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Maren Kloppmann is a ceramic artist renown for her architectonic wall sculptures. Both her large and small-scale installations are a study in the reconciliation of the divergent qualities of natural and man-made structures by creating a visual dialog between the two aesthetic aspects.

Kloppman was born in Germany in 1962 and raised in Veerssen. In 1981, Kloppmann undertook a three-year apprenticeship at Keramik Handwerkskammer for production pottery. Upon receiving her Journeyman degree in 1984, Kloppmann travelled to the United States to pursue a yearlong studio assistantship in Iowa City, and completed several artist-in-residencies in North Carolina and Michigan. She later received her undergraduate degree at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1993, and her master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1996.

After a 17-year career in functional ceramics, Kloppmann began experimenting with volume and proportion.  Taking inspiration from both her urbane working environment, and the austere simplicity of her studio and wooden treadle, Kloppmann describes her style as the "visual confluence between control and serendipity," and it is obvious that each of her sculptures, handcrafted from soft clay slabs, embody a balance between precision in design and the subtlety of the artist's touch.

Kloppmann creates sculptural wall installations and porcelain vessels, employing a combination of techniques that include throwing, slab building and coiling, with an apparent focus on the three dimensional space that the pieces occupy. Her objective developed from utilitarianism into the artistic reconstitution of space, which she achieves through the creation of porcelain sculpture in shapes of definitive relief, depth, texture and color. She also pursues specific means of presentation, such as wall mounting, in which her sculptures appear to manipulate sources of light. This is ultimately how Kloppmann's Shadow Wall Pillow series was conceived.

The resulting artworks are stable, contained shapes, often in modular repetition. The juxtaposition of colored glazes creates soft tensions and unique geometries. Her works can appear at once organic and architectural; they are minimalist studies in the precision of line, volume and form that blur the boundaries between craft design and fine art.

Maren Kloppman currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she operates her own studio and gallery.  She is a three-time McKnight Fellow, and her awards include a Jerome Fellowship and five Minnesota State Arts Board grants. Her work is represented in numerous museums including the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento CA, the Frederik R.Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN, the Herberger Museumof Art & Design, Tempe AZ, the Historical Society of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO and the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN.

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Born: 1962 in Veerssen, Germany


Education
1993-1996          Master of Fine Art. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
1989-1993          Bachelor of Fine Art. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
1981-1984          Journeyman Diploma. Keramik Handwerkskammer, Germany


Awards
2009     McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
2009     Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul MN
2005     McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
2005     Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul MN
2002     McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
2002     Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, St. Paul MN
2001     Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, St. Paul MN
1998     Jerome Artist Project Grant, administered by Northern Clay Center
1996     Zelda Berman Fliegel Memorial Scholarship, University of Minnesota
1994-96 Dayton Hudson Foundation Intern Fellowship, Minneapolis MN
1994     Brown/MacKenzie Art Scholarship, University of Minnesota
1993     Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota


Solo and Two Persons Exhibitions
2013     Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO. Del Harrow & Maren Kloppmann
2012     Circa Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Maren Kloppmann & Ellen Richman
2010     Circa Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Rebecca Crowell & Maren Kloppmann
2009     Signature, Atlanta GA. Maren Kloppmann & Nancy Selvin
2008     The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. In the Niche
2007     Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO. Maren Kloppmann
2006     Trax Gallery, Berkeley CA. Minimal Contrast
2006     University Gallery, La Crosse WI. Blueprints 01
2005     LillStreet Art Center, Chicago IL. Maren Kloppmann
2004     Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. Spatial Containment
2003     Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. Maren Kloppmann
2003     Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO. Thresholds
2002     Galerie b15, Munich, Germany. Maren Kloppmann
2001     Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. Space and Form
2001     Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN. Yellow​​


Permanent Collections
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AR
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis MN
Herberger Museum of Art & Design, Tempe AZ
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul MN
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN
Mudgee Art Council, New South Wales, Australia
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City MO
Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna MN
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN


Invitational Group Exhibitions (listed since 2002)
2013    Texas State University, San Marcos TX. New Century Modern
            NCECA, Fine Arts Museum, Houston TX. New Century Modern II
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. The Sum of its Parts
            Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Winter 2012-2013
2012     Southwestern University, Georgetown TX. Culinary Cultures
            Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO. 3 Artists: New Work.
            Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign IL. National Biennial Ceramics Invitational
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors VII
            Penland Gallery, Penland NC. Artist Plates
            Minnetonka Art Center, Minneapolis MN. Minnesota Artists
2011    Penland Gallery, Penland NC. Many Paths: A Legacy of Karen Karnes
            LillStreet Art Center, Chicago IL. Minnesota Nice
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors VI
            Arts Center of Saint Peter, St. Peter MN. McKnight Traveling Exhibition
            Owatanna Art Center, Owatanna MN. McKnight Traveling Exhibition
            Paradise Center for the Arts, St. Faribault MN. McKnight Traveling Exhibition
            Clay Art Center, Port Chester NY. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
            LillStreet Art Center, Chicago IL. 35th Anniversary Show
            Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento CA. The Vase And Beyond
2010    Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO. 5 Utilitarian Voices
            Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts, Washington DC. Snow White
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. Bricks & Mortar
            Worcester Center for Crafts MA. Vases of Spring
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors V
            Kansas City Art Institute, MO. H&R Block Art Space (Re)Form
            Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. 6 McKnight Artists
            Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD. Encore!
            Mashiko Municipal Ceramic Museum, Mashiko Japan. Midwest Potters
            The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston MA. Our Cups Runneth Over
            Worcester Center for Crafts MA. Joy of Bowls
            Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN. Basins, Baskets and Bowls
            The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Creating & Collecting
            MN Museum of American Art, St. Paul MN. Ceramics Then / Ceramics Now
            Gallery Gen, New York NY. MacKenzie & Midwest Potters
2009    Circa Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Summer Group Show
            The Nevica Project, An Online Exhibition. Collect
            Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Art & Objects
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. Abstraction
            Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA. Hand-built National
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors IV
            Dow Studio, Deer Isle ME. Summer of Love
            Promega Corporation, Madison WI. Northern Exposure
2008    Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles CA. Functional Variations
            The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston MA. Our Cups Runneth Over
            Worcester Center for Crafts MA. The Art of Dining
            Trax, Berkeley CA. Double Chamber: from the kilns of MN and WI
            Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL. Distinctive Line.
            Cervini Haas, Scottsdale AZ. Ceramic Invitational 2008
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. Exquisite Pots
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors III
            Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Pittsburgh PA. La Mesa
            Clay Art Center, Port Chester NY. Potpouri: Pots that Pour
            Red Star Studio, Kansas City MO. 10th Anniversary Show
2007    The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Gifted
            Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA. From the Studio
            Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, Teapot Invitational 2007
            Dowstudio, Deer Isle ME. Annual Clay National 2007    
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. Eat With Your Eyes
            Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD. Winterfest 2007
            Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville IL. Hand Held Drinking Vessels
            Long Beach Island Foundation NJ. Table Tops
            Greenwich House Pottery, New York NY. Made in Clay
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. Unadorned
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Small Favors II
            Ball State University, Muncie IN. Contrast: Explorations in Black & White
            Crossman Gallery, Whitewater WI. 37th Annual Ceramics Exhibition
            Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. Yunomi Invitational
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Flower Power: Vessels of Containment
            Clay Art Center, Port Chester NY. Cups Coming Together
            Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Louisville KY. La Mesa
            Goodall Gallery, Louisville KY. Women Who Work In Porcelain
2006    Gallery Gen, New York NY. Warren MacKenzie and the Midwest Five
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. McKnight Exhibition
            Lilll Street Gallery, Chicago IL. 30/30
            Japanese Garden Gallery, Portland OR. Pots in Portland: 15 Approaches
            Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver WA. Minimal/ist
 

            Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore MD. For the Table
            Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA. Sitting Pretty
            Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Less is more/ more or less
            Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. 30 x 5
2005    Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. 30 x 5

            Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore MD. For the Table
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. The Box. White. American Master.
            The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. Minimal
            Trax Gallery, Berkeley CA. 4 Minnesota Potters. (Juror’s Award)
            Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA. Pots: Objects of Virtue
            Lill Street Gallery, Chicago IL. The Contemporary Cup
            2004 Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, Australia. Clay Modern Masters Exhibition
            Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City NM. Soda Fired
            Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany. Faszination Porzellan
            Birke Art Gallery, Huntington WV. Working Potters: Mentors and Colleagues
            Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore MD. For the Table
            Earth And Fire, Vienna VA. Thinking outside the Box
            LillStreet Art Center, Chicago IL. Small Treasures
2003    Ferrin Gallery, Lenox MA. Studio Pottery Invitational
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. McKnight Exhibition
            The Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton MA. Container -  Content
             galerie  b 15, Munich Germany. Kuenstler der Galerie
            Odyssey Gallery, Asheville NC. Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM. Soda Fired Porcelain, Wood Fired Stoneware
            Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO. Architectural Allusions
            Worcester Center for Crafts, MA. Dinner is served
2002     LillStreet Art Center, Chicago IL. Peter Beasecker/ Maren Kloppmann
            The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta GA. Functional Foursight
            Freehand, Los Angeles CA. Centering: Clay & the Midwest
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka MN. Thirteen Minnesota Artists
            Red Star Studio, Kansas City MO. Porcelain: Another Touch
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. American Pottery Festival
            Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson WI. Uncanny Visions
            Augustana College Art  Gallery, Rock Island IL. Fresh American Perspectives
 

Installation Commissions
2013     Private Residence, Minneapolis MN
            Private Residence, Minneapolis MN
2012     Private Residence, Minneapolis MN
            Humboldt Lofts, Minneapolis MN
            Emerson Process Management, Bloomington MN
            Mill City District Loft, Minneapolis MN
2011     Private Residence, Minneapolis MN
            Private Residence, Lake Michigan WI
            Axis Insurance, St. Paul MN
            Private Residence, Apple Valley MN
            Private Residence, Eagan MN
            Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis MN
2008     The Westin Hotel Galleria, Edina MN.
 

Professional Experience
2013     MNArtists.org, Minneapolis MN. CSA Juror
2010     MN Regional Arts Council, St. Paul MN. Art Grants Panel
2010     Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. E-Commerce Panel
2006-2010 Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. Exhibition Committee
2004     Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City IA. Juror for “Box Exhibition”
2004     Regis Center of Art, University of Minnesota. Panel: Collector’s Forum
2003     Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. Jerome Grant Juror
1996-1999 Exhibition Coordinator at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
1988-1989 Artist-in-Residence at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI
 

Teaching Experience
2002-2004     Minneapolis College of Art & Design. (Mentor in MFA Visual Arts Program)
1999-2002     University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI. Adjunct Faculty (Introduction to Art)
1999     University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI. Adjunct Faculty (Beginning Ceramics)
1998     University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Adjunct Faculty (Interm. Ceramics)
 

Workshops, Lecture, Panels
2013     Weisman Art Museum, ArtMob Artist Lecture, Minneapolis MN
2012     University of Minnesota Extension Program, Panel Discussion, St. Paul MN
2011     Bethel University, Arden Hills MN
2010     Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
2009     Panelist at Northern Exposure. Promega Corporation, Madison WI
2007     New York State University at New Paltz, NY
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka MN
            University of Minnesota, Winona MN
2006    University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
            Mankato State University, Mankato MN
2005    Iowa State University, Cedar Falls IA
            Carleton College, Northfield MN
2004    Clay Modern, International Conference, Gulgong, Australia.
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM
2003    University of Illinois, Edwardsville
            Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
2002    University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
            University of Wisconsin, Pigeon Lake WI
2001    University of Wisconsin, Pigeon Lake WI
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka MN
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
2000     Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC
1998     University of Wisconsin, River Falls WI
             Edina Art Center, Edina MN
1997     University of Wisconsin, River Falls WI
            Winona State University, Winona MN
1996     University of Wisconsin, River Falls WI
 

Publications
2013     Online Publication, Contemporary American Pottery
2012     Star Tribune, Collecting Minnesota by Mary Abbe, April 29
2011     Modern Magazine, Contemporary Clay, p.125
2010     Crocker Art Museum, Catalog of the Swidler Collection, p.252
            McKnight Exhibition Catalog, Essay by Robert Silberman.
            Surfaces, Glazes & Firing by Angelica Pozo.
            Ceramics Monthly, December Issue, Up-Front Feature.
2009    Ceramics Monthly, Summer Issue; Focus - Working Potters.
            MPLS/STP Magazine, October Issue; Lifestyle/Eye on Design.
2006    Ceramics Monthly, May Issue, Up-Front Feature.
            McKnight Exhibition Catalog, Essay by Robert Silberman.
2004    Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 55, by Robert Silberman.
            Electric Kiln Ceramics, 3rd Edition, by Richard Zakin.
2003     Ceramics Monthly, February ‘03, Space and Form.
            McKnight Exhibition Catalog, Essay by Robert Silberman.
2002    Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 48, by Patricia Briggs
2001    The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin A. Hluch
            Ceramics Mastering the Craft, 2nd Edition, by Richard Zakin
            Ceramics Monthly, February ‘01, Up-Front, p.26
2000    Ceramics Monthly, December ‘00, Up-Front, p.20
1999    Ceramics Monthly, September ‘99, Up-Front, p.12-14
            American Craft, Feb/Mar ‘99, Portfolio, p.92
            Contact/Ceramics, a Canadian Perspective, Spring ‘99 no. 116, p. 47
1998    Ceramics Monthly, April/98, Minnesota Invitational, p.47
            Clay Times, Sept/Oct 98, Vessels That Pour, p.14
1996     The Best of Pottery, by Angela Fina and Jonathan Fairbanks, p. 69
1991     Mastering the Craft, by Richard Zakin, p. 198 Fig. 12-43

 

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