2020-2021 Resident Artists
Connor's work explores the relationship between domestic ceramics, cultural taste, and sociopolitical power structures in the United States. As a queer American artist, Connor often investigates themes of national, gendered, sexual, and performed identity.
As a Resident Artist, Connor works on gallery exhibitions and special events as well as assisting with other duties at District Clay.
They received their BFA in Ceramics and Gender Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Connor's work was included in the LIES exhibition at the District Clay Gallery. Connor is in his second year as a Resident Artist at District Clay.
During her time in District Clay, Ara will be exploring how architecture and space is defined by brick modules.
As a Resident Artist, Ara will be working on District Clay's Community Clay! Program as well as assisting with other duties at District Clay.
Ara received her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and her BFA in Ceramics and Glass from Hongik University in Seoul. She was an international exchange student at Cal State Long Beach and has exhibited in the United States and Korea.
Ara received numerous awards including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Honor by the Korean government. Her works are collected by Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Daekyo Culture Foundation, Winell Corporation, and many personal collectors.
Gunderson's work merges commercial design with geology to create amalgamations that reflect on our modern anthropocene. During his time at District Clay Center, he will be starting a new body of work that continues to examine the liminal space between natural objects and man-made products in the current space age we live in today.
He is most excited about the chance to get to know the larger DC clay community and to explore all the museums and cultures that our nation's capital has to offer.
Chad received his MFA from Arizona State University and his BFA from Minnesota State University. He has taught ceramics at the University of Puget Sound, Brooklyn College and Bennington College. He has done residencies at the Bakehouse in Miami, Fl and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China and his work has been exhibited in over two dozen shows across the country.