Saint Louis University
Nila Petty

Associate Professor of Studio Art

courses taught: ART-240 and 340, Ceramic Sculpture I & II, and ART-440, Ceramic Sculpture Studio, Sculptural Materials, ART-345
phone: 314-977-3659
office hours: By appointment. I am available to meet with students most days of the week.
my thoughts:
"The power of imagination makes us infinite," John Muir

Member of the
SLU community
since 2003
Degree: M.F.A.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Degree: B.F.A.
Rockford College

Recent exhibitions: 2010 - “Refigured”, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI / 2009 - “White, Black and Shades of Gray”, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA – Honorable Mention award / “Contemporary Sculpture 2009”, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO / “4th Bienal Internacional De Ceramica Ciudad De Talavera”, Organismo Autonomo Local De Cultura De Talavera, Talavera De La Reina, Toledo Spain
Publications: "Making Choices for a New Clay Studio", Ceramics Monthly, November, 2005
Ornithology, plants, the human figure as form, and investigating surface / firing options in ceramics.
Narrative: I want my ceramic sculptures to evoke a sense of hope and joy, through beautiful forms that acknowledge both vulnerability and strength. I love working with clay, partly because it has such a long history of human use. Clay can have a visual warmth to the surface. It is a tactile material, easily recording marks and the process used in creating a form. I still feel a sense of wonder about clay, and this carries over into the classroom. I am amazed by what the students can create and the endless possibilities. Teaching enhances my learning, pushing me to expand my research. It enriches my understanding and love of clay and art.
Service: Host "Empty Bowls" charity event in coordination with SLUDA. Spend time helping at a local organic farm.
Phi Beta Kappa
Other Activities: Avid gardener and bird-watcher.
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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