Virgina A. Groot Foundation

« back

Arthur Gonzalez
1997 1st Place recipient


My inspiration is one that comes from all things that I can get my hands on.  I love to read even though my dyslexia doesn’t.  I want to educate myself in terms of philosophy and art history.  I am interested in Alchemy and Poetry.  I understand that I am a walking recipe of all that interests me, and as a result, my art is a kind of goulash of ideas. The subject matter may be about Pinocchio and the Italian Baroque.  It can be about the science of DNA and wondering why I still act like a child.  I’m interested at how old people are surprised that they ever got old and how the young feel like they will always be young.  I wonder why my dog had to die in my arms and how I still dream of her.  I wonder why dreams are so vivid and how I can’t see anything when I close my eyes and try to remember the features of my first girl friend.  I wonder why I criticize my parents behind their backs and act like a child when in their presence.  I see the fact that the future is unknown and the past is sometimes embarrassing.  I know that I will try to be the best person I can be and every day I wake up wanting to just eat donuts in front of the television.  I am a mixture of understanding that I will make stupid mistakes daily or I will strive to make daily discoveries instead.   I wonder what lies ahead and what will happen to all my friends.

As an artist, I can talk about all these things with paper, pencil, canvas, paint, clay and glue.  Being an artist is wonderful.  It is the where magic still exists.



M.F.A., University of California, Davis (sculpture)
M.A., California State University, Sacramento (painting)
B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Solo Exhibitions

Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, “Arthur Gonzalez”*
CAA. Special installation, Fort Mason, Herbst Theatre, “Read”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Read”
Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens Art Gallery,  “@ Last”
Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO, “Morning Suites”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “A Question of Balance”
Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan, “Arthur Gonzalez, Personal Exhibition”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Sour Grapes” works on rejection slips
Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO, “Bay Area Ceramic Sculptors: Second Generation”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM,   “Arthur Gonzalez”
St. Louis Community College, St Louis, MO, “What Tool Must I use...The work of Arthur Gonzalez”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Saging”
Noel Gallery, Charlotte, NC, “Arthur Gonzalez”
John Elder Gallery, New York, NY, “The Horizon is Sitting Beside You”
Delta College Art Gallery, Stockton, CA, “The View from the Equator: Arthur Gonzalez, A Survey Exhibition, 1985-2000”
Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “The Cadence of Stupidity”

Group Exhibitions

Cinima Gallery, Urbana, Il, “Show of Heads”
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.  “Twenty Years in Retrospect”
New York Transit Museum, New York, New York. “Inspiring Spaces:  25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit”
Arrowmont Main Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN, “Figurative Association: The Human Form in Clay” *
The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH, “Transcending the Figure”
CCA Gallery, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, “Book/Text”
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”
Victoria Boyce Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, “Human Narratives”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Thirty Ceramic Sculptors”
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, “Contemporary Monsters”
Standard Ceramic Supply Company, Carnegie, PA, “Muchachos”
SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery
Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA, “Eccentric Imagery”
LoBot Gallery, East Oakland, CA, “Resurrection: The Dead Space Show”Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY, “Confrontational Ceramics,” curated by Judith Schwartz
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA, “TB-9 Revisited”
Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Thirty Ceramics Sculptors”Museo  Internazionale di Arti Applicate Oggi, Torino, Italy, “
The Grand Ceramics Theatre”
Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA, “LaGrange National”Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, “ARAC@AAM: Anderson Ranch at the Aspen Art Museum”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “Seven Deadly Sins”
John Natsoulas Gallery, SOFA Art Fair, Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
University of California Santa Cruz, CA, “Nor Cal Clay”
University of Akron Art Gallery, Akron, OH, “All the Difference: Works in Clay”
Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT, “Northwest Figurative Ceramic Sculpture”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “30 Ceramic Sculptors” CCACA Conference
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, “Dirty Dozen”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Louisiville Convention Center, Louisville, KY, SOFA /NCECA
Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “3Dc: Discover, Define and Discuss Contemporary Craft”
The UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY, “Along the Way, MTA Arts for Transit: 20 Years of Public Art”
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Hoffman Gallery in the Centrum Building, Portland, OR, “Cruder”
The Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL, “Biennial Ceramics Invitational 2006”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “Tell Me a Story”
Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA, “On Making”
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, “Poetic Expressions of Mortality”
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, “Poetic Expressions of Mortality, P.Price Collection”
Xen Gallery, Saint Louis, MO, “Likeness/The Human Form in Clay”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “Cups, Cups, Cups”
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, “Fired At Davis: Ross Turk Collection”
Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA, “Operation Rapid American Withdrawal 1970-2005”
The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA, “From Tiles to Totems”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “American Masters 2000-2005”
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, “Vanitas: Transient Treasures”
Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, “Pygmalion’s Gaze Reimagined: The Figure in Contemporary
The Union Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA, “The Eve Aesthetic”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “Election 2004”
Mason Muller Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA, “The Fall Show”
Fuller Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA, “The Perfect Collection: A Shared Vision for Contemporary Craft”
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, “The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience”
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, “The Plot Hill Collection of Contemporary Art”
Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, “Hundreds of Cups”
Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA, “Trans-mission”
University of Northern Iowa, UNI Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA, “Figured Ceramics”
University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham, ME, “Pushing Clay”
Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, “Relevance of Making”
Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, “Virginia Groot Award Recipients”
Woodbury Gallery at Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT, “The 17th Annual 30 Ceramic
Craft Alliance, Saint Louis, MO, “The Body in Clay,” curated by Joe Bova
Dirt Gallery, Kansas City, MO, “Crude”
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO, “Fired Up”
Yoju Livingware Gallery, Kyunggido, Korea, “World Ceramic Exposition 2001 Korea”
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, “NCECA WOCEK Exhibition”
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, “Birds, Beasts and Little Fishes”
Encina Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, “Private Eye”
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, “Terrors and Wonders: Monsters in
Benefit Auction for the Mendocino Art Center, Davis, CA, “The Gegnome Project”
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “The Holiday Group Show”
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
The Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “Perching of the Soul”
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, “From the Fire: Figures in Ceramic”
The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, “The Chasanoff Collection”
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
Philharmonic Center or the Arts, Naples, FL, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, “Confrontational Clay: the Artist as Social Critic”
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO, “A Glimpse of the Invisible” NCECA 2000
Encina Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, “Heart of the Future: Part 3”
Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, NY, “Ruling Passions”


Kate Lydon, Ceramics Monthly, “Figurative Association” January 2011, pp. 24,25
Casey, Beautiful/Decay. “Show of Heads,” September 27th
Deb Van Laak, Ceramics Art and Perception, “Arthur Gonzalez’ Sculptural Mastery and Mystery, A
Question of Balance “issue #78, pp. 68-71.
Ben Marks, KQED Arts, “It’s Not Us, It’s You”
Kristi Beardshear, Art Slant,, “Rejection Nation”
Michael S. Gant, Metro Silicon Valley Metro News, April 15-21, 2009, p. 45, “Take a Hike”
Karen D’Souza, Mercury News, “Keep our Chin Up for ‘Rejection’ Show at San Jose’s ICA” 4-3-09
D. Wood, Ceramics  Monthly,  February, “Following Thesius: The Sculpture of Arthur Gonzalez”
Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times WEB Nov. 30, “Ideas Abound in Clay: That Go Beyond Bowls”
Scott Shields, Ceramics Monthly,  November, “California Funk,”
DeWitt Cheng, East Bay Express,  Arts & Culture, “Resurrection: Dead Paces”
Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, “Make A Beeline to Roseville’s Blue Line,”
Richard Wittaker, Works & Conversations, “John Toki and Some Reflections on Cultural Service”
Staff Writer, Ceramics Monthly, “CCA Graduate School”
Lloyd S. Rubin, Art Knowledge News, “Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery Shows Cutting-Edge  Craft,”
Megan Digregorio, Staff Writer, The Collegian, Tulsa OK, “Visiting artist Arthur Gonzalez holds pottery workshop”
Staff Writer, American Style Magazine, April, “Making Hawaii Even Better for the Arts”
Laura O’Donnell, Ceramics Technical, Issue 23, “The Figure’s Representation in Clay”
Laura O’Donnell, Prospectus on the Web, “Art Gallery features ceramic works focusing on human figure”
Staff Writer, The News-Gazette, Entertainment, February 19
Staff Writer, E-News From Tile Heritage, “BajaPalapa: A Haven in the Desert”
Jo Lauria, Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue #59, pp. 10-17, “Second Generation Bay Area Artists”
Glenn R. Brown, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, May 2004, pp. 54-55
Staff Reporter, Ceramics Monthly, January, vol. 52, pp, 37-39, “Trans-Mission”
Victoria Dalkey, The Sacramento Bee, May 2, pp 42-43, “Many Faces of Eve”
Andy Nasisse, Kerameiki Techni, August 2003, Issue 44, pp. 65-70, “Trans-Mission”
Joyce Lovelace, American Craft,  Aug/Sept ‘03, pp. 28-30 & 80, “The Oakland Museum of California”
John M. Wilson, Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 49, pp. 57-59, “A Glimpse of the Invisible”
Joy S. Kasson, American Craft, Aug/Sept, pp. 58-63, “The Allen Chasanoff Collection”
Theresa Everline, Orlando Weekly, “Many ways to figure a problem”
Staff Writer, Ceramics Monthly, November, p. 14, “Up Front”
Staff Writer, American Craft, June/July, p. 75, “Galleries”
Janet DeBoos, Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 40, “Looking in the Mirror: Aspects of Figurative Ceramics”
Matthew Kangus, Sculpture, April, “Arthur Gonzalez”


Awards, Fellowships, Grants, Residencies

Watershed, Maine, Artist in Residence**
Pilchuck Glass Studio, Seattle, WA, Artist-in-Residence
Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan, Artist-in-Residence
University of Akron, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH, Artist-in-Residence
Warhol Foundation/Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Artist-in-Residence Award
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Visual Arts Award


Makers: The History of American Studio Craft, Metcalf and Koplos, Univ. of South Carolina Press
The Art of Rejection by Arthur Gonzalez  (3rd Edition).  John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA
Other People’s Rejection Letters.  Bill Shapiro. Random House
Handbuilding : Ceramics for Beginners. Shay Amber.  Lark Books, Asheville, NC
Dry Glazes.  Jeremy Jernegan,* University of PA Press, Philadelphia, PA
500 Ceramic Sculptures.  Glen Brown. Lark Books, Asheville, NC
500 Ceramic Sculptors.  Lark Books, Asheville, NC
Confrontational Ceramics. Judith Schwartz, NYU, New York, NY
Ceramics for Beginners : Hand Building. Lark Books, Asheville, NC
The Question of Balance : Arthur Gonzalez.  John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA
The Art of Rejection by Arthur Gonzalez.  John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA
Ceramic Today: Encyclopedia of Ceramic Artists. Steven Goldate, Editor, Australia
Along The Way: MTA Arts for Transit.  Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres.
The Monicelli Press, New York, NY
Works of Ceramic Artists from Around the World.  Shanghai Fine Arts Publishers, Shanghai, China
Contemporary Ceramics, p. 136. Susan Peterson. Watson Guptill Publications, New York, NY
Poetic Expressions of Mortality. Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
A Potter’s Handbook, 6th edition, plate 47. Glenn C. Nelson and Richard Burkett, Wadsworth Publishing,
Belmont, CA
The Figure in Clay. Suzanne Tourtillott, Editor. Lark Books, Asheville, NC
The Eve Aesthetic.  Nancy Servis. Memorial Union Gallery, Univ. of California, Davis, CA
The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience.  Lark Books, Asheville, NC
Four California Sculptors, The  Second Generation. The Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
The Craft and Art of  Clay, 4th edition, p. 43. Susan Peterson. Laurence King Pub, London, UK
Understanding Art, 4th edition, p. 210. Lois Fitchner-Rathus
Ceramics, A Potter’s Handbook, 6th edition, plate 47.  Glen C. Nelson and Richard Burkett
The Penland Book of Ceramics.  Deborah Morgenthal and Suzanne Tourtillott, editors.  Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY
Confrontational Clay: The Artist as  Social Critic. Judith S. Schwartz. Exhibits USA, Kansas City, MO


Public Collections

Alta Bates Corp., Emeryville, CA
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
American Express Co., New York, NY
Burston Marsteller Co., New York, NY
California State University, Sacramento, CA   (2 pieces)
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (3 pieces)
Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO (2 pieces)
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Honolulu Acadamy of  Arts, Honolulu, HI
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Oakland  Museum, Oakland, CA  (2 pieces)
Prudential Insurance Co., New York, NY
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2 pieces)
Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, DCThe Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan  (2 pieces)
Tempe Museum, Tempe, AZ
University of Akron , Akron, OH
University of California,  Davis, CA ( 2 pieces)
University of California Health System
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2 pieces)
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2 pieces)


Lectures, Workshops, Juror

NCECA, Juried Biennial, FLA, (Juror)*
Marin County Fair, Marin, CA (Juror)*
Delta College, Stockton, CA (Juror)*
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Art Students League of Denver, CO
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, The Figure in Clay Symposium, Gatlinburg, TN*
Mudfire Clayworks & Gallery, Decatur, GA
Saddleback College, San Clemente, CA
University of California, Davis, CA
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
The Firehouse Collective, The Firehouse Ceramics Symposium, Oakland, CA
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Mama’s Royal Cafe, (Juror), Oakland, CA
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV
Chabot College, Hayward, CA
La Grange College,  LaGrange, GA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Southern Illinois State University, Carbondale, IL
Davis High School, Davis, CA
College of Marin, CA
University of Southern California, Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Taipei County Yingko Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
University of Hawaii, Oahu, HI
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
CCACA Conference, Davis, CA
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
San Jose State University, CA
Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Arts Benicia, “Terra Forma” (Juror) Benicia, CA
University of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
Richmond Art Center (Juror), Richmond, CA
University of Miami, Miami, FL
Clay Space on Puget Sound, Suquamish, WA
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Yuma Symposium 22, Yuma, AZ
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Taking the Leap, Emeryville, CA
Society of Sculptors, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, (Juror) Pittsburgh, PA
38th Annual Regional Juried Art Show, (Juror) Fairfield, CA
Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA
Delta College, Stockton, CA


Click the images below to enlarge