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Jessica Kreutter grew up in Denver, CO, received a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and received her MFA in ceramics from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jessica has been a resident artist at Anderson Ranch, Vermont Studio Center, Art342, PlatteForum, Caldera, Oregon College of Art and Craft, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Red Lodge Clay Center.  In 2016, she was a recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant. Jessica has shown at Vertigo Gallery (Denver), Castle Gallery (New York), Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas) and The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. In Houston, she has exhibited at Art League Houston, BLUEorange and SITE Gallery at the Silos for Sculpture Month Houston. She is a full-time art faculty member at Houston Community College where she teaches ceramics and sculpture. 

JESSICA F. KREUTTER                                                                    


2010                         MFA         Ceramics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN  

1997                          BA             Sociology and Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR


Solo Exhibitions 

2022                        “Threshold” 3 person exhibition, University Gallery, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

2019                         “Sculpture Month Houston at City Hall” dual exhibition, The Rotunda at City Hall, Houston, TX

2016                         “A Firefly Was Once a Passing Shadow” BLUEorange Contemporary Art, Houston, TX

                                   “Small Cities on Stars” hallway installation, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

2014                         “A Forest”Vertigo Gallery, Denver, CO

                                   “Coalescence” Post-Studio Projects, Houston, TX

2013                          “Flight, the day I began to disappear” outdoor installation, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

                                    “Recent Work”, dual exhibition, Kathrin Cawein Gallery, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

2012                          “Somewheres left behind”PlatteForum,Denver, CO

2011                           “In the Interim” Pirate: Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

2010                         “Fragments of Domesticity” Flood Gallery, Asheville, NC

                                   “As the dust settles…” Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2007                        “Unidentified (flying objects)”Beet Gallery, Portland, OR                

2006                        “Childhood Residuum"in conjunction with NCECA, Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR

2005                        “Toy”joint solo show, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2004                        “Another World”TheBonfire, Portland, OR

2002                        “Ceramic Oddities”Manual Izquierdo Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2001                         “Gewgaw”Gallery Schmallery, Portland, OR

                                   “Gizmo”Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR


Selected Invitational and Juried Group Exhibitions

2022                         “Naturalistic” Monterroso Gallery, Houston, TX
                                    “Feral Atlas” The Solar Studios at Rice University with The Climate Justice Museum, Houston, TX

                                    “Subject To Change”   faculty exhibition at HCC, Southeast campus , Houston, TX
                                   “Dallas Art Fair” Cris Worley Gallery, Dallas, TX

2021                          “Broken and Whole” The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, TX

                                   “Chills and Thrills” Box 13 Artspace, Houston, TX

                                   “Case Study- Honoring Clint Willour” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2020                        “Testing, Pruebas” Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston TX


2019                          “Spree” Front Gallery, Houston, TX

                                    “Dimensional” Sabine Street Studios, Houston, TX


2018                          “CraftTexas 2018” juror: Jennifer Scanlan, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

                                    “Clay + Things” SITE131, Dallas, TX

                                    “Furtherance” Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston,TX

                                    “Collective Transference” Central gallery, Houston Community College, Houston, TX

                                   “3D x5” West Loop Gallery, Houston Community College, Houston,TX

2017                           “Collective Transference” Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

                                    “Gulf Currants” TEN Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                                    “Boxing the Storm” 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX


2016                          “From Space to Field” onsite installation, SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX

                                   “Prime Ceramics” Henry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


2014                          “New Texas Talent”,Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

                                    “Always and Forever” seven person exhibition, Red Arrow Contemporary, Dallas, TX

                                    “Intersecting Editions” Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New York, NY

                                    “Dark Matter” Ceramics Biennial, Curator: Sasha Koozel Reibstien & Roxanne Jackson, Boehm Gallery,SanMarcos, CA

                                    “Artist- In-Residence Exhibition” Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

                                    “Small Favors IX” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA


2013                          “Once we lived here” NCECA Project Space: Earth/Energy, Houston, TX

                                    “Varied States” Henry Krug Gallery, Pittsburg, KS

                                    “In Residence” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

                                    “Small Favors VIII” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA


2012                          “Deviations From Comfort” in conjunction with NCECA, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

                                    “Mix” Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX

                                    “Small Favors VII” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

                                    “Shift in Perspective” three person exhibition, Shift Studios, Seattle, WA


2011                           “Mendovernacular: How Place Creates Us” in conjunction with NCECA, Heights Waterfront, Tampa, FL

                                    “Parenthesis, recent work ” Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO

                                    “Anniversary”Pirate: Contemporary Art,Denver, CO 

                                    “Two by Two: Small Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial” Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA


2010                          “Corporeal Manifestations” Curator: Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA  

                                    “Clay? III” Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA 

                                    “The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

                                    “KY.7 Biennial” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

                                    “Annual Juried Exhibition” Juror: Jim Robischon, Boxcar Gallery, Denver, CO


2009                          “Dixie Highway” Reed Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                                    “The Art of Fine Craft” Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University and LUX Center, Lincoln, NE

                                    “62nd” Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, Knoxville, TN


2008                          “Hole Shot” Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN

                                    “Concept/ Execution” Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, Knoxville, TN


2007                         “Sorting Pods” featured artist, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR


2006                         “The Game Show” Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, OR

                                    “Alumni & Faculty Exhibition" in conjunction with NCECA, Arnold Gallery, Lewis&Clark College, Portland, OR

                                    “Affinity for the Cup" Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA


2005                          “Personality Test”Hall Gallery, Portland, OR

                                    “Good Bird/Bad Bird”Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR


2004                          “The Beat” Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR

                                     “Multiples” Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                                     “Year Long Ceramic Exhibition at The Governor’s Residence” Salem, OR


2003                          “Little Things” Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR 


2002                           “Clay Carnival” Eagerwally Gallery, Portland, OR

                                      “Body Of Earth, Breath of Fire, Contemporary NW Ceramic Sculpture”BushBarn Art Center, Salem,OR

                                      “Emerging Artist Show” Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR


2001                           “Boxed” featured artist, Infusion Gallery, Portland, OR


1999                           “Bold Expressions”SacramentoFine Arts Galleries, Sacramento, CA

                                     “00’s”Fire House Gallery, Rouge Community College, Grants Pass, OR


Permanent Collections

2021                           Portable Works Collection, Houston Airport System, Houston, TX
2014                           Portable Works Collection, George Bush International Airport, Houston, TX

2008                          Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, Knoxville, TN


Collaborative Projects

2015                          “Fresh Arts: Community Supported Arts”,CSA project, Houston, TX 

                                                      Created 50 commissioned pieces alongside 5 other artists for CSA bundles

2014                          “The Lost Museum” Rebuilding the Jenks Museum- a year-long exhibition in collaboration with Mark Dion and                                                                       contributing artists, Brown University, Providence, RI

2012                          “Artopia” Sculpture Design with Museum of Contemporary Art & Colorado Ice Sculptures, Denver, CO



2016                          Individual Artists Grant, Houston Art Alliance, Houston, TX

2011                           Full Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2010                          Best in Show, Ceramics, “63rd” Ewing Gallery, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2009                         Graduate Travel Award, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 

                                    Best in Show, Ceramics, “62nd” Ewing Gallery, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2008                         Gallery Purchase Award, Ewing Gallery, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

                                    Best in Show, Ceramics, “Concept/Execution” Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2001                          Student Commission Award, Ceramics, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR



2022                         Red Lodge Clay Center, AIA summer residency, Red Lodge, MT

2013                          Caldera, fully funded winter residency, Sisters, OR

2012                          Oregon College of Art and Craft, emerging artist fellowship, Portland, OR

                                    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, ceramic resident,Houston, TX

                                    PlatteForum, fully funded creative residency, Denver, CO

2011                           Anderson Ranch, winter ceramics resident fellowship, Snowmass Village, CO

                                    Vermont Studio Center, awarded the VSC Fellowship, Johnson, VT

                                    ART342, fully funded winter residency, Fort Collins, CO

2010                          ART342, fully funded fall residency, Fort Collins, CO

2008                        Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA


Publications & Reviews

2016                          “City of Sculpture” Arts + CultureThe State of the Arts, TX, in print and online, October 2016

                                    “Hulking Honeycombs Find New Life…”Art News” October, 15th, Papercity, Houston, TX

                                    “12 Houston Artists Awarded Individual Artist Grants” Houston Arts Alliance,online, March 20th

2014                          “Change and Adaptation” Transitioning Environments feature, Ceramics Monthly, January 2014  

                                   “Coalescence: Interlocking Metal Frames Ghostly in Their Strangeness” Houston Press, JimTommaney, 8/25


2013                          "Absurdity and decay inspire Cawein artists" The Portland Tribune, January 30 2013

                                    "Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art displays work of installation" The Oregonian, Oregon Live, 2/3


2011                          “Fragmented Installations Make Solid Exhibition at Pirate” Review, The Denver Post, 9/9/12


2010                          “Corporeal Manifestations: a Review by Colette Copeland” Ceramics: Art &Perception, No 82

                                    “Exhibitions: Corporeal Manifestation” Review, Ceramics Monthly, Summer


2008                          “Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building” Lark Ceramic Book Series, Lark Books, by Shay Amber

                                    “Featured Artist” Phoenix Literary Art Magazine, Fall, Vol. 50, Issue 4

                                    “Concept and Execution” review of “Concept/Execution”,Metro Pulse, March 20th, Knoxville, TN


2004                          “Talent Comes in Small Packages” feature on "Little Things" The Oregonian, Dec. 9th,Portland, OR


2001                          “Three Reviews” review of “Gizmo” Willamette Week,Nov. 1st, Portland, OR 


Public Lectures & Panels

2022                          Sam Houston State University, exhibiting artist lecture, Hunstville, TX
2020                          Texas A&M University, panelist for Sculpture Symposium, Corpus Cristi, TX

2019                         Glassell School of Art, MFAH, keynote speaker for“Clay Bodies”, annual ClayHouston Symposium, Houston, TX

                                   Southwestern University, visiting artist, demonstrator and lecturer, Georgetown, TX

2016                         BLUEorange, a series of artists talks for HCC, Glassell, Art League and Sumo Arts, Houston, TX

                                   Post- Studio Projects, guest artist, Houston, TX

2015                          Post- Studio Projects, guest lecture, Houston, TX

                                   Fresh Arts, CSA project, artist lecture, Houston, TX

2014                         Glassell School of Art, MFAH, artist lecture sponsored by ClayHouston, Houston, TX 

2013                          Louisiana Tech University, artist talk, Ruston, LA

2012                          Oregon College of Art and Craft, artist lecture, Portland, OR

2011                           Colorado State University, artist lecture, Fort Collins, CO

                                    Colorado State University, guest class lecturer, Fort Collins, CO

                                    Vermont Studio Center, artist lecture, Johnson, VT

2010                          Mütter Museum, artist panel in conjunction with exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

                                    Colorado State University, panel in conjunction with ART342 artist residency, Fort Collins, CO

2009                         Art Institute of Chicago, visiting artist, Chicago, IL

                                    Arrowmont School of Craft, artist lecture, Gatlinburg, TN


Gallery Affiliations

2021- present           Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, retail gallery, Houston, TX

2014-2015                Museum of Fine Arts, retail gallery, Houston, TX

2007-2010               Beet Gallery, Portland, OR

2006-2007              9th Street Gallery, Newport, OR

2003-2007              Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2002-2004              Lure Gallery & Studio, Portland, OR

2002-2012               Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR

2001-2012                Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2001-2003              Gallery Schmallery, Portland, OR


Academic Teaching Experience

2017-present         Full Time Faculty, Houston Community College, Houston, TX

                                                      Instructor of Art: Sculpture, Ceramics and Art Appreciation

2013-2016               Adjunct Ceramics I & II Faculty, Houston Community College, Central & SE Campus, Houston, TX 

                                                      Instructor of combined introductory and intermediate hand building and throwing 

2014-2016               Adjunct Art Appreciation Faculty,Houston Community College, Southeast Campus, Houston, TX

                                                      Instructor of introductory art with emphasis on studio practice

2013                          Adjunct Drawing I Faculty, Houston Community College, Central Campus, Houston, TX 

                                                      Instructor of introductory drawing

2013                          Fall Lecturer, Ceramics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

                                                    Leave Replacement, Introductory Ceramic Sculpture, Introductory Pottery.

2009-2010             Graduate Teaching Associate, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN                                                                                                                                                       Instructor of Record- Hand Building, Foundations

2008-2009             Graduate Teaching Associate, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

                                                      Instructor of Record- Hand Building, Throwing 

2007-2008               Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

                                                      Assisted Faculty in Hand Building, Throwing 

Additional Teaching Experience

2013-2017             Ceramics Instructor, The Art League of Houston, Houston, TX 

                                                   Instructor of introductory and intermediate ceramics for adults

2015-2016             ArtBound Residency, The Art League of Houston, Houston, TX 

                                                  Visiting artist/instructor for underserved elementary students culminating in a school exhibition

2015                        Summer Studio Intensive Instructor, The Art League of Houston, Houston, TX 

                                                  Visiting artist/instructor for ceramics intensive introducing teens to current art practices

2013                         Clay workshop, Caldera, Sisters, OR

2012                         Resident Artist Instructor, PlatteForum, Denver, CO

                                                 Designed and led workshops for underserved teens culminating in a public exhibition.

2011-2012               Ceramics Instructor and Assistant Manager, Art Garage, Denver, CO 

2006-2007            Art Instructor and Social Worker, Art from the Heart, Portland, OR 

Instructor of encaustic painting, watercolor, ceramics, and sculpture for developmentally disabled adults. Responsibilities also included providing clients with everyday support, gallery curator, installation assistant, volunteer coordinator, documenting art, and publicizing shows.

2006                        Ceramics Workshop, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Portland, OR

                                                  Instructor of workshop for community members

2003-2007            Art Instructor, Multnomah Art Center, Portland, OR 

Instructor of five classes a semester including Adult Hand Building and Throwing, Adult Glass Fusion, as well as kids classes in beginning art, clay, and glass fusion.

2003-2004           Ceramics and Glass Fusion Instructor, Sun Program, Portland, OR 

                                                  Instructor of art workshops for elementary students

2000-2007           Leader of Senior Art Workshops, Marquis Care Assisted Living Facilities, Portland, OR 

                                                 Taught ceramic glazing at senior rehabilitation centers and Alzheimer care facilities.

1998-2006           Instructor and Studio Technician, Paintpots Ceramic Studio, Portland, OR 

Taught hand building, glazing and fused glass workshops. Other duties include glazing, firing kilns and basic studio maintenance. 


Other Related Work Experience

2021                          Juror for student exhibition, Episcopal High School, Houston, TX

2015                          Docent and Workshop Leader, FAQ team, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX            

                                                 Lead tours of exhibitions and related art making workshops

2013-2015              Sales Associate, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston, TX

2012                          Juror for annual exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2011-2012               Assistant on a project by Jon Rubin “Thinking About Flying”,Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

Trained and cared for homing pigeons which were then loaned out to the public for release. Served as an ambassador between the public and project.

2008                         Ceramic Studio Assistant, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

Assisted in summer visiting artist workshops. Other duties include mixing glazes, loading, unloading and firing of kilns, kiln building, and basic studio maintenance.

2006                          Curator Assistant, Lewis & Clark College Ceramics Exhibition, Portland, OR

2002-2005              Owner and Co-Manager, Lure Gallery & Studio, Portland, OR

Founded and managed ceramics studio with 7 studios, exhibition space, kiln room and classroom. Renovated gallery and studio, provided rental space, maintained studio and kilns, curated, installed and publicized all exhibitions, managed daily administrative tasks, scheduled and taught community clay classes.


2017-2020            At Large Board Member, ClayHouston, TX

2014-2021             Officer,Box 13 Artspace, Houston, TX

Served as the Treasurer for an artist run nonprofit advocating for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. The space has 16 studios, 22 artists and 4 exhibition spaces. Duties include daily accounting duties, budget planning, organizing and implementing 2-4 fundraising events annually, serving on panel for exhibition proposals, hanging exhibitions, building and gallery maintenance, grant writing.

2013-2015               Volunteer, Houston Hospice, Houston, TX

                                                  Companionship, office and kitchen duties

2007-2010              Volunteer,Friendship House, visiting art instructor, Knoxville, TN

                                                   Instructor of weekly ceramics workshops for underserved and disabled adults

2004-2006            Volunteer, Art from the Heart, visiting art instructor, Portland, OR 

                                                   Instructor of weekly ceramics workshops for developmentally disabled adults

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