Celeste Ivory is a visual artist based in Tallahassee, the capital city of the Sunshine State. Ivory holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Florida State University. She was employed in historic preservation for a decade. Her many craft practice and artmaking experiences led her to found Ivory Tower Collective and return to FSU to pursue the field of studio art as a career. 

Contact   ivorytowercollective [at] gmail [dot] com

Ivory is a member of the Ladies of the Northern Tier art collective, and has also enjoyed collaborations with Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson and Jessica Smoleroff.

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Statement

contemplation on moments of intersection in life | the creation of opportunities to intertwine and meld, or support and connect with others | impulses to be a part of something greater than ourselves | awareness that our lives exist in parallel for great lengths then suddenly merge | our paths' twists and turns | the desire to make meaningful connections met with the realization that reciprocal relationships may never be possible when interactional patterns prevent vulnerability and communication | | | | pausing | | | | to address feelings of not being able to escape, and comfort in being bound to others and memory |

My work examines the complex need for intimacy with nature, others, and self in a hurried, consumer culture. My interest lies in how our desire for connection is often undermined by the quick fix of disconnect, distancing us from beneficial social and environmental relations. Recurring themes of exploration include masking our true intentions for gain, hiding behind a façade, being wolves in sheep’s clothing, becoming blinded by patterns or behaviors, and the inability or fear to share our true self. I make work about the outcomes of duplicity and detachment.

Education 

 

MFA     Florida State University, Studio Art. 2019.

BA         Florida State University, Anthropology. 2003.

                  Florida State University Archaeological Field School led by Dr. Rochelle Marrinan, RPA at the Castro                          Site/8LE00151. Fall 2002.

Usui Reiki Level I Practitioner, Leah Rains, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master. 2019.

Certified Coastal Systems Master Naturalist, FL Master Naturalist Program, University of Florida IFAS. 2003.

Licensed Massage Therapist, CORE Institute School of Massage Therapy. 1996.

Teaching Areas 

3D Foundations

Exploring Opportunities in the Arts

Professional Experience

2021 - present Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University

2021 - present Administrative Assistant, Department of Art, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University

2020 - 2021 Office Associate, Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University

2019 - 2020 Operations Manager, Facility for Arts Research, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University 

2019 Ceramics Lab Technician, Department of Art, Florida State University 

2017-2018 Instructor of Record in 3D Foundations, Department of Art, Florida State University 

2016-2017 Lab Technician, Sculpture Lab + Digital Media Fab Lab, Department of Art, Florida State University 

2011-2016 Division Operations Administrator, Director’s Office, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State 

2007-2011 Assistant Supervisor, Florida Master Site File, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State 

2007 Historic Sites Specialist, Compliance Review Office, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State 

2006-2007 Archaeological Data Analyst, Florida Master Site File, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State 

 

Awards + Honors

Award of Excellence, THOM Collective Exhibition, Thomasville Center for the Arts (2021)

Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society​

Sculpture Award, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University​ (2018)

Superior Performance Award, Florida Department of State Sunshine Award​ (2013)

Award of Distinction, Archaeological Resource Management Training Team Department of State, Prudential Davis Productivity Award​ (2010)

T.E.A.M. Award, Florida Department of State Sunshine Award (2009)

Employee of the Month, Bureau of Historic Preservation (July 2009)

Florida State University Association of Field School Survivors, The Castro Site (8LE151), certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists​ (2002)

American Archer and Archer Sharpshooter, Camp Archery Association

Residencies

Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, Georgia (October 2020 - February 2021)

Textíllistamiðstöð - Icelandic Textile Center, Blönduós, Iceland​ (December 2018)

REBOOT Laboratory, Facility for Arts Research, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (Summer 2017)

Solo Exhibits + Two Person* Exhibitions

2018

hrynjandi, Bílskúrs Gallerí, Textílsetur Íslands, Blönduós, Iceland*​

girl w/ blond hair at crl k, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL*

2017

floccus, SOUP experimental, Tallahassee, FL ​

Select Group Exhibitions

2021

THOM Collective, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA

2019

WOUND TIGHT,

S E T   L O O S E, FSU MoFA, Tallahassee, FL

2018

Adaptation: The Haunted Life, Walmsley Gallery, FSU MoFA, Tallahassee, FL​

&c., Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

Elements | Happening, Dye Shed, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC​

Portal 4, SOUP experimental, Tallahassee, FL

2017

ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.​

Extraction, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

noodz, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL​

Nasty Women, SMALLS, Tallahassee, FL ​

[PRINTMAKING] in the Expanded Field, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL

2016

Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL ​

Super Fresh, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

Aqua Preview, Working Method Contemporary Gallery, John R. Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL 

2015

Encore! Of Vision and Variety, 22nd Floor Capitol Gallery, Florida Capitol Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

Florida Department of State Art Show, Gallery for Innovation and the Arts, R.A. Gray Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

Postcards from The Edge, Visual Aids, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY

2014

First Friday Dec. 5 @ 621 Annex, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL ​

Florida Department of State Art Show, Heritage Gallery, R.A. Gray Building, Tallahassee, FL ​

Involved: A Collaboration Between Printmakers & Non-profits, Bread and Roses Kitchen, Tallahassee, FL ​

Peep: Pop Up Art Show, Ivory Tower Collective, Tallahassee, FL ​

3 Guilds, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Tallahassee, FL 

2013

Glass at the Walmsley, Walmsley Gallery, FSU MoFA, Tallahassee, FL ​

To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate, Artist League, FSU MoFA, Tallahassee, FL

Workshops

Sculptural Fibers, Gabrielle Duggan, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Fiber Foundations and Futures, Marianne Fairbanks, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Alternative Materials & Inventive Solutions, Nicole Jacquard & Anne Fiala, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

The Skin of Objects: Kiln Working Class, Silvia Levenson, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Compelled by Metaphor, Sgraffito technique on glass, Michael Janis, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Mold Making Mash-Up, Mold making and casting intensive, Matthew Day Perez, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Glass Casting, Jude Schlotzhauer, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Glass Fusing, Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Papermaking As Personal Expression: Papermaking Workshop, Drew Matott, Facility for Arts Research, Florida State University

Weaving and Macramé, Natalie Miller, April Rhodes Studio, Columbus, OH

Small Structures, Printed Layers: a Book Arts Workshop, Sarah McDermott, Facility for Arts Research, Florida State University

Little Worlds + Mask Making, Linda Hall, Goose Hall in Smokey Hollow, Tallahassee, FL

Pressure Printing, Allison Milham, 209 Studio, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA

Letterpress Printing, Mika Fowler, Sangha Press, Tallahassee, FL

 

Professional Art Affiliations 

Founder and Director, Ivory Tower Collective (ITC), a creative arts workspace, gathering place for arts organizations, and an exhibit venue 

Treasurer, League of Graduate Artists (LGA), an organization by and for graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts (Studio Art) Program of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University 

Member, Working Method Contemporary, an alternative, non-traditional space dedicated to showing recent works by MFA students in the Studio Art program at Florida State University

Member, Ladies of the Northern Tier (LNT), a North Florida collective of female artists 

Member, Southern Art Glass Alliance (SAGA), a local glass guild that formed with the purpose of promoting glass as an artistic medium in the community 

Member, The Seven Hills Handweavers Guild, a textile guild for weavers and spinners within North Florida and South Georgia

Member, 'Sup 'er Club: Meals for the Clueless, a FSU MFA art making collective

Member, Vaginas Across Space and Time (VAST), a MFA critique and discussion group 

Member, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League (FSU MoFA AL) 

Member, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA)  

Member, The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass 

Member, 621 Gallery, Railroad Square Art Park

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            Ladies of the Northern Tier 

  a North Florida collective of female artists