Fred Spaulding

FRED SPAULDING, American (b. 1965)

Born in 1965 in Manchester, Connecticut, Fred Spaulding grew up in Ventura, California. In 1990, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at California State University, Long Beach. The following years were spent training for the 1992 Olympic Games in which Fred competed in the single canoe events. The next two years were spent working as an artist assistant to James Melchert and Viqui McCaslin on tile mural projects for the Los Angeles Metro and for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this time, Fred was introduced to Walter McConnell at the 49th Scripps Ceramic Invitational in 1993. Walter was an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Connecticut and invited Fred to apply to the M.F.A. program, which Fred began in 1994. At UConn, Fred began working with bricks to create sequential shapes done over a period of time, a way of working called “Plastic Response”. In 1996, Fred took a job in the Ceramic Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an evening ceramic technician. Fred was encouraged by Katherine Ross and James Lawton to use the studio to continue his work. He began to take photographs in the streets of Chicago and to silk screen these images onto bricks. In 1997, Fred included these glazed bricks in the sequence of brick forms which he exhibited at the G-2 gallery in downtown Chicago. Fred moved to Texas in 1998 to pursue a series of teaching positions at Victoria College, Tarrant County College, University of Texas Pan American, and University of Texas at Arlington. Fred has continued to explore the possibilities of constructed structures of brick expanding the number and variety of manufactured and hand made shapes in his collection enabling him to create larger forms with more irregular shapes. A series of exhibitions and sculpture installations including showings in Kansas City, MO; San Diego, CA; Newcastle, ME; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio TX, Skaelskor Denmark, Los Angeles, CA; Helena, MT; Matamoros, MX, and Bangkok Thailand, chart the development of this work. Fred has also pursued his line of inquiry through residencies at Kohler’s Arts in Industry program in iron casting, and Penland’s Winter Residency in Printmaking among other residencies. Fred is currently Associate Professor of Art at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX. Fred and his wife Victoria maintain their home in Arlington, TX.

Assemblage is a primary mode of working for me and nearly everything I make is drawn into larger temporal assemblages in a sequence of reconstruction. Selected aggregates such as individual bricks or cast iron elements are also shown individually. Imagery and structural forms are generated as an intuitive, physical response to a world characterized by layers of mobile communication, construction, and commerce.

FRED SPAULDING, American (b. 1965)

EXHIBITIONS | Selected Sculpture Installations and solo exhibitions:


South Texas College, McAllen, TX

University of Texas Pan American, Edinberg, TX


North Harris College, Houston, TX


Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI


Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Fort Worth, TX

Gallery 111 Fort Worth, TX

Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph MI


Encinal Art Center, TX

Noyes Museum, NJ

Richard Stockton College, NJ


Mesa College Mesa, AZ

Tarrant County College Northwest Fort Worth, TX

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Boone, NC


El Centro College Dallas, TX

Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour Kalamazoo, MI


Blue Star Center for Contemporary Art San Antonio, TX

Solo Exhibition: Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX


Oregon College of Art and Craft Portland, OR

Laredo Center for the Arts Laredo, TX

Encinal Art Center Encinal, TX

Solo Exhibition: Sound Art Space Laredo, TX


Baltimore Museum of Science and Industry MD

Stretch Gallery Chalotte, NC

Solo Exhibition:  LAArtcore Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibition: Texas A&M University Laredo, TX


University of Texas San Antonio, TX

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Tamaulipas Matamoros, Mexico

Guldagergaard – Skaelskor Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

Watershed Center for Contemporary Ceramics Newcastle, ME

M.T. Burton Gallery Surf City, NJ

International Museum of Art and Science McAllen, TX

Nave Museum Victoria, TX

International Art Festival Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, MT

Solo Exhibition: “Reconstruccion/Fred Spaulding”

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Tamaulipas

MACT Matamoros, Tam., Mexico

Solo Exhibition: Texas State University San Marcos, TX

Solo Exhibition: University of Texas Brownsville, TX


Grossmont College San Diego, CA

Stretch Gallery Charlotte, NC

M.T. Burton Gallery Surf City, NJ

Alfred University Alfred, NY

Tarrant County College Northwest Fort Worth, TX

Rowan University, NJ


Watershed Center for Ceramic Art Newcastle, ME

Center for Contemporary Art Dallas, TX

Riverside Center for Contemporary Art Riverside, IL

Goldesberry Gallery Houston, TX

Solo Exhibition: North Harris College Art Gallery Houston, TX


Solo Exhibition: University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg TX

Selected Group Exhibitions:


Print-Fired E-4 Gallery Austin, TX (presented as part of Print Austin 2015)


Calculated Efforts: Two Person Show (Jennifer Quarles) South Texas College, McAllen, TX

The MAC at 40, Mckinny Street Art Center, Dallas TX

26 Gallery Artists, Gallery 111, Fort Worth, TX


University of Dallas: Edit 6, Two Person Show, Dallas, TX


Best of Texas Clay 2011 Community Art Center Fort Worth, TX

Arrested Form: Recent Sculpture by the Texas Atomic Iron Commission

Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University Beaumont, TX

Exposed: Sculpture by the Texas Atomic Iron Commission

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX


University of Texas, Arlington Faculty Exhibition

Tarrant County College Faculty Exhibition


Material-Object 414 Gallery Fort Worth, TX


Iron Sculpture from The Texas Atomic Iron Commission University of Texas Permian Basin

University of Texas Arlington Faculty Exhibition

Academia: Pushing the Boundary, McKinney Avenue Contemporary Dallas, Texas

New Now: Recent Gifts from Arts Industry Artists John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI

Replica Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, IL

Inhale Exhale Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, IL

Ceramic Showdown University of Texas Pan American Edinburg,TX


Beyond Print Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

Juror: Anita Jung, Associate Professor in Printmaking at the University of Iowa

Ceramic Show Rockport Center for the Arts Rockport, TX

University of Dallas Regional Ceramic Exhibition Dallas, TX

Juror: Val Cushing

Texas Sculpture Symposium True To Form San Marcos, TX

Juror: Clint Wilour Director Galveston Art Center


Oso Bay Biennial XIV Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, TX

Gallery of the Thailand Cultural Center Bangkok, Thailand

Gallery at the Fine Art Faculty of Srinakarinwirot University Bangkok, Thailand

Gallery at Burapha University Chon buri, Thailand

Rajamangala University of Technology Poh-Chang Campus Art Gallery Bangkok, Thailand

University Art Gallery Rajamangala Institute of Technology Klong 6 Phatumthani, Thailand

Red International Museum of Art and Science McAllen, TX

Art in the Metroplex Texas Christian University For Worth, TX

Juror: Janet Bishop Curator of Painting and Sculpture

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Award: Beth Lea and John L. Clardy Memorial Award (Best of Show)

Excess Connecticut College, New London, CT

Ceramarama California Dreaming Arizona State Univesity Tempe, AZ

1st International Triennial of Silicate Arts Kecskemet, Hungary

The State of Clay, Texas University of Texas San Antonio

Earth Wheel and Fire National International Museum of Art and Science McAllen, TX

Juror: Juan Granados

Alternative Currents Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Tamaulipas MACT

Matamoros, Tam., Mexico

Arte Rio Grande 2005 International Museum of Art and Science McAllen, TX

Art in the Metroplex 2005 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX

Juror: James Elaine Hammer Projects Curator UCLA Hammer Museum L.A.

Layered, Stacked, Assembled Arlington Museum of Art Arlington, TX                             

Curator: Nicholas Wood

Electrified St. Edwards University Austin, TX Curator: Stan Irvin

National Ceramics Invitational Texas A&M University Commerce, TX                        

Curator: Barbara Frey

MishMash Redux Indianapolis, IN

Play Outside: Ceramic Sculpture Beyond Interior Space University of Indianapolis, IN

Ceramic and Print Gallery 2520 Dallas, TX

Forms and Shapes: The Box AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA Juror: Maren Kloppmann

Visions In Clay 2004 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA Juror: Robert Brady

Clay Synergy Nave Museum Victoria, TX

Objectification University of Texas Arlington, TX

Form Follows Function Lillstreet Art Center Chicago, IL Juror: Dan Anderson

Ceramic Biennial Exhibition 2004 New Hampshire Institute of Art Manchester, NH    Juror: Chris Gustin

Artists in Residence Exhibition 2004 Guldagergaard – Skaelskor, Denmark

Archie Bray Foundation 2004 Resident Artists Exhibition

Kolva-Sullivan Gallery Spokane, WA

Ceramics USA 2003 University of North Texas Denton, TX                                              Juror: Doug Casebeer Director of Ceramics and Sculpture Anderson Ranch Arts Center Aspen, CO

Crossing Paths Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Gerardeau, MO

Wide Awake Texas Women’s University Denton, TX

Sculpture Show North Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX

Wish Dallas Center for Contemporary Art Dallas, TX

International Tea Bowl Show University of Northern Arizona Flagstaff, AZ

Feats of Clay XV Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation Lincoln, CA Juror: Warren Mackenzie

Materials Hard and Soft Greater Denton Arts Council Denton, TX.                                   

Juror: Beth Ann Gerstein Executive Director of The Society of Arts and Crafts Boston

State of the Art Riverside Art Center Riverside, IL

Another Mishmash Kansas City, MO

Great Clay Goldesberry Gallery Houston, TX

Matter as Protagonist Creative Arts Workshop New Haven, CT                                       

Juror: Jessica Stockholder Professor of Art Yale University

45th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art Chautauqua, NY                          

Juror: Robert Storr Curator Museum of Modern Art New York, NY                            

Award: The Anita Chadwick Award for a Work in Clay


National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts Clay National Show Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC                                                                                        

Jurors: Cynthia Bringle, Michael Lucero, James Melchert

Stretch National Invitational Afro-American Cultural Center Charlotte, NC

Origins in Clay II University of Texas San Antonio Gallery, traveling                                       

Jurors: Howard Taylor Director of San Angelo Museum of Art and Nancy Goldesberry co-owner of Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX

Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show Cambridge, MA                                              

Juror: Maxwell Anderson Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art NY              

Award: Outstanding mixed media entry

From The Ground Up Branigan Cultural Center Las Cruces, NM                                            

Juror: Aurore Chabot

Made in Texas New Braunfels Museum of Art

Expreciones de Color, Forma, y Movimiento Victoria College, TX


The Thirteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition San Angelo Museum of Art, TX Juror: Matthew Kangus

2000 Art Craft Juried Competition and Exhibition Art Museum of South Texas Corpus Christi, TX  Juror: Susan Peterson

CORE Gallery Clay Show 2000 Denver, CO National Juried Show

From the Ground Up The Richardson Gallery Las Cruces, NM Regional                          Juror: Vincent Burke

Black & White + 1Color Long Beach Arts Gallery Long Beach, CA                                              Juror: Megumi Sando



Confrontational Clay by Judith Schwartz page 212


Ceramics Monthly Changing Spaces Edited by Sherman Hall November Issue pages 32,33


Ceramarama California Dreamin ASU Ceramic Research Center exhibition catalog page 56


Star Telegram Fort Worth, TX Sunday September, 24 Despite tight quarters Art in the Metroplex delivers a few insights pages 5D, 8D


Catalog 2nd international art exhibitions Thailand –USA


Layered Stacked Assembled Exhibition Catalog, University of Texas Arlington


The Alchemy of Art and Science NCECA Journal 2004 Panel: Under the Influence: Digital/Elemental- Fred Spaulding(m), Brian Bolden, Rick Parsons, Colby Parsons-OKeefe 102-105 by Scott Dooley


The Alchemy of Art and Science NCECA Journal 2004 Panel: Under the Influence: Digital/Elemental web discussion pages 106-109 NCECA Journal 2004 edited by Fred Spaulding


LAArtcore Calendar Cover and article May-August


University Star Texas State University San Marcos 10/6/2004 article and image.


Victoria Advocate “Clay Synergy: Professors work on Display at the Nave” page 9E July


Victoria Advocate “Building a work of Art” page 11A Tuesday July 6th (Image and column)


Philadelphia Inquirer 1/4/04 (Art and Things to Do listing)


Mesquite Review Dec/Jan 2004 page 27 “From a Little White House to Art House” (Image)


The Studio Potter “Brickyard Discoveries in South Texas” by Fred Spaulding                   June page 42,43

Working With Clay (2nd edition) by Susan Peterson Full page image page 179,          Prentice Hall

Brickworks by Gwen Heeney University of Pennsylvania Press (USA) A&C Black Publishers (UK)  pages 98,99,127 images and text



Lecture: “Assembled Brick Sculpture” South Texas Community College  McAllen, TX

Lecture: “Assembled Brick Sculpture” University of Texas Pan American Edinberg, TX


Lecture: ” Ceramic Assemblage” Ventura College, Ventura, Ca


Lecture/Workshop: “Collaborative Ceramic Assemblage”                                              Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


Individual consultations on student work Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


Workshop: “Printed & Assembled: Brick Sculpture” Texas A&M University Commerce, TX


Lecture: “Assembled Brick Sculpture” Connecticut College New London, CT

Workshop: Bottled Memory and Cups of Color Encinal Art Center Encinal, TX

Workshop: Constructing Collective Memory Laredo Center for the Arts Laredo, TX

Workshop: Rajamangala Institute of Technology Klong 6 –Phatumthani, Thailand

Workshop: Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin Poh-Chang Campus Bangkok

Lecture: NCECA Emerging Artist

Workshop: Srinakarinwirot University. Bangkok, Thailand-also ,slide lecture and panel discussion

Workshop: Texas Christian University, TX

Lecture Burapha University Chon buri, Thailand


Lecture: “Plastic Response” California State University Los Angeles, CA

Workshop/Artist in residence screen printing on brick California State University Los Angeles


Lecture: “ Plastic Response and Objectification” University of Texas at Arlington           

Lecture: “Plastic Response” Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, MT


Lecture: “Plastic Response” Texas State University San Marcos, TX

Workshop: Photo Silkscreen Process with Glaze Nave Museum Victoria, TX

Panel Moderator: “Under the Influence Digital/Elemental”

National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Indianapolis, IN



Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency in Printmaking                                               Selected by Judith O’Rourke: Master Printer Harvey Littleton Studios


John Michael Kohler Arts in Industry program – Iron Casting & Enameling


Guldagergard –Ceramic Research Studio Skaelskor, Denmark


Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

Watershed Center for Ceramic Art


1996                M.F.A. Sculpture / Ceramics, University of Connecticut

1990                B.F.A. Ceramics (Cum Laude), California State University Long Beach


1/98-5/02           Assistant Professor of Art The Victoria College, Victoria, TX

-Teaching Ceramics, Art History, Art Fundamentals

-Served as Department Chair 8/00-5/02

8/03-5/06           Assistant Professor of Art University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX

-Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Ceramics and Sculpture

8/06-5/12           Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art University of Texas Arlington

                                    -Teaching Ceramics

8/02-5/03           Associate Professor of Art Tarrant County College Northwest Fort Worth, TX

and                               -Teaching Ceramics and Sculpture

8/06-present                  -Served as Department Chair 8/12-8/14

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