Tammie Rubin is an artist and Associate Professor of Art, specializing in three-dimensional practices. Rubin teaches Sculpture Materials, Clay Handbuilding, Clay Wheel Throwing, Advanced Clay, Art Professional Practices Art, & Freshman Studies

Tammie Rubin is a visual artist who transforms familiar objects into mythic sculptures and installations that explore the gaps between the readymade and the handcrafted object. Her material-and-process-driven works open-up dream-like spaces of unexpected associations and dislocations. Rubin received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Born and raised in Chicago, Rubin currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is an Associate Professor of Ceramics & Sculpture at St. Edward’s University.

Rubin has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, recent selections include Women & Their Work, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The South Dallas Cultural Center, and The Carver Museum. Rubin founded Black Mountain Project along with fellow Austin-based artists Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen, and she is a member of ICOSA Collective, a non-profit cooperative gallery. Rubin recently completed a Facebook Artist in Residence project and has an upcoming solo exhibition at The East | West Galleries at Texas Woman’s University.

"I view myself as a facilitator, guiding students through paths that will lead to a lifetime of creative expression and critical response. My goal is that each student leaves my class with an increased understanding of how to express their ideas clearly in three-dimensional forms, using technical skills, cogent thought processes, and an awareness of context. Ultimately, I want to provide students with a solid framework where they develop skill, engage, reflect, expand, and examine their understanding of art."

 

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Visual Studies, Ceramics & Sculpture, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, Fall 2019 to Present

Assistant Professor, Sculpture & Ceramics, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, Fall 2015 to Spring 2019

Assistant Professor, Ceramics & Foundations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2008 to 2015

Year Started

2015

Education

2003                M.F.A.  Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1999                B.F.A.  Ceramics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

1999                B.F.A.  Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

AWARDS & GRANTS

2020

Cultural Arts Division Community Initiative Grant for Black Mountain Project Programming, Austin, TX

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2019

Austin Critics Table Nominations 2018-2019, “Cage Match Project Round VIII: Tammie Rubin: This is Everything,” Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, Solo Gallery Exhibition & Visual Artist

Cultural Arts Division Community Initiative Grant for I, Am, Too Exhibition & Programming,  Austin, TX

Cultural Arts Division Community Initiative Grant for Black Mountain Project Programming, Austin, TX

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2018

Dimension Gallery 2019/2020 Fellowship, Austin, TX

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2017

Austin Critics Table Solo Gallery Exhibition Award Winner 2016-2017,

“Tammie Rubin: Before I Knew You, I Missed You,” de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART, Austin, TX

Residency, C.R.E.T.A Rome Center for Ceramics, Rome, Italy

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2016

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2013               

Jeanne Bowman Ellenstein Purchase Award and Evansville Museum Contemporaries Purchase Award, Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, Evansville, IN

UIUC Campus Research Board Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2012               

2012 Cone Box Show Purchase Award Winner

College of Fine and Applied Arts Creative Research Award, University of       Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2011               

Juror’s Award First Place, 12X12, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, TN

Individual Artist Support Initiative – Artist Project Grant, Illinois Arts Council, IL

2010               

UIUC Campus Research Board Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2009               

College of Fine and Applied Arts Creative Research Award, University of       Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2008               

Anthony E. Stellaccio Award, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP), Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2007               

Residency, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Community Service

Vice-chair, The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Panelist (AIPP), Cultural Arts Division, Austin, TX, 2017- Present

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts

Texas Association of School of Art

College Arts Association          

Creative Expression

I investigate the tensions between the readymade and the handcrafted object, the innate power of objects as signifiers, wishful contraptions, mythic relics, and allegorical maps. My sculptural practice strives to open-up dream-like spaces of unexpected associations and dislocations. Artworks are process-based, intensely colored, technically complex, and while primarily composed of pigmented porcelain other media include vinyl, plasti-dip, twine, wire, rope, cotton, resin, steel wool, wood, construction foam, and metal. Using intricate motifs, I often return to themes relating to ritual, domestic and liturgical objects, mapping, migration, historical and fictional narratives, identity, magical thinking, transformation, and sensory desire. As a part of my practice, I collect mass-produced consumer objects and natural vegetation that strike me as iconic of the everyday. Objects range from household tools and fixtures, plastic products, consumer packaging, toys, ceramic figurines, food molds, and the native Texas ball moss. In these mundane objects, which are viewed as cheap, trivial, and disposable, I find unexpected beauties and meanings.

Migration, transformation, and identity are rooted in current works. My interest in my family’s personal narrative in the historical context of the Great Migration has led me to create artworks that act as metaphorical passageways. The installation I, Too, Am cites Langston Hughes’s 1926 poem “I, Too”, a work that itself references an earlier Walt Whitman poem. I juxtapose the majestic grandeur of the varied American landscape with how those same inspired ideas of vastness and expansion often fall short for its citizens. Rock formations, mesas, mountains, and hills are craved from construction foam and enveloped in resin. These formations separated from their surrounding environments become alien and isolated. Contemplating how migrants both willing and forced have found and continue to find this landscape called America daunting, yet also call it home.

I use the familiar wispy tendrils of the native Texas ball moss to serve as a signifier of gathering chaos, connections, growth, change, concentrated confusion, the labyrinth of values, and the growing will and unease of populations. Constructed of ball moss, knots, and tangles of twine, armatures of wire embedded with steel wool and cotton the forms are covered with colored porcelain slip; drowned, distorted and obscuring the original materials. Weighed down by porcelain the work is kiln-fired, all the organic material burns away leaving a transformed shell, a remnant, and something new forged out of fire. This examination of the familiar is again visited in the installation Alice, Harriet, Cassy & Emmeline in which tales of escape are not straightforward and not commonly told. Each name in the title is a literary heroine, who through their own personal autonomy, bravery and cunning took their freedom. Each of the black women who escaped their enslavement has a tale so epic that it is hard to discern which one is fiction. The work provides a sensory prescription for resisting absolute definitions of culture and identity. I layered authentic routes of the underground railroad onto the wall surface. As the authentic routes are overlapped the variations began to distort the trails, the map becomes a topographic allegorical abstraction, where the way forward is seen but not clear. Clusters and markers dot the way indicate groupings of figures, hints, warnings, memorials, a continual pushing forward into an epic chaotic abstraction to an uncertain future. I’m interested in constructing objects and spaces that encompass the past, present, and future, my practice is a visualization of my current material wonderings.

Publications & Articles

Publications

Articles

Erin Keever, “The Pleasure of Making makes Viewing a Pleasure,” Sigthlines, February 2, 2020.

Sean J Patrick Carney, “Dark Eco-Comedy: Austin’s Fusebox Festival,” Art in America, May 7, 2019.

Brandon Zech,  Glasstire Top Five: March 14, 2019, Glasstire, March 14, 2019.

Kaila Schedeen, “Trying to get present: Black Mountain Project’s constant escape,” Sigthlines, April 27, 2019.

Wayne Alan Brenner, “Tammie Rubin, Everything You Ever at Women & Their Work,” Austin Chronicle, January 4, 2019.

Lindsey Reynolds, “Natural/Synthetic/Human: Tammie Rubin’s “Everything You Ever,” Sigthlines, January 3, 2019.

Laura August, “Review: Tammie Rubin, Everything You Ever at Women & Their Work” Arts and Culture Texas, December 13, 2018.

Robert Faires, “Dimension Gallery Shows Support for Art and Artists at EAST,” The Austin Chronicle, November 9, 2018.

Rebecca Marino, “Q+A with Tammie Rubin,” Conflict of Interest, July 26, 2018. 152-155.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, “Disrupting Practice: To Make a New Series of Sculptures, Sightlines, August 16, 2018.

Sean Redmond,  “Interview: Tammie Rubin,” fields, Spring/Summer, 2017. 20-39.

Kate Green, “Critics Picks Tammie Rubin,” Art Forum, November, 2016

Jeanne Claire Ryzin, “Sculpting one’s self,” Austin American-Statesman, October 27, 2016

Sam Anderson-Ramos, “Tammie Rubin: Before I Knew You, I Missed You, at de stijl,” The Austin Chronicle, November 11, 2016

Bill Mauro Jr., "Breathing life into everyday objects," Williamsport Sun-Gazette, April 3, 2014.

Richard Chang, “Clay, Glass Elevated in Brea,” Orange County Register, February 2, 2013, 6.

Judy Seckler, “On the Teapot Trail, Bellevue College Art Gallery Teapot Survey,” Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 90 (2012): 11.  This published article includes reproduced image of artwork.

 Laura O’Donnell, “Tammie Rubin Messages,” Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 89 (2012): 38­­­-41. This published article includes reproduced images of artwork.

Ursula Ehrhardt, “Exhibit makes familiar objects fantastic,” Daily Times (Salisbury), September 2, 2012, D3. This published article includes reproduced images of artwork.

 Melissa Merli, “Studio Visit: Tammie Rubin,” The News-Gazette, July 1, 2012.

Episode #11 Interview Tammie Rubin, Art Now!, Public Arts Program, Urbana Public ,Television. 

Eighteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, exhibition catalogue, 16 April – 20 June 2010, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.

2nd Biennial Central Time Ceramics, exhibition catalogue, 4 March – 2 April 2010, Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, page 22 & 23.

Beyond the Brickyard, exhibition catalogue, 31 January – 15 March 2009, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, page 9.

Matthew Kangas, “Tammie Rubin’s Aviary,” Ceramics Monthly, May 2008, 50-53. This

published article includes reproduced images of artwork.

Clay on the Wall – Clay National, exhibition catalogue, 1 December 2007 – 17 February 2008, Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art, Lubbock, TX.

Robin Avni, “Kirkland Arts Center,” 425 Magazine, Winter. 2006/2007: 72 (Image).

John Froschauer, “One-Hour Pottery,” King County Journal, July 17, 2006.

Matthew Kangas, “Molding a New Generation of Ceramic Artists,” The Seattle Times, June 16, 2006.

Alec Clayton, “Forward Art,” Weekly Volcano, February 24, 2005.

Presentations

LECTURES, PANELS & WORKSHOPS

2019

Chatroom No. 3: Arielle Austin, Facilitator for artist conversation, BossbabesATX, Austin, TX

Filled to the BRIM: Burying Depression in Abstraction with artists Aimée Everett, Ariel     

René Jackson, Andrea Muñoz Martinez, Isa Boonto-Zarifis, & Vladimir Mejia, Moderated by Tammie Rubin & Betelham Makonnan, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX  

Artist Talk Adrian Aguilera + Betelhem Makonnen + Tammie Rubin: constant escape, George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, TX

You Are Not A Starving Artist: How to Build and Sustain a Creative Life, Panel Discussion with Austin Artists Tammie Rubin, Jane Hervey, Sara Vanderbeek, Jules Buck Jones, University of Texas First Year Program Professional Development Panel, TX

Panel Discussion: The Supper Club, Elia Alba, Tammie Rubin in a panel discussion on Alba’s multifaceted project, moderated by Dr. Cherise Smith, VAC, University of Texas, TX

Talk About: Everything You Ever with Michael Anthony Garcia and Hollis Hammonds, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX

2018

Austin Art Talk Podcast Episode 50: Tammie Rubin, Austin Art Talk Podcast, Austin, TX

Gallery Talk with Betelhem Makonnen & Tammie Rubin, Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design Exhibition, Blanton Art Museum, Austin, TX

This Is Everything: OR, Why I Call Art Making Practice, John L. Warfield Center for African America Studies’ Diaspora Talk Series, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Artist Talk, Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

2017

Juror, 14th annual People’s Gallery Exhibition at City Hall, City of Austin, Austin, TX

Panelist, Artist INC Live Austin, City of Austin, Austin, TX

2016

Before I Knew You, I Missed You, Lecture, de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART, Austin, TX

Juror, Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2016, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

2015

Juror, Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2016, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

I Am an Island, Lecture, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2014

Biomorphic, Gallery Talk, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, KY

Ceramic Casting Construction and Surface, Workshop, Department of Art & Design, Morehead State University, KY

2013               

Science Fiction Literature and Arts Research at Illinois, Panelist, Writing Another Future: Science Fiction Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Another World, Lecture, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012               

Nevermore, University Art Gallery, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Embellishment: The Textural Possibilities of Casting Slip, Workshop, Department Fine & Applied Arts, S Building, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2011               

Both Alien and Familiar: Ornamental Mythologies and the Recognizable Object, Lecture, Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA

Embellishment: The Textural Possibilities of Casting Slip, Master Class, Workshop, Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA

He Is Gone, Imagined Contraptions for Last Communications, Artist Lecture & Graduate         Studio Visits, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2010               

Artist Lecture & Graduate Studio Visits, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2009               

Gallery Talk, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

Flatlands: Middle America and the Pastoral Sublime, Panelist, Inland Visual Studies Symposium, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Decorative Surfaces & Ornament, Workshop, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

Silence! Magical Thinking in Progress, Lecture, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA                                

He Is Gone, Lecture & Gallery Talk, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2008               

Sculpture Through Slipcasting, Workshop, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Visiting Artist, Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2005               

Gallery Talk & Lecture, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA

Your Arts Education: A Working Guide, Panelist, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2004               

Applying for Graduate School in the Visual Arts, Panelist, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

Exhibitions

Creative Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

I, Am, Too, Dimension Gallery, Austin, TX

2018

Everything You Ever, Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX  

2016 

Before I Knew You, I Missed You, de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART, Austin, TX )

2015               

I Am an Island, John C. Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

To Wonder & Wander, Rogers Gallery, Berea College, Berea, KY

2014               

Lingering and Longing, The William & Florence Schmidt Center, SWIC, Belleville, IL

Neverwhere and Nowhere, The Gallery at Penn College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

2013               

Tiny Messengers, Lone Star College-North Harris Fine Arts Gallery, Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX

Another World, David & Jacqueline Charak Gallery, Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO

2012               

Come in Close & Still, Spiva Art Gallery, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

Nevermore, Salisbury University Art Gallery, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

I Dwell in Possibility, Parkland Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2011               

I Dwell in Possibility, Sarah M. Hurt, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

He Is Gone, imagined contraptions for last communications, Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2009               

Silence! Magical Thinking in Progress, Pottery Northwest Gallery, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

He Is Gone, imagined contraptions for last communications, Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

2008               

The Aviary, Helen S. Smith Gallery, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA

2007               

The Aviary, Gallery4Culture, Seattle, WA

2003               

Slight, CMA Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Interchange, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

Warmly Persuasive, Tiger Strike Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA

Exchange, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

constant escape, George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, TX         

2018

Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity, ICOSA, Gallery, TX

Seasons of Fruition, Dimension Gallery, Austin, TX

CraftTexas 2018, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

This is Everything, Cage Match Project Round VIII, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

Fisterra Retrospective, Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX

A Conversations on Race & Identity, Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

2017

28 X 5 Clay Works, CRETA ROME Ceramic Arts, Rome, Italy

The People’s Gallery 2017 Exhibition, Austin City Hall People’s Gallery, Austin, TX

2016

Take Ten, The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, PA

2015               

TASA One Foot Exhibition 2015, Texas Tech University Satellite Gallery at LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

 Uselt A Show of Functional Ceramics, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2014               

Somatic, Armstrong Gallery, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

Biomorphic, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, KY

2013               

Functional/Dysfunctional, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

2013

ACGA National Clay & Glass Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2012               

Lavish & Lush, Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

56th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

2012

Orton International Cone Box Show, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS       

Lavish & Lush, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Clay EVV, National Juried Small Scale Ceramic Sculpture, The Arts Council of SW Indiana, Evansville, IL

2012 Rockford Midwestern, Rockford Art Museum, Washburn University, Rockford, IL

Crafts National 2012, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Laredo, TX

Lavish & Lush, NCECA On The Edge 2012 Conference, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

Clay Lives Here!, Pottery Northwest, NCECA On The Edge, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

Extreme, Extraordinary, Exquisite, Teapots on the Edge, NCECA On The Edge 2012 Conference, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

2012 Back to the Future Exhibition, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX

ClaySpace: Clay3, Gallery 107, ClaySpace Ceramics Arts Studio, Warrenville, IL                 

3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics, Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

All Steamed Up at Millikin, Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

2011               

All Steamed Up, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL  

Small Works, Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

River 2 River, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Visions In Clay, LH Horton JR Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

Flashback, Pottery Northwest Gallery, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Craftsmanship:Concept:Innovation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

Two by Two Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial, EWU Art Gallery, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

12X12, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

2010               

Illinois Clay - 2010: No ‘S’ in Illinois, Lillstreet Gallery, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Body and Soul, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2010 International Orton Cone Box Show, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

Last Call, The Tim Salen Gallery, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL

Visions In Clay, LH Horton JR Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA,                 

64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL

Eighteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

2nd Biennial Central Time Ceramics, Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Gimme Fiction, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2009               

Curious Species, Burien Art Gallery, Burien Arts Association, Burien, WA

Spoon It! Fork It! Cut It Up!, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the Brickyard Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

2008               

Feats of Clay XXI, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA

THE NATURE OF GROWTH, Gallery Space, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA

Clay? II, KAC Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2007               

Clay on the Wall: 2007 Clay National, Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art, Lubbock, TX

Molded Earth, Target Gallery, Torpedo Art Center, Alexandria, VA

RED, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay, Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

MasterMinds, KAC Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2006               

The Other Side of the Grassy Knoll: Four Memories of Natural Worlds, KAC Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

Clay?, KAC Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

Teach, Pottery Northwest Gallery, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2005               

Inertia, Tacoma Contemporary: Urban Art Installations, Tacoma, WA

2004               

Necessary Compulsions, the Burnley Gallery, The Art Institute of Seattle, WA

2003               

MFA 2003, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Caffe con Leche, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2002               

Freque Show, CMA Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

4 Frequencies CMA Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Works in Progress, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA