Originally from Southeast Idaho, Kelsey Duncan received his Bachelors of Fine Art
(B.F.A.) from the University of Montana and his Masters in Fine Art (M.F.A) from Ohio
University. He is a recent Long Term Fellowship Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation
for the Ceramics Arts, and a resident artist at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester,
New York. His further ceramic endeavors include a residency with the International
Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, Studio 740 in Helena, Montana, a summer resident
at the Archie Bray Foundation and Resident Director at Pioneer School Zanesville.
Duncan’s work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United
States and Eastern Europe. He has been an instructor of record at Ohio University
and a long-term instructor at the Archie Bray Foundation, the 92Y and the Clay Art
Center in New York. Most recently he was the recipient of the Rudy Autio Creative
Initiative Grant and the Elaine Hoffman Rattet Grant for the Ceramic Arts. Duncan
is currently represented by Abmeyer Wood Fine Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington.
Utilizing the human object as my primary vehicle, I explore the resilient nature of
the human experience and the complex politics of the human body. My recent work celebrates
the amazing men and women that make up contemporary, small town burlesque culture.
I’m drawn to the concept of performative empowerment as a means of taking control
of one’s environment through the vessel of the body. I ultimately propose a more inclusive
way of looking at bodies and the people they represent, some limited by a lens of
perception colored by stereotypes and destructive tropes.