Curriculum Vitae

SPENCER K. EBBINGA

sebbinga@plu.edu

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture.

Arizona State University. May 2006.                                                                                                                                       

Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and ceramics.

University of Kentucky. May 1998.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor of Art:  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

August 2006 – Present.

Head of the 3D area, Department of Art & Design.

Sculpture 250, 350, 387, 491/492.

Ceramics 230, 330, 430, 491/492.

3D Digital Modeling 355, 455.

Mold Making for Artistic Practice 387.

China Painting Workshop 387.

 

Instructor of Record:

Sculpture 2, ART 331, Fall 2005, Arizona State University (ASU).

Sculpture 1, ART 231, Fall 2004, Spring 2006, ASU.

3D-Design, ART 115, Summer 2005, Spring 2004, Fall 2003, ASU.

 

Teaching Assistant:

Foundry Research Methods, ART 494/598, and Foundry Casting Methods, ASU.

ART 333/598. Spring 2005 with Mary Bates-Neubauer, ASU.

2004, Spring. ART 231, Sculpture 1 with James White, ASU.

 

Other Instruction:

2017, Fall. China Painting, China House, Chengdu, China.

2012, 2017, 2018, Fall. Western China Seminars, Sichuan University, Chengdu,

          China, Lhasa, Tibet.

2009, J-Term. Guest Lecturer, Arts of China, Greg Youtz, PLU, WA.

2007, J-Term. Guest Lecturer, Arts Management, London, UK.  

2005, Fall.  Sculpture graduate mentoring program, ASU.

2004, Fall.  Ceramic Tile Mosaics, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ.

1995 – 1996.  Ceramics, drawing, painting and printmaking. Tates Creek High   

          School, Lexington, KY.  University of Kentucky Art Education program.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Chair, Department of Art & Design: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

September 2011 – August 2012.

June 2007 – June 2009.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo           

2007. University Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

2006. Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

1998. Contemporary Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

 

Juried

2019. When We Collaborate (forthcoming), Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

2019. ICAN Juried Exhibition (forthcoming), NCECA, Minneapolis, MN.

2017. Beyond the Brickyard. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT.

2016. Clay Gatekeepers. Vine Street Gallery, Kansas City, MO.

2012. Beyond the Brickyard. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT.

2010. Earth Matters. NCECA Invitational, Moore College of Art & Design,

          Philadelphia, PA.

2009. ASU Alumni Exhibition. ASU Prism Theater, Tempe, AZ.

2006. Arizona Artist Guild 2006. Art One Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2006. Fresh. Step Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005. Nathan Cummings Exhibition.  Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005. Telesculpture 2005. Prism Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005. The Gun Show.  Rezzurection Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005. Last of the Iconoclasts.  Rezzurection Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

1996. Spotlight ‘96.  American Craft Council/Southeast Juried Exhibition.              

           Art and Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY.

1996. Bank One Gallery Invitational. Lexington, KY.

1996. The Regionalist’s: Three Dimensional Forms Invitational. 

           Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, KY.

 

Group

2017. China House Invitational, Chengdu, China.

2015. Build or Bust. Ceramistas, Seattle, WA.

2014. Go West Gala. Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.

2014. Faculty Showcase. University Gallery, PLU, Tacoma, WA.

2012. Foundation of Art Award. B2 Fine Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

2012. Centered on the Northwest. Clay Art Center, Tacoma, WA.

2012. Creatures of Habit. Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

2010. City of Tacoma Slide Slam. Rialto Theater, Tacoma, WA.

2010. Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Kittredge Gallery,

          University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.

2010. Faculty Showcase. University Gallery, PLU, Tacoma, WA.

2009. No Limit. Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2009. ASU MFA Alumni Exhibition. NCECA, ASU Prism Theater,              

          Tempe, AZ.

2008. Shared Journeys: Chinese/American Ceramic Art & Education.

          Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China.

2007. Faculty Showcase. University Gallery, PLU, Tacoma, WA.

2007. City of Tacoma Slide Slam. Rialto Theater, Tacoma, WA.

2005. The Digital Hand. Prism Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005. The Suitcase Show. Rosen Group Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2005. Melting Point: a Cold War flash-forward. Ice House Gallery,

          Phoenix, AZ.

2004. Neon: 20th Anniversary Exhibit. Rezzurection Gallery, Tempe AZ.

2004. Mixed Messages. Window Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2004. Metroscapes. Ice House Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2004. Collective Inferno. Rezzurection Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2004. Desert Alchemy. NCECA, Dolphin Papers Gallery,

          Indianapolis, IN.

2003. Summer Exhibition, Gallery 100, Tempe, AZ.

2003. New Graduate Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

1997. Student Showcase. PNC Bank Corp. Exhibit. Lexington, KY                                                                                                                                                                                                               

1995. Artist Attic Gallery, Lexington, KY

 

COLLECTIONS

China House, Chengdu, China

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China.

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

American Society of Metals, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

HONORS & AWARDS

2018. SOAC Professional Development Award, Pacific Lutheran Univ. $1500.00.

2017. Benson-Starkovich Grant, Pacific Lutheran University, $2150.00.

2015. Regency Advancement Award, Pacific Lutheran University, $3600.00.

2011. Freeman Grant China Seminar participant, Pacific Lutheran University.

2007. Regency Advancement Award, Pacific Lutheran University, $4000.00.

2006. Arizona Artist Guild Scholarship.

2006. Graduate Professional Student Association travel grant.

2006. Herberger College Student Enrichment grant.

2006. ASU School Of Art travel grant.

2005 – 2006.  H.H. Harris Foundation Foundry Scholarship.

2005 – 2006. ASU School of Art Special Talent Scholarship.

2005. Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship.

2005. Graduate Tuition Fellowship.

2005. Graduate Professional Student Association travel grant.

2005. Herberger College Student Enrichment grant.

2005. ASU School Of Art travel grant.

2004. Herberger College of Fine Arts Dean’s grant.

2004. Graduate Tuition Fellowship.

2004. Herberger College Student Enrichment grant.

2004. ASU Graduate College travel grant.

2004. ASU School Of Art travel grant.

2003 - 2004. Katherine K. Herberger Fine Arts Scholarship, ASU.

1995. Academic scholarship, spring, UK.

1994. Academic scholarships, spring and fall, UK.

1994. Artistic Achievement Scholarship in Art Education, UK.

 

WORKSHOPS

2018. Western Throwing and Hand Building Techniques, demonstration and

          presentation, China House, Chengdu, China.

2018. Liquor Bottles Around The World, lecture and presentation, China House,

          Chengdu, China.

2017. Contemporary Clay In China And The US, symposium, demonstration,

          lecture. China House, Chengdu, China.

2015. Build Or Bust, demonstration, Ceramistas Studio, Seattle, WA.

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2015. Juror, Parkland Youth Juried Exhibition, Tacoma, WA.

2014.  Digital modeling for Adam Field, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT.

2012, 2017, 2018. Site Director, China Study Away program, Sichuan University,

          Chengdu, China.

2010/11. Juror, Art of the Brush, Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Weyerhaeuser

          Corporation, Federal Way, WA.

2010. Juror, Art Students Annual, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.

2006. Panel member.  Preparing for Graduate School and Beyond. ASU.

2005. Arizona Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors, Phoenix AZ.

2004. Assistantship to Mary Bates-Neubauer in foundry research, ASU.   

2004. Assistantship to Kurt Weiser in bronze casting, ASU.

2004. ASU Foundry Club, Tempe, AZ.

2003 to 2006. Curriculum development for Sculpture 1, 2, and 3D Design.

2000.  The Ball Diamond, Lexington, KY.

1998.  Reel-2-Real Video, Lexington, KY

1996 to 2002. Multimedia artist for Quest Community Church, Lexington, KY. 

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

2010 – current. Art projects with Girl/Boy Scouts of Western Washington.

2009 – current. Empty Bowls Project. Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

2009. Elk Plain School of Choice, ceramics project. Spanaway, WA.

2008 - 2009. Mural project for Sprinker Recreation Center in cooperation with 

          Thompson Elementary School and Home Depot. Spanaway, WA.

2007 - 2008. South Hill Cooperative Preschool, ceramics projects. Puyallup, WA.

2006. Lighthouse Community Church, service projects. Puyallup, WA.

2001 - 2003. Big brother mentor to young teen from a single parent family.

1998 - 2000. Mentoring and preparing art students for entrance interviews to The      

          School For Creative And Performing Arts, Lexington, KY.

1997 - 2000. Volunteer in design at Quest Community Church, Lexington, KY.

1996 - 2003. Volunteer in children’s ministry at Quest Community Church,

          Lexington, KY.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2012, Weekly Volcano, “Fulcrum’s Creatures”. Alec Clayton, April 19, 2012.

2012, Tacoma Weekly, “Ceramic Art Show at Fulcrum Gallery Features

          Creatures”. March 22, 2012.

2010, Tacoma Weekly, “More than two dozen of Tacoma’s finest artists show their

          work at Kittredge”. Dave R. Davison, August 25, 2010.

2010, The News Tribune, “Kittredge Gallery hosts best of Greater Tacoma         

          Community Foundation award”. Rosemary Ponnekanti, Sept. 1, 2010.

2008, “The Experience of Co-Chairing an Academic Department”, American

          Council on Education web site.  Leadership Programs, Portland, OR.

2008, Scene Magazine, “Teach Tech”. Barbara Clements, Fall edition, 2008.

2007, Tacoma Weekly, “Art Installation Transforms Gallery Into Museum Of

          Dreams”. Matt Nagel, February 8th, 2007.

2005, May. ASM International Newsletter. ASM Bowl Trophy.

2004, December. Arizona News Channel 3. Neon Art.

               

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts (NCECA) - current.

American Foundrymen’s Society.

College Art Association.