Neil Tetkowski

Neil Tetkowski first exhibited his ceramics in 1978. Since then he has shown extensively in the United States and abroad. In the 1990s, he began a landmark series of performance events using clay to express and record a personal choreography of art in action. The artist's work has evolved over the years from vessel forms to sculpture. Tetkowski's energy, movement, and gestures are recorded as "footprints" in massive organic disks and wall-hung forms. Embedded in these lush naturalistic forms are real fragments of industrial urban culture, iron spikes, screws, and hooks, as well as incuse images pressed into the moist clay using castoff tools and machines.

David McFadden
Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1955, Neil Tetkowski’s early years were spent in Siena, Italy where he went to grammar school for several years. Both parents were in the arts providing an early foundation for what would become a lifetime passion for creativity, education and a fascination with diverse cultures of the world. Before his tenth birthday he had visited museums and cultural landmarks in more than twenty countries.

Neil Tetkowski’s material of choice comes directly from the Earth. Most often he uses clay, which he believes is the perfect medium to express his relationship to the natural environment. Since 1980, Tetkowski has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums. He has a special interest in Asian culture and has had three solo exhibitions in Tokyo and in 2013 a major solo show in Beijing. Tetkowski’s work has been exhibited at the International Art Biennale, in Beijing, China. Additionally, the artist has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Ford Foundation grant. His artwork is widely published and placed in permanent collections of nearly 50 museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. 

In 2000, Tetkowski conceived and built a sculpture at the United Nations using a blend of earth materials from every nation. There he physically involved people from every country of the world. The Common Ground World Project was officially endorsed at the United Nations as an environmental project and was exhibited in its completed form in 2002 at the Visitor’s Lobby in New York.

Neil Tetkowski holds degrees from Alfred University and from Illinois State University. He has been a professor at Denison University in Ohio, the State University College at Buffalo and at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Neil Tetkowski lives in Manhattan and is the Director of University Galleries at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. In 2015 Rethinking Mythos: A Mid-career Retrospective of Neil Tetkowski was featured at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015 - The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Rethinking Mythos, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 2014 - Art News, Earth Fragments Beijing, by Stacey Duff
  • 2013 - Ceramics: Art & Perception, Neil Tetkowski's Earth Fragments by Adam Welch
  • 2013 - Earth Fragments, Renmin University, Beijing, China
  • 2012 - HPGRP Gallery, New York City
  • 2010 - HPGRP Gallery, New York City
  • 2010 - Terracotta Museum, Petroio, Italy
  • 2008 - HPGRP Gallery, Mythos, New York City
  • 2006 - HPGRP Gallery, Tetkowski-Cuba, New York City
  • 2005 - Desbrosses Gallery, Lookback ’75-05, New York City
  • 2004 - Alfred University, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, New York
  • 2003 - Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2003 - San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
  • 2002 - Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
  • 2002 - MacNeider Museum, Mason City, Iowa
  • 2002 - United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly Building, New York City
  • 2001 - Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York
  • 2001 - Flickinger Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  • 2001 - Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia
  • 2000 - United Nations Headquarters, Common Ground World Project,
    Exhibition and Creation Event General Assembly Building, New York City
  • 1998 - Cast Iron Gallery, Urban Ikebana Installation, New York City
  • 1997 - JBK Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1997 - Ezair Gallery, New York City
  • 1996 - Grafstrom Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1996 - Myung Sook Lee Gallery, New York City
  • 1995 - Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1993 - Dawson Gallery, Rochester, New York
  • 1992 - Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991 - Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1990 - Grafstrom Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1990 - Frank Caro Gallery, New York City
  • 1988 - Ueda Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1988 - Franklin Parrasch/Mogul Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 - Dolgenos, Bergen and Newman, New York City
  • 1987 - Franklin Parrasch/Mogul Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 - Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985 - Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  • 1984 - Ann Nathan/Objects Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 - Elements Gallery, New York City
  • 1983 - DBR Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1982 - Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1981 - Denison University, Granville, Ohio
  • 1980 - Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

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  • 2012 - 2016 - Libratis - 100 Artists' Books You Can Touch (Traveling, Italy - Siena, Chiusi, Poggibonsi, USA-Kean University, Northern Kentucky University, SUNY College at Buffalo, Kalamazoo Book Arts Ctr.)
  • 2011 - Siena/New York, Tetkowski, Mazzieri, Grazi, Balocchi at the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy
  • 2010 - Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2009 - SCOPE New York International Art Show at Lincoln Center, New York, New York
  • 2005 - Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
  • 2005 - Ceramic Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea
  • 2003 - 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada,
    Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2003 - Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum, PaineWebber Art Gallery, NYC
  • 2003 - World Ceramic Exposition, IAC Member’s Exhibition, Choson Royal Kiln Museum, Kwangju, Korea
  • 2003 - Ginza Ichome Gallery, Eight Artists, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 - Clay, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003 - Behind the Scenes, Tetkowski concept drawings, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia
  • 2003 - The Milrad Collection, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • 2003, 2002, 2000 - SOFA, Loveed Associates, New York, New York
  • 2001 - Four International Artists, Ginza Ichome Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2001 - New Work from the USA Exchange, Joie Lassiter Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2001 - SOFA, John Elder Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2000 - Recent American Ceramics, Gibson Gallery, SUNY College at Postdam, New York
  • 1999 - Contemporary Ceramics from Georgia Collections, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, Georgia
  • 1998 - International Academy of Ceramics, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 1998 - Artwalk New York, Coalition for the Homeless, The Puck Building, New York City
  • 1998 - Pittsburgh Collects, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1997 - NCECA Platters Exhibition, University of Nevada Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1997 - Forms and Transformations in Clay, Queens Library Gallery, New York City
  • 1996 - Grafstrom Gallery, three artists, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1996 - SLAG, five sculptors, Chelsea Market, New York City
  • 1996 - Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1995 - (also 1994) Deitrich Contemporary Arts, New York City
  • 1994 - Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1994 - The Collector’s Eye, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988 - Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, New York
  • 1993 - “Neue Keramic In Europa” Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1993 - American Crafts: The Nation’s Collection, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
  • 1993 - Scripps College Invitational, Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 - Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, New York
  • 1992, 1990 - Two Person Exhibition, Klonorides Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1992 - A Decade of Craft, American Craft Museum, New York City
  • 1991 - “Aha Hana Lima,” Four Artists, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1991 - Kanazawa Gran Prix Arts & Crafts Competition, invitational, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1991 - The Artful Charger, Kavesh Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 1989 - Surface and Form, National Museum of Ceramic Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1989 - The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
  • 1989 - New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery and
    Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 - Ceramic Abstractions, Chicago, Esther Saks Gallery, Illinois
  • 1989 - Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1989 - Clay Now, The Best in American Ceramics, Leedy-Voulkos, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1988 - Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City
  • 1988 - Suntory Museum of Art, invitational competition with catalog, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1988 - Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1988 - Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art, New York City
  • 1988 - Dexterity Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1987 - Fifteenth Chunichi International Ceramic Art Exhibition at Mitsukoshi,
    20 Artists, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1987, 1986 - Chicago, New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery and Objects Gallery
  • 1986 - American Ceramics: Six Artists, Amaury St-Gilles Contemporary Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986 - Janus Gallery, Invitational, Six Artists, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1986 - Roman Bronze Works, New York City
  • 1985 - Ceramic Invitational, Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio
  • 1985 - International Ceramics Exhibition, invitational, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Republic of China
  • 1983, 1982, 1981 - Ohio Expositions Commission, Professional Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1982 - Two person show, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1982 - Garth Clark Gallery, Nine Ceramic Artists, Los Angeles, California
  • 1982, 1980, 1979 - Marietta College Crafts National, Marietta, Ohio
  • 1982, 1980 - Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982, 1981 - 40th and 39th International Exhibitions of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

  • 2012 - Mesa Center for the Arts, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2012 - Hunter College, New York, New York
  • 2012 - Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
  • 2012 - International Academy of Ceramics, Common Ground Update, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2006 - International Committee for University Museums and Collections (ICOM),
    Guillermo Thorn Exhibition in Mexico City (UNAM)
  • 2006 - Herron School of Art, Indiannapolis, Indiana
  • 2006 - Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, California
  • 2005 - NCECA – Panel on Public Art Projects, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2005 - Taller Cultural, Santiago, Cuba
  • 2005 - International Ceramic Workshop, Yeoju, Korea
  • 2004 - Montclair State, Montclair, New Jersey
  • 2003 - NCECA – Common Ground World Project video, San Diego, California
  • 2002 - Kanazawa City Hall, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 2002 - Everson Musuem, Syracuse, New York
  • 2002 - MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa
  • 2001 - Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia
  • 2000 - State University of New York, Potsdam, New York
  • 1998 - Hudson River Potters Association, Portchester, New York
  • 1997 - Escuela Taller Arte Fuego, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1997 - Museum of Modern Art, Lecture, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 1997 - Amsterdam Television, demonstration and interview, Netherlands
  • 1996 - Networks in Ceramics ‘96, International Conference, Helsinki
  • 1996 - International Masters of Modern Ceramic Art, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1996 - Networks in Ceramics ‘96, International Conference, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1995 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta
  • 1994 - Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1993 - NCECA Panel, “Showing Your Work Abroad," San Diego, California
  • 1993 - California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, California
  • 1993 - NCECA Panel, "Showing Your Work Abroad," San Diego
  • 1993 - Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York
  • 1993, 1991,1987 - Clay Art Center, Portchester, New York
  • 1992 - American Craft Museum, New York City
  • 1992 - Carnegie Arts Center, North Tonawanda, New York
  • 1991 - “Aha Hana Lima”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Honolulu
  • 1991 - Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu
  • 1991 - University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 1991 - Sheriden College, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1991 1987, 1985 - El Camino College, Lomita, California
  • 1991 - San Jose State University, San Jose, California
  • 1991 - DeAnza College, Sunnyvale, California
  • 1990 - Bar Association of Erie County, Panelist, Art: Legal and Business, Buffalo, New York
  • 1990 - Bar Association of Erie County, Panelist, Art: Legal and Business Aspects, Buffalo, New York
  • 1990 - Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1989 - Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
  • 1989 - Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
  • 1989 - Edinboro State University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 - Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1988 - Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Potter’s Guild, Syracuse, New York
  • 1987 - Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • 1987 - San Francisco Potter’s Association, Sunnyvale, California
  • 1986 - Empire State Craft Alliance Conference, New York City
  • 1986 - San Francisco State University, San Francisco
  • 1986 - Empire State Craft Alliance Conference, New York City
  • 1985 - Ibaraki Ceramic Research Center, Kasama, Japan
  • 1985 - Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • 1984 - Greenwich House Pottery, New York City
  • 1984 - Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1984 - SUNY College at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
  • 1984 - Artpark, Artist in Residence, Lewiston, New York
  • 1984 - University of Louisville, Louisville

GRANTS, AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2001 - Ford Foundation Grant
  • 1997 - Common Ground World Project becomes a Sponsored Project of the New York
    Foundation for the Arts
  • 1997 - Salon National de Vidrio, Juror, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1998 - International Ceramic Symposium in Panevezys, Lithuania (declined)
  • 1991 - Kanazawa/Buffalo Sister City, artwork purchased by the city of
    Buffalo, New York, was presented by the mayor as a gift to the city of Kanazawa in Japan
  • 1992 - Honorary Citizen, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1992 - 3rd International Ceramics Contest ‘92, Mino, Japan, Honorable Mention
  • 1989 - 2nd International Ceramics Contest ‘89, Mino, Japan, Honorable Mention
  • 1988 - Suntory Award for Excellence, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986 - 1st International Ceramics Contest ‘86, Mino, Japan, Honorable Mention
  • 1986 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship
  • 1985 - New Faculty Development Award, SUNY College at Buffalo, New York
  • 1983 - Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, Ohio Arts Council
  • 1983 - Elected lifetime member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 1982 - Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Certificate of Merit, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1981 - Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum, Purchase Award, Huntington West Virginia
  • 1980 - Marietta College Crafts National Exhibition, Judges Award, Marietta, Ohio