Colleen Toledano – Red Lodge Clay Center

Colleen ToledanoBuffalo, New York

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2011

Colleen Toledano is a studio artist residing in Buffalo, NY and an Assistant Professor of Art at Buffalo State College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Ohio University (2005). She was a resident artist recipient of the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship in 2008 at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. and the 2005 Philip C. Curtis Artist-In-Residence in Ceramics at Albion College, Albion, Michigan. Her work has been exhibited in Winter Solstice IV, both at the Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, New York and The Studio: An Alternative Space for Contemporary Art in Armonk, New York. She has also exhibited at The Clay Studio and the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia; The Sculpture Center, in Cleveland, Ohio Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago, Illinois; The State Museum of Alaska, Juneau, AK; and the Millard Grand Project, St. Pancras Chambers, London. She has had numerous residencies and given lectures at places including Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana; Tyler School of Art, PA; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Concordia University in Montreal; University of Alaska Anchorage, AK; California State University, CA; and Chicago Institute of Art, IL.

Life presents itself with poignant moments of extreme sadness and happiness that help to define who we are as a person. These events may demand from us work and commitment in order to find the point when everything can turn to overwhelming contentment. Flux visually conveys my desire to establish permanency and self-identity in an increased need to consider what is necessary for me to feel satisfied. On the surface, I look at the stability of my home and personal relationships as components that are required for me to feel comfort and secure.

 I strive to make mixed media ceramic sculptures work that have a strong physical and tactile presence. Important consideration is given to the qualities and conceptuality of the materials and how they can play off of each other. By layering clay and various other materials, such as paper and wood, I encourage a relationship between delicate and complex layers of the various events that I have experienced.