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David Kiddie

Associate Professor, Instructional Faculty
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: Sculpture (ceramics/plaster/wood); Native American Ceramics; China Ceramics; Korea Ceramics; Japan Ceramics
Office Location: Moulton Hall 143
Office Hours: M/W: 4-5 T/TH: 1-3
Phone: (714) 997-6748
Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts
The Claremont Graduate University, Master of Fine Arts


David Kiddie works of art

Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics and Sculpture, David Kiddie teaches ceramics and sculpture and oversees the facilities in these areas in the Chapman University Department of Art. His works are in many national and international collections, and he has shown at numerous galleries and museums including the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Cal Poly Pomona University, University of La Verne and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

Professor Kiddie works with a variety of media, such as painting, drawing and printmaking, while most of his production has been in ceramics.  His technical expertise in clay coupled with his knowledge of ceramics history and culture has made him in demand to perform workshops at other institutions and conferences. His ceramic works have covered the gamut of the clay medium from functional wares to figurative sculpture.  Professor Kiddie also makes works in collaboration with other artists, most recently with painter Michael Reafsnyder.  He is also interested in Native American Pueblo Pottery and has received research grants in this area.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

2018. “Nature In-Forms” Curated show including ten ceramics sculptors/ educators from Southern California. Artists include: Mary Beierle, Tim Berg, Patsy Cox, Laura Haight, Stanton Hunter, CJ Jilek, Shane Keena, David Kiddie, Rebekah Myers, and Molly Schulps. Great Park Arts Complex, Irvine, CA.
"Nature of Sculpture" a curated exhibition that includes over 60 works of sculpture chosen particularly for their relationship with various garden settings. Los Angeles Arboretum, Pasadena, CA
"Pedagogic Clay 2015" A curated group of works made by faculty who have made significant contributions to the ceramics field as artists and teachers. Frank M, Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA.
"Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future" A 10 year anniversary show celebrating the collection at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, curated by Jo Lauria, faculty at Otis College of Art and Design, Independent Curator, former director of Decorative Arts Collection at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. AMOCA, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
"Lineage, Mentorship and Learning" A curated exhibition and competition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA. An exhibition curated by a panel of judges who assembled a select group identified by their learning connections with leaders in the ceramics field. Students of those selected were asked to submit work in the competition too. Kiddie's work was shown in the midst of a direct link to Peter Voulkos, a professor at Otis College of Art and Design (1954-59), UC Berkeley (1959-85), most noted for bringing clay out of the craft realm and into the fine art arena, and his first student and noted "Father of American Raku", Paul Soldner, professor at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University (1956-91). This exhibition lineage ended with current Chapman student, Evan Walker who was included in the show.
"Sculpture in the Garden" Invitational Show, Sam Maloof Museum, Alta Loma, CA
"Kiln Opening 2104" Juried show for faculty and students at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
"Farm to Fork", a curated exhibition about our various relationships with food. Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, California
"Palette to Palate" Invitational Show, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
"AMOCA Studio Exhibition" Invitational Show, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Studio Gallery, Pomona, CA
"Resident Artist" American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Ceramic work published in The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay (500 series), Lark Books, 2012.
Continued gallery representation in Armstrong’s Gallery in Pomona, Ca.
Continued gallery representation in the Creative Arts Group, in Sierra Madre, CA.
“Ink and Clay 38” Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona University
“Kiln Opening 2012” American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona Ca.
"OC Faculty" Invitational Show, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA
Made final arrangements for the American Museum of Ceramic Art's (AMOCA) acquisition of "Anthrax Cluster II"
Gallery Representation, Winnow Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
"Chain Letter" Group Show, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed by Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times. August 4th.
Group Show and new gallery representation, Armstrong's Gallery, Pomona, CA
I exhibited 5 ceramic sculptures in Chapman’s faculty show in the Guggenheim Gallery.
In November I delivered and installed one of my larger ceramic sculptures prominently at the entrance to the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
"Out of Order II" Solo Show of recent ceramic sculpture at Napa Gallery, Cal State Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Winter Exhibition, Invitational Group Show, Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Continued, proprietorship of "Ceramic Art" an official licensed ceramics business that does online exhibitions and sales and notifies the public of upcoming exhibitions and events.
“New Wood Fired Work”, solo show, Winnow Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
“Ink and Clay 35”, juried Show, Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, CA
“Chapman University Alumni”, solo show, Back Room Gallery, Memphis Café, Santa Ana, CA
“Sculpture II”, invitational group show, Western Project Gallery, Culver City, CA