State University of New York at New Paltz, Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics

Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Communications Design


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Contested Territories, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

2006 Disfigurines, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2005 Allegories, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, New York

2004 Privilege, John Elder Gallery, New York, New York

2002 Apologies, John Elder Gallery, New York, New York

2001 Disfigurines, Gimmerhus Museum, Middlefart, Denmark

2001 Heirlooms, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2000 Heirlooms, John Elder Gallery, New York, New York

1999 Bathing in the Sweat of A Faraway People, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York

1996 In the Absence of Hope, We Live in Desire, Synchronicity Space, New York

1995 Science Without Logic, Synchronicity Space Gallery, New York

1994 Consumer Confidence, Synchronicity Space Gallery, New York

1992 Hostage Nation, Synchronicity Space Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York 2008


Household Deities, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, New York 2007

Figurative Ceramics Invitational, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, Montana

50-Year Anniversary Exhibition, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Collaborative Ventures, Int’l Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark 2007

DRUD & KØPPE Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 2006


The Edges of Grace: Provocative Craft, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachussetts 2006

Storytelling and Poetry, Grimmerhus Museum, Middlefart, Denmark 2006

NCECA Selections, Taipei County Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 2006

New Views from Arts/Industry, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI 2006


The Other Mainstream, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 2005

Porcelana Inaczej, Wroclaw Muzeum, Wroclaw, Poland 2004

NCECA Emerging Talent, Sculptural Objects/Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL

Ceramics Biennial Exhibition, Kaoshuing Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan 2003

Figurative Selections, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY 2003

Selections from the Collection, J. M. Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI 2003

Portrait, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA 2003

University of Miami Art Gallery, Miami, FL 2003

Porcelana Inaczej, Walbrzych Muzeum, Walbrzych, Poland

International Ceramics Exhibition, Agentura Keramickeho Designu,

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of Art,

UBS PaineWebber Art Gallery, New York, NY

Mastery in Clay (Exhibit/Benefit Auction), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA

East/West Collaboration, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Manoa, HI

NCECA Exhibition: Terra Sutra: Erotic Ceramics, Arts Incubator, Kansas City, MO

NCECA Exhibition: Confrontational Clay, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

The Acts of St. Joseph, Lord Lebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR

Confrontational Clay, American Craft Museum, New York, New York

Selections from the Collection, Grimmerhus Museum, Middlefart, Denmark

Figured Ceramics, University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA

The Figure in Ceramic, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon 2002

Mastery in Clay (Exhibit/Benefit Auction), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Motelhaus, Timbers Motel, Eugene, Oregon (Site-specific Installation) 2002

NCECA Clay National, Winthrop Galleries, UNC, Charlotte, North Carolina 2001

The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore 2001

Pewabic Pottery Gallery, Detroit, MI 2001

Ceramics Sculpture Invitational, University Art Gallery, Chico, California

Confrontational Clay, Traveling exhibition, Venues included:

The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI,

The Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, and

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH


Ceramics National, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York 2000

Political Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia 2000

Confrontational Clay, Traveling Exhibition, Venues included:

The University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL,

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL, and

The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas 1998



NCECA Clay National , Barrick Museum, Univ. of Nevada at Las Vegas 1997




Visiting Artist Lectures have Included

University of Washington, Seattle

University of Art & Design, Henlsinki, Finland

Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

NCECA 2006 Conference, Portland, Oregon / ”Cultural Labor”

Kunstindustrimuseet, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen / “Art/Industry” Symposium

International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI (2003)

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Porcelana Inaczej Symposium, Walbrzych Porcelain Factory, Walbrzych, Poland

Watershed Center for the Arts, Newcastle, ME

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii / East/West Collaboration Symposium

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark


Kansas State University, Wichita, Kansas / Annual Conference of The Kansas Artist Craftsman Association (Keynote address)

Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Brighton University, Brighton, UK (Living in the Material World II Conference) 2001

California College of Art and Craft, Oakland, California

School of American Craft, Rochester Institute of Technology


2004 Awarded A/I Residency, J. M. Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Awarded UO Faculty Summer Research Grant

2002 Awarded A&AA Jerry and Gunilla Finrow Faculty Research Grant

2001 Visual Arts Fellowship Grant, Oregon Arts Commission

Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National, Charlotte, NC

Awarded A&AA New Faculty Summer Research Grant

2000 Juried Solo Exhibition Award, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Emerging Talent Selection, NCECA 2000, Denver, CO

1996 First Prize Shaw/Guido Gallery exhibition New Generation

1989 DESI Award for Excellence in Illustration

1987 Society of Publications Designer Award

Work Featured In Periodical Publications

2006 2006 Ceramics: Art & Perception Magazine, Australia. 2006 Issue 62
Justin Novak’s Rhetoric of Beauty, by Glen R. Brown, Four-page article

2005 Ceramic Art Monthly, Korea. December 2005 Issue.

World Ceramic Art: Justin Novak, by Shin Yeon Jeon

2005 Gallery Guide: New York, Image of Allegory (Pyramid) featured

Ceramics: Art & Perception Magazine, Australia. 2005 Issue 61

Paying Attention, by Justin Novak

Review of the work of Bryan Hopkins

Artist of the Week page on website Ceramics Today (50,000 visitors/month):


2003 Kerameiki Techni Magazine, Greece,

�A New Generation of American Ceramic Artists’

Article by Dr. Judith Schwartz, 2003, Issue #41

2002 Ceramic Art Magazine, Taiwan. Summer 2002, Issue 36. Six-page article

Ceramics: Art & Perception Magazine, Australia. 2002 Issue 49

Mary K. Cloonan article ‘Flesh and Emotion’

Jyllands Posten, Jutland, Danish newspaper review of museum exhibition, 9/ 12

Time Out Magazine, Recommended Selection: ‘Apologies Exhibition

Eugene Weekly, November, ‘The Space Between Edges’, by Lois Wadsworth

2001 Ceramics: Art & Perception, Fall 2001,’The Function of Beauty’ by Patricia Hubbard

Ceramic Art Magazine, Taiwan. Fall 2001 Issue. Feature on Int’l Ceramic Center

2000 American Ceramics Magazine, Spring, ‘Bathing In the Sweat of a Faraway People’

Review by Ruth Berelson

1999 The New York Times, April 25, �Works Created as Reactions to Injustices’

By D. Dominick Lombardi

Ceramics Monthly Magazine, September Issue, Upfront: ‘Justin Novak’

1997 The New York Times, February 23, ‘From a Partnership of Elements

To a Show of Playfulness’ by Vivien Raynor

American Craft Magazine, February/March Issue, Gallery Section

1996 Ceramics Monthly Magazine, April Issue, Upfront: ‘Science Without Logic’

American Craft Magazine, December Issue, ‘Viewpoint: Art as Message’

Review by Carol Ferring Shepley

1995 Ceramics Monthly, February Issue, ‘Consumer Confidence’ (Five page spread)

Work Featured In Book Publications

2007 Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics,
Black Dog Publishing, London 2007
2006 Ceramics: Art & Perception Magazine, Australia. Issue 62

Justin Novak�s Rhetoric of Beauty, by Glen R. Brown

2005 Figure Sculpture in Clay, Lark Books, New York, NY

Tim Andrews, Raku, Krause Publications, Iola, WI

2004 500 Figures in Clay, Lark Books, New York, NY

2003 The Penland Book Of Ceramics, Lark Books, New York, NY

2002 Michael Flynn, Ceramic Figures,

A & C Black Publishers/Princeton University Press

Selected Collections

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark

Taipei County Yingge Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan

UMPRUM, Museum of Applied Art, Prague, Czech Republic

Walbrzych Museum, Poland

JM Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Professional Academic Experience

At present, Associate Professor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2000- 2007 Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1999-2000 Adjunct Professor, City University. Jersey City, NJ

1997-2000 Adjunct Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz

1996-1999 Adjunct Professor, Rockland Community College

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