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Art & Design Department

Lisa Truax, M.F.A.
Lisa Truax
Art and Design - Associate Professor

(507) 457-1669



MFA in Ceramics, Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, Michigan.

BA in Studio Art, BA in Graphic Design, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

Title Forthcoming, Solo exhibition at UW-Parkside Communication Arts Gallery, 2012-2013 exhibition season, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Title Forthcoming, Solo exhibition at Wisconsin Union Galleries, University of Wisconsin Madison, Gallery 1925, Madison, Wisconsin.
Synthetic Harmony. Solo exhibition at Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery, solo exhibition. Winona, Minnesota.

Preserved Fragments. Two-person exhibition at Lansing Art Gallery. Lansing, Michigan.

Oil and Earth. Two-person exhibition at Gallery 101, MSU. East Lansing, Michigan.

Group Exhibitions

Force, Under the Influence of Poseidon. The Meadows Gallery, national exhibition, curated by Merrie Wright and Kimberly Greene. University of Texas Tyler. Tyler, Texas.

ArtPrize, Michigan State University Venue. Grand Rapids, Michigan.
3 Cities 3D. Scene Metrospace Gallery, invitational. East Lansing, Michigan.
Feats of Clay 22. Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, international exhibition. Juried by Tony Marsh. Lincoln, California.
MFA Thesis Exhibition. Kresge Art Museum, MSU. East Lansing, Michigan.
Suitcases. ARC Gallery, invitational. Chicago, Illinois.
Atmosphere. H.F. Johnson Gallery, juried show. Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Endangered?. Gloria Kennedy Gallery, national juried exhibition. Brooklyn, New York.

Suitcase. Gallery 101, exhibition with UDESC. MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
Clay3. Clay Space, national exhibition, juried by Simon Levin. Warrenville, Illinois.
Heating Up: Art and Ecology. Evanston Art Center, national exhibition, curated by Beth Hart and Vera Scekic. Evanston, Illinois.
Suitcases. Universidad do Estado de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.
East Lansing Art Festival, Emerging Artist. East Lansing, Michigan.
Arts in Harmony 2008. Sherburne County Government Center, national exhibition, juried by Lin Nelson-Mayson and Paul Benson. Elk River, Minnesota.
The Napkin Show. LanArt/caSpect Basement 414 Gallery. Lansing, Michigan.
All Media Show. Orion Art Center, juried show. Lake Orion, Michigan.
3D/4D. Scene Metrospace Gallery, juried show. East Lansing, Michigan.

MSU MFA Candidate Show. The Don Brown Gallery of Fine Art, DeWitt, Michigan.
Ceramics Departmental Show. Gallery 101. MSU, East Lansing, Michigan. (2007-09)
Motion. Scene Metrospace Gallery, juried show. East Lansing, Michigan.
Craft in America. Craft in America Virtual Exhibition, Virtual Emerging Artists Exhibit.
Fire and Mud. Lansing Art Gallery, juried by Paul Flickinger. Lansing, Michigan.
Lansing Artery 1. Basement414 Gallery Space, juried show. Lansing, Michigan.
47th Greater Michigan Art Exhibition. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, juried by Karl Umlauf. Midland, Michigan.

Ceramics Exhibition. Dancing Crane Gallery. Lansing, Michigan.
Michigan State University and Kendall College MFA Group Show. Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan.
MFA Annual Group Show. Gallery 114. MSU, East Lansing, Michigan. (2006-2008).
Past and Present: A University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College Faculty Exhibition. Anderson Arts Center. Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Teaching Experience

2010 - Current
Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Winona, Minnesota.

2009 - 2010
LEO Lecturer 1, University of Michigan Flint. Flint, Michigan.
Lecturer, Adrian College. Adrian, Michigan.

REACH Community Studio, Open Clay Facilitator, Lansing, Michigan.

2006 - 2008
Graduate Assistantship at MSU, Instructor of Record. East Lansing, Michigan.
Instructor - Alumni Evening College Program, Adult Continuing Education, MSU.

2007 - 2008
LEO Lecturer I, University of Michigan Flint. Flint, Michigan.
Instructor, Summer Dimensions Program for Middle School Honors Students.

2002 - 2005
Lecturer / Adjunct Faculty, School of Professional Studies Program (SPS). Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Grants, Awards & Fellowships

MSU College of Arts and Letters Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

2006 - 2009
Graduate Assistantship, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.

Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant for travel and exhibition in Brazil.

2006 - 2007
Graduate Student Research Grant for research in China, MSU Art Department. East Lansing, Michigan.
Graduate Student Travel Grant for travel to China, MSU Art Department. East Lansing, Michigan.


Lansing Arts Council, Replicant Landscape 1.

Gallery Representation

2010 - 2011
Cowley Fine Art Gallery, Representation in Michigan, South Haven, Michigan.

Relevant Experience & Skills

2007 - 2009
MSU Clay Club President and Treasurer

2007 - 2008
Planning, fundraising, and organization for MFA student travel and exhibition in Florianopolis, Brazil
Committee member for ceramics faculty search, student representative

2006 - 2007
MSU Department of Art Graduate Committee student member
Member of inter-departmental grant writing committee for environmental sustainability in higher education

2003 - 2006
Red Reduction Studio Ceramics, Owner, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

2004 - 2006
MG Systems and Welding, Marketing Analyst. Graphic and web design, tradeshow coordination, photography, videography, press releases, writing, video and sound editing. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

2001 - 2004
FPA Inc./Hy-Safe Technology, Graphic and Web Designer. Union Grove, Wisconsin.

Additional Technical Proficiencies

Design Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and Actionscript, Final Cut Pro, Fireworks, Freehand, Acrobat, InDesign, and Premiere
Web Languages: HTML, CSS, and Actionscript
Traditional darkroom and digital photography
Metals and welding
Stained glass
Weaving and textiles
Lost wax jewelry casting

Lectures & Visiting Artist Events

Synthetic Harmony Gallery Talks, Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota.

Artist Demonstration, A Taste of Arts and Life event, Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
Visiting Artist Demonstration and Lecture: Ceramics, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan.

Graduate School Information Session for Art Students, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan.
EDGES Conference, Suitcases: Global Exchange with UDESC Brazil and MSU MFA Candidates. Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters.

Artist Panel, Evanston Art Center, Heating Up exhibition, Evanston, Illinois.
Lecture, National Association of Researchers in Plastic Arts, Universidad do Estado de Santa Catarina, at Suitcases. Florianopolis, Brazil.

Bibliography & Media

Off 90, Austin, Minnesota PBS artist feature.

Global Warming Art: Personal, Not Political. Evanston Review / Sun Times News Group. October 28th. By Robert Loerzel. Evanston, Illinois.
EAC Showcases Eco-Inspired Art. The Daily Northwestern, October 9th. By Lara Takenaga. Evanston, Illinois.
Art, Inspired. Noise, May 14-21. p. 14-17. By Christian Czerwinski. Lansing, Michigan.
Any Shape You Want. The State News, February 27. Faces and Places, p. 4B., with multimedia feature, By Georgia Rhodes. East Lansing, Michigan.
Open Artist's Studios - MSU MFA Students., March 4. Lansing, Michigan.

Art Season Blooms Downtown. The State News, May 17. p. 1-2A. By Sarah K. Norris. East Lansing, Michigan.

Professional Memberships:

2009 - 2010
Lansing Arts Council

2007 - 2010
NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts)
CAA (College Art Association)