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Grand Rapids, Michigan
USA

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Kate Lewis is a ceramic artist who makes pottery, site specific installations, teaches, curates, and enjoys clay every day!

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Abby Deneau and Aaron Lee Van Wyk, both participating artists in "Utilitarian State" during Free Radical 2014, discuss his bio-diesel fueled art fireplace.

Abby Deneau and Aaron Lee Van Wyk, both participating artists in "Utilitarian State" during Free Radical 2014, discuss his bio-diesel fueled art fireplace.

As a site-specific installation artist, my process involves obtaining a site to show my work, spending time in the space to gain a sense of the flow of energy and foot traffic, identifying focal points,  brainstorming conceptual connections between the space and the installation materials, and observing how the individual elements create a conversation with one another.

As a curator of art shows in non-traditional spaces I look to my artistic process to guide me through the process of organizing an exhibition.  I see the curatorial process as an extension of my site specific installation practice combined with my interest in creating opportunities for memorable, enriching experiences with art in my community.

My first curatorial experience was composing a solo-exhibition of my interactive installation work as well as my pottery at The Sprinkler Factory Gallery in Worcester, MA. Since relocating to west Michigan, my involvement with ArtPrize and the Avenue for the Arts has afforded me multiple opportunities to curate other artists into shows including:

  • ArtPrize 2011 'Truth:Beauty' at Kate Lewis Ceramics Studio & Gallery
  • Avenue for the Arts Free Radical 2012 'Ceramic Incidence' at Grand River Cigar
  • Avenue for the Arts Free Radical 2013 'Limitless Space Opening' Shen Dojo
  • ArtPrize 2014  'Beautiful Reality' at Kent County Courthouse
  • Avenue for the Arts Free Radical 2014 'Utilitarian State' at 321 S.Division work/live space
  • the Neighbor Gallery project