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Education

M.F.A. in Ceramics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Ceramic Apprenticeship at Akishino-Pottery
Studied traditional Japanese Pottery under Masaya Imanishi Nara-City, Japan

B. A. in Studio Art, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

A. A. in Applied Art, Casper College, Casper, WY

 

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Art-Ceramics, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

Art Instructor, 2000-2003, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

 

Workshops

Artist Workshop: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 2007

“Contemporary Castings Regional Conference”
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 2007

“McKnight Artist Workshop”
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2007

“Explorations; Navigations: The Resonance of Place”
40th Annual Conference of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Demonstration, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, 2006

“Circles and Curves: Mika Negishi Laidlaw & Les Laidlaw Ceramic Summer Workshop”
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV, 2004

 

Lectures

“Concordia Continental Artist’s Lecture”, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, 2008

“McKnight Artists: Artist’s Lecture by Robert Briscoe & Mika Negishi Laidlaw”, Winona State University, Winona, MN 2008

Slide lecture at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN 2007

“Unknown Craftsmen from Past and Present” slide lecture at MSU, Mankato, 2006

“2006 NCECA Demonstrators’ Presentation”, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR<

“2004 Emerging Artist”, NCECA 2004 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Slide lecture at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, 2002

Slide talk at Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, 2002

Gallery talk at Kansas Art Education Association Fall Conference, Garden City, KS, 2001

Slide lecture at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 2001

Slide talk at NCECA International Slide Forum, Charlotte, NC, 2001

Slide talk at Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, KS, 2000

Slide talk at NCECA Graduate Student Slide Forum, Denver, CO, 2000

Slide talk at NCECA Graduate Student Slide Forum, Columbus, OH, 1999

Slide lecture at Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan, 1999

 

Juror

“First Biennial Concordia Continental”, International Juried Exhibition, St. Paul, MN, 2006

Juror of “ Southwest Kansas Scholastic Art Exhibition”, Ulysses, KS, 2003

Juror of “High Plains League Art Show”, Lakin, KS, 2001

 

Artist Residencies

Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, 2002

McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2001

 

Selected Exhibitions

2011

Memory of Cells”, Solo-exhibition, Conklin Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2011

“Immigrant Impact”, invitational exhibition, Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

 

2010

“The 2010 International Orton Cone Box show”, international juried show, Holt/Russel Gallery, Baldwin City, KS

“8 Fluid Ounces”, national juried exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, LA

“Let There Be White”, invitational exhibition, meltem BIREY GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA

 

2009

“9th International Biennial of Ceramics”, international juried show, Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Manises, Spain

 “2009 National Juried Exhibition”, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL     Best Ceramics Award

“Agenda: Content-Driven”, group exhibition by Richard Notkin, Mika Negishi Laidlaw & Marko Fields, University of Arizona Medical Campus, Phoenix, AZ

 

2008

“The Second Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition”, international juried show, Concordia Gallery, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN    People’s Choice Award, Honorable Mention

 “Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition”, Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN   1st Place in the show

“Japanese Threads”, invitational exhibition, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

“Made to Deceive: The Art of Trompe L’oeil”, invitational exhibition, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2007

“Two by Two: small-scale ceramic sculpture biennial”, international juried exhibition, Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, Cheney, WA

 “Castings in Contemporary Ceramics”, invitational exhibition, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA

 

2006

“The 2006 International Orton Cone Box Show”, international competitive show, Holt-Russell Gallery, Baldwin City, KS
Purchase Award

 

2005

“Mechanics & Curves: Todd Shanafelt & Mika Negishi Laidlaw Contemporary American Ceramics”, two-person exhibition, Baltimore Public Works Museum, Baltimore, MD, 2005

“VII Bienal Internacional de Ceramica”, international competitiveshow, Museu de la Ceramica de Manises, Valencia, Spain

“The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea”, international competition, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea
Honorable Mention

“The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, international traveling exhibition, Taiwan, Guam, HI, WI, CA, PA, OH, SD, IA

 

2004

“The 2004 International Orton Cone Box show”, international juried show, Holt/Russel Gallery, Baldwin City, KS, Purchase Award

 

2003

“2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea”, international competitive exhibition, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea, Honorable Mention

The International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, international invitational exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI

The Contemporary IV International Juried Art Exhibition”, on-line exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE   Award of Excellence, Special Recognition Award 

“Ceramics USA 2003”, national juried exhibition, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX Alumna Prize

“23rd Annual July National Exhibition”, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC, 1st Place in 3D Award

Two by Two: small-scale ceramic sculpture biennial”, national juried exhibition, Gallery of Art, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA Purchase Award

“Ninth Annual Great Plans National”, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS   Juror’s Award

“Materials Hard & Soft”, national juried exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX   Juror’s Award

 “Topeka Competition XXV”, regional competitive exhibition, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, Cash Award, Purchase Award

 

2002

Ceramics and Drawing Solo Exhibition, Concordia Art Department Gallery, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

“Cup: The Intimate Object”, national juried exhibition, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN   Juror’s Choice Award

“22nd Annual July National Exhibition”, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC  Second Place 3D Award, 3-D Merit Award

 “Materials: Hard & Soft”, national juried exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX  Juror’s Award

“Topeka Competition 24”, regional juried exhibition, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, Cash Award

 

2001

Topeka Competition, regional competitive exhibition, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS,   Purchase Award

 

2000

M.F.A.  Ceramics Solo Exhibition, Union Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2000

 

1997

“23-5,” Ceramic Solo Exhibition Gallery Kunugi, Nara-City, Japan, 1997

Nara-City Art Exhibit, regional juried exhibition, Nara-City, Japan    Mayor’s Award

 

Galleries/Collections

A.L. Swanson Gallery, Helena, MT

Tweed Museum Art University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN

Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

Armstrong Gallery, Pomona, CA

Wright State University Art Galleries, permanent collection, Dayton, OH

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, permanent collection, Helena, MT

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS

Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, Cheney, WA

Minenotera Temple, private collection, Nara-City, Japan

Gallery Kunugi, private collection, Nara-City, Japan

 

SELECTED AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2011

“McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists”, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

“Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship Grant”, PLRAC, Waseca, MN

2010

“Faculty Research Grant”, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

 

2009

“2009 Cups of Merit Award”, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

 

2006

“McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists”, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

“2006 Annual Conference Demonstrator”, National Council on Education for the

Ceramic Arts, Portland, OR

 

2004

“2004 Emerging Artist”, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference, Indianapolis, IN

 

2002

“Kansas Arts Commission Artist Mini Fellowship”, Topeka, KS

 

2001

Nominated for “Outstanding Faculty Award (voted by the students)”, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

 

2000

“McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“Outstanding Creative Endeavor”, Art Department annual graduate student award, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

“International Coordinating Council Scholarship”, Kansas State University International Student Scholarship, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 

Selected Publications

500 Ceramic Sculptures, jury and curator Glen R. Brown, Lark Books, Asheville NC, 2009

“Five McKnight Artists”, Ceramics Monthly, May 2007 issue, pp. 21

“Mika Negishi Laidlaw”, by Glen R. Brown, Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2003 pp. 80-83

“Pushing Clay”, Ceramics Monthly, December 2002 issue, pp. 63

Clay Times, November/December 2002 issue, pp. 9

“McKnight Recipients Show”, Ceramics Monthly, November 2002 issue, pp.18-20

Best of Pottery 2, international showcase book, Rockport Publishers, MA, 1999, p.107