Interrelationship: Peers, Mentors & Friends – Red Lodge Clay Center

Interrelationship: Peers, Mentors & FriendsMay 03, 2024 - Jun 01, 2024

Curatorial Statement

Exhibition Posted Online: Monday, May 6, 2024 at 10 am MT

Artist Reception with guest curator Chotsani Elaine Dean on Friday, May 17, from 5-7pm MT


This show coincides with one of RLCC’s favorite programs, our ASPN residency, and the exhibition will directly contribute to that programming. Our May 2024 ASPN mentor will be Chotsani Elaine Dean. Chotsani has guest curated this May exhibition with artists who have been important to both her and the field of ceramics.

Participating artists include Kathryn Baczeski, Mary Barringer, Monica Bock, Chotani Elaine Dean, Jill Foote-Hutton, Ron Fondaw, Cindy Leung, Sana Musasama, Kimberlee Roth, Janathel Shaw, Bobby Scroggins, Lisa Stinson, Lydia Thompson, Matthew Towers, Martha Underinner, and Paul Andrew Wandless.


Chotsani Elaine Dean is an Artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota. Born in Hartford, CT, Chotsani received her BFA in Ceramics from Hartford Art School and MFA from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis.

In the summer of 2021, Chotsani was in residence at the John Michael Kohler Artist Residency, Pottery. In 2014, Dean was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Also, Chotsani was awarded a 9-month Teaching/Research Fulbright Scholar grant in India 2012-13, host institution Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. During this time Chotsani, traveled throughout India conducting workshops at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, Krishnamurti Foundation/Raj Ghat Besant School, Varanasi, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, lectures at Faculty of Art History, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Faculty of Visual Arts University of Baroda, Baroda and artist-in-residence at Clayfingers Pottery, Thrissur, Kerala.

Chotsani has lectured and exhibited widely. In 2010, Dean was awarded a Connecticut Arts Grant from the state of Connecticut. Dean has taught at various institutions, Three Rivers Community College, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, Quinnipiac University, Hartford Art School and was Studio Manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT.