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Tip Toland
2004 1st Place recipient

 Statement                                                                                                        

My work is about finding a visual way to address my own interior state of being or an issue that captures me and I find needs addressing. The pieces are autobiographical in some sense and deal with what I am trying to make sense of. I have often, especially in my earlier work, used the figure and its gesture as a metaphor describing a state of mind more than referring to a specific individual. The gender and age of the character depended on what energy the figure needed to convey the emotional and psychological narrative I was after. The figures for me were symbols even while having a particular identity. Currently, I am creating figures with a more complete context, as specific individuals having their own narrative.

I have always loved to draw the face. Now I love to sculpt the face. The gesture of the human face and body and how nuanced it is remains endlessly interesting to me in its subtle potential for narrative.  Whether I am involved with the figure in a commentary involving a social/ political issue or whether the content leans more philosophical and/ or psychological my work always seems to be autobiographical. All the figures on 2008 were aspects about my own view of spirituality. Since then I have been investigating the notion of JOY. Currently I am revisiting my adolescence and its more difficult aspects.

TIP TOLAND                                                                                           

Born May 9, 1950                                                                                                       

Lives and works in Washington                                                                                                                                           

EDUCATION                                                                                        

1981             M.F.A., Ceramics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1975             B.F.A., Ceramics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

GRANTS AND AWARDS                                                                                             2009           Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist Award, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2007           Artist Trust/Washington States Arts Commission Fellowship                                                  

2007           Nominated for a Neddy Grant, Seattle, WA 

2004              Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, First Place Award

2002              GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2001              Emerging Artist, NCECA, Charlotte, N.C.

1997              Artist-in-residence, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA

1995              Artist-in-residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

1987              Slides retained for the Slide Reference Library, Ceramics Monthly Magazine

1986              Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts

1985              Artist-in-residence, Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY

1982-3          Artist-in-residence, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, OR

1981              Governor’s Award, Northern Rockies Clay, juried traveling exhibition, Hockaday Center for the Arts, Kalispell, MT

                      Purchase, Permanent Collection, Paint on Clay, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

1980              Ferro Corporation, Cash Merit Award, The Westwood Clay National, Los Angeles, CA

1976              Purchase Award, Colorado Artist and Craftsman, juried, Boulder, CO

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012            Barry Friedman LTD, New York, NY

2008            Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, WA

2007              Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005            Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

2002            Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

1998              Recent Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992              William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1990              William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1988              Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                      Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

1987              Brunswick Gallery, Missoula, MT

1985              Hundred Waters Gallery, Seattle, WA

1983              Contemporary Crafts Association, Portland, OR

1982              Meredith Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITION

2010             Show of Heads, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2010             Celebrating the Human Form in Clay,  Figurative Ceramic Sculpture Symposium, Arrowmont

                     School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN           

2010             BAM Biennial 2010 Throwdown, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2010             Corporeal Manifestations, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2010             Hermaphrodites, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010            Disarming Domesticity, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA

2009            NCECA Clay National Biennial, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2009            Four Fired,  Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2008            Two person exhibition, University of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, ALA

2007            Northwest Figurative Ceramics Invitational,  Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT

2007            Red, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2007            Neddy Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2006            Living it Large, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2006            The Edges of Grace. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2005            The 35th Annual Ceramics Exhibition. Crossman Gallery, Univ. of WI, Whitewater

2005            White on White. Elaine L. Jacob Gallery. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2005            Tip Toland, Phoebe Toland.  Turman Gallery, Helena, MT

2005            Trans-Ceramic Art, 3rd World Ceramic Biennale/World Ceramic Exposition Foundation (WOCEF) World Contemporary Ceramic Exposition. Seoul, Korea

2004            A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence the Northwest  

                    Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane

2004            Edgy Characters, NCECA, University of Indianapolis, Wheeler Arts Center

2003             Women on the Edge, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2002            Fired Up, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2001            Gallery Group Plus+, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000– 02     Ceramic National 2000, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2001            Invitational Exhibit of Ceramics with the Human Figure, The Emerson, Beall Park Art Center,

             Bozeman, MT.

2000        Northwest International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

1998        Thirtieth Artists-in-Residence Birthday Exhibition, Contemporary Crafts Gallery,   Portland, OR

                Pratt Instructors' Exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, (COCA), Seattle, WA

1996        Magic Mud Northwest Invitational, Gallery by the Lake, Coeur d'Alene, ID

                Pottery Northwest / Northwest Folklife Festival Exhibit, Seattle, WA

1995            Resident artist exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

                Pratt Instructors' Exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, (COCA), Seattle, WA

1994-95   Cups 4, Annual Cup Show, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA

1993        Clay 1993, A National Survey, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Pratt Instructor's Exhibit, juried, Foster-White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992        Kirkland Center for the Arts, juried, Kirkland, WA

1991        Clay with an Attitude, Kirkland, Center for the Arts, Kirkland, WA

                War in the Gulf, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Two Person Show, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1990        Seven Figurative Artists Working in Clay, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1989        Third Biennial Oregon / Washington Juried Exhibition, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

                Surreal Ceramics, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

                Artist-in-Residence Retrospective, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR

1988        Animal Imagery, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

                The Aesthetic Edge, A National Clay Invitational, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR

                Northwest Clay, Littman Gallery at Portland State University and Coos Art             Museum, Portland, OR

1986        Contemporary Crafts: A Concept in Flux, National Craft Show Room, New York City, NY

                Figure Narrative, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

                Three-Person Exhibition, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1985        Group Clay Exhibition, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1984        Ceramics and Social Commentary Clay, 1984, Laumeier International Sculpture Park Gallery, St. Louis, MO     

                1984, Group Show, Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Detroit, MI

1983        Louisiana State University Faculty Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

                Visiting Artists Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton          Rouge, LA

                Clay for Walls, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

                Ceramic Invitational, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

1982        The Many Facets of Paper, Boca Raton Arts Center, Boca Raton. FL

1981        American Clay 1981, Invitational, Meredith Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD

                M.F.A., Thesis exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

                Northern Rockies Clay, juried traveling exhibition, Hockaday Center for the Arts, Kalispell, MT

                Paint on Clay, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

1980        Westwood Clay National, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY

 

TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

2009            Sculpture Instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2007            Sabbatical replacement, Spring Quarter, Ceramics Instructor, University of WA

2004-10      Abstracting the figure in Clay, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA                                                 

1999-2010 Sculpture Instructor, Seward Park Arts Studio, Seattle, WA          

2006            NCECA Panel, “Deep sources of Inspiration” Tip Toland, Richard Notkin, Adrian Arleo,

                    Rick Newby. Portland, OR.

2001              Art Instructor, “Abstracting the Figure”, Pratt Fine Arts center, Seattle, WA

1998-2000    Handbuilding & Beginning Wheel Instructor, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA

1990-2007    Instructor, Coyote Central, Seattle, WA

1991-97        Art Instructor, Pacific Rim Camp for the Arts, Stanwood, WA and Evergreen State College

1996              Ceramic Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1990-96        Art Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

1995-96        Ceramic Instructor and Consultant, Pacific Arts Center, Seattle, WA

1995              Experiences in Creativity, Ceramic Sculpture, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA

1990-95        Artists in the Schools, Artist-in-Residence, Washington State Arts Commission

1993-95        Drawing Instructor, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

1988-93        Ceramic Instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

1992-93        Drawing Instructor, Northwest School, Seattle, WA

1992              Ceramic Instructor, Edmonds Community College, Sumner, and Edmonds, WA

1991              Artist-in-Residence, Artists Unlimited, Lynnwood, WA

1990-91        Ceramic Instructor, Green Lake Middle School, Seattle, WA

1990              Art Facilitator and Artist-in-Residence, Festival Sandjate, T.T. Minor School, Seattle, WA

1989-90        Director for Sculpture Project, Sculpture Garden, Children's Museum, Seattle, WA

1988              Ceramic Instructor, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1987              Substitute art instructor, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

1985           Ceramic Instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

1983              Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

1979-81        Graduate teaching assistant, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

 

PUBLICATIONS

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Fall Arts 2008, Visual Arts The Body Politic,

The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA  Sept. 15, 2008 Truth in Sculpting,  Rosemary Ponnekanti

The Stranger, The Genius Awards Visual Art Shortlist, Jen Graves, Sept. 13, 2007                                                                                                  

Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Tip Toland, Prayer and Preoccupation, Mathew Kangas.  Aug/Sept 2007

Tacoma Volcano, The Neddy Finalists  Alec Clayton, July 26, 2007

Clay In Art International, Publisher & editor Kostus Tarkasis, 2006    

Ceramics Art and Perception The Precious and Precarious, Glen Brown, Issue 60, 2005

Lark Book, 2004. 500 Figures in Clay

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 16, 1984. A Head of its Time

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November  25, 1984 A Turbulent Century Produces Art of Strong Social Content 

Seattle Times, August 1990. Actual Landscapes, Inner Images. 

Art in America, Summer 1982. American Clay 1981 and the Arts

Catalog for Meredith Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD, 1981. American Clay 1981. 

American Illustration 4th Annual: American Illustration Inc. New

  York, NY, 1985-86 The Ties that Bind.

American Illustration 5th Annual: American Illustration Inc. New

 York, NY, 1986-87 Restless Nights. 

Ceramics Monthly, February 1987. Art, Money and the N.E.A.

Ceramic Exhibition is a Major Overview."  Seattle Times, April 4, 1984. Ceramic Exhibition is a Major Overview.

Published in St. Louis, MO, 1984. Ceramics and Social Commentary.  

Baltimore  Sun, September 1981. Clay: Arts Multipurpose Vehicle.

The News American, September 1981. Clay Molded to Artists' Visions. 

Published in New York, NY, 1986. Contemporary Crafts: A Concept in Flux

Miami Herald, April 11, 1982. Down on Paper: The Material is the Message 

Denver Post, January 1991Galleries Rating Guide. 

." Rocky Mountain News, January 25, 1991. Gallery Works Invade Auraria Campus.

The Seattle  Weekly, August, 1990. Goddesses of Clay Make Fertile Symbols.

The Port Townsend Jefferson Co. Leader,  December 27, 1995. Looking Back at 1995's Artistic High Points.  

Eastside week, August 25, 1993. Mixmasters.

Sheboygan Journal, January 1981. New Path for Feat of Clay. 

Boca Raton News, April 2, 1982. Not Just Paper Adds Dimension to Wood.

Northern Rockies Clay Ceramics Monthly, November, 1981.

American Crafts, June 1981. Paint on Clay

The Oregonian, August 12, 1983. Relief on Clay

Seattle Post Intelligencer, August 1990. Sculptors Mold a World of Emotion. 

Journal American, August 4, 1991. Show Has Clay with Attitude.

St. Louis Globe Democrat, November 16, 1984. Social Comment is Seen in Parks Ceramic Show

Missoulian, March 6, 1987. Surrealistic Relief

The Port Townsend Jefferson Co. Leader, November 22, 1995. Tapping Creativity. 

Reflex, August 1990. Tapped Goddesses.

Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 15, 1995. Tea Sets for One of a Kind Tastes Served Up in Exhibits

Published in New York, NY, 1980. The Westwood Clay National.

KIRO News 7 (interview), March 14, 1991, 6:45pm. War in the Gulf.

 

WORKSHOPS

2005      Alabama Clay Conference. Birmingham AL.

2006-07 Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2006 Pottery Northwest 40th Anniversary “Gang of Eight” Seattle, WA

2006 Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM

2007 Metro State College, Denver, CO

2007 Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, MA

2007 Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland OR

2007 Public lecture, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle WA

2007 Visiting lecturer,  San Jose State College, San Jose ,CA

2008 Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO

2008 Odyssey Center for Ceramics Arts, Asheville, NC

2009 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2009 College of Marin, San Anselmo, CA

2010 Mudfire Clayworks and Gallery, Decatur, GA

2010 California State University, Fresno, CA

2010 Penland, Penland, NC

2010 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gaitlinburg, TN

2011 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2011 La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy

2012 La Meridiana, Tuscany Italy

 

 

 

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.C. NY

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Diane and Mark Grainer

Cathy Barancik and Steve Novik

Sandy Besser

Lenny Berkowitz

Ron Porter

Mike Peck

Jeffery M. Locker

William Traver

Jerry Slipman, Chet Robachinski

Nancy Margolis

Gail Brown

Candice Groot

Susan Cummins

Arthur Williams

Helen Drutt English

Doug and Dale Anderson

Tim Walsh & Mike Healy

Judy Allen, Jim Hummer

David Middleman

Doug Turman, Marylee Larison

Raleigh Roark

 

 

 

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