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I make sculptures that locate emotional states within a body reimagined using magic realism and poetic figuration. I layer texture, color, and mark-making to create vivid surfaces. 

Early influences include roaming the neighborhood of Northeast Kansas City with my sisters and cousins as well as exploring woods and pastures in rural Tennessee and Missouri. 
Drawing, painting, and sculpting were an ever present part of my childhood. My mother was an amateur painter and my father was endlessly drawing, carving, and building things with his hands.
I first began making ceramic sculpture in 2014. Prior to that I studied classical and contemporary drawing and printmaking. As of 2024 I have a private studio at the Fountain Square Clay Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and I am a member of the 8-person ceramic group: Indy Clay Co-op.


2002-2004, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

 1999-2000, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 1997-1998, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

 1990-1992, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

 1987-1988, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

 BFA Studies, no degree



2020, Workhouse Clay International 2020, Lorton VA

2020, Indy Clay Co-op Solo Exhibit: Failure Show, Indianapolis IN

2019, Workhouse Clay International 2019, Lorton VA

2019, Group Exhibit: Strange Beauty Show, Indy Clay Co-op, Indianapolis IN

2018, Onyx + East, Harrison Center, Indianapolis IN

2018, High Art Billboard 2018, Indianapolis IN

2018, 94th Annual Hoosier Salon, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis IN

2018, Young Collectors II, Gallery 924, Indianapolis IN

2017, Installation Nation 2017, Indy Women's Clay Group project, Indianapolis IN

2017, SoArts Exhibition HEART, Garfield Park Art Center, Indianapolis IN

2017, TINY V: A Really Big Show, Gallery 924, Indianapolis IN


2019, Workhouse Clay International, Best of Show Award, Lorton VA

2018, High Art Billboard 2018, 1 of 10 selected artists, Indianapolis IN

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Insta: crisrivasceramicsetc


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