A Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts faculty member has been named a 2016 Master Artist Fellow Final Round Nominee by the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts.
Jeff Greenham of Morgantown, Associate Dean of the FSU School of Fine Arts and Coordinator of the Department of Art, has been named as one of the top five candidates for the final round of nominees. In addition to his teaching career, Greenham is an accomplished ceramics artist.
“Jeff has an extensive knowledge of the medium and has worked in various facets of ceramics from academia, studio art to the production industry. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and well respected crafters in his field,” said Greenham’s nominator.
In addition to Greenham, the other top five nominees are Lee Badger of Hedgesville, Jude Binder of Big Bend, Peter Massing of Huntington and Robert Singleton of Baker. Visit https://spark.adobe.com/page/JrJNnGZIvO7wB/ to see the online gallery of their work.
At the end of 2016, the Foundation asked West Virginia residents to nominate its next Master Artist Fellow. Nominators were asked to identify West Virginian artists who met qualifications including a demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship, showing inspired design, distinctive style and impeccable technique and an ambitious career history.
The nominees were invited to submit applications outlining their careers for review by the independent Fellowships Committee. The committee members narrowed the field to the top five candidates for a final round of discussions.
“He has an unequaled, unified body of work encompassing all of the design principles I try to teach: contrast, value, symmetry, asymmetry, balance...You could write a book on design from his work,” said one Foundation Fellowships Committee Member of Greenham’s work.
Greenham has used his knowledge of pottery to work in the academic realm and with commercial studios whose chief arena is the creation of ceramic ware designed for functional use. In 1996, Greenham became Director of Ceramics at the Chautauqua School of Art, a part of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. Since 1977, the artist has served numerous institutions as an independent consultant, often combining those duties with teaching in his discipline. He has worked in London and The Netherlands. His work has been exhibited and reviewed nationally and is in many private and corporate collections in the U.S.