Scott Ross



2012                            Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture

                                    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

1997                             Bachelor of Arts, ceramics and creative writing (dual majors)       

               Minor, english literature   

                                    Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

                                    Area(s) of Specialization: Sculpture, Ceramics, Installation, Public Sculpture  

Previous Teaching

2016 - 2019            Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

2012 - 2016                  Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY

                                     Budget Manager, Three Dimensional Studies, Kentucky State University, Frankfort KY

                                     Studio Technician, Three Dimensional Studies, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY

2012                          St. Louis Artworks (teaching artist/resident/mentor), 3D Design and Public Sculpture, St. Louis, MO

2009 - 2012                Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, 3D Design and Introduction to Sculpture, (Graduate TA)

Previous Work Experience

2007-2009                    Lead Carpenter, self-employed, White Lake, MI

2004-2007                    Lead Carpenter, Garm Construction, Troy, MI

2000-2004                    Lead Carpenter, self-employed, White Lake, MI

1998-2000                    Journeyman Carpenter, McCoy Sauna and Steam, Farmington, MI

1997-1998                     Apprentice Carpenter, Mark Schaller Carpentry, Metamora, MI


Courses Instructed

Introduction to Art,  Introduction to Art (online), Two-Dimensional Design,  Three-Dimensional Design,  Introduction to Sculpture,  Ceramics (I, II, III),  Sculpture (I, II, III),  Sculpture-Assembled Form, Sculpture-Modelled Form, Studio Arts (Studio 16),  Undergraduate Symposium, Undergraduate Seminar

Courses Developed

Introduction to Art,  Two-dimensional design,  Three-Dimensional Design, Introduction to Sculpture,  Ceramics (I, II, III), Ceramics-Assembled Form, Sculpture (I, II, III), Studio Arts,  Undergraduate Symposium,  Undergraduate Seminar, Advanced Sculpture,   Sculpture-Assembled Form,  Sculpture-Casting,  Sculpture-Large Scale/Public,  Installation, Research in Time and Space (in progress)


Special Topics

Senior Seminar, Graduate Seminar, Professional Development   


2018 - 2019               Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, Committee Member, OR

2017 - 2019               Student Policies Committee, Member, Linfield College

                                     McMinnville Downtown Association Committee for Public Art, Member 

2016                             Div. of Fine Arts Search Committee, Chair, KSU

2015 - 2016              Faculty Senate, Budget and Academic Support Committee-Chair, KSU

                                    ARTS 2 O Planning Committee, Frankfort, KY

2014 - 2016             Faculty Senate, Senator, KSU 

                                    University Wide Faculty Appeals Committee, Member, KSU 

                                    Cultural District Steering Committee, Member, Frankfort, KY

                                    Frankfort Public Art, Member and Co-Developer, Frankfort, KY

2013                            Director of Bands Search Committee, Member, KSU

                                    Program Review Committee, Member and Co-Author,

2012 - 2016            Recruitment Committee, Chair, KSU

                                    Safety and Security Committee, Chair, KSU

                                    Institutional Assessment Committee, Member, KSU

                                    Art Area Curriculum Committee, Member, KSU

                                    Gallery/Exhibitions Committee, Member and Co-Curator, KSU

                                    Josephine Sculpture Park Steering Committee, Member, Frankfort, KY

2012                            PLACELESS SPACE STUDIO, Director, established studio/alternative exhibition space, Madison, IL

2011 - 2012                  Sculptors at Wagner (SAW), President of student organization, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL              

2011                             National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) self-review committee, SIUE

  2011 Defining Excellence-The Campaign for SIUE, student representative, Department of Art and Design   

2010 - 2011                  Sculptors at Wagner (SAW), Treasurer of student organization, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL

2009 - 2010                Sculptors at Wagner (SAW), Member of student organization, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL  

2009 - 2012                Wagners Potter Association (WPA), Member of student organization, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL   

1997 - present             SCOTT ROSS STUDIO, established studio, private studio openings and sales, White Lake, MI   


2018                             Professional Development Grant, Linfield College, OR

2016                             Travel Grant, Linfield College, OR 

                                     Professional Development Grant, Linfield College, OR                                    

2015                             SCULPT EVV 2015, Design Grant, Evansville, IN 

2014                            NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Grant, Frankfort, KY 

                                    SHAPES OF INFLUENCE, 1stPlace, Springfield, IL      

                                    Center for Environmental Education Faculty Grant, KSU, Frankfort, KY

                                    Professional Development Grant, KSU, Frankfort, KY  

2013                            Professional Development Grant, KSU, Frankfort, KY 

2012                            Professional Development Grant, KSU, Frankfort, KY

                                    SCULPT EVV, 2ndPlace, Evansville, IN

                                    THE THIRD DIMENSION, Runner Up, St. Charles, MO

2011                            Graduate Travel Grant, SIUE, to Tequesta/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                                    Sculpture On Campus Grant, SIUE

                                    Eastern Illinois University Summer Sculpture Residency Grant, EIU

2010                            Sculpture On Campus Grant, SIUE

                                    Sculpture on Campus, 1st Place, Luiz Jimenez Grand Prize, SIUE

                                    Student Success Center Purchase Award, SIUE

2009                           Graduate Travel Grant, SIUE, to Torgiano, ITALY

2009 - 2012                Graduate Assistantship, SIUE

Solo Exhibitions 

2017                             PRESENT TENSE: An Installation by Scott Ross, Linfield Gallery, McMinnville, OR

2016                             SENTINELS, Knauer Art Gallery, West Chester University, PA 

2015                            SOLID CUT STONEWARE, Spun Smoke Gallery, Oakland, CA

  COILED, Capital Gallery, Frankfort, KY

                                    SCULPT EVV 2015, Evansville, IN (Invitational)                                    

2014                            CHALKTALK BOARD:  A mobile kiosk for a community conversation about public art. Frankfort, KY (multiple sites)                                    

                                    SENTINELS, Grand Theater Gallery, Frankfort, KY  

                                    IN BECOMING STONE: The Wood-Fired Sculpture of Scott Ross, Watkins Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD 

2013                            IN BECOMING STONE: The Wood-Fired Sculpture of Scott Ross, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Museum Art Galleries,

                                    Hattiesburg, MS 

                                    IN BECOMING STONE: The Wood-Fired Sculpture of Scott Ross, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX                              

                                    HAND ROLLED, HAND CARVED, McClure Building, Frankfort, KY 

2012                           KEEPER OF THE KEPT: An Installation by Scott Ross, Placeless Space Studio, Madison, IL 

2011                             SCOTT ROSS: ATTIC FRAMED New Wagner Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL

Two Person/Group Exhibitions

2019 PELXUS, Laura Vincent Design & Gallery, Portland, OR (2 person)

2018                           SMALL WORKS/BIG HEARTS, Atlantic Gallery, NY

  PRESENTER’S EXHIBITION, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

                                   NEW WORKS, Frye Galleries, NY

2017                           NEOTERIC IGNITION, TeaPlusArt, Houston, TX

                                   BRIAN RANSOM AND ALUMNI SHOW, Cobb Gallery, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

  ESSENTIAL EARTH, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 

2016                           WAUBONSEE WOOD FIRE INIVTATIONAL EXHIBITION, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL 

WOOD-FIRING: OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS, University of Montevallo, AL 

2015                           THRESHOLDS, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie, FL (2 person show)


                                     Halcyon Gallery at the Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN

                                    OF THE EARTH: The Works of Darrell Ishmael and Scott Ross, Arts Place Gallery, Lexington, KY (2 person show)

2014                            THE STATE OF CLAY (Invitational) Arts Place Gallery, Lexington, KY 

                                    SHAPES OF INFLUENCE (1stplace) Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

2013                             PRE-ARTWALK GROUP SHOW, Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery, Frankfort, KY 

2012                            THE THIRD DIMENSION (runner up) Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

                                    SCULPT EVV (2ndPlace) City of Evansville, IN

2011                             MAQUETTES AND SMALL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

                                    SCC INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, SCC Gallery, St. Charles Community College, MO 

                                    2011 SCULPTURE ON CAMPUS, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL  

                                    EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

                                    ATMOSPHERE, Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL 

                                    EC @ NCECA, New Cobb Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, 

ART FOR THE EARTH, Gardens at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL

                                    MORRIS UNIVERSITY CENTER SHOWCASE, MUC Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2010                            2010 SCULPTURE ON CAMPUS (1stplace) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL  

                                   EAC, ALL MEDIA JURIED COMPETITION, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL  

                                    TEA BOWL NATIONAL, Kansas City Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO 

                         FIGURE-OBJECT-SPACE, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO                     

                                    2010 SAS AT ARTFAIR AT LAUMEIER, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St.Louis, MO  

 2009                          VASELLE D AUTORE PER IL VINO NOVELLO XIV EDIZIONE, Torgiano, Perugia, ITALY  

                                   POUL JENSEN AND SCOTT ROSS, Museo del Vino, Torgiano, Perugia, Italy, 

                                    CLAY AND CONTEXT, Indiana State University Art Gallery, Terre Haute, IN

2008                           ECKERD COLLEGE 50THANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, Elliot Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL  

2007                           INTERNATIONAL VISITING ARTIST EXHIBITION, Nanfeng/Shiwan International Ceramics Museum, Foshan, CHINA


2019                            CANVAS and CLAY, Heidi Kreitchet and Mark Rigsby, Nils Lou Gallery, Linfield College, OR

2018                            CULTURE SHOCK, Derek Patterson, Nils Lou Gallery, Linfield College, OR

                                    TRUTH IN MATERIALS, Deborah Wheeler, Nils Lou Gallery, Linfield College, OR

                                    THE WINNOWER, Lucas Coffin, Nils Lou Gallery, Linfield College, OR

2017                            MARK OF A DAY: NINE MEDITATIONS, Andrew Snyder, Nils Lou Gallery, Linfield College, OR

2014                            ANIMATE EARTH, Zach Balousek, KSU Art Gallery, Kentucky State University, KY                   


2019                             “Scott Ross Workshop:Wood-Firing” wood-firing masters workshop, Cobb Mtn. Art, Middleton, CA (scheduled)

“Scott Ross Workshop: Ram and Slam Cast” AMOCA, Pomona, CA (scheduled)

“Scott Ross Workshop:Wood-Firing” wood-firing masters workshop, East Creek Anagama, Willamina, OR

2018                             “Working Solid: Making and Firing Solid Ceramics” lecture, Cultural Confluence Woodfire Symposium, Helena, MT

                                     “Scott Ross Workshop:Wood-Firing” wood-firing masters workshop, The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT

2017                             “Scott Ross Workshop:Wood-Firing” wood-firing masters workshop, Chuck Pate Anagama, Cinncinnati, OH 

2016                             “Scott Ross Workshop: Working Solid” masters workshop and lecture, West Chester University, PA 

  “Scott Ross Workshop: Working Solid” masters workshop and lecture, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 

                                    “Public Art Practice- Clearing the Hurdles and Avoiding the Pitfalls” CAA Conference, Panelist, WashingtonDC

2015                            “Scott Ross Workshop: Working Solid” masters workshop and lecture, Broward College, Davie, FL 

2014                            “Scott Ross Workshop: Working Solid” masters workshop and lecture, Hood College, Frederick, MD 

2013                            “Scott Ross Workshop: Low Salt Firing and Wood-Firing” vapor/fuming glazing and wood-firing masters workshop

with artist lecture, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN                            

                                   “Scott Ross Workshop: East Asian Coiling” workshop and lecture, Broadway Clay, Frankfort, KY 

                                   “Scott Ross Workshop: Working Solid” masters workshop and lecture, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 

                                   “Scott Ross Workshop: Kiln Building” wood kiln building workshop, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

                                   “Scott Ross Workshop: Ceramics and Wood-Firing” ceramic and wood-firing masters workshop with artist lecture,

                                     Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Glassel School of Art, Houston, TX                                                         

2012                            “Between the Sacred and the Mundane” lecture, Sam Fox School of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2011                             “Narrative in Public Sculpture” Guided sculpture walk for Honors 120 class,

Department of English Language and Literature/Women’s Studies Program, SIUE, IL

                                    “Scott Ross Workshop: Ceramics” workshop and artist lecture, Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL

                                    “Scott Ross Workshop: Ceramics” workshop and artist lecture, Broward College, Davie, FL 

2009                           Artist Lecture, Museo del Vino, Perugia, Torgiano, ITALY

2006 - present          “Scott Ross Workshop: Wood-Firing”  High Lonesome Anagama Firing (annual) White Lake, MI

Visiting Artist/Assistantships/Residencies

2019 Residency, Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project, Middleton, CA (scheduled)

Residency, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA (scheduled)

2018                            Visiting Artist, The Clay Studio Missoula, Missoula, MT

2017                             Residency, Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY

2016                            Visiting Artist, West Chester University,West Chester, PA

  Visiting Artist, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 

2015                            Visiting Artist, Broward College, Davie, FL 

  Residency, SCULPT EVV 2015, Evansville, IN 

 2014                           Visiting Artist, Hood College, Frederick, MD 

2013                            Visiting Artist, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN 

                                    Visiting Artist, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 

                                    Visiting Artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Glassel School of Art, Houston, TX 

 2012                           Residency, St. Louis Artworks, St. Louis, MO

 2011                            Residency, Eastern Illinois University Summer Sculpture Residency, Charleston, IL

2009 - 2010                Studio Assistant for Foundry/Sculpture Area, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL                  

2008                            Studio Assistant to Nino Caruso for retrospective, “On The Road” Todi, Italy

2007                            Visiting Artist, The Second Foshan International Wood-firing Conference and Ancient Nan Feng

Wood-firing Culture Festival, Foshan, China

 2006 - 2007               Studio Assistant to Peter Callas, Belvidere, NJ                                        

 2006                           Studio assistant to Paul Soldner for Paul Soldner Workshop, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT 

 1996 - 1997                 Studio Assistant/Kiln Technician for Ceramics Studio, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 


Technical Experience/Skill



            Casting: Bronze, Aluminum, alternative materials

            Mold making: resin bonded sand, lost wax investment, ceramic shell       

            Patination: of the above cast materials

            Pattern making: microcystalline wax forming and casting, various combustible materials, spruing and gating 

            Furnace operation: induction, gas (natural, propane)

            Kiln construction: updraft burnout, car burnout, crucible furnace 


            Welding: MIG, TIG, arc, oxy/acetylene, brazing 

            Forming: plasma cutting, oxy/acetylene cutting, power break and roller, manual break and roller, power shear, manual shear,

stationary grinder, various power and hand tools

Mold making: multi piece plaster, waste plaster, silicone and urethane rubber


            Equipment: table saw, planer, joiner, router, band saw, panel saw, miter saw, stationary sanders, lathe, drill press, pneumatic guns,

various power and manual hand tools 

            Proficiency: framing, rough carpentry, finish carpentry

 Machine operation:

            Vehicles: forklift, Bobcat, Skytrak forklift, front end loader, backhoe, boom, dump, various light/medium/heavy duty work vehicles 

            Lifting: bridge crane, gantry crane, mobile loader, electric and manual hoists 


            Forming: modeling, hand building, slip casting, electric and manual wheel throwing, glaze and clay formulation 

            Firing:bisque, raku, sagger, pit, sawdust, high and low fire salt/soda, oxidation/reduction stoneware, wood 

            Kiln construction: 

                   Wood: anagama, noborigama, single chambered crossdraft, train

                   Gas: updraft, crossdraft, downdraft, car


         Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, BlackBoard, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple, CAD, Rhino 



Riverwalk, Frankfort, KY

Hayne’s Corner, City of Evansville, IN

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

America’s Central Port, Granite City, IL

City of Evansville, IN

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 

Granite City Sculpture Park, Granite City, IL 

Origin Agency, St. Louis, MO

Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY

Tarble Art Center, Charleston, IL

Morris University Center, Edwardsville, IL

Museo del Vino, Torgiano, Perugia, ITALY

Nanfeng/Shiwan International Ceramics Museum, Foshan, CHINA

The Gardens at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL

NameBrand Tattoo, Ann Arbor, MI


Professional Membership

2011- present     International Sculpture Center (ISC)

2009- present    Collegiate Arts Association (CAA)      

2005- present    National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA