May 5, 2015

Nicole Seisler selected as Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Professor in Ceramics

Ceramic artist Nicole Seisler has been selected as the second Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Professor in Ceramics for Claremont Graduate University’s and Scripps College’s ceramic arts collaboration.

Nicole Seisler
Nicole Seisler (Photo by Doug Manelski)

The visiting professor position is funded through the generous support of Joan and David Lincoln who launched an endowment in 2011 to establish a ceramics partnership between CGU and Scripps College. The visiting artist helps to foster innovative projects in the area of ceramics promotes intercollegiate collaboration and mentors students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

“The Lincoln Visiting Artist position is unique in that it spans two schools but one community ” Seisler said. “I am excited to teach ceramics in such an innovative and transformational place and to focus attention on graduate students who are at pivotal stages in their careers.”

Seisler joins the Claremont Colleges from University of Washington after a competitive search that included the efforts of both CGU and Scripps faculty members. David Pagel professor of art theory and history at CGU noted that Seisler will be a particularly good fit in the Art Department.

“She is providing something timely. She makes work that slides really elegantly from art as an object to art as an event—art that causes things to happen in time stimulates the senses thinking the passions—and I think students benefit from that ” Pagel said.

The Lincolns’ endowment also awards up to $3 125 per semester for MFA students who focus on ceramics and provides them with opportunities to gain teaching experience by working as teaching assistants at Scripps undergraduate classes.

Joining the Claremont Colleges from her previous position at the University of Washington Seisler is looking forward to taking advantage of her new locale and the academic community.

“Beyond the classroom I am also looking forward to expanding my public and participatory art practice throughout the campus community and into the cultural hub of Los Angeles ” she said.

Siesler follows Julia Haft-Candell in the three-year rotating position. Haft-Candell will be on staff at both Scripps and CGU through 2015.”