Geoffrey Pagen

Selected Biography

Born in 1951 in San Jose, California, Geoffrey grew up in Palo Alto, California and studied Ceramics at Palo Alto High School with Cramer Owen. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with Honors and a BFA in Studio Art in 1973, then attended graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating in 1975 with a MFA in Ceramics.

Geoffrey Pagen was a recipient of a Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982, and a Fellowship Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission in 1986.

His studio work spans a global context, having finished over 75 site specific commissioned ceramic projects throughout the United States and abroad, and has had over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group shows since 1975.

Concurrent with the growth and execution of his studio work, Geoffrey has been the Head of the Ceramics Program at Reed College in Portland, Oregon since 1979.

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 1975, Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

B.F.A., 1973, Ceramics, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.

GRANTS

1986 Individual Fellowship Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission
1982 National Endowment for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship Grant
1978 Residency Grant – one year award as Ceramicist-in-Residence at Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Oregon

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015            Reynolds Gallery, New Haven, CT
2014            Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2012            Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010            Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2009            Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008            Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007            The Brown Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
2006            Vollum Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
2005            Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2004            Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, New York
2004            Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2003            Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2001            Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998            Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998            Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wa.
1995            Brendan Walter Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1995            Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1994            Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
1994            Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1993            Salishan Lodge Gallery, Gleneden Beach, Oregon
1992            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1991            Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1990            Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, New York
1989            Lawrence Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1988            Vollum Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
1987            Lawrence Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1985            Lawrence Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1985            Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1984            Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1983            Lawrence Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1982            Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1982            By Design Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1982            Reed College, Portland, Oregon
1981            Henry Korn Gallery, Maude Kern Art Center, Eugene, Oregon
1980            White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
1979            Residency Exhibition, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1977            White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
1976            Recent Works: At Anyart Contemporary Art Center, Warren, R.I.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006 NCECA Invitational Four person exhibition, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
2005 US Embassy, Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo. Art in Embassy Program, State Department.
2005 NCECA ceramics, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon, March 2, April 1.
2004 "On the Wall," Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March-May
2003 US Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania. Art in Embassy Program, State Department.
2003 "Contemporary Ceramics – An International Perspective," Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, California, February 20-March 31
2000 "Abstraction-form to Field," June 1-July 29, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1999 Confabulation of Clay Artists, October 4-29, Renshaw Art Gallery, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon
1998 30 Year Retrospective of Potters-in-Residence, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998 Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, California
1997 "Artscape ’97," Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, California
1996-97 "Magic Mud," Northwest Ceramic Art Exhibition, Curated by John Takehara, Traveling Exhibition until March 1997
1996 "Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition," Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1993 Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
1993 "Scale Shift Small Objects," Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1992-93 Sea-Tac International Airport, Main Concourse, Foster/White Gallery Northwest Ceramics Exhibition, Seattle, Washington
1992 "Still Life," Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1991 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1990 "Sum of the Parts," Jamison Thomas Gallery, New York, New York
1989 "Clay and Clay Plus," Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1989 "Northwest Ceramics Today," Curated by John Takehara, Traveling Exhibition through March 1989
1987 "Clay Works," Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1987 OAC Fellowship Recipients Exhibition, A.N. Bush Gallery, Salem, Oregon
1987 "Functional Abandon: Clay as a Canvas," SAFECO Plaza, Seattle, Washington
1986 "Art in Clay, Part II," Cross Creek Gallery, Malibu, California
1985 Smith-Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1985 "Oregon Crafts ’85," Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, Oregon
1985 "Oregon Biennial ’85," Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
1985 "Ceramic Invitational," Carr Gallery, Houston, Texas
1984 DBR Gallery, "Ceramic Invitational," Cleveland, Ohio
1984 "NEA Craft Fellowship Invitational," Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
1984 "Clay 1984 – A National Survey Exhibition," Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1983 "Ten Year Alumni Exhibition," Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
1983 "Oregon NEA Recipients Exhibition," Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1983 "Oregon Biennial," Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
1983 "RISD – Leadership in Crafts," The Craftsman Gallery, Scarsdale, New York
1982 "Northwest Craft Exhibition," Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Washington
1981 Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
1980 Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
1980 "Alumni Exhibition II," Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1980 "Artquake ’80 Exhibition," US Bank Plaza Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1980 "Oregon Crafts ’80," Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, Oregon
1980 White Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1980 Artifact Galleries, Ltd., Bozeman, Montana
1979 Marui-Imai Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
1979 Potters-in-Residence, A 10-Year Retrospective Exhibition, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1978 8th Annual Willamette Valley Exhibition, Corvallis, Oregon
1978 First Annual Alumni Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1977 Northwest Craftsman Exhibit, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1976 Arizona National Crafts Show, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
1976 18th Annual National Exhibition, Greater Fall River Art Association, Fall River, Massachusetts

SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Ad Marketing, Century City, California
Aetna Insurance Co., Hartford, Connecticut
Arthur Anderson Consulting, Portland, Oregon
ATIS, Alliance of Telecommunications Industries, Washington, DC
Beaverton Physical Therapy, Beaverton, Oregon
Bethel School District, Graham, Washington
Boeing, Tukwila, Washington
Care Oregon, Portland, Oregon
Carpenters Union Building, United Brotherhood of Woodworkers, Washington, DC
City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, Oregon
City of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Colling, Swift & Hynes, Washington, DC
Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Permanent Collection, Portland, Oregon
Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz, Attorneys, Los Angeles, California
Crabbe & Huson Co., Portland, Oregon
C.Z. Sterling Co., Atlanta, Georgia
Czopek & Erdenberger, Architects, Portland, Oregon
Delta Airlines, Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon
Delta Airlines, Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, Washington
Department of General Services, State Collection, Salem, Oregon
Department of Transportation, Materials Lab., State of Oregon, Salem, Oregon
Eastern Oregon State College, La Grande, Oregon
Eastmoreland Golf Clubhouse, Portland, Oregon
Electro Scientific Industries, Portland, Oregon
ETEC Systems, Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon
Fabric Art, Portland, Oregon
Fedderly Companies, Palm Desert, California
General Growth Properties, Cleveland, Ohio
GI Joe’s Corporate Office, Wilsonville, Oregon
Health One Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, Washington
Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Attorneys, Portland, Oregon
Hewlett-Packard, Atlanta, Georgia
Hewlett-Packard, Vancouver, Washington
Hihn Building, Santa Cruz, California
Howard Hughes Foundation, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Hyatt Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona
Inter-Continental Hotel, Miami, Florida
Interiors, Miami Beach, Florida
Jeppessen Company, Denver, Colorado
J.H. Winkler and Company, Portland, Oregon
John Ross Condominiums, Portland, Oregon
Kaiser Glisan Dental Clinic, Portland, Oregon
Kaiser Lancaster Clinic, Salem, Oregon
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Cascade Park Dental Center, Vancouver, Washington
KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, Portland, Oregon
Liberty Centre, Portland, Oregon
Mackenzie/Saito and Associates, Architects/Engineers, Portland, Oregon
Management Compensation Group, Portland, Oregon
McDonalds Corporate Offices, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, Oregon
Meriwether Towers, South Waterfront District, Portland, Oregon
Merix Corporation, Beaverton, Oregon
Metal Exchange Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri
Morton, Cole and Weber, Advertising and Public Relations Firm, Portland, Oregon
MPEG-LA, Chevy Chase, Maryland
National Builder Hardware, Portland, Oregon
NEC America, Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon
NERVE, Ad Agency, Portland, Oregon
Nissho Iwai American Corp., Portland, Oregon
Nissin Foods, Inc., Los Angeles, California
Noell Associates, Portland, Oregon
Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp., Raritan, New Jersey
PacifiCorp, Portland, Oregon
Paine Webber, Blyth Office, Portland, Oregon
People’s Bank, Providence, Rhode Island
Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, Washington
Portland State University, Millar Library, Portland, Oregon
Potomac Community Center, Potomac, Maryland
Precision CastParts, Clackamas, Oregon
Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon
Radisson Hotel, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Ragen, Roberts, Tremaine, Kreiger, Attorneys, Portland, Oregon
Redmond Jr. High School, Redmond, Washington
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Rocky Ridge Elementary School, Graham, Washington
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Oslo, Norway
Russell Development Corp., Portland, Oregon
SAFECO Insurance Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
SAFECO Insurance Company, Seattle, Washington
Serratto Restaurant, Portland, Oregon
Sheraton Hotel, Tacoma, Washington
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington
South Whidbey School District, Langley, Washington
Sport Mall, Inc., Lake Oswego, Oregon
Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
State of Oregon, Department of Revenue Building, Salem, Oregon
Stoll and Stoll, Attorneys, Portland, Oregon
St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon
Techmatics Corporation, McClean, Virginia
The Boulders Hotel, Caretree, Arizona
13th St. Lofts, Portland, Oregon
Thompson & Mitchell, Attorneys, St. Louis, Missouri
Thompson, Adam & DeBast Law Office, Beaverton, Oregon
Timet Corporation, Denver, Colorado
Tokyo Forum. Tokyo, Japan
Tonkon Torp LLC, Portland, OR
US Bank, Trust Division, Portland, Oregon
University of Oregon, College of Education, Eugene, Oregon
University of Oregon, Sciences Complex, Eugene, Oregon
US Embassy, Bujumbura, Burundi
Wacker Siltronic, Portland, Oregon
Washington County Offices, Hillsboro, Oregon
Washington Mutual Bank, Alderbrook Lodge, SeaTac, Washington
Wasserberger Benson Partnership, Architects, Portland, Oregon
Westwood Corporation, Developers and Contractors, Portland, Oregon
Wildwood Restaurant, Portland, Oregon
Williamson McCarter & Associates, Portland, Oregon
Wy’East Color Lab, Portland, Oregon
Xerox Corporation, New York, New York

PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS

Artweek, Vol. 34, Issue 3, April 2003, review by Lois Allan
Ceramics, Art and Perception, Issue #38, 1999, by Kate Bonansinga
Willamette Week, October 21, 1998, review by Kate Bonansinga
RISD Views, Feature Article, Fall 1994, Vol. 7, No. 1, review by Liisa Silander
American Ceramics Magazine, Vol. 10, #2, 1992, review by Suzanne Carmichael
Artweek, Vol. 23, #18, 1992, review by Greg Schneider
"Raku – a Practical Approach," book by Steve Branfman, 1991 by Chilton Book Co.
"RISD AT WORK," publication by Rhode Island School of Design on past RISD graduates, published October 1985
Ceramics Monthly, feature article of current ceramic work, October 1985
American Craft Magazine, "Portfolio" section, June/July issue, 1984
American Ceramics Magazine, review by Louise Klemperer, Fall issue 1984
New Art Examiner, review by Diane Hellekson, June 1982
Art Week, Vol. 10, No. 34, review by Leonard D. Kimbrell, October 20, 1979
The Oregon Artist Workshop Directory, published by Visual Arts Resources, Eugene, Oregon
State of the Crafts, published by Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1979-2014 Director of Ceramics Program, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Summer 1979 Visiting Artist, Craftsman in the School Program – Workshops in Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon
Summer 1978 Ceramic Workshop on Primitive Pottery, Haystack Program,
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Summer 1977 Instructor of Kiln Building Class and Studio Course, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
1976-77 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Summer 1976 Instructor of Summer Ceramics Program, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Summer 1975 Instructor of Summer Ceramics Program, Southeastern Massachusetts University, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
1975-76

Acting Ceramics Department Head, Southeastern Massachusetts University, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

1979 Travel to El Salvador and Guatemala, visiting ceramic pueblos and Mayan ruins
1979 Travel to Japan, visiting museums, private ceramic studios and kiln sites throughout Japan
1971 Travel to England and Europe, visiting museums, galleries, private studios and archaeological sites in the Mediterranean area

Geoffrey Pagen's wall reliefs and works on paper synthesize his fascination with the physical properties of glazed, fired clay, and his interest in the formal properties of the two dimensional surface. Created with many types of glazes, on large slabs of clay, Pagen's reliefs evoke archeological ruins and the natural forces which wear them down. Art historically, his moody, layered textures and serial geometric compositions fuse Abstract Expressionism and Minimalist concerns. Yet always Pagen's work possesses a direct, unapologetic sensuousness which transcends all references.

- John Weber
Portland, Oregon