Name: Just Emerson
Previous Name: John Emerson
The Beginning: Born 1983; Lowell, MA. Adopted 1988; Tewksbury, MA
Household: Mom, Dad, younger brother, younger sister.
Ethics: 1983-Present; Raised by a proud, blue-collar, self-taught carpenter and Stay-at-Home mom, rooted in the Northeast.
High School: 1998-2002; inconvenient.
Work: 1995-1999; Weekends in Boston with dad. Developing versatility, practicing diligence, appreciating money, earning respect, and contemplating future.
Spare time: Drawing, BMX ~ Creative Freedom
Higher Education: Options: 1) Art school: Unconventional, mysterious, risky.
2) Tradesman: Familiar, expected, safe.
Community College: 2002-2005; Lowell Massachusetts: Figure Drawing/Painting. Talent revealing, despite past educational failures.
College: 2005-2008; Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Drawing/Painting. Comparing priorities: 1) Construction/Art making 2) BMX/Art making 3) Relationships/ Art making 4) Traditions/Art making 5) Problems/Art making 6) Beliefs/Art making
In between: 2008; Moved to Austin. Discovery: self-doubt
2010; Moved to Seattle. Discovery: artistic clarity.
Graduate School: 2012-2014; New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Art making materials: 1) Construction 2) BMX 3) Relationships 4) Traditions 5) Problems 6) Beliefs
The effect: Living the life of a proud, blue-collar, self-taught, carpenter and Stay-at-Home mom, as an artist rooted in the art world.
Residencies and Fellowships:
Taylor + Dayne + Goulet Gallery
"Better View Than Me"
"Pink Elephant, AKA:Ms. Pokey the Bear"
Patton Malott Gallery: Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, CO
Pink Elephant, AKA:Ms. Pokey the Bear"
Reflections on Synthetic Action: Group Exhibition
Anderson Ranch Arts Center Snowmass Village, Co
Three Month Artist in Residence: Sculpture
"Subject to Change"
Square Footage: Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum
Eclectic Traditions: Group Exhibition
People's gallery at City Hall
"Making Ends Meet"
2015 Annual Group Exhibition
"Fortune Tellers Dream"
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Alfred University 2014 MFA Prospective Graduate Student Show
Lawndale Arts Center
"A Series of Work"
In conjunction with the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA)-Houston, TX – March 20-23
Rhodes room Gallery
"Whenever, Wherever. However!"
Site specific Installation
"Art's Not Here"
One Night Only
Alfred University Randall Chair group show
Right of Way"
Local and international artists working with clay
On Display for the National Council onEducation for Ceramic Arts
(NCECA)-Seattle, WA - March 20-23, 2012