BIO

Natalia Arbelaez is a first generation Colombian American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship. Natalia has participated in several residencies, such as, Art South; Homestead, Florida, Belden Brick Factory; Sugarcreek, Ohio, and at the Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York as a Barbra Rittenburg Fellow. She was awarded the Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to the Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts in Newcastle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections. She currently lives and works in New York where she is an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Rochelle.  

ARTIST STATEMENT

I’m a figurative sculptural artist who uses any medium that best exemplifies concepts and ideas. I do often find myself having a preference for clay and how well I’ve responded to the material. Its memory, immediacy, and visceral handling are all qualities that have appealed to me and my psyche. The primal tactility of clay, with its responsiveness and memory extends itself to my ideas of the body. The physical body has a memory to it and memory connects to form. In my process of referencing the body I have forgone the use of an actual and specific body. Because of this I can use the memory of my own body, the body of my family, and extend my memories to places beyond the body.

Some of the topics that I touch upon are my Colombian heritage and culture and the indigenous people of South America. I work with ideas of how these identities are lost through conquest, migration, and time, gained through family, culture, and exploration, and passed down through tradition and genetic memory. I use these influences to contribute to a contemporary dialogue while simultaneously continuing the work of my ancestors.

Natalia Arbelaez

Brewster, NY   

Natalia.Arbelaez@zoho.com

EDUCATION

2015                      Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Ceramics The Ohio State University

2011                      Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Florida International University

TEACHING/ PROFESSIONAL EXPERINCE

2017-pres            Adjunct Professor, Ceramic Sculpture and Ceramics II, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

2017-pres             Ceramics & 3D Technology Instructor, Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY

2016-pres            Ceramics Instructor, Figure, Sculpture, Wheel, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2015-16                3D Technician/ Tech Mentor, COSI Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, OH

2013-15                Teacher of Record, Introduction to Low Fire, and High Fire The Ohio State University

SELECTED WORKSHOP AND LECTURES PRESENTED

2016                     Visiting Artist, Ohio University Chillicothe, Chillicothe, OH

2015                     Artist Talk Studio Assistants, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2013                     Artist Talk Natalia Arbelaez, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH

2010                    Student Artist Critiques & Artist Talk, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, with Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater and Associate                                         Curator, Ruba Katrib MOCA Miami invited artist Miami, FL 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

 2016-2017          Barbara Rittenberg Fellowship, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

 2016                    Artaxis Fellowship, Funded residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

                             Jurors Award, Peter Beasecker, Archie Bray Beyond the Brickyard, Helena, MT

2013-15                Graduate Teaching Assistantship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2015                     Studio Assistantship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

2012-2013            Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Award, The Ohio State University

2009-11                Scholarship, College of Architecture + The Arts, Visual Arts Scholarship in the Department of Art & Art History, Florida International University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS, CITATIONS           

2017                      Westchester Magazine, Two Tone, Westchester, NY Authored article

2017                      Expatlit Journal, The Art Issue 03 Miami, FL

2016                      Great Falls Tribune, Montana Newspaper, Archie Bray Juried exhibit goes Beyond the Brickyard, Authored article, Great Falls, MT   

2015                      WOSU TV, Broad & High, Phase Shift, Columbus, OH

2014                      The Lantern, OSU Newspaper, Columbus, OH Authored article: Similar hands yield varied structures in ceramics exhibit ‘Concurrent’

2010                      The Beacon, FIU Newspaper, Miami Fl. Authored article: The Finished Trick

EXHIBITIONS

2017                      Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition, Grand Rapids, MI

                              American Museum of Ceramic Art AMOCA, We the People: Serving Notice, Pomona, CA

                              Clay Art Center, Stories of my Histories, Solo Exhibition, Port Chester, NY

2016                      The Art Center Western Colorado, Contemporary Clay Biennial, Grand Junction, CO

                              Art Boca Raton, Irreversible Projects, Booth 317, Boca Raton, FL

                              The Archie Bray Foundation, Beyond the Brickyard, Helena, MT

                              Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, De La Naturaleza, Columbus, OH

                              Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Landmark, CAW Showcase, Columbus, OH

2015                      400 West Rich, Promenade Gallery, Artist Showcase, Columbus, OH  

                              The Ohio Crafts Museum, Fresh Perspective, Columbus, OH

                              Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Convergence, Columbus, OH

                              Urban Arts Space, Phase Shift, OSU MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbus, OH  

2014                      EASE Gallery, Concurrent, Group Exhibition, Columbus, OH,

                             Pearl Conard Gallery, Coeval, OSU Ceramics Group Exhibition, Mansfield, OH

2013                     Swing Space Gallery, Recent Arrivals, Columbus, OH

2012                     Hopkins Hall Galley, Ohio State University, Line of Best Fit, Columbus, OH

                             The Shot Tower Gallery, Fort Heyes Metropolitan Education Center, From Here and There, Columbus, OH.      

2011                     Triana Space, Basel Showcase, Miami, FL  

                             De la Cruz Collection, Inflatable Sculpture Collaborative, Miami, FL,

                             Christopher Miro Gallery, Domesticity, Miami, FL

                             Frost Art Museum, FIU BFA show, Miami, FL,

2010                    Space 104, Miami Design District, Installation Art Exhibit, Miami, FL

                            MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, Student Artist Critiques with Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater and Associate Curator,                                   Ruba Katrib MOCA Miami invited artist, Miami, FL

                            ArteAmericas, The Art Fair Of The Americas invited artist, Miami Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL     

                            LYC&W Arts, Tendencies, A Group Show, Miami, FL                                                                                

2009                    Florida International University W9, FIU Spring Show, Miami, FL

                            Tower Theater, CCV Borscht Film Festival Gallery Showcase, Miami, FL

ART RESIDENCIES

2016-2017           Clay Art Center, Artist-in-Residence Fellow, Port Chester, NY

2016                    Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

2015                    400 West Rich Artist Center, Artist-in-Residence, Columbus, OH

2015, 14, 13        Belden Brick Company, Summer Artist-in-Residence, Sugarcreek, Ohio

TECHNICAL ABILITIES

Ceramics: Wheel throwing, hand building, mold making, press molding, slip casting, clay and glaze formulation, slip and glaze decorating techniques, printmaking techniques using ceramic materials, electric kiln firing, gas oxidation and reduction kiln firing, ceramic restoration and repair, armature construction, kiln maintenance, studio maintenance, and safety

Mold Making: RAM process dye making, hydrocal, plaster, silicone and urethane rubber Casting Wax, paper, urethane liquid plastic, glass casting, hot casting, kiln casting, sand-casting

Glass: Fusing, slumping, kiln casting, hot casting, sand-casting, Fusing decals in glass or ceramics

Woodshop: Stationary power tools, hand power tools, manual tools, shop maintenance and safety

Software: Mac and PC platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Cura, Poser, Repetier, Meshmixer, Skanect, Blender, GeoMagic, Arduino

Photo: Black and white photography, Color, dark room processing, digital photography

Sculpture: 3D printing and scanning, CNC machining, bronze & aluminum casting, Mig, Tig and Acetylene welding, Kinetic sculpture with and without Arduino boards