Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1977. He received his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. After serving as an Assistant Professor at Mount Mercy and Kansas State Universities, Casto returned to The University of Iowa, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art teaching Ceramics and a member of the Public Digital Arts Faculty Initiative. He was a 2011-2012 long-term artist in residence, and the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan. Casto was awarded the second place award in the 2013 VII Bienalle International de Ceramic, in El Vendrell Spain, and the 2010 FuLe Prize by the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in Fuping, China. He was recently selected as a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and has completed solo exhibitions at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri in Milan, Italy in 2016, and Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami in 2017.
Casto’s current body of work involves an investigation into dialogues concerning extant negative forces in our lives, and to what degree the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of erosion and geological processes translated into ceramic and mixed media objects. He seeks a purposeful link between macrocosmic environmental change and interruptions in our otherwise routine existence. Within this inquiry, alternative and diverse construction methods are emphasized as tools of fresh, genuine expression in the creation of dynamic assemblages of great fragility. The foundation of this exploration is a desire to uncover the sublime in these moments of incongruity; the rush of presence into experience that might otherwise remain banal and ordinary, brought on by perceived inconvenience. My work asserts that it is possible for our daily vexations to illuminate the power of the present moment – something we all too often fail to notice.
Method Accumulation: Studies in Materiality and Existence, Pacific Northwest College of Art, concurrent NCECA 2017 exhibition, March, 2017.
Sloppy Late Night Pop Up, group exhibition at Double Dragon PDX, Portland, OR, March, 2017.
Revelatory Dérive, solo exhibition at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, March/April, 2017.
Small Favors, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, February, 2017.
Art Palm Springs, Winston Wäcther Fine Art, Florida, February 2017.
Small Treasures, Santa Fe Clay, December, 2016.
4×4 Midwest Invitational, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO, September, 2016. *Awarded grand prize.
Seattle Art Fair, Winston Wächter Fine Art, August, 2016.
Market Art+Design, Art Market Hamptons, Mindy Solomon Gallery, July 2016.
Andrew Casto, Aneta Regel, Guy Marshall-Brown, Invitational exhibition at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri, Milan, Italy, June/July, 2016.
April Color, Winston Wäcther Fine Art, Seattle, April, 2016.
Materiality, Methodology, Metamorphosis: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition, self-curated and organized, Kansas City, MO, 2016.
Accessibility by Design: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition curated by Susan Beiner, Kansas City, MO, March, 2016.
From There to Here: Invitational Concurrent NCECA exhibition curated by Kwok-Pong Tso, Kansas City, MO, March, 2016.
The 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual: Invitational exhibition at Scripps College in Los Angeles, California, January-April 2016.
Andrew Casto, The Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, Milan, Italy, Jan 14-February 30, 2016. *Solo international exhibition.
Midwest Life Vest, Recent work by Andrew Casto, Joanna Powell, Amy Santoferraro, and Jesse Ring. Walker Art Gallery, The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Sept./Oct, 2015.
Art Market Hamptons, Market Art & Design, NY, Represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery.
Three Wheel Studio Ceramics Annual Exhibition, *Invited artist, Providence, RI, Oct, 2015.
The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics Finalists Exhibition, Zanesville Museum of Contemporary Art, Zanesville, OH, Sept 2015-Jan 2016.
Contemporary Ceramics 2015, Invitational exhibition at The Dairy Barn Arts Center curated by Brad Schweigger and Chuck McWeeny, Sept, 2015.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, June 2015.
Recent Work by Andrew Casto, Eutectic Back Room Gallery, Portland, OR, June, 2015.
Recent Work: Solo invitational exhibition at Olive Deluce Gallery, Northwest Missouri State Universtiy, March, 2015.
2015 NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, Providence, RI, March, 2015.
All About Porcelain, juried exhibition at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Feb, 2015.
Constructed, Invitational exhibition, Eastern Oregon University, Feb, 2015.
Clay Center: Students and Faculty of The Midwest, Vernon Filley Art Museum, Pratt, KS, Jan, 2015.
KSU Ceramics Faculty and Student Exhibition, Garden City Community College, Garden City Kansas, Nov, 2014.
7th Bienale De Ceramica winners exhibition, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct, 2014.
Mixed Company, two person exhibition with Liz Howe, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR, Aug-Sept, 2014.
The Clay Studio of Philadelphia Juried National, March 7-30, 2014.
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Sept 7, 2013-Aug 30, 2015. Venues: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington; Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort. Wayne, Indiana;
Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Utah State University,
Logan, Utah; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
The 7th Bienale De Ceramica, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct-Nov, 2013.
Visions in Clay, San Joaquin Delta College LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, California, June, 2013.
Archie Bray Foundation Resident and Visiting Artists Exhibition, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX, Concurrent NCECA Conference Exhibition, March, 2013.
The Fourth International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, Ceramica Multiplex, Verazdin, Croatia, and Vienna, Austria, Aug-Dec, 2012.
We Met in Iowa: Recent Work by Graduates and Faculty of the University of Iowa Ceramics Department. Exhibited at Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, Dec, 2012.
An Exercise in Fluidity, Solo exhibition at The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September, 2012.
Nobody’s Darling Fellowship exhibition of completed works at The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, Aug-Sept, 2012.
2012 Ceramic Sculpture National, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO. Summer, 2012, *invited artist.
UNICUM International Ceramics Trienale: Ljubljana, Slovenia, Summer, 2012.
Biennale la Ceramique d’Andenne, Andenne, Belgium, May, 2012.
Clay? IV: Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, March, 2012.
Table of Content: Foster White Gallery, Seattle, Washington, March, 2012.
Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, Feb, 2012.
Backspace Gallery, Peoria, Illinois, Feb, 2012.
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Emerson Art Center, Bozeman, MT, Nov,, 2011.
2011 Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, Washington, Oct-Nov, 2011.
Craftsmanship, Content, Innovation: Red Lodge, Montana, May 2011.
UN-wedged, November, 2010, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA. *Voted Honorable Mention.
ICMEA Ceramics Competition, Fuping, Shaanxi Province, China, first round selection, awarded FuLe Prize, Oct, 2010.
The Lasting, two-person exhibition at The Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL. July, 2010.
New Work, two person exhibition at The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, July-August, 2009.
Displacement, 12 artists at The Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL, May-June, 2009.
International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan, First Round Selection, March, 2008.
M.F.A. The University of Iowa, 2010
M.A. The University of Iowa, 2009
Post Baccalaureate Studies, The Ohio State University, 2001-2002
B.A. Earlham College, 2000
Assistant Professor of Art, The University of Iowa.
Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Kansas State University.
Assistant Professor of Art, Mount Mercy University.
Adjunct Instructor of Art, The University of Iowa.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Augustana College.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Knox College.
Instructor of Record, The University of Iowa.
Regidoria de Cultura, El Vendrell, Spain.
The Arizona State University Museum of Art Ceramics Research Center.
Centre Culturel d’Andenne, International Ceramics Collection, Andenne, Belgium.
Foundacio Apelles Fenosa, Terragona/Catalonia, Spain.
UNICUM International Collection, Carinthian Gallery of Fine Arts, Gradec, Slovenia.
The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.
FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, DAO Art Space, Fuping, China.
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, USA.
Maruchu Gallery, Toki City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Springfield Museum of Art 4×4 Midwest Invitational Grand Prize Award.
NCECA and Windgate Charitable Foundation Emerging Artist grant.
2nd Prize, 7th Bienalle of Ceramics, El Vendrell, Spain.
2nd Place juror’s selection, Visions in Clay, San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, California.
Research grant, Rudy Autio Fund for Creative Development.
3rd place jurors selection, Kirkland Arts Center, Clay? IV, Kirkland, WA, March, 2012.
MJD Fellowship, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Helena, MT.
FuLe Prize, ICMEA (International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association) International Emerging Artist Competition, Fuping, China, 2010. Awarded one-month residency in Fuping Pottery Art Village (forthcoming).
Artist Lecture and Workshop, Kent State University, March, 2017.
Panel Discussion, Springfield Museum of Art 4×4 Midwest Invitational, Oct, 2016.
Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Iowa, February, 2016.
Artist Lecture/Gallery Talk, The Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, Milan, Italy, January 16th, 2016.
Artist Lecture, The University of Nebraska-Kearney, Oct, 2015.
2015 NCECA Emerging Artists Lecture, Providence, RI, March, 2015.
2015 NCECA Panel Discussion: Maintaining an Original Voice, Providence, RI, March, 2015
Artist Lecture and Workshop, Northwest Missouri State University, April, 2015.
Artist Lecture, C.R.E.T.A. artist residency center, Rome, Italy, Oct, 2014.
Artist Lecture, 7th Bienale De Ceramica, El Vendrell, Spain, Oct, 2014.
Artist Lecture, The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Sept, 2014.
Artist Lecture and Workshop Presenter, The University of Kansas, March, 2014.
Artist Lecture, Kansas State University, Feb 2014.
Artwork included from the permanent collection of Arizona State University’s Ceramics Research Center in the exhibition, symposium, and catalog for Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Sept, 2013.
Artist Lecture, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, Dec, 2012.
Artist Lecture, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, Nov, 2012.
Artist Lecture to coincide with the solo exhibition An Exercise in Fluidity, Mount Mercy University, November, 2012.
Artist Lecture, The University of Iowa, Oct, 2012.
Artist Lecture, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, July, 2012.
Artist Lecture, Mount Mercy University, April, 2012.
Visiting Artist Lecture and Student Critiques, The University of Wisconsin Madison, March, 2012.
Invitational Workshop Demonstrator and Artist Lecture, Archie Bray Days, The University of Montana, Feb, 2012.
Exhibition Curator: We Met in Iowa: Pittsburgh, KS, and Richmond, IN, 2012-13.
Arists invite Artists Residency, Process and Metamorphosis, Watershed Center for
The Ceramic Arts, NewCastle, Maine.
MJD Fellow and long term Artist in Residence, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Helena, Montana.
49th Annual NCECA Journal, “The Poetics of Growth” (personal narrative and images).
Art Axis, contemporary ceramics artist resource, online profile visible at www.artaxis.org.
Access Ceramics, contemporary ceramics image resource, online profile visible at www.accessceramics.org.
The Weight of Knowing,The University of Iowa Press, May, 2010.
Comment Feature, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, April, 2007.
TL Mag, Featured as upcoming artist at Puls Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, December, 2016.
Ceramics at a Breakthrough Art Fair, Editor’s Roundtable, by Matthew Kangas, Visual Art Source, accessible via http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=17&aID=3553
Art LTD, March/April, 2016 “Beyond the Object: The 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual” pg. 24.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Image feature, February, 2016.
…But Why Ceramics? New Ceramic Magazine, by Palma Bobos, Sept/Oct, 2015.
Exhibition Review, Constructed (Exhibition at Eastern Oregon University) in CFile, online journal, www.cfileonline.org.
Ceramics Now Magazine, interview and images, Issue 3, June, 2015.
Seventh Bienale De Ceramica, catalog, article by Marius Domingo, critic and juror.
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, edited by Peter Held and Heather Sealy-Lineberry, The University of North Carolina Press and Arizona State University.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Image featured, December 2013.
Ceramics Monthly Magazine, October 2013, exhibition image from Visions in Clay 2013.
Ceramic Excellence, featured artist monograph produced via The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, in conjunction with The Jentel Critical Writing Residency Program, written by Tanya Hartman.
DAO Clayform, 2010 no.2, Published by Fuping Pottery Art Village, Fuping, China.