Wade MacDonald

Assistant Professor of Art
Ceramics
Phone:
(205) 348-1889
Office Location:
Bureau of Mines 5 Room #102
Fax:
(205) 348-0287
Bio

Wade Folger MacDonald was appointed assistant professor of art in The University of Alabama’s department of art and art history in 2019. He will begin his new position August 16, 2019.

MacDonald has been an instructor of ceramics and studio foundations courses in the department since 2015. A Nashville native, he received the BA in art education from Western Michigan University and the MFA in studio art with a concentration in ceramics from Michigan State University.

As a ceramic sculptor, MacDonald explores the intersection of ceramics, digital fabrication, furniture design and architecture. He and his work have been profiled in American Craft Magazine (August/September 2018) and in 2018, he received the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist Award. The award recognizes exceptional early career artists and helps promote their work internationally for the year.

MacDonald has exhibited nationally including juried exhibitions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wis.; Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio; Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Clay Center of New Orleans and the NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh. MacDonald has participated in invitational exhibitions at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Ga. and numerous others. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala. and will be included in Dirt X Digital Ceramics Invitational, at Lee Gallery, Clemson University in South Carolina this year.Sculpture by Wade F. MacDonald, “Desoto Suppositorio 1,” 2019.

MacDonald has held artist residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, in Snowmass, Colo.; Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta; and the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mt. He has been a visiting artist at the Department of Art and Art History with the Department of Architecture at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at the Department of Craft and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University. MacDonald received the Stanley and Selma Hollander Graduate Fellowship in Studio Art, the Varg-Sullivan Award for Distinguished Research and the John and Susan Berding Family Foundation Endowment Juried MFA Prize. He has given numerous artist lectures, talks, workshops and demonstrations including the NCECA Emerging Artist Lecture in Pittsburgh; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Mich. and the Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium, Birmingham Museum of Art, in Alabama.

Recent Exhibitions and News:

2020    (forthcoming) ETERNAL, Wade F. MacDonald and Jason Hackett, Shockoe Art Space, NCECA Conference, Richmond, VA

2019    (forthcoming) Shadowtime, Wade F. MacDonald, Bloch Hall Gallery, Department of Art, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

2019    (forthcoming) Dirt X Digital Ceramics Invitational, Exhibitions, Lee Gallery, Department of Art, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2019    (forthcoming) Faculty Exhibition, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

2019    Mentor/Mentee Exhibition (Invited), Alabama Clay Conference, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL

2019    Small Favors (Invited), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2019    32nd Annual Materials: Hard & Soft, International Craft Competition and Exhibition, Juror: Janet McCall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX

2018    Sculpted and Small, Juror: William DePauw, Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

2018    Workhouse Clay International, Juror: Eva Kwong, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA (second place award)

2018    Small Favors (Invited), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2018    NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburg, PA

2018    Parallel/Collision (Organizer) NCECA Conference, Pittsburg, PA

2018    Mentor/Mentee Exhibition (Invited),mAlabama Clay Conference, Montgomery, AL

2018    TACTIC III (Invited), Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA

Sculpture by Wade MacDonald, “Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives,” 2018.
art work by Wade MacDonald art work by Wade MacDonald, Instructors & 2-Year Grad Students Showcase, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Aug 24 - Sept. 17, 2015

Education

M.F.A., Michigan State University (2014)