Biography

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Cris Rivas makes sculptures that locate emotional states within a body reimagined using magic realism and poetic figuration. She layers texture, color, and mark-making to create vivid surfaces. She is best known for hand-built ceramic heads that look as though they could inhabit the narrative of a graphic novel. 

Early influences include roaming the woods, pastures, and streams with her sisters in rural Missouri and Tennessee, the biblical tracks of Jack Chick (popular with evangelicals in the 1970s), and MAD magazine.

 

Cris first began making ceramic sculpture at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2014. Prior to that she studied classical and contemporary drawing and printmaking. 

Education 

2002 - 2004

1999 - 2000

1997 - 1998

1990 - 1992

1987 - 1988

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

BFA Studies, no degree

Group Exhibitions 

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2020

2020

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

Workhouse Clay International 2020, Lorton, Virginia

Indy Clay Co-op Solo Exhibit: Failure Show, Indianapolis, Indiana

Workhouse Clay International 2019, Lorton, Virginia

Strange Beauty Show, Indy Clay Co-op at the Fountain Square Clay Center

Onyx + East, Harrison Center , Indianapolis, Indiana

High Art Billboard 2018 , Indianapolis, Indiana

94th Annual Hoosier Salon exhibition, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

2018

2017

2017

2017

2016

2016

2015

Young Collectors II Exhibition, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, Indiana

Installation Nation 2017, with Indy Women's Clay Group, Indianapolis Art Center

SoArts Exhibition HEART, Garfield Park Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

TINY V: A Really Big Show, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, Indiana

Student Divisional Winners Showcase Exhibit, Indianapolis Art Center

78th Annual Student Show, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

77th Annual Student Show, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Awards 

2019

2016

2016

2016

2015

Workhouse Clay International, Best of Show Award, Lorton, Virginia

Carter Wolf Award for Creative Solutions in 3D Design, Indianapolis Art Center

Best of Advanced Student Award for A Country of My Own, Indianapolis Art Center

Phil McLeod Award for A Country of My Own, Indianapolis Art Center

Staff Choice Award for Wind At Her Work, Indianapolis Art Center

Contact Me

Insta: crisrivasceramicsetc

317-373-6816

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