Nicolas Touron, Artistic Director    Email: nicolastouron@sculpturespacenyc.com   Born in France, Nicolas Touron is a New York City-based artist. He received his BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he studied sculpture, ceramics, and audio-visual arts. He received his MFA at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and was a 2001 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. Nicolas Touron’s work has been featured in art galleries, museums, and public spaces in both the U.S. and abroad. His work is also in numerous private collections. Nicolas has had solo exhibitions at the Stux Gallery in New York, Galerie Detais in Paris, and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer in Dusseldorf. Residencies and awards include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Lower East Side Printshop. In addition to exhibiting his work, he has curated exhibitions at the Kunsthal in the Netherlands, Radiator Arts in Long Island City, and the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York. Nicolas is currently a faculty member at SVA, where he teaches ceramics and drawing. In recent years he has taken a particular interest in 3D clay printing, which he has embraced in his personal work and as an instructor. Nicolas’s knowledge, commitment, and accomplishments in the fine arts, ceramics, and education bring a level of excellence and seriousness of purpose to the overall artistic vision of SSNYC.

Nicolas Touron, Artistic Director

Email: nicolastouron@sculpturespacenyc.com

Born in France, Nicolas Touron is a New York City-based artist. He received his BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he studied sculpture, ceramics, and audio-visual arts. He received his MFA at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and was a 2001 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. Nicolas Touron’s work has been featured in art galleries, museums, and public spaces in both the U.S. and abroad. His work is also in numerous private collections. Nicolas has had solo exhibitions at the Stux Gallery in New York, Galerie Detais in Paris, and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer in Dusseldorf. Residencies and awards include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Lower East Side Printshop. In addition to exhibiting his work, he has curated exhibitions at the Kunsthal in the Netherlands, Radiator Arts in Long Island City, and the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York. Nicolas is currently a faculty member at SVA, where he teaches ceramics and drawing. In recent years he has taken a particular interest in 3D clay printing, which he has embraced in his personal work and as an instructor. Nicolas’s knowledge, commitment, and accomplishments in the fine arts, ceramics, and education bring a level of excellence and seriousness of purpose to the overall artistic vision of SSNYC.

Graham Marks, Projects Coordinator   Graham Marks has a long and accomplished history with clay, beginning in 1968. He was particularly known and admired for his large coil built earthenware forms, which were exhibited and collected internationally. In addition to his work as an artist, Graham’s career as a teacher is very well established. He has taught at Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was the head of the ceramics/artist in residence program at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Following his tenure at Cranbrook, Graham’s career took a turn and he began studying acupuncture with the great English practitioner J.R. Worsley. Graham went beyond his commitment as a student and became a practicing acupuncturist for twenty-five years. He recently made the decision to return to working in clay, making wheel-thrown functional pots. His discipline and accomplishments as a ceramicist, as well as his experience working in the healing arts, brings a particular sensitivity, creative sensibility, and contribution to the SSNYC team.

Graham Marks, Projects Coordinator

Graham Marks has a long and accomplished history with clay, beginning in 1968. He was particularly known and admired for his large coil built earthenware forms, which were exhibited and collected internationally. In addition to his work as an artist, Graham’s career as a teacher is very well established. He has taught at Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was the head of the ceramics/artist in residence program at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Following his tenure at Cranbrook, Graham’s career took a turn and he began studying acupuncture with the great English practitioner J.R. Worsley. Graham went beyond his commitment as a student and became a practicing acupuncturist for twenty-five years. He recently made the decision to return to working in clay, making wheel-thrown functional pots. His discipline and accomplishments as a ceramicist, as well as his experience working in the healing arts, brings a particular sensitivity, creative sensibility, and contribution to the SSNYC team.

Jamie Kay, Ph. D., Education Coordinator    Email: jamiekay@sculpturespacenyc.com   As the former director of an education program at Lenox Hill Hospital and, more recently, an impassioned maker of ceramics, Jamie brings a unique combination of experience to her position as the Education Coordinator at SSNYC. With a masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from NYU and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute, she is well acquainted with the importance of the creative process and its contribution to a sense of well-being, personal expression, and growth. While working as a psychologist, Jamie engaged in a variety of creative pursuits in her personal life. However, it is ceramics (specifically, throwing porcelain) that she has found to be her most satisfying form of artistic expression. Her experience as a member at SSNYC has propelled her commitment and interest even further. Jamie’s personal and professional background, combined with her understanding of what contributes to positive and meaningful learning experiences, informs her position as the Education Coordinator.

Jamie Kay, Ph. D., Education Coordinator

Email: jamiekay@sculpturespacenyc.com

As the former director of an education program at Lenox Hill Hospital and, more recently, an impassioned maker of ceramics, Jamie brings a unique combination of experience to her position as the Education Coordinator at SSNYC. With a masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from NYU and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute, she is well acquainted with the importance of the creative process and its contribution to a sense of well-being, personal expression, and growth. While working as a psychologist, Jamie engaged in a variety of creative pursuits in her personal life. However, it is ceramics (specifically, throwing porcelain) that she has found to be her most satisfying form of artistic expression. Her experience as a member at SSNYC has propelled her commitment and interest even further. Jamie’s personal and professional background, combined with her understanding of what contributes to positive and meaningful learning experiences, informs her position as the Education Coordinator.

 
Xi Nan, Program Coordinator    Email: xinan@sculpturespacenyc.com   Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China. She currently lives and works in New York. Xi was selected from the China Disabled Person Federation, a national organization, to study abroad at the highly regarded RCN United World College in Norway, where she earned her International Baccalaureate degree. Continuing with her studies, Xi went on to receive an additional Baccalaureate degree in studio art at the Luther College, in Iowa. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Xi was awarded the United States national second prize of a juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. Her winning work was exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 2011. A determined and committed artist and student, Xi completed her MFA in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 2015. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., including juried shows in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Long Island City, Berkeley, and San Francisco. In 2018, Xi was invited to exhibit at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Pittsburgh. She was granted a visa designated for artists with extraordinary ability by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Xi’s extraordinary journey and accomplishments truly reflect the mission and principals of SSNYC and contribute greatly to her position as Program Coordinator.

Xi Nan, Program Coordinator

Email: xinan@sculpturespacenyc.com

Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China. She currently lives and works in New York. Xi was selected from the China Disabled Person Federation, a national organization, to study abroad at the highly regarded RCN United World College in Norway, where she earned her International Baccalaureate degree. Continuing with her studies, Xi went on to receive an additional Baccalaureate degree in studio art at the Luther College, in Iowa. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Xi was awarded the United States national second prize of a juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. Her winning work was exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 2011. A determined and committed artist and student, Xi completed her MFA in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 2015. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., including juried shows in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Long Island City, Berkeley, and San Francisco. In 2018, Xi was invited to exhibit at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Pittsburgh. She was granted a visa designated for artists with extraordinary ability by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Xi’s extraordinary journey and accomplishments truly reflect the mission and principals of SSNYC and contribute greatly to her position as Program Coordinator.

Rosemerry Perez, Operations Manager   Rosemerry is an accomplished ceramicist and an invaluable part of the SSNYC team. Rosemerry first started working with clay in 2004 as an apprentice at Bodanna, a non-profit organization in New York. After her first year she was awarded the "Analdo Duran" prize, which led to her studies at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. During her time at Penland, she worked closely with Ron Meyers and Chuck Hinds. In addition to her work as a ceramicist, she became part of the production team at Bodanna and has had work exhibited at the Japan Society. Rosemerry has taught mixed-level classes in ceramics. She is currently working toward her BFA in ceramics at Lehman College. Rosemerry plays an integral role at SSNYC, where she oversees the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of the studio.

Rosemerry Perez, Operations Manager

Rosemerry is an accomplished ceramicist and an invaluable part of the SSNYC team. Rosemerry first started working with clay in 2004 as an apprentice at Bodanna, a non-profit organization in New York. After her first year she was awarded the "Analdo Duran" prize, which led to her studies at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. During her time at Penland, she worked closely with Ron Meyers and Chuck Hinds. In addition to her work as a ceramicist, she became part of the production team at Bodanna and has had work exhibited at the Japan Society. Rosemerry has taught mixed-level classes in ceramics. She is currently working toward her BFA in ceramics at Lehman College. Rosemerry plays an integral role at SSNYC, where she oversees the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of the studio.

Lou Kirchner Operations Manager   Lou Kirchner has been with Sculpture Space NYC since 2015. While he has assisted with many aspects of the building and maintaining of the studio, he is also an accomplished ceramic artist. Lou has a long and committed relationship to the visual arts. He has a background in painting and sculpture, having received his MFA from Yale University in 1983, along with a full scholarship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in 1979. Additionally, Lou was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1986. Ceramics became the focus of his creative work beginning around 2007. He experimented with different approaches and styles, currently designing lamp structures incorporating ceramic, concrete, and other mixed media. As a member of the SSNYC team, Lou oversees a multitude of responsibilities at the studio, including the chemistry lab, raw material inventory, maintaining essential equipment, and studio management. Lou’s knowledge in all these areas (all informed by his many years of creating art, making sculpture, and ceramics) make him particularly suited in his position as Operations Manager.

Lou Kirchner Operations Manager

Lou Kirchner has been with Sculpture Space NYC since 2015. While he has assisted with many aspects of the building and maintaining of the studio, he is also an accomplished ceramic artist. Lou has a long and committed relationship to the visual arts. He has a background in painting and sculpture, having received his MFA from Yale University in 1983, along with a full scholarship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in 1979. Additionally, Lou was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1986. Ceramics became the focus of his creative work beginning around 2007. He experimented with different approaches and styles, currently designing lamp structures incorporating ceramic, concrete, and other mixed media. As a member of the SSNYC team, Lou oversees a multitude of responsibilities at the studio, including the chemistry lab, raw material inventory, maintaining essential equipment, and studio management. Lou’s knowledge in all these areas (all informed by his many years of creating art, making sculpture, and ceramics) make him particularly suited in his position as Operations Manager.