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Cynthia Siegel

231 Trevethan Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062, U.S.A.
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Phone: 8314601632
Email: cynthiasiegel@msn.com
URL: http://cynthiasiegel.com

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 Biography

Cynthia Siegel began her work in clay with the expression of her delight in beauty, and in the pleasure of making beautiful objects for everyday use. With the exception of an informal five-month apprenticeship in Jerusalem, she primarily taught herself to be a potter. Siegel lived and worked for seven years as a full-time studio potter in the remote town of Bishop, CA, in the Eastern Sierra high desert. In the making of her pottery, she sought to blend the cultural and natural worlds, inspired by both the rugged local landscapes surrounding her home, and her travel experiences in Asia. 

Traveling through the temples of South India sparked an evolution of Siegel’s work. Soon after moving to the central coast of California, she began to focus her work on the expressive possibilities of the figure, exploring how the inner workings of thought, imagination, and longing manifest externally on the figurative form. Siegel exhibits her work nationally and internationally, recently receiving awards at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale.  She has presented lectures and workshops in India, Israel, Taiwan, New Zealand and the USA.  She received her MFA from San Jose State University, and teaches regularly in the ceramics departments of Cabrillo College and Foothill College.  Cynthia Siegel lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA , and was recently selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright award to create and exhibit her artwork in India.

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Honors/Awards

2014  Selected for Fulbright Academic and Professional Excellence Award to India
2012  Juror’s Recommendation Prize, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan
2011   People’s Choice Award, California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA
2009   Honorable Mention, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Republic of Korea
2009  Academy of Art University Teacher Grant, San Francisco, CA
2008  Juror’s Choice Award, Unbreakables, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA
2007  Honorable Mention, California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA
2006  People’s Choice Award, Feats of Clay, Gladding McBean Terracotta Factory
2004  Juror’s Choice Award, Bold Expressions, Northern CA Arts, Inc., Sacramento, CA
2003  Sandra Johnstone Scholarship, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2002  Award of Merit, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

Select Exhibitions

2013
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale (phase II), Kaohsiung Museum of Art, Taiwan
Cross Pollination, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
Kidding Around, Cabrillo College collaborative exhibition, CCACA, Davis, CA
Sculpture IS, Sierra Azul, Watsonville, CA
Real People 2013, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

2012
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Echoing Visual Voices Together, WCA, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
Ahhh! Silica, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Living Clay, Public Glass, San Francisco, CA (two person exhibition)
Good Company, Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA

2011
The Uses of Adversity, Studio 7, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India (solo exhibition)
Sanskriti Kendra Open House, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
Storytellers, Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL  
California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA  
Experience Clay, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Visions in Clay 2011, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA (juror: Judith Schwartz)
DeAnza and Foothill College Faculty Exhibition, Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA

2010
ACGA at MAH, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA  (juror: Julia Galloway)
Palo Alto Clay and Glass, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Go Figure, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA (juror: George Rivera)

2009
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk, Republic of Korea
Watershed Resident Artists, Stabile Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Eight From ACGA, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA (juror: Catharine Hiersoux)
ACGA at PARC, Palo Alto, CA
Sculpture IS, Sierra Azul/Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA

2008
The Unbreakables, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA (curator/juror Ann Morhauser)
Exploring the Surface, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA (juror: Peter VandenBerge)
California Clay ’08, ArtSpace Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA
Thinking Green, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA  (juror: Bill Abright)
Oscillations, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA, and Michaelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2007
RED, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD   (curator/juror: Richard Notkin)
California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA  (juror: James Melchert)
Figurative Works, North First ARTSpace, San Jose, CA

2006
By the Hand, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA (jurors: Suzanne Baizerman/Jo Lauria)
Lift Off, (MFA Group Show) San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA  (juror: Patti Warashina)
Feats of Clay XIX, Gladding McBean Terracotta Factory, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
CCACA: San Jose State University Invitational, Davis, CA
Power, Solo MFA exhibition, Gallery Three, San Jose State University
Monotype Marathon XI, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Fresh Strokes, Heritage Bank of Commerce, San Jose, CA

2005
Narratives in Clay, V. Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Visions in Clay 2005, University of the Pacific Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA
Art Bowl IV, b.sakata garo, Sacramento, CA
2nd Biennial, World Council for Arts and Culture, San Francisco Presidio, CA
Clay Re-emerge, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
CCACA: San Jose State University Invitational, Davis, CA
County Government Buildings, (Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County)

2004
Bold Expressions, International Invitational–Northern CA Arts, Inc., Sacramento, CA
Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, San Francisco, CA
Looking (solo student exhibition), Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose State University
Bristlecone (solo student exhibition), Gallery Eight, San Jose State University
CCACA: San Jose State University Invitational, Davis, CA
West Virginia University Group Exhibition, Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China

2003
Visions in Clay 2003, University of the Pacific Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA 
Samsara (solo student exhibition), Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose State University
CCACA: San Jose State University Invitational, Davis, CA

2002
California Works Exhibit – Award of Merit, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, San Francisco, CA
Reverence (solo student exhibition), Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose State University

1999  Featured Artist, Artworks 395. Inyo County Arts Council, Bishop, CA 

1995  
Selected Works.  Mono County Arts Council Gallery, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Wood Ash and Volcanic Rock Glazed Platters. Mammoth Lakes Airport.

Collections

Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tainan National University for the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA, USA
Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
Private Collections

Artist Residencies

July   2012 Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan
Fall    2011 Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
June   2009 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

Bibliography

500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2. Lark Books, Publication in February 2014.
Nicola Dench, "A Talk by Cynthia Siegel at the Wellington Potters Association Studio," NZ Potters Inc., November 26, 2013, http://www.nzpotters.com/FeatureArticles/FeatureArticles.cfm 
Karen Kimball, Ed., Sierra Wonders, Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, 2013, p. 82.
Guangzhen Zhou, The Appreciation and Collection of Modern and Contemporary Ceramic     Art, Jiangsu Fine Art Publishing House, 2012, p. 152.
Rolando Giovannini, Ceramic Art & Perception, No. 89, Autumn 2012, p. 74.
Chinese Ceramics, August 2011, photos.
“Art, reality, emotion,” Melissa Hiatt, The Davis Enterprise, May 14, 2009, p. C6.
Ceramics Today, Schiffer Books, 2010, pp. 214-215.
Santa Cruz Sentinel, Thursday, May 29, 2008, photo B1.
The Flatlander, April 2007, photo p. 14.
500 Animals in Clay, Lark Books, 2006, photo pp. 110, 247, 367.
500 Cups. Lark Books, 2005, photo p. 220.
Craft of Northern California, Alcove Books, 2003 pp. 72-73.
Cynthia Siegel, Ceramic Artist, Video, Inyo County Arts Council, Bishop, CA, 1998.
Inyo Register, November 12, 1998, photo B-6.
“Call of the Drum,” Marian Lemke, The Mammoth Times, February 15, 1996, p. 25.
“Cynthia Siegel - Ceramics,” Dave Reynolds, High Sierra Weekend, September 7, 1995, p. 4.

Teaching Appointments

2008 – Present Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
2007 - Present Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
2006 – 2007   Adjunct Faculty, Weaving, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA  
2006 – 2007 Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Ceramics Instructor:
2004 – 2005 San Jose State University, Graduate Teaching Associate

Lectures Presented/Workshops/Demonstrations

November 2013 Craft Potters Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
November 2013 Wellington Potters’ Association, Wellington, New Zealand
July 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan
December 2011 Kfar Hanassi, Rosh Pinah, Israel
November 2011 Tara Trust, Margao, Goa, India
November 2011 Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
July 18–29, 2011 CabrilloArts: Intensive Figure Sculpture 
July 16-17, 2011 Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA  
March 2011 Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
March 2009, October 2008, July 2008 Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA
October 2007   Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Baltimore, MD
August 2007, June 2006 Walnut Creek Civic Arts: Carving on Clay 
May 2004 Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
February 2004  San Jose State University Ceramics Department

Education

2003-2006       MFA (Ceramic Sculpture) San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Summer 2004     Professional Development: Nanjing School of Art, Nanjing, China,          West Virginia University Study Abroad program
2001-2003       Professional Development:San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1988-1989        Apprenticeship:  Five-month pottery apprenticeship, Jerusalem, Israel
1982-1986        BS Economics, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

World Travel:     Madagascar, India, Nepal, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, France, Croatia, Serbia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Kenya, Scandinavia, China, United Kingdom, North America, New Zealand.