Springfield, Ohio – Scott Dooley, Wittenberg University professor of art, was selected to receive the 2017 Edith B. and Frank C. Matthies Award.
The award carries a stipend of $1,000 and will be used by Dooley to study new materials and techniques in ceramics to apply in his research and teaching.
“I plan to use the stipend to experiment with surface decoration and design in the ceramic media. This will benefit both my own research and artistic production, as well as provide new techniques for my ceramic courses,” said Dooley, who was born and raised in Kansas but resides in Springfield.
A graduate of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., Dooley majored in history, philosophy and German. He received his master of fine arts in ceramics from Kansas State University where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda. He has taught at Wittenberg for 17 years where his primary focus is on ceramics and 3-D design courses. He also coordinates the Empty Bowls event each year.
To be considered for the award, faculty members must submit a proposal to the Faculty Development Board (FDB) each year. The FDB selects and submits the winner to the president. The purpose of the award, according to the original bequest, is “to further the education of selected and worthy teachers and to strengthen the faculty.” The award was granted for the first time in 1978.
Dooley’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, China, Croatia, Portugal and Taiwan as well as throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. His work has been included in over 230 exhibitions during the past 19 years (1998-2017), winning 38 awards. He is represented in 32 permanent collections in the United States, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, China, Portugal, Croatia and South Africa. Noteworthy permanent collections include the Gloria and Sonny Kamm Teapot Foundation, Ron Pizzuti Collection, Yixing Ceramics Museum (China), Museu de Ceramica de Manises (Spain) and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Musuem (Taiwan).
His artwork has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Claytimes, Pottery Making Illustrated, Revista Internacional Ceramica, Kerameiki Techni, The Chinese Potters Newsletter, Ceramics: Art and Perception and The National Ceramics Quarterly. In 2005, the Ohio Arts Council awarded him an Individual Artist Fellowship.