Currently lives and works in Mount Ayr, IA
MFA, In Studio Art concentration in Sculpture University of North Texas, Denton, TX 2022
BFA, In Studio Art concentration in Sculpture Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 2019
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 Healing and Reassembling, Cora Stafford Gallery Art 100 University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2016 Finger Food, Wake the Dead, San Marcos, TX
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Innovations, Art Gallery of St. Albert, in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
2022 Art of possibilities Art Show, CourageArt Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Minneapolis, MN
2022 MAC Juried Student Exhibition, MAC Gallery, Gallery. Dallas, TX
2022 30 Under 30, Greater Denton Art Council, Denton, TX
2021 CHILDREN- 2021 Dual Exhibition and Publication, organized by Galluriem Biafarian, Online Exhibition
2021 First Impressions, Lewisville Grand Theater, Lewisville, TX
2021 REPRESENT Series Intersections, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
2021 Artovation, Student Show Texas Association of Schools of Art selected artist curated by John Spriggins, Online Exhibition
2021 500X College Expo, curated by Dr. Valerie Gillespie, 500 X, Dallas, TX
2020 AXA Art Prize, juried by Ian Alteveer, Lauren Haynes, Brett Littman, Eugenie Tsai, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2020 Creep Show II, The Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
2020 5$ Video, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX
2020 Digital Dream Tour, Risen Shine Gallery, Instagram-Exclusive Exhibition
2020 Town and Country: 2020 Texas Painting Symposium Juried Exhibition, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX
2020 Go Figure, SAA Visual Arts Center, Springfield, IL
2019 30 Under 30, Denton Art Council, Denton, TX
2019 Dubois Pop-Up Gallery, Price Center, San Marcos, TX
2019 Precipice, Texas State Gallery, San Marcos, TX
2019 People First, Gallery of Common Experience, San Marcos, TX
2018 FASA Group Exhibition, Dalilah Woods Gallery, San Marcos, TX
2018 Student Show Juried Exhibition, Texas State Gallery juried by Natalie Bell, San Marcos, TX
Professional Teaching Experience
2022-Current Visiting Artist Lecturer for Special Topics Course: The Body as a Vessel, Graceland University. I created the special topics course content and syllabus as well as taught in person for Fall 2022. An exploration of the human body as it relates to a larger social, cultural, educational, economic, and technological scale. Students are encouraged to experiment with abstract notions of the figure as it relates to both the presence, absence, extensions, and adornment of the body. Students are able to explore a multitude of mediums and disciplines primarily within sculpture and ceramics but are encouraged to experiment with video, stop motion, installation, and performance.
2022-Current Visiting Artist Lecturer for Photography, Graceland University. I created the course content and syllabus as well as taught in person for Fall 2022. This introductory course considers photography, imaging, and editing as an exploration into visual storytelling. Course focus was on capturing high quality images using a DSLR camera introducing Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
2022-Current Adjunct Online Teaching Instructor, Art Appreciation, Odessa College.
2021-22 Teaching Fellow for Beginning Sculpture-Traditional Methods, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was active in teaching three different in-person Beginning Sculpture: Traditional Methods courses throughout 2021-2022, each class had roughly 18-20 students. I wrote and taught my own syllabus and assignments for this course and was the instructor of record. I designed my course to further develop elements and principles of art & design, as well as introduce traditional sculptural mediums, tools, and techniques. Students were asked to consider their own intentionality and conceptual motivation, while still encouraging personal expression and narrative in their work. The students were also asked to view and discuss sculptures in the context of current events and social, political, and environmental concerns. There were three major projects over the semester, each of which required a process of artistic research, design and material experimentation, execution, written reflection, and critique. Each project was designed to focus on a specific medium as well as an introduction to a new sculptural technique that students will employ in their artwork.
2021-22 Teaching Assistant for Professional Practice, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was active as a teaching assistant to James Thurman's professional practice course. This class was an online course that included 60 students in each semester: summer (30 students), fall, and spring of 2021-2022. This class was designed to study theoretical and practical aspects of succeeding as a practicing artist outside the university. Survey of the protocols and common practices expected of the artist as a productive member of the business community wherein fine art is the commodity. Responsibilities included evaluating, grading, and giving feedback to students’ professional material such as CVs, websites, business cards, etc.
2020-21 Lab Instructor for Art 1900 Foundations, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was active in teaching 2 courses in Fall 2020, and 1 course in spring 2020. I graded and instructed a class of 19-22 students online and in person. This was a capstone class and students were encouraged to start thinking about research and their own professional practice in conjunction with their major. Responsibilities included evaluating, grading, and giving feedback to students’ projects that had specific prompts but adapted to their major.
2020 Pedagogy Course for Digital Methods Sculpture I, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I shadowed Alicia Eggert’s Sculpture 1 Digital Methods class in spring 2020. Students were introduced to the concepts and processes involved in the production of sculptural objects, with an emphasis on basic digital fabrication tools and techniques such as 3D modeling, scanning, and printing, CNC routing, and CNC plasma cutting.
2020-21 Class Lab Instructor for Design II, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was active in teaching this course in Spring 2020, I graded and instructed a class of 19 students in person and midway through the semester switched to online, due to COVID-19. This course was a structured approach to 3D design, incorporating theory, concepts/terminology (relief, free-standing, and linear forms; effects of light and color on 3-D forms), and problem-solving techniques.
2019 Class Lab Instructor for Drawing II, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was active in teaching this course in Fall 2019, I graded and instructed a class of 19 students in person. This course was designed to further develop drawing skills, including complex perspective, figure studies, exploration of color, examination of contemporary and historic art, and development of independent research projects.
2017-18 Intern and Volunteer Teaching Assistant, at The Art School at Laguna Gloria, Austin. I assisted Sebastian Stoddart‘s Wood and Steel course. Assisted Sebastian Stoddart‘s Wood and Steel course. This class was for adult students who had open concepts and flexible creative space. Students were encouraged to build their own personal narrative to create a finished full-scale work, starting with the design and continuing through fabrication, finishing, and site placement. Use wood, steel, found objects, or kinetic parts to create their work and learn different finishing techniques for each. For beginners through advanced students.
Other Professional Experience
2022-Current Gallery Coordinator, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA. I am responsible for interacting with the public, liaising with artists, budgeting, creating workshops, and overseeing exhibition and public programs.
2022 Lab Specialist-Art, Digital Art & Design, Architecture (Part-Time), Dallas College Brookhaven Campus Farmers Branch, TX. This is a tech position that aided in running kilns, both electric and gas, as well as helping in creating ceramic shells for bronze casting.
2019-21 Graduate Assistant in Sculpture Department, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I was directly working under the head technician of the sculpture department, Jeff McClung. Responsibilities included maintaining and organizing shop tools and equipment for the whole sculpture area. This included the woodshop, the metal fabrication, and welding area, the plaster and mold making area, and the CNC router.
2019 Sculptor, at Grapevine Fine Art Program and Foundry, Grapevine, TX
2019 Studio Intern, Artpace, responsibilities include studio assistant to visiting artists and maintaining gallery space, as well as collecting material artist needs for projects in San Antonio, TX.
2019 Art Model, for David Davis in San Marcos, TX
2019 Studio Assistant, to Gil Bruvel in Wimberly, TX. Duties included shop maintenance, production artist, and mediums included wood and mold making.
2018 Studio Assistant, to Colleen McCulla-Thomas in preparation for her exhibition. Duties included direct plaster, full-scale body molds, woodworking in San Marcos, TX
Public Arts Commission
2018 Commissioned float for the city of San Marcos, TX. Awarded best float for the annual Mardi Gras Parade in San Marcos. Float illustrated the Greek god of the river Okeanos, constructed out of styrofoam and paper-mache.
Grants, Fellowship, Awards, and Honors
2022 Outstanding Student Award Nomination, International Sculpture Center
2022 Honorable Mention, 2022 Student Juried Exhibition at the MAC, Dallas, TX
2019-22 Toulouse Graduate Academic Scholarship University of North Texas Vortman-Ardoin Fellowships University of North Texas
2019-22 Peggy Laverne Chavalier Graduate Fund University of North Texas
2018 Outstanding Student Award Nomination, International Sculpture Center
Biography, Brochure, and Publications
2022 Canvas Rebel Voyage Feature
2021 Shoutout DFW Meet Emily Potts, April 2021 https://shoutoutdfw.com/meet-emily-potts-artist-and-teaching-instructor/
2021 The Book of Arts: Children https://issuu.com/biafarinart/docs/children_-_2021_-_online_exhibition_catalogue_-_ex
2020 AXA Art Prize 2020 Exhibition Brochure
2020 Voyagedallas.com Meet Emily Potts, February 2020 http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-emily-potts-emily-potts-art-denton/
Service and Community Outreach
2019 Artpace San Antonio Studio Intern, Responsibilities include studio assistant to visiting artists and maintaining gallery space, as well as collecting material artist needs for projects in San Antonio, TX.
2018 Volunteer Intern, at Big Medium in Austin, TX
2018 FASA Member, San Marcos, TX
2017 Volunteer Assistant, for Texas Clay Fest, in Greene, TX
2022 Cy-Fair Lone Star Community College, Cypress, Texas