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Ray Chen
2017 3rd Place recipient

Ray Chen received his Master of Fine Arts in 1997 from The School for American Crafts, majoring in Ceramics and Ceramics Sculpture at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA and BFA, Ceramics, from Ohio University, OH, USA. His education background includes both ceramics sculpture and music. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in voice, and minor in piano in Taiwan National Educational University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Ray’s primary professional ceramics training both as a professional functional potter/designer, as well as, contemporary sculptor at the Chian Zhan Ceramic Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan and came to the United States in 1991 to pursue more contemporary issues in his ceramic work. 

Ray was an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine and Assistant Professor at Indiana State University as the head of the Ceramics Departments.  He also was the Executive Director at the Halcyon Art Gallery - Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, IN.  Currently, He serves as the Director of Fine Arts Department at the New England Institute of Education, USA.

Ray is a member of International Academy of Ceramics, and serves as an advisory board member of International Shino Symposium, Beijing, China.  He has conducted numerous regional, national and International Ceramics Symposiums, as well as, juried numerous regional, national and international ceramic exhibitions.

Ray’s ceramic works have been exhibiting both nationally and internationally with numerous reviews and publications. He has been invited to participate in many exhibitions and traveling lecturing in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Guam, Hawaii, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan and North America.

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