Chotsani Elaine Dean

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2001  M.F.A.              Ceramics, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

                                      Washington University in St. Louis

1998  B.F.A.               Ceramics, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

                                      Cum Laude


2014-present      Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics

                              South Carolina School of the Arts, Anderson University, South Carolina


2013                 Adjunct Faculty

                           School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


2012-2013          Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, Visiting Faculty, Teaching/Research Grant,

                             Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (Uttar Pradesh)


2010-2012        Instructor of Art, Gallery Coordinator

                              Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT


2005-2010        Adjunct Faculty, Studio Technician-Ceramics

                               School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2003-2008        Studio Manager, Wesleyan Potters Middletown, CT

2003-2008        Faculty, Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT

2006-2010        Substitute Teacher, Middletown Schools Public Schools, Middletown, CT

2006-2007        After-school Instructor of Art, Green Street Arts Center, Middletown, CT

2006                   Adjunct Faculty, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

2005-2007        Faculty, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

2004                   Visiting Instructor in Art, Connecticut College, New London, CT

2002-2004          Adjunct Faculty, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

2002-2004          Ceramic Technician, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

2001-2002          Teaching Fellow, Washington University, School of Art, St. Louis, MO

1999-2001          Graduate Teaching Appt., Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2000                   Technical Assistantship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Solo exhibitions

2009               ‘Clay Quilts: Post-Emancipation’, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

2007                ‘Remembered Memories, Communal Ancestry’, Mikhail Zakin Gallery

                         Demerest, NJ

2004               ‘Coded Memory’, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT

Two-person Exhibitions

2013                ‘Extract/Abundance’, works on paper, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India

2012              ‘Present’, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College

                        Manchester, CT

2009               ‘Angels, Demons and Holy Ghosts’, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT 


Group Exhibitions

2016                Traversing Traditions, Charter Oak Cultural Center, curator Kathryn Myers,      

                        Hartford, CT

2015                 Objects & Ideas, Five Points Gallery, curator Robert Calafiore, Torrington, CT

2015                 Faculty Exhibition, Vandiver Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, SC


2013               Abhaas aur Abhyaas, Art Chamber Gallery, Calengute, Goa (India)

2013               Anweshan, Aurodhan Gallery, Pondicherry, India  

2012               Individual Common, The Gallery at Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT

2011                 Women’s Work, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT

2011               ‘decorative patchwork from then’, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT

2006              Norwich Arts Council Juried Fine Art Exhibition (Honorable Mention)

                          Norwich, CT

2005               Celebration- Invitational Exhibition, Erickson-Davis Gallery, Ivoryton, CT

2005               Gallery E210, Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken, NJ

2005                Night and Day, Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

2005                Mixed Media Quilts, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

2005                Affairs of the heART Invitational Exhibition, Erickson Davis Gallery

                          Ivoryton, CT

2004                Annual Faculty Exhibition, Manwaring Gallery, Connecticut College,

                         New London, CT

2003              Staff Exhibition, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

2003             Annual Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School Hartford, CT

2002             Annual Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT  

2001             M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, In/Form 6 Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2000            M.F.A. First-year Thesis Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1998                Zanesville International Juried Biennial Exhibition, Zanesville, OH

1998             B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Taub Hall, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT



2012-2013      Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Teaching/Research Scholar Grant-USIEF

                        Banaras Hindu University (9 months), Varanasi, India

2010                Connecticut Artists Fellowship Grant



2014             MJ Do Good Short Term Resident, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

2013              Kriti Gallery,Varanasi, India

2012              ClayFingersPottery, Thrissur, Kerala (India)


 2013            Visiting Artist, Sanskriti Kendra, Glaze Workshop, New Delhi, India

 2013            Visiting Artist, Kriti Gallery, Clay Workshop, Varanasi, India

 2013              Visiting Artist-Lecture, Banaras Hindu University, Art History Dept., Varanasi,


 2013              Visiting Artist-Lecture, University of Baroda, Baroda, Gujarat, India

 2012              Visiting Artist -Mixed Media Mural/Raj Ghat Besant School/Krishnamurti

                       Foundation, Varanasi, India

 2012              Visiting Artist -Mixed Media Mural/Raj Ghat Besant School/Krishnamurti

                       Foundation, Varanasi, India

 2011               Panelist, Billings Forge/Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT

 2006              Visiting Artist, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, Lecture 

 2005            Visiting Artist, Curry College, Boston, Mass. – Lecture

 2002            Visiting Artist, Cobb Montessori School, Simsbury, Ct.

 2001             Visiting Artist, Howard University, Washington, D.C., Lecture



2007                Ceramics Monthly/December – Upfront Featured Artist



2008-                  present Committee Member, State Collections Committee for Art, State of    


2010-2011          Juror, Public Art, Percent for Arts, Culture Department of Public Health

                          Hartford, CT

2008                  Juror, Public Arts, Roberto Clemente High School, Percent for Arts,

                          New Haven, CT 

2000-2001         Preparetor’s Assistant, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

1996-1998         President of Clay Club, Hartford Art School, Ceramics Department  

                            Hartford, CT

1996-1997          Volunteer Teaching Assistant, Educational Main Street, University of

                            Hartford, W. Hartford, CT

1994                   Exchange Student, Gisor France, Windsor High School


2012                    Lon and Jane Pelton, Windsor, CT

2009                    Dr. Peter and Mrs. Catherine Mathisen, Clinton, NJ 

2008                    Howard and Stefanie Krieger, Woodbridge CT

2007                    Mikhail Zakin, Closter, NJ

2006                    First Church of Christ Congregational UCC

                            Seoul, South Korea & Glastonbury, CT

                            (collection and commission)

2006                    Gary Portnoy, Chappaqua, NY

2006                    John and Margie Krietler, Tile Commission, Meredith, New Hampshire

2001                    Jerrold and Harriet Lander, Tile Commission, St. Louis, MO

2001                  Michael and Elise Repovich, Ceramic Landscape Commission, St. Louis, MO

1997                    Maurice Sanchez, Montclair, NJ