About Marina Kuchinski

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Ceramics in mixed media 
  • Figurative Sculpture
  • Functional Ceramic Design
  • Interdisciplinary practices between art and other areas
  • Conceptual approaches to ceramics


Recent Courses Taught:

  • Art 1140, 2241, 2242 – Intro to Ceramics, Ceramics I, II (Handbuilding, throwing, slip casting, sculptual, functional, installation)
  • Art 1823 Special Topics - Clay Figure Sculpture (in Spring 2013)
  • Art 1101 – Drawing
  • Art 2243 Student Art Gallery
  • Art 1151 -2-D Design
  • Art 1840 Special Topics - Nontraditional Approaches to Clay
  • Art 1840 Special Topics - Landscape Drawing


Current Projects:

  • Preparation for exhibitions at the NCECA 2013 Conference in Houston:
  • Wild Things, Solo exhibition, Houston Center
  • Redefined, group exhibition (organized and co-curated), Downtown Lobby Space


Selected Exhibitions:

Recent one and two person exhibitions:

  • 2012 Another View, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL 
  • 2009 Off the Record, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 
  • 2008 The Art of Concept, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN 
  • 2007 Wait, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL 
  • 2007 Revach, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL 


Recent group exhibitions:

  • 2012 Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics National Exhibition, Santa Fe Community College School of Art and DesignVisual Arts Gallery, organizedBy NCECA in conjunction with the 45th General Assembly of the International Academy of Ceramics Santa Fe, NM
  • International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM, European Cultural and Technological Centre, Maribor, Slovenia 
  • Clay National VIII, Sculptural Ceramics, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO 
  • Beyond the Brickyard, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT 
  • 2011 Grand Reopening, Ceramic Sculpture Invitational, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ 
  • River2River Juried Show, Iowa Clay Conference, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 
  • Visions In Clay, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA 
  • 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL 
  • Icons, Totems, Banalities, Emblems and Embodiments: Animals as Image, NCECA Conference, Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, Tampa, FL 
  • Twenty-Four Maximum, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL 
  • 2010 A New Decade of Clay, Co-sponsored by Clay Times Magazine, Sierra Nevada College and Northstar-at-Tahoe, Truckee, CA 
  • 2009 NCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, NCECA Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 
  • 2008 Feminist Ecology, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL 
  • Life's Unique Journey, Northwest Cultural Council, Arlington Heights, IL 
  • Jersey Shore Clay National, M. T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ
  • 2007 1830° F, Contemporary Expressions in Clay, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
  • Big Muddy, Quigley Gallery, Clarke College, Dubuque, IA



  • M.F.A. Penn Sate University
  • B.F.A. Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Recent Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2012 Kiln God Award for a fully funded artist residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME 
  • 2012 Juror's Award, Beyond the Brickyard, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT