Shore, Works by Brian Molanphy
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Art and Art History Department is pleased to present Shore, vibrant artworks filled with literary references, made by international artist Brian Molanphy. On the faculty at Southern Methodist University, Molanphy creates visually and intellectually intriguing art recalling the power of places, names, and place-names in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. The multi-layered references in his art, informed also by his travels and residencies over the past year, make for an engaged and contemplative viewing experience.
“Most ceramicists would reject imperfect vessels, but Molanphy embraces them…”
– Ceramics Art & Perception Colette Copland
Brian Molanphy’s attention to flux, endurance, transgression, & history informs his art, first accomplished through books & muck. As a bookmaker & baker, he learned to apprehend the world through containers. Coupled with the muck of paper pulp, printer’s ink, pastry cream, & bread dough, containment led to ceramics. He was graduatedmagna cum laude with Distinction in Art from Colorado College. A University Fellowship provided for an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Camargo Foundation, & the Brown Foundation brought him to France where he continues to work periodically. He taught at Colorado College, PSU, & the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) & he now teaches at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he is Assistant Professor of Art in the Meadows School of the Arts. SMU’s President’s Partners grant, University Research Council grants, Meadows Summer Fellowship, Meadows Faculty Development grants, & Division of Art grants have supported his research. Molanphy has lectured & participated in panel discussions for the Newberry Library, the Franco-American Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as several universities. Molanphy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa & the International Academy of Ceramics. Public & private collections in the American Southwest, France, Korea, & China contain his ceramics.