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Adelaide Paul
2011 1st Place recipient


Since the 1940s, thousands of collies have been bred so that nine transvestite "Lassies" could perpetuate a celluloid, now digitized, mythology about a boy and his dog.  Dogs fascinate me.  For one thing, they are the most morpoholigaclly varied species on the planet, due to the fact that they have been domesticated for thousands of fyears.  Domestication has morphed them into herders, hunters, guards, gladiators, pack ainimals, racers, lap warnmers and, in extreme, festish objects.  Through a kind of canine eugenics, we have produced the brilliant border collie, the lumbering mastiff, the aerodynamic greyhound, and the diminutive Chihuahua, just to name a few. 

Domestic animals would not exist as such without humans.  We humans would not have evolved as we have without the animals we have tamed, modified, exploited, eaten and revered.  This may not be a consentual relationship; I would argue, however, that it is most certainly a symbiotic relationship.  My work is about posing questions regarding this complex liaison between species.


1996 MFA, Studio Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1993 BFA, Ceramic, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1984-1990 Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, New Jersey

Exhibitions: Solo & Two Person

2010 The Peaceable Queendom, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 Adelaide Paul: New Work, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Adelaid Paul & John Byrd, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Anatomies, Animali, Anime, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions: Invitational

Beast, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY
Animal Instinct, John Michael Kohler Arts Cetner, Sheboygan, WiI
XXIst International Biennial of Vallauris, Magnelli Museum/Ceramic Museum of Vallauris, France An Evolving Network of Independent Artists, Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA
Of This Century: Residents, Fellows & Select Guest Artists of The Clay Studio, 2000 - 2010, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Artist as Educator, Rowan Unversity Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

State of the Union: Contemporary Craft in Dialogue, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Beyond Surface, University of Knoxville Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN

Confrontational Ceramics, Westchester Arts Council Bank Gallery, White Plains, NY
(In)Between, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Circa Puerto Rico, Dean Project, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Color/Texture/Form, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
Material Transcendence: Clay as Commentary, Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK, travelling to Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Professional Experience

2011 School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, Visiting Artist
2005- 2011 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Teaching Assistant: Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
2001 - 2011 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ceramics and Foundations
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, lecturer
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, visiting artist
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, ME, invited artist for two week residency
Washburn Unversity, Topeka, KS, visiting artist
Myers School of Art @ University of Akron and Akron Zoo, Akron, OH.  Residency at zoo, collaborative project with students culminating in "Hybridology" exhibition and symbosium.

Awards & Honors

2011 Virginia A. Groot Foundation, first place award
2007 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Grantee, Pennyslvania Council on the Arts


Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX




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