Back to Blog July 13, 2016

2016-2017 Tyler Ceramics Resident Artists

Author: chaddcurtis
Four images of Jessica Brandl and Dennis Ritter's artwork.
Top two images, Jessica Brandl. Bottom two images, Dennis Ritter. 


The Tyler Ceramics Program is pleased to announce that Jessica Brandl and Dennis Ritter have been chosen as Resident Artists for the 2016-2017 academic year. Each will be working in the ceramics studio throughout the year and teaching two classes per semester. We are excited for the high quality of their studio practices and the varied viewpoints that they will bring to the program, as well as the mentorship that they will provide to the students!

Jessica Brandl, a native Midwesterner, works in ceramics, drawing and, painting. Set in landscapes with looming architecture, turbulent skies, and misplaced objects, Brandl’s work exposes historical and eccentric places engulfed in psychological scenarios - both sinister and sublime. Surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts support a voyeuristic sense of seeing things from the inside out. Her current work serve as pointed souvenirs of history and the path to American-ness. Brandl received her MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is the recipient of awards including the Visiting McKnight Resident Artist, Windgate Scholar and the Rudy Autio inspiration Grant. More information is available on her website: http://jessicabrandl.com/

Dennis Ritter is a sculptor working primarily in the ceramic medium. He currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, maintaining an active studio practice and is an adjunct lecturer at Baton Rouge Community College. Dennis received his MFA from the NYSCC at Alfred University in 2015. Prior to attending graduate school he worked as a teaching artist for The Claymobile Outreach Program in Philadelphia, was the Studio and Facilities Manager for The Clay Studio In Philadelphia He received his BFA in Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in 2012, where he received the Rudy Staffel Award for Excellence in Ceramics. Dennis has also been a resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and The Vermont Studio Center and was awarded a Windgate Fellowship in Craft in conjunction with The Vermont Studio Center residency program. More information is available on his website: http://www.dennisritterclay.com/

Brandl and Ritter will be giving public lectures on the work in the fall when the semester resumes, please stay tuned for further details.