Ryan LaBar
Ryan LaBar Unsafe at any Dose Ryan Labar Seeking Truth; Finding Fear Ryan LaBar Untitled #2

Ryan LaBar grew up in Great Falls Montana.  He received a degree in Biology and Art from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington.  In 1999 he moved to Helena Montana and set up a studio.  He has worked as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, the LH Project in Joseph Oregon, and California State University Long Beach.   He assisted workshops at the Bray, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Haystack in Maine.  In addition, he spent time at the Kohler factory in Wisconsin.  He was an intern at Enrique Martinez Celaya’s studio during the summer of 2008 in Santa Monica California.  Currently, Ryan is the director of residents at the LH Project, a prestigious residency program in Joseph Oregon. About his ceramic sculptures, LaBar states: “These systems are metaphors for our times, our bodies, and our philosophies. Time ages all things. It softens hard edges and moves material to alternative states of rest. Not only does time test form, it tests ideas. Some become foundations for future breakthroughs as others fall into oblivion. My process is the concept. My ideas are subject to the same cascading failure as are my forms.”

Ryan LaBar

2010    MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
2005    Post Baccalaureate Studies at NYSCC Alfred Universiy, Alfred, NY
1998    BS in Biology, Art and Chemistry minors, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Selected Exhibitions
2013    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston TX
2012    Gaya Ceramic and Design, Ubud Bali
2010    Eisentrager Howard Gallery, UNL, Lincoln NE
2007    The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT

Artist Residency
2013    Caldera, Sisters OR
2012    Porcelana Inaczej, Walbrzych Poland
            Gaya Ceramic Art Center, Ubud, Bali
2011    Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China
2010-11 USCLB invited artist, Long Beach CA
2009    LH Project, Joseph OR
2008    Enrique Martinez Celaya, Santa Monica CA
2006-07 LH Project, Joseph OR
2006    Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT

Public Collections
2011    Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach CA


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