Magda GluszekShow Low, Arizona

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2019

Magda Gluszek received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2008. She was a resident artist at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2008/2009) and Roswell Art Center West in Roswell, Georgia (2009/2010). She has also been an artist in residence internationally at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece (2013) and at La Fragua in Belalcazar, Spain (2015). She is currently full-time art faculty and gallery director at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low, Arizona. Magda was an Invited Artist at the 2010 Figurative Association Symposium at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a 2011 NCECA Emerging Artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has instructed workshops at several nationally recognized art centers, including Santa Fe Clay, NM, Reitz Ranch Center for the Ceramic Arts, AZ and Clay Arts Vegas, NV.

The ways in which we cultivate our self-presentations tell a narrative that is sometimes louder than (and often in conflict with) what we might say about ourselves if prompted verbally to tell our “story.” These constructions are the types of narrations that I am most drawn to expressing in my sculpture. They unwittingly reveal aspects of our personalities that we might not always be aware of, or prepared to share. Sometimes these stories are very individual expressions, at other times they reflect the narrative of our collective culture. They alternate between performance and truth.