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Jack Earl, Jack E. Earl

Biography to Display: 

1934Born Uniopolis, Ohio

EDUCATION

1956BA Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio

1964MA Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1964-1972Instructor, School of Design Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

1972-1978Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

1978—Independent Studio Potter, Lakeview, Ohio

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1974, 1976, 1978 Arts/Industry Residency Program, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

 

Jack Earl hand-builds figurative, ceramic sculptures based on personal narratives. Most of his works center on a character named Bill.

Bill is sculpted into diorama-like backgrounds, painted with landscapes or domestic settings. Many of Earl’s works follow down-to-earth Bill through his surreal adventures in rural America. Earl often uses long narrative titles for these works, such as, On no other day did the sun warm the grass as on that day…

Earl frequently made sculptures in the round, using the reverse surface to continue his narrative and placing the sculpture on a turntable for easier viewing. He also produced a large number of sculptures based on cartoon characters and icons of popular culture.

Early in his career, Earl was exposed to European figurative ceramics. He was especially influenced by Meissen figurines. In August of 1974, Earl and fellow ceramic artist Tom LaDousa were the first residents of what would become Kohler's Art/Industry residency program.

An interview with  Jack Earl conducted June 19 and 20, 2007  by Jane Milosch, for the Archives of American Art’s Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available here:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-jack-earl-13626.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedelia, Missouri

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bodine, Sarah. review of “Jack Earl: The Genesis and Triumphant Survival of an Underground Ohio Artist.” Artforum, December 1985.

Bourdon, David. “Jack Earl.” Art in America, November/December 1978.

Gallia, Angela. “Ohio’s Jack Earl.” Ceramics Monthly (March 1999).

Herr, Marciann. “Jack Earl: Narrative Sculptures.” Dialogue, November/December 1981.

Kiefer, Geraldine Wojno. “Jack Earl.” Arts Magazine, 1982.

Klassen, John. “Conversation with Jack Earl.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1981).

Kotwal, Kaizaad. “Ceramics included in Smithsonian Archives.” Columbus Dispatch, November 2007.

Leuthold, Marc and Sarah Wilkins. “From Average to Excellent. Ceramics Monthly (March 2008).

Nordness, Lee. Jack Earl: The Genesis and Triumphant Survival of an Underground Ohio Artist. Racine, WI: Perimeter Press, 1985.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Perimeter Gallery, Portnoy Gallery, Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks
1976
1978
1979
1979
1983
1986
1987
1989
Figure With Bananas
Date: 1968
Method: Hand Built
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California
Photo: Johnson Collection of Contemporary Crafts
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California
Ohio Dog Story
Date: 1976
Method: Hand Built
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Saturday Night in Ohio
Date: 1976
Method: Cast, Hand Built
Photo: University of Iowa Museum of Art Joan Mannheimer Collection, Photo courtesy of Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California
Untitled
Date: 1978
Form: Soy Bottle
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Mixed Methods
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Morning Dog Walk
Date: 1979
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Ohio Lakeview
Date: 1979
Method: Hand Built
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2008.658.28, bequest of Hope Yampol
Photo: TMP
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2008.658.28, bequest of Hope Yampol
Photo: TMP
Another Bush
Date: 1983
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
In That Day, I Will Raise the Tabernacle
Date: 1986
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Stone Story
Date: 1987
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Raphael Worked Close to Home
Date: 1989
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Oil Paint
Racine Art Museum, WI, gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photo: TMP
Racine Art Museum, WI, gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Elvis Teapot
Method: Hand Built
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 5, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/earl