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“Ceramicist Allison Luce makes biomorphic portraits that seem almost excessively beautiful. Each piece revels in its physicality, its undeniable materiality, in its earthy substance-clay-and organic forms…Beautiful and dense, varied and exotic, the pieces in “The Serpent Tree” both delight and startle, like mysterious things washed up on shore.” 

—Linda Stratford, Image Journal No. 80, “Carnal Beauties: The Art of Allison Luce”

sculptor | Painter | printmaker

Allison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints.Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she is a studio artist and educator. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and her work is included in private as well as corporate collections.

An avid traveler, she has visited over twenty-five countries.  This love of travel has guided her professional career, and she has been a Resident Artist in Denmark, Germany and Canada. She has also served as Guest Faculty for Gordon College’s study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. Nationally, she has completed residencies at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, Baltimore Clayworks, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art and the Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts.

She has been involved in many competitive art projects throughout the Southeast. She participated in the American Craft Council sale in Atlanta in 2015 & 2016. In Charlotte, her artwork was on display on a billboard as part of the Art Pop 2016 class. She completed a fifty-sculpture commission for the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte as a participant in their Community Supported Art program. She also received two Regional Artist Project Grants from the ASC to purchase a kiln and a slab roller for her home studio. She has served on the Board of Directors of Christians in the Visual Arts, a national faith-based arts non-profit, from 2010-2019 serving in a variety of different capacities.


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EDUCATION

M.F.A.       Hunter College, New York, New York, Painting

B.F.A.        Ohio University, Athens, Ohio,dual major in Painting and Art History

                  Summa Cum Laude

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2009 - Present

Central Piedmont Community College, Merancas Campus, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2018

Muse Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 2018

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Student Union Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2017

Noble and Greenough School, Foster Gallery, Dedham, Massachusetts, 2015

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Student Union Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2013

Artist Space 711 at Women Centered Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2013

       Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012-13

       Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky, 2012

       Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, 2012

       Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, 2011

       Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 2011

       Zentrum für Keramik- Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2010

       The Rotunda Gallery, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 2009

       International Ceramic Research Center-Denmark, Skaelskor, Denmark, 2009

       Louise Gilbert Gallery, Mitchell Community College, Statesville, North Carolina, 2009

       

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2018

“The Great Books,” Square Halo Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2018.

“ArtFields,” Lake City Creative Alliance, Lake City, South Carolina, 2018.

“ASC Community Supported Art,” UNCC Center City Gallery, University of North Carolina Charlotte, NC, 2018.

“Inaugural Art Exhibition,” Town Hall Artist Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, 2018.

“Little Things,” Swan Coach Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.

2017

“First Fruits,” CIVA Juried Traveling Exhibition, 2017-2018 “First Fruits,” CIVA Juried Traveling Exhibition, 2017-2018

“Fall Invitational Pottery & Handmade Objects,” The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, 2017.

“CPCC Invitational Holiday Market,” Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC, 2017.

2016

“Paper Narratives,” Muse Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 2016

“80 x 80,” juried by Mary Edith Alexander, Grace Cote and Lori Kornegay, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2016

“First La Grange Southeast Regional,” La Grange Art Museum, La Grange, Georgia, 2016

2015

“From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands,” juried by Stephen Wicks, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, 2015-2016

“35thAnniversary Exhibition,” juried by Deborah Bedwell, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015

“Birth, Growth, Transformation,” two-person show, Webber Gallery, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida, 2015

 “The Summer Swan Invitational,” The Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015

“20thAnnual Hambidge Auction & Performance Gala,” Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 2015

“Carolina’s Got Art,” Ceramics Exhibition, juried by Peter Callas, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015

“Juried Art Show 2015,” 1stPlace Winner, Gaston County Museum, Dallas, North Carolina, 2015

“Clay Expressions,” Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, 2015

“Studio Party 15,” McColl Center for Art & Innovation, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015

“Transcendence,” Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius, North Carolina, 2015

“Matchless,” J Costello Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 2015

2014

“Hambidge Invitational Pottery Show,” The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia, 2014

“What Remains,” Mitchell Community College, Louise Gilbert Gallery, Statesville, North Carolina 2014

 “Eye of the Artist,” Juried by Carolyn Blaylock, Welborn Gallery, Yadkinville, North Carolina 2014

“Back to the Garden,” Juried by Carla Hanzal, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina 2014

“DownEast Juried Sculpture Exhibition,” Emerge Gallery, Greenville, North Carolina 2014

“In Full Bloom,” Juried by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland 2014

2013

     “Envisioned Landscape,” Tipton Gallery, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 2013

     “Women of Substance: Fall Invitational,” Iredell Museum, Statesville, North Carolina, 2013

      “Carolina’s Got Art!,” July Salon Show,” Elder Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2013

“Revelations: Interrogating the Sacred,” Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2013

“Defining the Ethereal,” Andre Christine Gallery, Mooresville, North Carolina, 2013

2012

“Winter Show,” Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2012

         “Ceramics Now Exhibition, 3rdEdition,” Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (Invitational), 2012

         “Faculty Exhibition,” Mitchell Community College, Statesville, North Carolina, 2012

         “SHOWDOWN,” Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012

         “Garden Party,” Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, North Carolina, 2012

         Gallery at Packard Place, curated by Carmella Jarvi, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012

 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA

CRU, Orlando, Florida

 

PUBLIC ART Exhibition

The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, HHI, SC Fall 2013

ART POP 2016

Selected to have artwork on a billboard in Charlotte during 2016, sponsored by the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, Adams Outdoor Advertising and Art Pop.

 

HILTON HEAD HEALTH 2019

Selected by Muse Gallery SC to have “Ancient Expanse” ceramic installation installed in dining room of upscale health resort.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART PROGRAM

Commissioned by the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte to create 50 unique sculptures for the Fall 2014 Community Supported Art Season.    

                                                               

RESIDENCIES

Artist-in-Residence, The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia, 2018, 2015 & 2014 (Distinguished Fellow 2014)

Artist-in-Residence, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts, 2015

Artist-in-Residence, Pop-Up Resident, The Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015

Artist-In-Residence, Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, Washington, 2013

Artist-In-Residence, Medalta International Artist in Residence, Alberta, Canada, 2012

Visiting Artist, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, 2011

Artist-In-Residence, Zentrum für Keramik- Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2010

Artist-In-Residence, International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark, 2009

Affiliate Artist, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2008

Hunter College, Ceramics Department, New York, New York, 2005-2006

 

WORKSHOPS

Muse Gallery, Ceramic Workshop, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 2018

Discovery Place, Ceramic Workshop, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2016

Carolina Clay Matters, Surface Treatment Workshop, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015

Bluffton High School, Artist-in-Residence, Two-Day Workshop, Bluffton, South Carolina, 2013

Sponsored by the Island School Council for the Arts in partnership with The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to facilitate the creation of a large-scale ceramic tile mural to be permanently installed in Bluffton High School.

WORK HISTORY

Gordon College, Guest Faculty, Wenham, Massachusetts, Ceramics Instructor, Orvieto, Italy, Spring 2016, 2017

Mitchell Community College, Adjunct Instructor, Statesville, North Carolina, 2007- 2014

Creative Art Exchange, Ceramics Instructor, Cornelius, North Carolina, 2007

 

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

Central Piedmont Community College, Merancas Campus, Lecture, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2018

Popp Martin Student Union Gallery, UNC Charlotte, Gallery Talk, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2017

Panel Moderator, Panel Discussion, CIVA Symposium, Charlotte, NC, 2017

Gordon College, Gordon-IN-Orvieto Study Abroad Program, Orvieto, Italy, 2016

Panel Moderator, Panel Discussion, CIVA Symposium, Charlotte, NC, 2016

Noble and Greenough School, Artist Talk, Dedham, MA, 2015

The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Artist Talk, Rabun Gap, GA, 2015

Iredell Museums, Arts After Dark, Guest Lecturer, Statesville, NC, 2014

Gordon College, Art & Vocation Guest Lecturer, Wenham, MA, 2013, 2015

Bluffton High School, Guest Lecturer, Bluffton, South Carolina, 2013

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Gallery Talk, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2013

Artist Space 711, Women Centered Art, Gallery Talk, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2013

Central Piedmont Community College, Lunch & Learn Lecture, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012

Medalta International Artist in Residence, Alberta, Canada, 2012

Asbury University, Gallery Talk, Wilmore, Kentucky, 2012

Gordon College, Gallery Talk, Wenham, Massachusetts, 2011

Union University, Gallery Talk, April 14, 2011, Jackson, Tennessee, 2011

Zentrum für Keramik- Berlin, Gallery Talk, Berlin, Germany, 2010

Mitchell Community College, Art Department, Statesville, North Carolina, 2009

Pecha Kucha Night, Presenter, Point 8 Forum, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 2009

Eastern Mennonite University, Gallery Talk, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2008

McColl Center for Visual Art, Panel Discussion, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2008

Gaston College, Gallery Talk, Dallas, North Carolina, 2008

New York Center for Art and Media Studies, NYC, New York, 2005 & 2007

DIALogue, Metro Philadelphia Art Ministry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2006

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Private collections in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New York, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa and Germany.

 

AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL Sale

March 2016 show, Atlanta, Georgia

March 2015 show, Atlanta, Georgia

 

JUROR

The Breath and The Clay, Living Art Gallery, Exhibition in conjunction with conference.

 Winston Salem, NC, March 2018

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Collaborated with 5thStreet Ministries in Statesville, NC to make and donate bowls to use in their Empty Bowls luncheon that raises money for the homeless shelter. Responsible for Mitchell Community College’s Ceramics I & II classes donating a total of seventy bowls made over the course three semesters to the fundraiser. Led students in a class project where each student made three bowls to donate to the event. Students were excited to participate in the outreach and enjoyed creating something they could give back to the community.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bareham, Amy, “The Gift of Ceramics.” Arts & Science Council of Charlotte blog, November 14, 2013.

 “CPCC in Charlotte, NC Features work by Allison Luce.” Carolina Arts, October 2012,1.

Campbell, Sarah, “Waterworks Exhibit Memory: Nature and Nurture.” Salisbury Post, 30 May 2013, Time Out, 6-7D.

Kerr, Merrily“Surface Beauty: Nine Contemporary Artists,” IMAGEA Journal of the Arts and Religion36 (2002): 93-102.

Lampe, Denise, “Artist Following Dream to Create.” Mooresville News, The Charlotte Observer, 30 March 2011, 1, 8.

McQuaid, Cate, “Allison Luce: Ancient Expanse.” Week Ahead: Critics Picks, The Boston Globe, 1 September 2011, G, 6.

Reed, Karin, “Artist Allison Luce Growing After RAPG Grant.” Arts & Science Council Blog, September 18, 2012,

Romaine, James. “Best foot forward.” Comment Magazine (March 2008): 43-47.

Romaine, James. “Residence of Growth.” Ceramics Now Issue 2(January 2013): 51-52. 

Schreiber, Barbara, “Luce Ponders Fragility Through Clay.” The Charlotte Observer, 21 December 2012, CLT, 8.

Solender, Michael, “Earthly Delights.” The Charlotte Observer, April 2017, Lake Norman Magazine, 68-72.

Smith, Celeste, “Bringing art and beauty to others.” The Charlotte Observer, 12 November 2014, A, 13. 

Smith, Justin, “Artist in Residence: Allison Luce.” The Pines, Volume II, Issue 4, 2018. 

Spencer, Preston, “Mitchell Community Empty Bowls.” Statesville Record & Landmark, 5 October 2012, A, 1,10A.

Spencer, Preston, “Empty Bowls Event.” Statesville Record & Landmark, 5 October 2013, 1,5A.

Stratford, Linda, “Carnal Beauties: The Art of Allison Luce,” IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts and Religion80 (2014): 55-58.

Sullivan, Alexis. “Luce’s Evolution.”Nobles(Winter 2016): 8.

Welliver, Sarah, “School Partnership in the Arts.” Island Packet, 9 October 2013, 2A, photo, video link.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Luce, Allison. “Gender, Culture, Clay: A Discussion.” Critical Ceramics, 2008. (online)

Luce, Allison, “Art as Spiritual Perception: Essays in Honor of E. John Walford,” SEEN: Christians in the Visual Arts 13:2 (2013): 28.

 

PODCASTS

artNXTlevel, The Artist Next Level Podcast, with Sergio Gomez, Episode 42, “Artist Allison Luce shares valuable insight about art residencies.” July 15, 2015.

CIVA, Art and the Church Podcast, Episode 4, Allison Luce artist interview by Brian Moss, 2011.

 

AWARDS

     2015 Noble and Greenough School Artist-in-Residence Recipient

     2014 Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient

     2014The Antinori Fellowship for Ceramic Artists, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences

     2012 Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient

     Phi Kappa Phi, Ohio University

       Golden Key National Honor Society, Ohio University

         Edna Way Scholarship, Ohio University