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Colby Parsons
Associate Professor of Art
Department of Visual Arts
Program Area: Ceramics

Professional Preparation
M.F.A. - Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
B.Ph. - Miami University, Ohio

Colby Parsons teaches ceramics courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Between receiving his two degrees, Colby worked as the potter for a small production pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio. His current work in clay is sculptural, often making use of found objects and other material in addition to clay. The vocabulary of form for these sculptures is derived from various industrial and domestic implements and objects.

I make sculpture that explores the transformative potential at the intersection of physical material and digital media. My background in ceramics gives me an aesthetic based in raw materiality, however I am also fascinated with the potential of new media to add motion and different kinds of interactivity to what is usually a static form of expression. This investigation has taken a variety of forms which often combines sculptural elements with digital video projections. In all of these works, I am taking something I consider ordinary, something that is not particularly noteworthy or interesting, and transforming it into a visual spectacle using the filmic illusion of animation. This act draws attention not only to the way we place value on certain objects or experiences over others, but also considers our visual interpretation of reality itself.

Colby Parsons Artwork Photos

a. Cloud / sculpture with video / 2008
b. Watercube / sculpture with video / 2006
c. Window / sculpture / 2007

Events and Accomplishments

Colby Parsons, TWU Professor of Ceramics, gave a presentation to the Visual Arts Society of Texas titled: Hybrid: Clay and Light, on Thursday, March 3, at 7:00pm, at the Greater Denton Arts Council, located at 400 E. Hickory Street. Colby currently has one of his video/sculpture artworks on display as part of this year's Materials Hard and Soft exhibition.

Colby Parsons
, TWU Faculty, was selected for Art in the Metroplex at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. This year over 200 artists entered the competition and Juror Peter Doroshenko of the Dallas Contemporary selected 34 pieces of the 600 submitted. The exhibition will run from October 9 - 30, 2015 with a reception to be held on October 9, from 6-9pm. Congratulations, Colby! More Information.

Congratulations Colby Parsons, TWU Faculty, for winning Best in Show in the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics! The Zanesville Prize exhibition will be held at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Zanesville, Ohio, from September 25, 2015 through January 2, 2016. More Information.

The University Gallery at Texas A&M University-Commerce presents Edge: a Ceramic Sculpture Exhibtion featuring the work of TWU Ceramics Faculty, Colby Parsons. The exhibition will be on display from January 20 through February 13 with a panel discussion at 4:00 and the opening reception from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, January 27.

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons and Graduate Ceramics student Anastasia Gabriel are included in the 500X Exhibition called Co Action. The exhibition features artists and their mentors. The opening reception is December 6th at 7pm and will be on display until January 4th.

TWU Sculpture Faculty Colby Parsons currently has a solo exhibition up at the University Art Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. The show is titled "Semiotics" and will run from August 18 through September 26th. For more info...

Colby Parsons, TWU Assoc. Professor in Ceramics, has an article in the current issue of Studio Potter magazine. The article is on his work (which is in the TWU Faculty show) and is titled 'Clay and Light'. Congratulations, Colby!

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has an exhibition entitled Convergence at the Living Arts Gallery in Tulsa, OK. The work on display is a multimedia installation of video projections onto ceramic form. The show will be up from April 4 to April 24 with an opening ceremony April 4 from 6-9.

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has a solo show at Brookhaven College in the Studio Gallery. Parsons' works consist of wall-mounted three dimensional ceramic sculpture with digital video projections. The reception will be held January 30 from 6 to 8 pm.

Colby Parsons has work included in a group show "New Directions" at the Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA. His ceramic and video  mixed media work is featured in an article on

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