Tammie Rubin is an artist and Assistant Professor of Art specializing in three-dimensional practices. She teaches Sculpture Materials, Clay Handbuilding, Clay Wheel Throwing, Advanced Clay, & CULF 1319, Understanding & Appreciating Art. Co-chair of SOURCE, source.stedwards.edu

Rubin is a ceramic sculptor. Her works are intensely colored, technically complex, and intricately ornamented sculptural assemblages of everyday objects consisting of porcelain, underglaze, glaze, plasti-dip, resin, and wood. Through materiality, she investigates the tension between the handmade and the mass-produced object, transforming the familiar, trivial, and disposable into the mythic and fantastical. In 2003 Rubin completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington, and she received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was awarded a grant from Artist Trust, Grants for Artist Projects (GAP), and an Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Rubin’s work has appeared in the journals Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and newspapers such as The Seattle Time, The News-Gazette, and The Daily Times. Rubin has discussed her work and shared her techniques through lectures and workshops at various art centers and universities.

She has exhibited nationally; selected solo exhibitions include the Charak Gallery at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, the Sarah M. Hurt Gallery at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, Art and Design Gallery at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, and Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA. Selected group exhibitions include Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science, IN, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX, Rockford Art Museum, IL, Mulvane Art Museum, KS, and Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. Rubin lives and works in Austin, TX, where she is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Ceramics at St. Edward’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 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

Assistant Professor, Sculpture & Ceramics, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, Present 

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

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

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

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

Creative Expression Statement

"Chimera_ thing that is hoped or wished for but is, in fact, illusionary.”

                                                                                                Oxford Dictionary 

Attending church first evoked my awareness of the personal symbolic meanings invested in objects, and how they can provide emotional sustenance, uncomfortable desires, and physical comfort. Separating objects from their original function I contemplate ideas of authenticity and the inherited symbolism in forms. By bringing the everyday into art and the art into the everyday, sculptures open up a dream-like space of unexpected associations and dislocations. My ceramic sculptures investigate the tensions between the readymade and the handcrafted object. Sculptures are intensely colored, technically complex, and ornamented cloned assemblages of everyday objects consisting of porcelain, underglaze, glaze, plasti-dip, resin, and wood. I collect mass-produced consumer objects that strike me as iconic of the everyday, such as household tools and fixtures, plastic product and food packaging, toys, ceramic figurines, and food molds. In these industrially produced objects, many of which are cheap, trivial, and disposable, I find unexpected beauties and meanings. Using intricate motifs, I examine widely diverse themes relating to consumer culture such as, magical thinking, animism, ritual, domestic and liturgical objects, artificial nature, and sensory desire. Relying on informed intuition and process, I transform the familiar and trivial into the mythic and fantastical. 

 

Publications & Articles

Publications

Articles

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

Presentations

LECTURES, PANELS & WORKSHOPS

2016

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

Performances

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

2017

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