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Kamila Szczesna

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Birthplace
Wroclaw, Poland

Birth year
1974

Lives in
Galveston, TX

Works in
Galveston, TX

Website

Tags
conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jul, 2014 What’s in store
Gallery Sonja Roesch
 
Statement
Statement:
As a human I want to know; as a human I am drawn to what I don’t know. I use my work as a tool to understand reality. I'm attracted to science because it promises the comfort of knowing. But can life be described solely by diagrams and equations? I am interested in the mystery and poetry of scientific approach. I search for contradicting answers and for paradoxes. I look for the places where knowledge reaches its limits and is replaced by feelings and intuition. I claim my “terra incognita” trying to accept uncertainty and confusion as a natural state of being human.
 
Bio:
Kamila Szczesna is an interdisciplinary artist working in many media and formats including drawing, painting, video, sculpture and installation. Her diverse forms of expressions are often centered around the human body and mind, with their complex interrelations and conditions.
She was born in Wroclaw, Poland where she earned her Master’s degree at the Academy of Art and Design. Her work is held in public collections in Poland, Japan, Spain, Germany and Korea. The work has been exhibited in in Poland, Japan, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Korea as well as in United States. She has been the recipient of the Assistance League Houston first prize, the first prize at "Contemporary Ceramics CERCO" Saragossa, Spain, Bronze Award at the 8th International Ceramics Competition in Tajimi City, Japan.
 
Kamila Szczesna CV

Education:
 
1999 Master's degree from Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland
 
Awards:
 
Assistance League Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2012, juror: Robin Clark, Curator at Museum of Modern Art San Diego, California – First Prize
"Body Image" juror: Mark Greenwalt, 2011, "The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake", Nassau Bay, TX, USA - Judge's Choice Award
"The 6th Cheongju International Craft Competition-Outside the Box", Cheongju, Republic of Korea; Honorable Mention
"Summer 2009" juror: Judy Boh, "The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake", Nassau Bay, TX, USA - Judge's Choice Award
"The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition", The Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea - Honorable Mention - Ceramics as Expression
"Contemporary Ceramics CERCO-09" Saragossa, Spain - First Prize
"8th International Ceramics Competition Mino 2008", Tajimi City, Japan; Bronze Award - Ceramic Art
 
Represented in the collections:
 
"Sculpture garden" Collection of Academy of Music, Wroclaw, Poland
"Sculpture garden" Museum of Archeology, Cracow, Poland
"Collection of the Museum of Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw" Museum of Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland
Ceramics Park MINO, Tajimi City, Japan
Escuela de Cerámica de Muel, Saragossa, Spain
"World Ceramic Exposition Foundation", Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gwango-dong, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
 
Exhibitions:
 
Solo and two-person exhibitions:
 
2012 “flux – mysterious territory”, d. m. Allison, Houston, TX
2012 “Process”, Glass and Ceramics Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
2011 “fleeting”, curator Clint Willour, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX, USA
2011 “Transitory States”, "Wagner Sousa Modern Art", Galveston, TX, USA
2010 "Internal Activity", "Wagner Sousa Modern Art" Galveston, TX, USA
2009 "Time Sensitive", "Redbud Gallery", Houston, TX, USA
2008 "Imprint of Memory", DesignWorks Gallery, Galveston, TX, USA
2006 "Fragile"(two-person exhibition with Donna Perkins) Gallery of College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX, USA
 
Group exhibitions:
 
2013 “
“What’s in store”, UNIT at Gallery Sonja Roesh, Houston, TX
“Out of Texas”, curated by Hans Molzberger, the Mönchskirche Gallery, Salzwedel, Germany
TEXAS NATIONAL 2013, juror: Peter Selz, Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, TX
N.C.E.C.A., d.m. allison, Houston, TX
READY MADE, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, juror: Stephen Goddard, Senior Curator and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas Heuser Art Center, Prairie Center of the Arts, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, The
Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Il
2012
“Plurality: Paperworks” curated by Mari Omori, Kingwood College Art Gallery, Kingwood, TX
“Mapping Galveston”, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX
“The Big Show 2012”, juror: Marco Antonini, Gallery Director NURTUREart Brooklyn, NY, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
“Taiwan Ceramisc Bienniale 2012”, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan
“shadows and illusions”- invitational - "The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake", Nassau Bay, TX
Porcelain Another Way, Magazyn Praga, Warsaw, Poland
Light and Matter, Karkonoskie Museum in Jelenia Gora, Poland
Assistance League Houston Celebrates Texas Art, juror: Robin Clark, Curator at Museum of Modern Art San Diego, California;
WilliamsTower, Houston, Tx
2011
3rd Citizenship Week Art Exhibition 2011, 3rd Citizenship Week Art Exhibition 2011, Houston, TX, USA
"Body Image" juror: Mark Greenwalt, "The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake", Nassau Bay, TX, USA
Salon des Refuses; Curator: Emily Sloan, M2 Gallery, Houston, TX
Phenomenal Summer Show, Wagner Sousa Modern Art, Galveston, TX
Texas National 2011, Juror: James Drake, The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
Sketchbook Project 2011, Brooklyn Art Library, NY
Louisiana Purchase – National Biennial Exhibition, Juror: Barbara Bloemink, School of Art, Ruston, LA
Assistance League Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2011, Juror: Heather Pesant, Curator Allbright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX
2010
"Mixed media Ceramics Plus", Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
"Naked", curator: Gwynne Rukenbrod, Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Tx, USA
"The Big Show" juror: Paul Middendorf, Co-Director gallery HOMELAND and EAST/WEST Project Berlin, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
"Resilience", curator: Sally Sprout, Williams Tower, Houston, Tx, USA
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS ARAGON´2010 (CERCO), (catalogue), Enrique Cook of the Escuela de Cerámica de Muel, Saragossa, Spain; Museo de Teruel, Teruel, Spain
European Ceramics -12. WESTERWALD PRIZE 2009",(catalogue), Museum of International Ceramic Art - Grimmerhus; Middelfart, Denmark
XXXIII International Ceramics Symposium "Porcelain Another Way 2009" - exhibition, Glass and Ceramics Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
"The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition" - traveling exhibition, (catalogue), University Art Gallery, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA; Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
2009
XXXIII International Ceramics Symposium "Porcelain Another Way" - exhibition, Muzeum of Walbrzych, Walbrzych, Poland
"The 6th Cheongju International Craft Competition-Outside the Box", (catalogue), Cheongju, Republic of Korea
"European Ceramics - WESTERWALD PRIZE 2009",(catalogue), Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
„an extraordinary group show" WAGNER SOUSA MODERN ART Gallery, Galveston, TX, USA
„Flotsam and Jetsam" - invitational, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, Nassau Bay, TX, USA
"The Big Show" juror: Laura Fried, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
"Summer 2009" juror: Judy Boh, "The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake", Nassau Bay, TX, USA
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS ARAGON´2009 (CERCO), (catalogue), Enrique Cook of the Escuela de Cerámica de Muel, Saragossa, Spain; Museo de Teruel, Teruel, Spain
"The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition" (catalogue), The Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
"Ink and clay 35", (on-line catalogue), jurors: Carolyn Peter and Christy Johnson; Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA, USA
"The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition" - traveling exhibition, (catalogue), University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI, USA - March 1 - April 9, 2009 / East Hawai'i Cultural Center, Hilo, HI, USA - May 3 - May 28, 2009 / Soma Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea - July 9 - August 16, 2009; University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS, USA, September 14 - November 1, 2009
"Hun Gallery International 2009", Hun Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2008
"Retablo Exhibition", Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
"Object of Desire" Woman Made Gallery, juror/curator: Claire Wolf Krantz, Chicago, Il, USA
"8th International Ceramics Competition Mino 2008" (catalogue), Tajimi City, Japan
"The Big Show", juror/curator LA ART: Aram Moshayedi, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
"Summer Selection of Gallery Artists" Gallery of DesignWorks; Galveston, TX, USA
"Drawing Room", curator: Clint Willour, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston TX, USA
"25th Juried Open Exhibition", juror: Sally Sprout, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
"The 17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition 2008", juror: Anna Harris, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, USA
2007
"Houston Snapshot 2007" (catalogue); collaboration with Chula Ross-Sanchez; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
"Summer Selection of Gallery Artists" Gallery of DesignWorks; Galveston, TX, USA
"Dia de los muertos" - "Day of the Dead" Exhibition, curator: Enrique Fernandez Cervantes; "Bath House Cultural Center", Dallas, Texas, USA
"Resistance to Vision: Searching, Sifting, Finding, Seeing" - juried show (catalogue), juror: Dana Saulnier; "Manifest Gallery", Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
2006
"Summer Show" Gallery of DesignWorks Galveston, TX, USA
2005
"New works" "Studio Bianco", San Antonio, TX, USA
"Recent works" one person exhibition Mod coffeehouse Galveston, TX, USA
2000
"Sculpture garden" Museum of Archeology in Cracow, Poland
1999
"Diploma" 1999" "Design" Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
1997
"Exhibition of student work from Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw" Museum of Ceramics in Boleslawiec, Poland
"Young's Ceramics" "Zamkowa" Gallery, Lubin, Poland
1995
"Young's Ceramics" "Zamkowa" Gallery, Lubin, Poland
"Exhibition of student work from Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw" Gallery of Ceramics and Glass, Wroclaw, Poland
"Sculpture garden" Gallery of Academy of Music, Wroclaw, Poland
 
Publications:
 
“Coast”, May, 2011 issue, “Art drawn from life” by Chris Paschenko
"Voices of Art Magazine" V.15-ISSUE 2-2008, "Kamila Szczesna : Imprint of Memory" by Albert Jesus Chavarria - VOA_article.doc
"Making Art Connections" authors: Chris Bates, Megan Booth & Sean O'Keeffe; McGraw-Hill Education Australia & New Zealand
 
Registries:
 
"The Drawing Center's Viewing Program" - Artist Registry; The Drawing Center, New York, NY
 
Residencies:
 
2013 (upcoming) Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Tx
2013 (upcoming) Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland
2012, Project New Atelier House Hilmsen, Hilmsen, Germany
2009, XXXIII International Ceramics Symposium "Porcelain Another Way", Porcelain Factory "Krzysztof" in Walbrzych, Poland
1997, Plener - Palac Zabkowicki, Kamieniec Zabkowicki, Poland
1996 Young-Jae Lee's Ceramic Studio "Margaretenhöhe", Essen, Germany
 
Screenings:
 
2010
"Internal Activity" at Wagner Sousa Modern Art, Galveston, TX, USA
"Altered Realities" Curated by David Waddell at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA
Recent Exhibits

Kamila Szczesna participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2013 REady MADE
Lawndale Art Center
 
Dec, 2012 Conversations at the Center
Galveston Arts Center
 
Jul, 2012 The Big Show
Lawndale Art Center
 
Nov, 2011 fleeting
Galveston Arts Center
 
Aug, 2011 Transitory States
WAGNER SOUSA MODERN ART
 
Apr, 2010 Internal Activity
WAGNER SOUSA MODERN ART
 
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