Jeremy R. Brooks
Associate Professor, Ceramics and 3D
Art is made by ordinary people. Creatures having only virtues can hardly be imagined making art. It's difficult to picture the Virgin Mary painting landscapes. Or Batman throwing pots. The flawless creature wouldn't need to make art.” - Art & Fear, by David Bayles
Jeremy R. Brooks (b. 1979, Detroit, MI) grew up in the suburbs of Sterling Heights, MI. His first notable ceramic artwork was a queer little trophy created for “never winning a trophy” (1986). Since a young lad, he has identified as a droll ceramophile afflicted with occasional bouts of decalcomania. He left for college to pursue his ceramic passion, eventually receiving a BFA in art and design from Grand Valley State University (2001) and a MFA in ceramic art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2007). Jeremy has balanced his career between working as an artist and teaching at the university level. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics and 3D at Coastal Carolina University (2018-present). Since 2001, Brooks has exhibited artwork in over 100 exhibitions. Some of his honors include a fellowship in craft by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts (FY24), finalist in the category of found materials for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize (2017), finalist in the category of ceramics molded for several NICHE Awards (2013, 2011, 2010), emerging artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (2011), guest of honor at the XXI International Biennial of Vallauris, France (2010), emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly (2008), and resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA (2007-2008). Jeremy currently resides in Conway, South Carolina where he surrounds himself with copious amounts of ceramic figurines and decals.
M.F.A., Ceramic Art, Alfred University, 2007
B.F.A., Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, 2001
- 2023 Fellowship (Craft), South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Columbia, SC.
- 2011 NCECA Emerging Artist, NCECA Conference, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL.
conceptual art, subversive craft, ceramics and fibers
Ceramics and 3D