Andrea Denniston, Egg Tray, 2016 NSJE

Makers, Mentors, Milestones
Kansas City, Missouri
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

2016 Participating Artists
Molly Allen | University of Montana Lindsey Heiden | University of Arkansas
Jonah Amadeus | Arizona State University Mikayla Hoffman | University of Arkansas
Alex Anderson | University of California, Los Angeles Karlee Holets | Georgia State University
Mark Arnold | Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville En Iwamura | Clemson University
Pascual Arriaga | California State University, Fullerton Sarah Justice | University of Montana
Michael Ballew | Sierra Nevada College Stephanie Kantor | University of Colorado, Boulder 
Ashley Bevington | Edinboro University of PA Elliott Kayser | Arizona State University
Rachel Ballard Bigley | Georgia State University Andrew Kellner | West Virginia University
Ariel Bowman | University of Florida Ellen Kleckner | Ohio University 
Larry Buller | University of Nebraska, Lincoln Kurtis Kujawski | Maharishi University of Managemen
Andrew Castaneda | Kansas City Art Institute Michelle Laxalt | Georgia State University
Emily Chamberlain | Wichita State University Katherine Marotz | University of Wisconsin, Stout
Yen-Ting Chiu | Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Maya Moen | Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Man-Ho Cho | University of Iowa Mario Munguia | The University of Texas at Tyler
Andrea Denniston | Syracuse University Emily Nickel | Indiana University, Bloomington 
Louise Deroualle | University of Nebraska, Lincoln Sharon Norwood | Florida State University
Chris Drobnock | University of Arkansas Greg Palombo | Alfred University
Kelsey Duncan | Ohio University Hannah Pierce | Edinboro University of PA
Adrienne Eliades | University of Florida Carly Slade | San Jose State University
Brett Evans | Brigham Young University – Idaho Mike Stumbras | Louisiana State University
Lukas Easton | University of Alaska, Anchorage Casey Taylor | SUNY, New Paltz
Lily Fein | Syracuse University Iren Tete | Kansas State University
Stuart Gair | University of Nebraska, Lincoln Joanna Waldron | University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Stephanie Galli | Indiana University, Bloomington Charity White | University of Florida
Matt George | Edinboro University of PA Jacob Wilson | University of North Carolina, Asheville
Donut Goshorn | Clemson University Mary Cale A. Wilson | San Diego State University
Gabrielle Graber | Alfred University Shiyuan Xu | Arizona State University
Raven Halfmoon | Oklahoma University Alison Ye | Academy of Art University


Lee Somers
Lee Somers hails from the Southwest; his formative years spent exploring the mountains and deserts. A traveler, Lee draws inspiration from experiences living, working, and wandering in a variety of locations. Fascinated with ceramics since childhood, he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degree in the field at Alfred University School of Art and Design. Lee has been teaching college level art since 2006, including three years in Beijing at the China Central Academy of Fine Art. He currently teaches 3D Design at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. His work in ceramics and mixed-media investigates the landscape as an intersection of natural and cultural history. Lee’s studio practice incorporates a variety of materials and processes, with experimentation and chance playing an active role. Most recently, his work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, and in the annual Art in Craft Media exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

Liz Quackenbush
Liz Quackenbush is Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University. BFA, University of Colorado, Boulder; MFA, The School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute for Technology. Liz has been seduced by the exotic nature of Morocco where she has returned four times. Having participated in the Minnesota Pottery Tour for the past 13 consecutive years, she has learned about the value of pottery and community. Liz’s commitment to making functional pottery has led to innovative course development focusing on the ability for functional pottery and delicious food to build culture. Selected engagements: University of Nebraska, University of Colorado, Cleveland Art Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Chicago Art Institute, Cranbrook Academy of Art.