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Kurt Weiser

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Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
Biography

Regents Professor Kurt Weiser studied ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute under Ken Ferguson and received his master's degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan. He served as director of the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, for more than 10 years before joining the faculty at Arizona State University in 1988. His early work was porcelain vessels finished in an abstract, nonrepresentational style, but in the 1990’s he began experimenting with china paints. Since then his work has evolved from rich evocations of plant life to narratives which incorporate figures from myth and history into his tropical landscapes, meticulously painted onto porcelain teapots, globes and other vessels, and fired multiple times. The result is “the painting is the three dimensional reality.” 

Among the many awards he has received are a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council, two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships, an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Asian Arts Council, the Path of Inspiration Award from Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Aileen Osborn Webb Award. In addition, Arizona State University honored him in 1999 by naming him a Regents Professor and he has also been named a Fellow of the American Craft Council. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including a midcareer retrospective exhibition Eden Revisited and is part of the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London among many others. 

Education

M.F.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1976

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Kurt Weiser in studio.
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 394Special Topics
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 364Ceramic Handbuilding I
ART 365Ceramic Handbuilding II
ART 394Special Topics
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 360Ceramic Throwing
ART 394Special Topics
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 360Ceramic Throwing
ART 364Ceramic Handbuilding I
ART 365Ceramic Handbuilding II
ART 394Special Topics
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 680Practicum
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 364Ceramic Handbuilding I
ART 365Ceramic Handbuilding II
ART 394Special Topics
ARA 484Internship
ART 484Internship
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ARA 499Individualized Instruction
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ARA 584Internship
ART 584Internship
ARA 592Research
ART 592Research
ART 621Studio Problems
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 360Ceramic Throwing
ART 394Special Topics
ARA 394Special Topics
ARA 484Internship
ART 484Internship
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 494Special Topics
ARA 499Individualized Instruction
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ARA 394Special Topics
ART 394Special Topics
ART 484Internship
ARA 484Internship
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ARA 499Individualized Instruction
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ARA 584Internship
ART 584Internship
ARA 592Research
ART 592Research
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 261Ceramic Survey
ART 394Special Topics
ARA 394Special Topics
ART 466Special Problems in Ceramics
ARA 484Internship
ART 484Internship
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 493Honors Thesis
ARA 499Individualized Instruction
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 680Practicum
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