and natural components. These works represent the dwellings where my memories reside, where my mind often drifts, and where I can pin point lingering changes in myself. Beginning with a foundation of pattern creates a sense of equilibrium and grounding on which to build these unsettling landscapes. Ceramic multiples that reference natural patterns combine with paintings that are made up of multiple physical places to construct a mysterious realm of possibility. The paintings become an invitation into another place or a window into another world. The corresponding ceramic installations embody objects from the paintings, providing tangible indications of this other world. Together, the painting and ceramic works tempt the viewer with a sense of wonder to consider their own dwelling and the foundations of their surrounding environment.

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

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

2019-present

Marketing & Programs Manager

Carbondale Clay Center, CO

 

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

RESIDENCIES

2017 - 2019

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

EXHIBITIONS

2020

Mudties Annual Group Pop-up

Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA

Fashion Extravaganza: Mirror Mirror Wearable Art Show

Carbondale Arts, Carbondale, CO

Pairings Invitational

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

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 fo 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 

http://nolavie.com/the-art-of-the-new-university-medical-center-15192/

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

BIBLOGRAPHY

2018             

Tackett, Megan.  “Ceramicists’ individual pursuits result in Paralleled Pastiche.”  Sopris Sun (Carbondale, CO) 4 July 2018.

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