Graduate ceramics student is selected as Emerging Artist 2016
calendar icon28 Apr 2016Lincoln, Neb.--Qwist Joseph, who graduates in May with his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics in the Department of Art and Art History, has been selected by Ceramics Monthly magazine as an Emerging Artist 2016.
He is just one of 14 artists nationally selected by the magazine for this honor, and his work is featured in their May 2016 issue. All ceramic artists, both U.S. and international, who have been actively pursuing a career in ceramics for less than 10 years were eligible to apply.
“It is a true honor to be recognized by a magazine that is so integral and important to my field,” Joseph said. “The exposure of this article couldn’t have happened at a better time as I’m transitioning out of graduate school. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”
Joseph was born and raised in the foothills of Fort Collins, Colorado. After many years of working and learning alongside his Dad at the family foundry, he received his B.F.A. in pottery from Colorado State University and ventured to the nearby town of Loveland, where he and his partner opened a hybrid studio gallery space. After three years of individual studio practice and multiple artist assistantships, they moved to Lincoln.
In his artist statement for his MFA Thesis Exhibition, “When the Wind Stops,” which was on display at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in April, he wrote, “The sculpture I create exemplifies my interest in objects, their creation and our tendency to covet them. Humans have developed elaborate and diverse systems to categorize and dictate the value of things. As a culture we elevate and protect art, and its display is a platform in which this object obsession is exaggerated. Through the podium of art exhibition, I explore the idea of object-ness.”
Lauren Mabry, who received her M.F.A. in ceramics in 2012 from UNL, also received this honor in 2014.