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Kevin Snipes

Mar 5th - Mar 28th, 2021

Kevin Snipes, current Resident Artist and Windgate Fellow at The Clay Studio, is exploring a new body of work focused on plate forms based on the human face. When Snipes decided to move to Philadelphia, the city of his birth, for The Clay Studio Residency, building community was a major goal. By the time he arrived, pandemic safety measures have made us avoid groups of people. Unmasked faces now cause a sense of discomfort. This show of a group of face plates and painted bodies represents his desired community, which is the exact thing that we are now all missing.

Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making no matter where he is.

Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work.