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Nathan Murray

Nathan Murray

Artist
Profile Location
Lincoln , NE
Biography

2015 M.F.A Ceramics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2011 B.A.  Non-Degree Graduate-Student-at-Large, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

2009 B.F.A. Ceramic Sculpture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 

Nathan Murray is a socially engaged artist and educator living in Lincoln, NE.  His clay figures often deal with contemporary issues of race, culture, and identity.   Nathan began his academic career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009.  He later accepted a graduate teaching assistantship to attend the University of Florida.  After graduating in 2015, he returned to Nebraska for a residency at the Lux Center for the Arts.  Building on his MFA work, he continues to engage social issues directly in the community. Nathan exhibits work nationally and has been published in magazines, books and online articles. Work from his exhibition Color Theory was featured in the March, 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine.  Nathan is currently working on work with the support of the Interchange Artist Grant through the Mid America Arts Alliance.

Artist Statement

I use figurative ceramic sculpture to explore nuanced expressions of race, culture and identity.  Through social engagement with diverse communities, I seek to build relationships centered on communication, empathy and mutual support.   Much of my current work uses these experiences as the framework to address challenging societal issues though the lens of personal stories. It seeks to contribute to the important discourse needed to move towards a more equitable society. Specifically, I use figurative ceramic sculpture to represent the many complexities of people and their experiences.  I use clay as my primary medium.  With it, I use gesture, expression, surface design and visual metaphor to create representations of people, stories and ideas.  Subsequently, I present the individual sculptures as a bridge to one person’s experience.  Together, my work serves as a microcosm to engage with larger societal issues.

Medium
Ceramics
 
 

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Katie Cramer
Nathan Murray
Mary Beth Pinckney
Sep
06
9/6/19 to 9/27/19
Nathan Murray
Mar
05
3/5/21 to 3/26/21
Ceramics
Luke Huling
Nathan Murray
Mar
04
3/4/22 to 5/27/22
Multiple Mediums

Programs with this Artist

Adult 16+
Sep
30
09/30/2020 - 6:30pm
Multiple Mediums

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