Springfield, Ohio — While the 2008-09 academic year recently came to an end, Wittenberg University Associate Professor of Art Scott Dooley is just beginning to share his creative talents and skills.
For starters, Dooley will serve as guest artist at Otterbein College's week-long Summer Ceramic Institute from June 15-19. Titled "The Expressive Clay Form," the course is listed as an "intensive studio experience" and is designed for advanced ceramics undergraduates and students receiving graduate credit as well as continuing education for advanced ceramic artists in the area.
"I will be giving a lecture and demonstrations on how I construct my work," Dooley said. "The rest of the time will be spent working hands-on with the students as they make their own work."
Dooley's ceramic artwork is also included in the exhibition, "At Your Service: Functional Ceramics by Anthony Wolking, Bill Meadows and Scott Dooley," which will be on display at the Southern Museum of Art in Portsmouth, Ohio, through Aug. 11. Dooley sent 12 pieces for the show, and his work is the most sculptural of those on exhibit. The other artists are from Kentucky (Wolking) and West Virginia (Meadows).
Finally, Dooley is preparing a solo exhibition of his work to be displayed at the Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus in September. He said the show will be comprised of approximately 20 new pieces created between January and September.
Dooley's work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and internationally as well. The recipient of a 2005 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, Dooley's work is represented in many private and permanent collections worldwide.
Born and raised in Kansas, Dooley graduated from Bethel College with majors in history, philosophy and German. After first working with clay as a college senior, he worked for a production potter before attending Arizona State University to pursue a degree in art. He then earned a master of fine arts in ceramics from Kansas State University.
Dooley's artwork has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Claytimes and Pottery Making Illustrated and was recently selected to be included in the ceramic textbookClay and Glazes for the Potter.
Dooley joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2000 and is currently director of the Ann Miller Gallery in Koch Hall on campus. He has also spearheaded Wittenberg's popular annual Empty Bowls fundraising event since joining the faculty, and this year alone his students and volunteers threw more than 800 bowls for the sold-out event that raised more than $27,000 for local food banks.
Written by: Phyllis Eberts