Brad Bachmeier Artist in Resident 2014

Brad Bachmeier
Brad Bachmeier

Brad Bachmeier


Brad Bachmeier is a native of Anamoose, North Dakota currently living south of Fargo with his wife Susan and their four children. Mr. Bachmeier currently serves as the Professor of Art Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In 2013, Professor Bachmeier received the "Excellence in Research and Creative Activity" award from MSUM. In 2007, upon completion of an MFA degree in ceramics from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, his exhibit "A Ceramic Humanity" was bestowed the only Award of Distinction for Creative Exhibition ever granted at the school. In 2009, Professor Bachmeier received the prestigious bi-annual ND Governor's Award in Arts Education for his "numerous, significant and continued contributions to the state and region."

Brad's ceramic work is collected nationally and has been featured on HGTVs' "That's Clever" and Prarie Public TV's "Prairie Mosaic". Bachmeier has also been awarded the national NICHE award in wheel-thrown ceramics as well as the ARTBUZZ International art competition 3rd place award in ceramics. Brad's works are held in numerous regional and national public and private collections including the ND Governor's Mansion, The Microsoft Permanent Collection, The South Dakota Museum of Art, The Plains Art Museum and Michelle Obama's office in the White House. Brad also specializes in large-scale vessels and is one of only a few dozen brick relief sculpture artists in the country.

Artist Statement:

I create ceramic vessels and sculpture that tell the story of Mankind's ancient and universal partnership with clay through the use of global patterns, symbols, iconography, and firing techniques.

"Earth I am, it is most true, disdain me not for so are you." – English folk pottery motto

Brad Bachmeier with his large pots
Brad Bachmeier with his large pots

Brad Bachmeier


From Brad after his residency:

The AIR program at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona was an excellent experience that provided an opportunity for me to create a new body of ceramic work that helps tell the story of mankind's ancient and universal partnership with clay. During my stay, I was able to take time to learn about the unique geologic qualities of this area as well as the rich traditions of southwestern pottery in the United States. I look forward to exhibiting this ceramic work which borrows many aesthetic considerations from the surrounding landscape and rock formations while utilizing forming and firing techniques of indigenous people.

I found this residency opportunity to be well organized and the park staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. The AIR boarding casita was fantastic and provided the space and quiet that I relished to be able to fully concentrate on the work that I was doing. I believe that my time as an AIR at this park will be a pivotal one in my career as a visual artist.

Last updated: June 4, 2017

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