BIOGRAPHY

Trent Burkett is an artist working across disciplines from mixed media sculpture, functional ceramics, and public art. He is the former Full Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture and Chair of the Department of Visual Art at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Burkett started teaching at Pacific in 2000 and resigned from the academic setting in 2014 to focus on his professional art practice and continue to teach privately through his business, City Art Plant Studio located in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Burkett was born in San Bernardino, CA in 1970 and spent the majority of his formative years in Sacramento, CA. He completed his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and his MA and BA at Sacramento State University, CA.

The method for conceptualizing and making work occurs through a process of searching for natural and man-made/ altered material, acquiring and relocating it, and repurposing the chosen material into art objects. The character traits of a material are the primary factor in determining the meaning, which may include substance, location, prior use history, and inherent cultural associations. Among these traits, location holds a special interest insofar as a given material can speak to its place of origin. Every material originates in the form of raw matter, and it is this property that the work reflects. Some materials are exhibited “as is” with a minimum degree of alteration. Others are minimally worked in such as way as to refine certain aspects while leaving others alone. Narrative is constructed in the work through this process of searching, assessing, and projecting the forces that made each material.

STUDIO INTERVIEWS

2013
http://inthemake.com/trent-burkett/

2016
http://chromaticcollective.com/trent-burkett/

EDUCATION

California State University, Sacramento, CA, BA 1993
California State University, Sacramento, CA, MA 1998
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, MFA 2000

TEACHING

2000-2014
University of the Pacific, Assistant to Full Professor/ Chair

VISITING ARTIST

2016
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California

2015
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California
http://www.sloma.org/events/upcoming-events.php?event=659

2014
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2013
Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, California
Artist In Wilderness Workshop, Aspen, Colorado
http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/crosscurrents-wilderness-workshops-artist-wilderness-program#stream/0

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/158619

2011
Grand Theatre for the Arts, Tracy, California

2010
Mendocino College, Ukiah, California

2008
Foothill College, Los Altos, California

2004
California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

2000
University of Minnesota/ University of Wisconsin, Stout, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
Et Cetera, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article102683977.html

2015
Porcelain, Spun Smoke Gallery, Oakland, California
http://spunsmoke.com/blogs/past-shows/18966707-trent-burkett-porcelain

Misc., JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, California
http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article10616225.html
http://jayjayart.com/portfolio/trent-burkett-misc/
https://www.artsy.net/show/jayjay-misc-dot-by-trent-burkett

2010
Prefab, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, California
http://jayjayart.com/portfolio/trent-burkett-prefab/

2006
New Work: Wood and Salt, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California

2005
Ishi Wo Taten Koto, LH Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California

2004
Elements of the Garden, Oakland Museum of California (Sculpture Court), Oakland, California

2001
Neutral Garden, Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

2000
A Garden, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Reboot, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, California
Large and Little, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, California

2014
Dimensions, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California

2013
Crafted, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2012
Three Cups: White, Green, Black, Vessels for Tea, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado
Pop Up, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Rafael, California

2011
Now and Then, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, California
30 x 5: Salt/ Soda, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
https://www.akardesign.com/creators/moreinfo.asp?iCreatorID=648

2010
Pots and Prints: New Work by Trent Burkett and Monika Meler, Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, California
Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2009
Trent Burkett and Michael Connely, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California
Trent Burkett and Judith Duff, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
30 x 5, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2008
16 Stokers, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California
Clay Now, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California
Wood-Fire Invitational, California State University Sacramento, Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento, California

2007
Wood-Fired, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2006
West Meets East: A Contemporary Pottery Show, Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Washington, D.C.
20+1, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona

2005
Pots: Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

2004
The Naked Truth, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Six Potters by the Sea, Stewart Kummer Gallery, Gualala, California
The Blues: Tonality II, Tierra Solida Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2003
Cleary Black and White, Tierra Solida Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2001
Wrap Up!, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, California

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2010
Contract to produce plate-ware for the Mina Group 252, Michael Mina, San Francisco, California
http://www.ceramicindustry.com/articles/91532-plates-and-platters

http://origin.news10.net/news/article/109288/0/Pacific-professor-creates-plateware-for-San-Francisco-restaurant-

http://jayjayart.com/sacramento-bee-review-feb-13-2011

2008
Contract for outdoor installation, Beth Jones Art Consultants, Kaiser Permanente, Modesto, California
http://www.bethjonesartconsultant.com/Projects/Public_01/Burkett_Trent/Burkett_01.html

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20080927/A_BIZ/809270315/0/wap&template=wapart

STOCKISTS

Love Adorned, New York, Amagansett, Santa Monica
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-york-fine-jewelry-staple-817655

Christopher Anthony LTD., Palm Springs, California
http://christopheranthonyltd.com/search.php