Sheri Leigh O'Connor



Education
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1986MFA - Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremont, CA 
Professors: Paul Soldner and David Furman
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1984 BFA - University of ColoradoBoulder, CO 
​Professors: Betty Woodman and Anne Currier
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Teaching Experience 
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1997 – Present - Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, Nevada

2008 - Present - Chair – Fine Arts Dept., Ceramics Professor, Summer Visiting Artist Workshops Director  

• Manage and direct five full-time and seven adjunct visual art and performing arts faculty
Manage budgets for dept. and workshops
Advise students
Teach ceramics courses
Responsible for creating summer workshops program
Invite visiting artists, arrange their travel and housing
Gather web site content, oversee advertising, brochures for workshops

2005 – 2008Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, Nevada
Full Professor, Summer Visiting Artist Workshops Director

Taught all levels of ceramics – throwing, handbuilding, glaze formulation
Maintained ceramics facility, equipment, supplies, directed lab assistants
Chaired Core Curriculum Committee
Served on Valedictorian Committee

1997 – 2005Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, Nevada
Summer Visiting Artist Workshops Director, Ceramics Instructor, Ceramics Studio Manager

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1997 – 1998 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
Fine Arts Instructor

Taught: ART100 Visual Foundations and ART110 Art Appreciation

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1991 - 1997 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
Academic Advisor in Advising Core

• Advised in all disciplines, trained in developmental advising, and career counseling
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 1988 - 1997 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
Instructor

Taught: Ceramics, Glaze Formulation, Kiln Building, Sculpture and Art Appreciation
Responsible for maintaining ceramics studio

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 1986-1988 Denver Free University Denver, CO
Ceramics Instructor 

Taught adult handbuilding courses

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 1988 Boulder Community Schools Boulder, CO
Instructor

Taught adult handbuilding courses

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 1985-1986 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
Teaching Assistant for David Furman, Ceramics

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Workshop Teaching Experience and Visiting Artist Lectures Given:
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​2016
“Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan” travel workshop to Japan
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2015
“The Art of Japan” travel workshop to southern Japan
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2014
May – College of the Redwoods, “Sheri’s Glaze Kitchen” Lecture 
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2012
May – TNNUA T’ai-Nan University of the Arts, Taiwan, lecture and demonstration
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2011
November - Sonora Art Studios Workshop program in Tuscon, AZ “Sheri’s Glaze Kitchen”
May - Lecture at Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, (Vendsyssell Art Museum), in Hjorring, Denmark
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2005
April - Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA – “Precise Slab Constructions”
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2004
September – Ceramic Arts Road Show & Symposium, Riverside, CA 
Presented two sessions and showed sculptures in showroom.
May – High Fire and Raku workshop, Sierra Nevada College (SNC)
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2003
November – “Precise Slab Constructions” - Aardvark Clay, Santa Ana, CA
Lectured at Santa Ana College, Art Forum. Santa Ana, CA
Lectured to Ventura Potter’s Guild, Ventura, CA
April – Mendocino Art Center, CA, Work pictured on cover of brochure
May – High Fire and Raku, SNC
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2002
September - Cal State Northridge for the American Ceramics Society 
October - Solano Community College, CA 
November – Leslie’s Ceramics, Berkeley, CA  
May - High Fire Glaze workshop at SNC
February - “Slab Workshop” Cedar Valley College, Dallas TX 
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2001
August - “Precise Slab Constructions” FireArt Clayworks Orangevale, CA 
May - High Fire Glaze and Raku workshop, Sierra Nevada College
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2000
Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
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1999
Dodge Lane Potters Group in Sonora, CA
Glaze Formulation Workshop, Summer Visiting Artist Workshops, Sierra Nevada College
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1997
Handbuilding Workshop at City of Fort Collins, CO Pottery Program
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1995
Workshop, "Precise Slab Constructions" Arvada Center, Arvada, CO  
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Selected Exhibitions

2017
“Dear President”, South Bay Contemporary at the Loft, Los Angeles, CA included printed catalogue
“My Body, Your Body” Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
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2016
• “3x3 Whole, Phantasmagoria, Duality” Sierra Arts, Reno, NV
“Passing the Baton II” CA Ceramic Educators - Ridley Gallery, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
“Gun Show” Pet Shop Gallery, Omaha, NE
•“50 Women – A Celebration of Women’s Contributions to Ceramics” NCECA exhibition, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO
Exhibition at R Mets hotel, Utsunomiya Station, Utsunomiya, Japan
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2015
“Passing the Baton” California Ceramic Educators Show – Ridley Gallery, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
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2014
“Status Update” Reno Art Works, Reno, NV
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
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2013
“Pink & Blue” Ein MailArtProjekt der Gleichstellungsstelle der Stadt Paderborn, Germany
“Artists for a Shore Cause” Jupiter, FL
“A Night of Utopian Gestures” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Free: A Utopian Project”, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
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2012
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
ScanCeram – Scandinavian Ceramics Conference, Hjorring, Denmark
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2011
Hobson Gallery SNC Students, Alumni, and Faculty Exhibition, Reno, NV
“Doceo Argilla: Ceramic educators of California” at Gallery 212, Sonoma Community Center, in conjunction with the Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA) Sonoma, CA
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
“Top That” Wedding Cake Topper Exhibition, M T Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ
The “Soldner Society” The Heights Trolley Barn, in conjunction with NCECA Tampa, FL. Conceived and curated exhibition.
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2010
Sierra Nevada College Ceramics Exhibition, Northstar, CA in conjunction with “A New Decade of Clay: 2010”
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
“For Roland” 300 CGU Alumni, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Claremont, CA
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2009
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
SNC Faculty Show, Reference Gallery, Prim Library, SNC
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2008
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
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2007
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
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2006
“Artouring Exhibition” Metro Gallery, Reno, NV in conjunction with Artown
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC
“Art 4 Auction”, Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV
“Contemporary Clay 2006”, Juried/Invitational, The Art Center, Grand Junction, CO
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2005
Clay Times Magazine NCECA Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
SNC faculty exhibition, Tahoe Gallery
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2004
“Standing Room Only”, 60th Scripps Invitational, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
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2003
“Visions In Clay 2003” University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Juried by John Toki & Suzanne Baizerman
Faculty exhibition at Sierra Nevada College – “Small Guitar”
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2002
Workshop Presenter’s exhibition, Toki Gallery, Leslie’s Ceramics, Berkeley, CA
“Sculptural Diversity” North Tahoe Art Center, Tahoe City, CA
“Horsans” Two Person exhibition with Marc Lancet, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College
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2001
“Sense of Wonder” Vista Gallery, Tahoe Vista, CA
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2000
Three Person Exhibition, Vista Gallery, Tahoe Vista, CA
Sierra Nevada College Faculty Exhibition
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1999
Group Ceramics Exhibit, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
"Tri-Art III" Invitational/Juried exhibition of three dimensional art, Las Vegas, NV
"Douglas Taylor and Artists of the Vista Gallery" WNCC, Carson City, NV
Ongoing exhibit, (and represented by) the Vista Gallery, Tahoe Vista, CA
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1998
Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, SNC, Incline Village, NV
"Hot Summer Mud" First Place North Tahoe Art Center, Tahoe City, CA
Group Exhibition, Vista Gallery, Tahoe Vista, CA
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1997
"Colorado Teaches Clay" Roundtree Art Center, Denver, CO
Featured Artist, Jean Wilson Gallery, Fort Collins, CO
"National Art Mart", Greeley, CO
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1996
Denver Zip 802.." Denver Univ., Univ. of Colorado, Denver Juror: Dr. Donald Kuspit 
"National Art Mart" Greeley, CO Awarded Honorable Mention
"Cache of Clay" Ceramic Invitational Tointon Gallery, Greeley, CO 
"Group Exhibition", Howell Cole Gallery, Denver, CO
"Welcome to My Garden" Invitational Show Madison and Main Gallery, Greeley, CO
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1995
"10th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition" San Angelo, Texas
"Clay Cup V" National Traveling Exhibit, Univ. of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL  
"Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit" Pueblo, CO Meritorious Award 
"National Art Mart" Greeley, CO Awarded Silver Award
"Colorado Clay" Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO Juror, David Shaner, Montana
"Louisville Fine Arts Exhibit" Louisville, CO
"Holiday Hues" Invitational Show, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
"Winners Show" Core New Art Space Denver, CO
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1994
"Form and Function" Core New Art Space, Denver, CO Awarded Best of Show  
"Colorado Art Open" Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
"Colorado State Fair Fine Art Show" Pueblo, CO Juror, Christopher Staley, PA
"National Art Mart" Greeley, CO Awarded Honorable Mention
"Giving, Receiving, Seasonal Joys", Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO 
"Get Back" Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Dinnerware", Madison and Main Gallery, Greeley, CO
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1993
"Annual Juried Holiday Show" Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO
"Colorado Art Educators Show" Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO
"Year of the American Craft" CO State Fair, Pueblo, CO Honorable Mention
"Louisville Arts Festival Fine Art Show" Louisville, CO
"Eve's Idea of Art" 1st Annual Women's Show, Hildebrandt Gallery, Littleton, CO
"Aims Art Faculty Show", Tointon Gallery, Greeley, CO
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1990 
"W.O.W. Wide Open Whatever Show" Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
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1987
"Colorado Artists Craftsmen" Foothills Gallery, Golden, CO
"American Craft Show", Carson Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO
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1986
"A.R.T. National Claybox Show" Elk Grove, IL
"Clay Forte" Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ
Group Show Doolittle Theater, Hollywood, CA
Los Angeles Design Center, Mark Krasne, Los Angeles, CA
"24 Artists Travel" Cal-State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA



Accomplishments

2016
“Distinguished Advising Award” Sierra Nevada College
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2015
Created partnership between SNC Tahoe and Bunsei University of Art in Utsunomiya, Japan
Winter travel course “The Sights and Slopes of Japan”
Summer Workshop travel course “The Art of Japan”
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2014
“Pugposium II” with Peter Pugger Pugmills and Clay Planet
Taught travel course to Japan
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2013
Arranged travel course to Japan at SNC during “Inspection Tour”. Visited contacts and government officials in Japan. 
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2012
Chaperoned SNC student class, and lectured at TNNUA, Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan
Lecture “Sheri’s Glaze Kitchen” at ScanCeram – Scandinavian Ceramics Conference in Hjorring, Denmark, also showing ceramic work
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2011
Curated the “Soldner Society” honoring Paul Soldner and his former students, The Heights Trolley Barn, in conjunction with NCECA Tampa. Featured in spring 2011 issue of Clay Times magazine. Designed and published “Soldner Society” web site.
Juried the Skutt “Peep Show” at NCECA, Tampa, FL
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2010
Conceived and coordinated “A New Decade of Clay: 2010” national juried ceramics show – Richard Shaw – juror. Featured in Clay Times fall 2010 issue with pull-out poster 
Ad for Peter Pugger Pugmills, featuring SNC’s summer workshop with Mattie Leeds in Ceramics Monthly magazine and NCECA program guide 
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2009
Coordinated the “Pugposium” at SNC with Peter Pugger and Clay Planet
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2008
January – Visiting Artist Lecture on “Cruisin’ for Clay” cruise by Clay Times magazine
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2006
Distinguished Service Award SNC for work on the Ad Hoc Curriculum Committee
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2004
Featured with students at SNC in ad for Pacifica Pottery Wheels, by Laguna
Ad appeared in April Ceramics Monthly and May/June Clay Times
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2002
May - Distinguished Achievement Award for Sierra Nevada College 
Judged “Splendor of the Sierra” Fine Art and Crafts show at Northstar, CA 
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2000
Received first annual “Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award” at Sierra Nevada College’s Fall Convocation Ceremony
Featured on Creative Industries Pottery Wheel Poster, received free CI wheel
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1998
Won Skutt kiln for SNC’s studio for ad concept featured on back cover of Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and full page ad in Arts and Activities and School Arts
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1997
Received “Excellence in Teaching for Adjunct Faculty” Award, Aims Community College, Greeley, CO
Discussion Group Leader at NCECA Conference, Las Vegas, NV
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Travel Experience
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Visited art museums, galleries, temples, castles, and ceramic facilities world wide including: Australia, Holland, Belgium, Paris, Florence, Rome, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Columbia - South America, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Korea, Japan, Cambodia, China, Bali, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.



Publications
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Dear President, An Art Show About Important American Issues by South Bay Contemporary catalogue

Black Pearl and Other Saturated Metallic Glazes, 2010, by John Conrad 2010 Pgs. 105, 178

Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, 2009, American Ceramics Society, edited by Anderson Turner Pgs. 89-95

O’Connor, Tish (no relation) and Brenda Johnson Grau, Editors. Standing Room Only: 2004 Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual Santa Barbara: Perpetua Press, 2004: pgs. 100, 111
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Articles and Reviews
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“Art for Action” April, 2017, Moon Shine Ink
• “Kentucky Fired Gun Control” Spring/Summer issue Clay Times 2016
“College Try” Reno News and Review, June 16, 2016 Work pictured
“Sheri’s Glaze Kitchen” summer issue of Clay Times 2012
“Soldner Society” pgs. 18,19 spring issue of Clay Times 2011
“A New Decade of Clay” fall issue of Clay Times 2010
“Studio Tips from the Sierra Nevada Workshop Pros” Sept./Oct. Clay Times 2009
Clay Times 2008
“We Got Nailed (but still made pots!)” Clay Times July/August 2006
“Avant-Gard Tahoe” Tahoe Quarterly Holiday Issue 2005. Six page full color article about Sierra     Nevada College art faculty.
Work pictured in “Standing Room Only: Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual” Clay Times
  May/June 2004
“Sierra Nevada College – A Small Time School with Big-Time Pottery Workshops” 
  Clay Times May June 2003
“Sheri Leigh” Ceramics Monthly 5 pages, full color, April 2002
North Tahoe Truckee This Week, July 26, 2000 
Artifacts, Summer 2000 issue, work pictured
North Shore Truckee Action, work pictured 6/00
North Shore Truckee Action, work pictured July 19 – 25, 2000
Action Paper, 6/13/99 North Lake Tahoe, Article on Summer Art Workshops
Tahoe Bonanza 7/98 “Faces” 
Rocky Mtn. News 3/31/95, Review of “Colorado Clay”, Work pictured.
Greeley Tribune 9/26/96, "Artist Sculpts Her Busy Life into Beauty Life" 
The Mirror 9/20/96. Review of "Cache of Clay" 
Fort Collins Coloradoan 6/21/97

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