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Gerard Ferrari

Gerard Justin Ferrari

"The fact that I am alive is absolutely amazing. Every day, I try and fail to honor the beauty of my existence. My artwork is an active observation of and response to the complex time and place in which I live."

Gerard Ferrari creates series of artworks with a shared concept. The sculptures contain similar physical influences, including insects, toys, mechanical objects, and masks, yet each piece is unique within its grouping. Ferrari views his sculptures as highly crafted and complex three-dimensional collages, all playfully constructed and personified with unique identities.

Ferrari has developed a unique art-making practice that suits his creative needs, reinventing standard forming techniques to create visually complex artworks. He makes many individual ceramic parts to build each of his sculptures. He forms and finishes each part separately and then assembles them into a cohesive whole.

Ferrari received a BA from Berea College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his artistic career in 1989 and has extensive experience teaching at the university level. In 2009, he left his tenured academic position to concentrate on his art career and become a stay-at-home parent for his son. Ferrari participates in numerous exhibitions throughout the country, and his artwork can be found in a variety of collections and publications. Above all, he has an active imagination and creative spirit.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists, Minneapolis, Minisota, The McKnight Foundation and Northern Clay Center, 2011
Niche Awards Finalist , Baltimore, Maryland, Niche Awards, 2012
Third Place, Feats of Clay XXIV, Lincoln, California, Lincoln Arts , 2011
32nd Annual Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC , National building Museum, 2014
Merit Award, 18th San Angelo Notional Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, Texas , San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts , 2010
Sandy Besser, Private Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexicon, Present
Sonny and Gloria Kamm Teapot Collection, Private Collection, Encino CA, Present
Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Herberger Institute for Design and the arts , Tempe, Arizona, Present
Berea College Art Collection, Doris Ulmann Galleries, Berea, Kentucky, Present
The University of St. Francis Art Collection, School of Fine Arts , Fort Wayne, Indiana, Present