Statement + CV 

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Kelly Cox and Eric Mullis are an artist team living in to Boise, ID where they recently completed their MFAs.  Before moving to Boise they made art in Madison, WI, Missoula, MT and Minneapolis, MN.  They are currently art instructors for the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Art program and adjunct faculty at Boise State University and CWI.  They make artwork together in their home studio while raising a small boy named Edwin.

Kelly's work is a manifestation of psychic habitats. Her forms express the vulnerable position of living in a body, in a world that you cannot control or understand, of living within a media environment that provides the illusion of information (and progress) but doesn’t follow through (and is indecipherable). Her work considers the way intangible dangers and pleasures bleed into the tangible dangers and pleasures of the daily to-do. Reasons hide behind the irrational posing as reason. Thus, communication is very obvious and difficult. The more one tries to speak clearly, the more one dissolves into the uncertainty between was and is, and "was" and "is?" 

Eric's work is informed by his experience as a craftsperson. His work explores how meaning can be conveyed through function. The meaning of function can be dramatically skewed depending on the presentation and the viewpoint of the user as consumer, maker/user, or entrepreneur.

He has explored function by asking the following questions; How is our contemporary relationship to objects defined by advertising? How does our contemporary relationship to objects differ from the pre-20th century practice of self-producing 90% of what we own? What is the relationship between the historical (Western) definition of the human subject and their contemporary relationship to objects?

He believes that the human-object relationship is increasingly important to explore because it is a direct reflection of the ideological and hierarchical nature of contemporary relational politics in general. 


Kelly Cox

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2016 - 2017  

2016

2013 - Present

2012 - Present

2012 - 2015

                               2013 - 2014

2009 - 2012

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Education

MFA Boise State University (High Honors)

BFA The University of Montana (Honors) Emphasis: Ceramics

 

Professional Experience 

Adjunct Art Seminar Professor, Boise State University, Idaho (fall, spring)

Adjunct Ceramics Professor, Boise State University, Idaho (summer)

Youth Outreach Art Instructor, Boise Parks and Recreation, Idaho  

Co-owner of Mullox Studios Pottery, The Capital City Market, Boise, Idaho

Teaching Assistant, Boise State University, Introduction to Design, Introduction to 3D Design, Introduction to Ceramics, Seminar. Introduction to Sculpture

Instructor of Record, Boise State University, Introduction to Drawing (spring, fall, spring)

Gallery Manager, Production and Shipping Assistant, Dock 6 Pottery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Volunteer, Mentor and Substitute Ceramics Instructor, Interact Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Artist Assistant, Adrian Arleo, Lolo, Montana

 

Grants and Awards

The Alexa Rose Foundation Artist Grant, Boise, Idaho

Artist in Residence, The Atlanta School, Atlanta, Idaho

Graduate Assistantship, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Gem State Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Artist in Residence, The Arts and History Department of the City of Boise, Boise, Idaho

FAME Mentorship Grant, Interact Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Academic Scholarship, The University of Montana, Missoula 

Pat Williams Art Scholarship, The University of Montana, Missoula

 

Publications

500 Figures in Clay Volume 2, (juror: Nan Smith) Lark Books

 

Professional Service

Experimental kiln construction for the Atlanta School

NCECA Volunteer, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Boise State University Ceramics Club Organizer and Fundraiser

Boise State University Graduate Student Club Organizer

Soda kiln construction for Boise State University

Volunteer and Mentor at Interact Center for the Arts

 

Languages      

French                                       

Solo Shows

Residue

A collaboration with artist Eric Mullis

The Old Jail

Atlanta, Idaho

 

Boise State University’s 2015 MFA Show

with Eric Mullis and Rachel Lambert

The Hemingway Center, Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

                 

Meander: A Visual Chronicle of the Boise River

A collaboration with artist Eric Mullis

The Sesqui-shop, The Arts and History Department of the City of Boise

Boise, Idaho                                                                                                                                            

                 

Arrested Momentum

A collaboration with artist Eric Mullis

The Art Space, Eagle Performing Arts Center

Boise, Idaho

             

Hidden Details

A collaboration with artist Eric Mullis,

The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

              

Nectar: New Works by Kelly Cox & Eric Mullis

The Catalyst, Missoula, MT

 

Juried Group Shows

Holding What Can’t be Held

Work concerning Idaho’s Nuclear legacy

inspired by a tour of the Idaho National Laboratory

Ming Studios (sponsored by the Snake River Alliance)  

Boise, Idaho

                

America’s Clay Fest

Juror: Richard Shaw

Blue Line Arts

Roseville, California

 

MAM Annual Art Auction

Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana

 

3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramic

Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

               

Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Annual Juried Exhibition

Juror: Mikey Walsh

Moorhead Gallery, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Owatonna Center for the Arts, Owatonna, Minnesota

 

FAME Mentorship Show

The Inside Out Gallery, Interact Center for the Arts, Minneapolis

 

Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay

Juror: Adrian Arleo

The Alexander Hogue Gallery, The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Ceramics Montana

The University Center Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula

 

Making It: Adults Having Fun in Interesting Times (Invitational)

Ceretana Studios, Missoula, MT

 

The University of Montana Student and Faculty Ceramics Exhibition

The Hecklewood Gallery

12th Annual NCECA Portland, OR

 

SSCS Juried Student Exhibition

Wright Award

Juror: Adrian Arleo

The Off Center Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula

 

SSCS Juried Student Exhibition

Rudy Audio award

Juror: Lela Audio

Off Center Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula


Eric Mullis

2015

2007

 

 

2016-Present

2015-Present

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2012-2015

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2011

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2012-2015

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Education

MFA, Ceramics, Boise State University, Boise, ID

BFA, Ceramics, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

   

Professional Experience               

Adjunct Professor, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID (Design II, Sculpture)

Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, Boise, ID (Ceramics I-III and independent study, Art Seminar)

Guest Demonstrating Artist (Rebecca Bogart Visiting Artist Workshop) Boise State University, Boise Idaho

Art Instructor, Hidden Springs Pottery Studio, Hidden Springs, ID (Wheel throwing).

Instructor of Record, Boise State University, Boise, ID (Ceramics I & II, and Drawing I)

Art Instructor, City of Boise Parks and Recreation, Boise ID (pre-k to adult)

Teaching Assistant, Boise State University, Boise, ID (Art Foundations I Laurie Blakeslee, Art Foundations II Laurie Blakeslee, and                         Ceramics I & II Caroline Earley and James Budde )        

Poster and Set Piece Designer, Mixed Precipitation, Minneapolis, MN

Production Assistant/Studio Technician/Webmaster, Dock 6 Pottery, Minneapolis, MN

Production Potter, P Wakefield & Co, Cambridge, WI

 

Solo Exhibitions

Residue, Atlanta School, Atlanta, ID

B> be greater than, MFA thesis exhibition, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Meander: A Visual Chronicle of the Boise River, Sesqui-Shop, Boise, ID

Arrested Momentum, Eagle Performing Arts Center, Eagle, ID

Hidden Details, Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Nectar, The Catalyst, Missoula, MT

 

Group Exhibitions

Invitational/Co-curator, Boise State University Student and Faculty Exhibition NCECA 2017, Portland

Invitational Holding What Can’t Be Held , Ming Studios

Juried Exhibition, America’s Clayfest, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

Juried Exhibition, Modern Art, Modern Hotel and Bar, Boise, ID

Juried Exhibition, Boise State University Student Juried Show (Best in Show), Visual Arts Center Gallery, Boise State University,                           Boise, ID

Juried Exhibition, 3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics, Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

Juried Exhibition, Un-wedged, Pottery Northwest Seattle, WA

Juried Exhibition, Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay, Alexandre Hogue Gallery The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Invitational Exhibition, Ceramics Montana, The University Center Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Group Exhibition, BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of  Montana, Missoula, MT

Invitational Exhibition, Making It: Adults Having Fun in Interesting Times Ceretana Studios, Missoula, MT

Juried Exhibition, 12th Annual Juried Student Art Show(1st Place, Undergraduate & Art Criticism 203 Award), Gallery of Visual                             Arts, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Group Exhibition, B Movie Graphics, The Off Center Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Group Exhibition, The University of Montana Student and Faculty Ceramics Exhibition, The Hecklewood Gallery, 12th Annual                               NCECA Portland, OR

       

Awards

Atlanta School AiR, The Atlanta School, Atlanta, ID       

Sesqui-Shop AiR, City of Boise Department of Arts and History, Boise, ID

Higher Education Partnership Scholarship, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Graduate Assistantship/GEM Scholarship, Fine Art Department, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Grant ($1600), Ceramics Club, ASBSU, Boise State University, Boise, ID    

Grant ($1300), Super Art Soda, ASBSU, Boise State University, Boise, ID    

Grant ($1300), Ceramics Club, ASBSU, Boise State University, Boise, ID  

Department of Art Leadership Award, Fine Art Department, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Odyssey of the Stars Scholarship, Fine Art Department,  The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

 

Service

Visual Art Degree Curriculum Committee, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID

Visiting Artist Selection Committee, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID

Faculty Advisor and Fundraising Coordinator, Ceramics Club, Boise State University, Boise, ID

NCECA Conference Student Trip Organizer, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Soda kiln design and construction, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Archie Bray Foundation and Artist Studio Visit Organizer, Boise State University, Boise, ID

President, Super Art Soda MFA Student Organization, ASBSU, Boise State University, Boise, ID

President, Ceramics Club Student Organization, ASBSU, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Volunteer Instructor, Interact Center, Minneapolis, MN

Publications

Matter Meter Wave: The Weirdest Open Source Project Ever, Staff, Open Electronics, www.open-                                                                           electronics.org

Mullox Studios: Matter Meter Wave, Bill Rogers, C-File, www.cfileonline.org