Bio and Statement

GINGER HENRY GEYER

Austin artist Ginger Geyer grew up in Arkansas, earned BFA and MFA degrees from SMU, and worked for 13 years at the Kimbell Art Museum and Dallas Museum of Art in conservation, collection management, and planning. Ginger received a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. She has been Adjunct Professor there and at Concordia University. Since 1999 she has served as arts consultant and gallery curator for Laity Lodge, a retreat center supported by the H.E. Butt Foundation in the Texas Hill Country. Handbuilt, glazed porcelain has been her primary medium since 1990, creating detailed pieces that evoke a blend of her experiences as a playful church-fed child, a curious museum professional, a mother of two, and an insatiable scholar of theology. Her portfolio includes an ever-expanding body of work that pokes at sacred cows and political pork, while also claiming the “nevertheless factor”– that we are astonishingly blessed. Valley House Gallery, Dallas, represents Ginger’s work.


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Porcelain clay is a  fancy, finicky material that provides a check on my need for results. Prone to warp and crack, it is much like ministry, or art exhibitions, in that you never know the ultimate effects of what you send out there. At first sight my pieces appear to be one-liners, all about technical virtuosity. However, this is “slow art”, asking the viewer to enter an entanglement of potential  meanings posed by strands of humor, vintage and pop culture, scriptural allusions, civil religion, art history and the physicality of porcelain itself. Tips: notice the flaws, dive into the cliches, and be open to stories. An epic is woven around the sculptures featuring a precocious WASP character named Chlora. She’s a good Southern girl, with all that implies. Themes of transformation and brokenness linger here, but with all that human heaviness there is a playful  dose of joy, abundance, and openness to what is. 

RESUME – GINGER HENRY GEYER

[email protected]     www.gingergeyer.com

(512) 454-7179 (512 ) 914-0372 cell

3415 Cascadera Dr.       Austin, TX 78731

EDUCATION  

2004  Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin

1978    M.F.A., Southern Methodist University, in Museum Education

           – St. Mark’s School, Dallas, student teaching

1975    B.F.A., Southern Methodist University, in Studio Art                      

1971-73    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Studio Art

EMPLOYMENT

1990-present   Self-employed artist, working in porcelain sculpture, writing, collage, painting and mosaic

2020  Curator for CIVA exhibit and book “Again and Again”, photos & poems

2019  Programming and envisioning consultant to the Museum of Texas Art

2017  Programming and envisioning consultant to University of Texas at Dallas,

  Athenaeum museum complex

1999- 2015 Artistic Consultant to H.E.B. Foundation/Laity Lodge Retreat Center: developed gallery, curated 70 exhibitions, artist/writer retreats, retreat facilitator,  speaker and art workshops

2001, 2004 Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Seminary of the Southwest. Created and co-taught “Art & Soul: The Creative Dialogue Of Faith”

1992- 2016     Arts Consultant to Research Planning Consultants, Carrabba Conservation, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, San Jacinto Museum, Texas Association of Museums

1996-97   Adjunct professor of painting and ceramics, Concordia University, Austin

1977-9     Deputy Director for Planning, Dallas Museum of Art. Prepared architectural program for new wing and adult education center. As McDermott Associate, coordinated move to new building, grant writing, and custom computer system for collection management. As Assistant Chief Curator authored extensive manual for collection management and ethics, conducted feasibility studies and curated print shows. As Rockefeller Fellow, curated exhibition on art conservation and helped set up educational outreach.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS by GINGER GEYER

2021 2 essays in catalogue honoring Richard R. Brettell, UT Dallas SPIN Gallery

“Again and Again: Poems and Photographs for the Liturgical Year”, with Richard Osler, published by CIVA

“Lavernis Royal”— Connections, HEButt Foundation

“Lu Ann Barrow’s Painting Technique”, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Arts Festival catalogue

2020  “If These Walls Could Talk”, catalogue for exhibition, with William Niendorff

2019  “If These Walls Could Talk”, co-authored with Jennifer Cumberbatch, for CIVA “Seen” Journal Fall 2019

2017 “Chlora’s Dream House”, second edition, self-published via Blurb, 238 pages, fully illustrated catalogue of my sculpture

2014 “Paradox in Paradise.” ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies July 2014: 15-22. 

2012 “Art on Board: The Chapel Paintings of John P. Cobb.” Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas: Tarleton State University 9 (2012-13): 71-81. 

2007 “Chlora Plays Joker Poker.” The Blue Rock Review 3.1 (2007): 120-133.

2005 “Art on Board: John Cobb’s Panel Paintings Hit the Texas Highways.

IMAGE: Art, Faith, Mystery 47 (2005, Fall): 33-43.

2003   “Holy Roller.” The Christian Century 120.1 (11 January 2003): 40.

-“The Misfit.” IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts & Religion 38 (2003, Spring): 21-23.

2001   “Calling and Signage” IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts & Religion 33/ Winter, p. 81-94

SELECTED PRESS

2021 -panelist for Texas Historical Commission annual conference soon, “Real Places” on If These Walls Could Talk

2020 Barnes, Michael, “Museum Show examines race and who built early Austin”,

Austin 360 (Austin American Statesman)

-Kathryn Pearce, “If These Walls Could Talk (REVIEW), Artprofiler’s blog

-UT Austin Dept. of Art and Art History, Jan 31, 2020

-KUT radio, Fox 7 TV News, KXAN TV news on If These Walls Could Talk

2015 Flowers, Dr. Betty Sue. “Ginger Geyer: Explorations and Transformations” Ceramics: Art & Perception. Fall, 2015, Issue 101 

-Sokolove, Dr. Deborah. “Ginger Geyer: Ordinary Objects in Ordinary Time.” Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, D.C. 

2013 Sokolove, Deborah. Sanctifying Art. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013. pp. 118-119.

2010 Brettell, Dr. Richard R. “Ginger Geyer: The Porcelain Reformation.” McKinney Avenue Contemporary. University of Texas at Dallas Press April 2010.

-Spiegelman, Willard. Review of MAC show. D Magazine 2010. Web.

-Dardess, George & Peggy Rosenthal. Reclaiming Beauty for the Good of the World: Muslim & Christian Creativity as Moral Power. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2010. 

2009 Sokolove, Dr. Deborah. “Wholly Porcelain: Mimesis & Meaning in the Sculpture of Ginger Henry Geyer.” chapter in Visual Theology: Forming and Transforming the Community through the Arts. Ed. Robin M. Jensen & Kimberly J. Vrudny. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009. 29-40. 

2005 Buchholtz, Brad. “Reflections in Porcelain.” Austin American Statesman 13 November 2005: K1, 12.`

-Buchanan, Katie. “Art as Image and Text.” The Wittenburg Door 35.201 (2004, Sept./Oct.): 4-9.

2003 Jacobs, Mary A. “Artist’s Work Explores Fragile Truths.” The Dallas Morning News. 11 October 2003: G6.

2000  Dumitru, Cyra. “The Way of the Artist: Ginger Geyer.” Connections: A Publica tion of Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Foundation 2000.

1999 Parks, Michelle. “An Evolution in Creation.” Northwest Arkansas Times 13 Au gust 1999: C12-14.

-Davis, Richard J. “Art to Ponder: Exhibit Pokes at Sacred Cows.” The NW Arkansas Morning News 1999: D 5-6.

SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS,  solo and group 

2021 “An Artist’s Homage to the Dynamic Influence of Rick Brettell”, UT Dallas SPIN Gallery

2020 retrospective If These Walls Could Talk”at Neill-Cochran House Museum, Austin TX, in collaboration with Jennifer Cumberbatch Performances

-Featured Artist, San Angelo Museum of Art, 23rd Annual Ceramics Competi tion (with exhibition and videos)

2012-2017  Dallas Art Fair, Valley House Gallery booth

2017 Artist residency in Tuscany, 5 weeks

2015 Ordinary Objects in Ordinary Time, Solo exhibition at Luce Center for Art and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

Menagerie, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

2014 Ordinary Objects in Ordinary Time, Solo exhibition at Wheaton College

60th Anniversary Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

20th Anniversary Show, the MAC, Dallas, Texas

25th Anniversary Show, Luce Center for Art and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D

2013 Three month artist residency, and Paradox in Paradise, Solo exhibition at CRE TA Rome, Italy

Suitable Subjects: Contemporary Still Life, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas –Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion, Luce Center for Art and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D.C.

2012 Chlora at the Fairmont, Solo exhibition at Ross-Akard Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2011 Three month artist residency,  Fairmont Hotel, Dallas

2010 The Porcelain Reformation, Solo exhibition at McKinney Avenue Con

temporary, Dallas, Texas; curated by Rick Brettell

Ginger Geyer Porcelain Sculpture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

The Porcelain Reformation, Abilene Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, Texas

2009 In The Making, Regent College, Vancouver, and other venues in Seattle, Washington and Texas

-Two week artist residency at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, spon- sored by the By/For Project

-Long term loans to the Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, Texas

2007 People’s Gallery Exhibition, Austin City Hall, Austin, Texas

Body of Christ, Washington Theological Consortium, Washington, D.C.

2005 Ginger Geyer Porcelain, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

-The Matter of Devotion, University of Houston Library and Xnihilo Gallery, Houston, Texas (for IMAGE national conference)

2003 New Work (with Pamela Nelson), Cidnee Patrick Gallery, Dallas, Texas –Ginger Geyer & Jim Janknegt, The Prodigal Son and Other Parables: Two Artists and Their Spiritual Journeys, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Scan- lan Gallery, Austin, Texas

2002 Tragedy and Transformation: Artists Respond to September 11th, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas

2001 The Chlora Stories, Solo show, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas

2000   Next Text, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas

1999 Homecoming: Sculpture & Verse, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1998   Parables in Porcelain: Sculpture & Verse, Lyons-Matrix Gallery, Austin, Texas

1997 Wholly Porcelain, Dadian Gallery at the Luce Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

-Featured artist, Trinity Arts Conference, Haggerty Gallery at University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

1996   Everyday China, Concordia University Gallery, Austin, Texas

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & VOLUNTEER WORK

Speaking engagements using my art at over 50 locations; volunteered for 10 years at local food pantries, 6 years volunteer art teacher at elementary school, multiple donations of artwork to 18 civic groups, panelist for 10 national and state museum annual conferences on topics in art collection management and computerization

2021 -Lead curator for “Again and Again” traveling exhibition for CIVA

If These Walls Could Talk, Award for Excellence by American Association for State and Local History

– Studio residency for collage, University United Methodist Church, 3 weeks,

-classes at Flatbed Press

2020  Speaker, with Jennifer Cumberbatch at “Women Vote”, also Hotel Ella Salon Series, Seton Cove, Seminary of the Southwest, University United Methodist Church, and several events at the Neill-Cochran House Museum

2019  Juror, Echo Gallery, Johnson City, TX, “The Breast Show”

2018  UT Austin,  speaker at Antiquities Action Symposium, “Artists’ Use of Books”

2017  Artist-in-Residence “In Situ” at Villa Monti, Tuscany

2016  Guest speaker, University of Texas at Dallas, for graduate seminar on university museums

2015  Guest speaker at Wesley Theological Seminary art class, and gallery talk

2013  Panelist at symposium for ceramics exhibition Return to the Earth, Nasher Museum and Sculpture Garden

-Workshop leader at Nasher Museum for seminar on “Leading from the Soul”, sponsored by the Laity Leadership Institute and Duke Divinity School

2012 St. David’s Forum speaker

-Image Annual Conference speaker, “Nurturing the Creative Ecosystem”, with Andy Crouch

-Studio tour for Nasher Museum and Sculpture Garden Associates

2011 Creative Capital’s Professional Development weekend, at Arthouse Texas -Faculty, The Glen Workshop, St. Johns College, Santa Fe, New Mexico -Workshop presenter for Summer Institute featuring Kathleen Norris, at Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas

2009 Curated Earth, Water, Wind and Fire show for Cassandra James at Gatehouse Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

-Studio tour for Flatbed Forum group

2007 Appeared on PBS show, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

2005 Seminar Director, Understanding Contemporary Religious Art, 6 week workshop at SAGE (Continuing Ed at UT Austin)

-Presenter, Art & Soul National Conference, Baylor University

-Workshop teacher, Austin Museum of Art & Seton Cove Center

-Curated large group show for national conference of Image, at two sites in Houston, also was a presenter and panelist

2004 Featured speaker with Gregory Wolfe, invitational retreat for artists and writ ers, Laity Lodge

2002 Curated art exhibition, From Tragedy to Transformation: Artists Respond to 9/11 at Seminary of the Southwest, and speaker for Art Symposium

2000 Curated exhibition Tressa Hawkins: The Pleasures of Breathing for Women & Their Work, at Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas

1996 directed art program for homeless adults, with two exhibitions, at University United Methodist Church, in association with Austin Metropolitan Ministries

1995-1996 -Board member, Women & Their Work gallery

PUBLIC & PRIVATE ART SALES

8 public collections, 89 private collections