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Education:

 

 

1998

 

State University of New York at Alfred – Alfred NY. Graduate coursework in clay body and glaze calculation.

1992-1998

 

Metropolitan State University – Denver CO. Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, emphasis in ceramics. Recipient of the Colorado Scholars Award.

1997

 

Apprentice with Macy Dorf  Stoneware – Denver CO.

1979 –1981

 

Colorado Institute of Art – Denver CO.  Completed two year program in Advertising Design.  Graduated “Portfolio par Excellance.”

1974-1975

 

Banff School of Fine Arts – Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Accepted into the independent study program for painting and drawing. Rediscovered ceramics with Marilyn Levin.

1972-1974

 

Montana State University – Billings MT.  Major in Fine Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing. President's Honor Roll for 3.5 GPA.

 

 

 

Professional Positions:
  
1997 to present
 Self-employed studio artist.
2007 - 2010

Self-employed art instructor.
2002 - 2007

Ceramics instructor,  Art Students League of Denver.
2000 - 2002

Visiting Area Coordinator and Instructor in the Ceramics Department, Metropolitan State University - Denver CO.
2000 - 2002

Board Member, Director at Large,  for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA.)
1999-2000
Ceramics instructor, Jewish Community Center - Denver CO.
1999
Instructor for the Columbine High School Tile project - Littleton CO. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
   
Corporate Collections:
  
2000
Kaufman and Broad - Denver CO.
2006
1st Community Bank - Lakewood CO.
   
Publications/Websites:  
9-2009
"The Happy Accident: How a Ceramic Artist turned the Product of a Kiln Firing Mishap into a Gem" by Jennifer Hametty at the Ceramics Arts Daily website.
2-2006

Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Mary Cay's Glittering Obsession" by Sumi von Dassow.
4-2003
Lark Books  500 Bowls, Contemporary Exploration of a Timeless Design.
5-2002
Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Emerging Artists 2002."
6-1999
Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Suggestion for Readers."
6-1980

American Artist Magazine "The Artist in Business" illustration selected from a competition.
   
Lectures:  
3-2002
"Eulogy for Rodger Lang" at the NCECA conference, Kansas City, MO.
4-2004
Cay's work presented in David Furman's lecture "The Non-Secular Ceramic Object" at the NCECA conference,  Indianapolis, IN.
   
Selected Exhibition Record:
  
2012
 "Ice Breaker3" Ice Cube Gallery - Denver CO.  Juror Gwen F. Chanzit, PH.D, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art for the Denver Art Museum.
2011 "Plinth Gallery and Anderson Ranch- A Ceramic Collaboration" - Denver, CO. Curator Jonathan Kaplan.
2011
Invitational at Next Gallery- Denver, CO.
2011
"The Black and White Show"  Core Gallery - Denver, CO.
2010
"Merge:  Metropolitan State Alumni Exhibition" - Denver, CO.  Westword's "Best of Denver 2010 Award - Best Group Show."
2009
Invitational "Artists in the East End" - Aurora, CO.
2008, 2009 & 2011

Invitational "100 for 100" - Evergreen, CO.
2007
"The Invitational: A Show of Excellance" - Evergreen, CO.
2006
Invitational "Clay and Fiber: New Directions" - Evergreen, CO.
2006
Invitational "Things in Nature: Nature of Things" Arts Students League - Denver, CO.
2006
Solo Show "Reasons for Beauty"  Fire Works Clay - Denver, CO.
2005
Solo Show "Untold Riches" Space Gallery - Denver, CO.
2004
"Primary Colors: A Survey of Contemporary Craft" - Waynesboro, VA.
2004
"Sculptural Invitational" Arts Students League - Denver, CO.
2004
"Truth and Temperance" Edge Gallery - Denver, CO.  "Artbeat" by Michael Paglia, Westword.
2004
Invitational "4 EDGE"  Colorado State University - Pueblo, CO.
2003

"Cup: The Intimate Object II" - Fort Wayne, IN.  Juror Julia Galloway.
2003
"12X12XEDGE" - Denver, CO.
2003
"Second Invitational Ceramics Show" Denver International Airport. "Mostly Under Glass at DIA," Cay reviewed the exhibition for the Critical Ceramics website.
2003
"Evergreen Artists Association Spring Show" - Evergreen, CO. Cay received a cash award.
2002
"Clay + Clay + Invitational" Arts Students League - Denver, CO.
2001 & 2002

"Faculty Exhibition" Metropolitan State University - Denver, CO.
2001
Invitational "Colorado Women in Clay" - Denver, CO.  "Colorado Women in Clay" by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News.
2001
"Colorado Clay 2001" Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO.  Juror Wayne Higby. "Clay Returns after Dry Spell" by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News.
2000, 2003 & 2005

"Own Your Own" Sangre de Cristo Arts Center - Pueblo, CO.
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004

"Art Market" Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities - Arvada, CO.
2000
"8th Annual Colorado Invitational" Manitou Springs, CO.
2000

Invitational "Peaceful Energy" - Taos, NM.
2000
Invitational "Instructors in Clay" in conjunction with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO.
2000
Invitational "Life after Auraria" in conjunction with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO.
2000
"Y2Klay @ DIA" in conjunction with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO.
2000

Invitational "Tzedakah Box Show" in conjunction with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO.
2000
"Colorado Teapot Show" at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - Boulder, CO.
1999
"Colorado Clay 1999" Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO. Juror Jeff Oestreich. "No Longer Your Mother's Ceramics" by Jeff Bradley, Denver Post.  "Clay Show a Creative Trek" by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News.  
1998

"International Orton Cone Box Show" Two-year traveling exhibition. Jury: Harris Deller, Anna Calouri Holcomb & Michael Simon.