Scott Ross was born in 1971 in Union Lake, MI. and earned BA (1997) degrees in Ceramics and Creative Writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He has earned his MFA (2012) in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Since 1997, he has also been building and firing wood-kilns at his home studio in Union Lake, MI.
During the last eight years he has participated in 35 exhibitions (11 solo and 24 two person/group with 3 international), including exhibitions at the Museo del Vino, Laumeier Sculpture Park and The Tarble Arts Center. These exhibitions are representative of his continued interest in sculpture, installation and ceramics as vehicles for self-expression. In 2006 he became a part time studio assistant to Peter Callas until mid-2007. In 2008 he was invited by sculptor Nino Caruso to Todi, Italy to be his studio assistant for his retrospective “On the Road”. These assistantships and participation were the genesis for his interest in teaching and committing to art as a profession. Since the spring of 2010, he has built several large-scale public works that are installed at SIUE (IL), Josephine Sculpture Park (KY), City of Evansville (IN) and in the Granite City Sculpture Park (IL). In the fall of 2011 he established The Placeless Space Studio, an alternative exhibition space, in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse on the grounds of America’s Central Port (ACP), Granite City, IL. The relationship with ACP, through establishing the studio and exhibition, resulted in a public commission for a large steel sculpture titled “Wake of the Flood” which was installed in October of 2012 on the ACP grounds. Building upon the supportive and collaborative nature of his relationship with ACP, his interest in expanding his artistic practice to incorporate community engagement and involvement, from both public and private entities, has set a future direction of inquiry for his work. Shortly after finishing and opening an 8,000 sq. ft. installation at The Placeless Space Studio, Scott accepted the Assistant Professor of Sculpture position at Kentucky State University (KSU), where he taught both traditional and contemporary sculptural practices, along with ceramics for the last four years. While completing the Spring semester at KSU he was offered and accepted the Sculpture position at Linfield College. He designed, then constructed, two woodkilns in the Midwest before making the long drive to Oregon to start the 2016 Fall semester. Scott is currently building a dynamic Sculpture area at Linfield College with course offerings in metal fabrication, large scale/public sculpture, casting and a digital fabrication/3D print lab. Forthcoming are a number of “Scott Ross Workshops” and lectures, ranging from large-scale public sculpture to kiln building, clay techniques and firing methods. Scott more recently finished a public sculpture commission for the Riverwalk in Frankfort, KY titled “All This President’s Men.” This October, Scott will be co-leading a pre-symposium firing of the anagama at the Clay Studio of Missoula, MT with Jody Johnstone. He will be giving a lecture on his working methods and firing techniques at the Woodfire Symposium: Cultural Confluence in Helena, MT. He will also be leading a firing in April of 2019 at the East Creek Anagama in Willamina, OR. The annual wood firing workshop of the High Lonesome Anagama, at his family home/studio in Union Lake, MI, will be taking place during the month of June.