Jeanne Quinn (American, born 1953, Lemoore, CA)


Jeanne Quinn is creating contemporary work that is deeply rooted in the history of ceramics. Quinn’s recent works draw inspiration from baroque, decorative wallpapers to recreate patterns that not only reflect her skills in the craft, but also allow viewers to apply their imagination to it. In her work, one finds a sense of humanity and humor that makes Quinn’s unique installations connect with the viewer.


Quinn received her BA cum laude in art history from Oberlin College; she recieved her MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. She has exhibited widely, including the Denver Art Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark; Formargruppen Gallery, Malmö, Sweden; Sculpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan. She has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, the Archie Bray Foundation, the European Ceramic Workcentre, the International Ceramic Center in Denmark, and the Kahla Porcelain Factory and the Ceramic Center-Berlin in Germany. Her work is included in the books The Map As Art, by Katherine Harmon; Confrontational Ceramics, by Judith Schwartz, Contemporary Ceramics, by Emmanuel Cooper; The Artful Teapot, by Garth Clark; Postmodern Ceramics, by Mark Del Vecchio; Sex Pots, by Paul Matthieu; and A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, by Peter Held. She has lectured widely at institutions such as UCLA, USC, Columbia University, the Kansas City Art Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, Alfred University, and many others. She is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado. She lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

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