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artist , composer , educator , musician

Brian Charles Ransom, Artist, educator, musician, composer. Recipient Fulbright/Hayes Congressional fellowship, 1978-1979, Oregon Arts Commission fellowship, 1982, research fellowship U. Tulsa, 1985, COGS fellowshipClaremont Graduate School, 1985, fellowship in sculpture National Endowment Arts, 1986, Artist in Residence fellowship California Arts Council, 1992-1995;named Emerging Artist National Ceramic Educators' Conference American, 1986.


Ransom, Brian Charles was born on September 27, 1954 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of James Charles Willis and Margret Marie (Wallace) Ransom.


Student, University Puget Sound, 1973. Student, Rhode Island School Design, Providence, 1974. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art, New York State College Ceramics, Alfred, 1978.

Master of Arts in Ceramics/Anthropology, University Tulsa, 1984. Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Claremont (California) Graduate School, 1985.


Teacher, U. Tulsa, 1983-1984;teacher, Pitzer College, Claremont, 1984-1985;teacher, University of California at Los Angeles, Westwood, California, 1988-1989;teacher, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California, 1990-1995;teacher, Scripps College, Claremont, 1991;artist in residence/ceramics, Tierra Del Sol, Claremont, 1992-1995;assistant professor ceramics, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, since 1995. Conductor various workshops and lectures.


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  • Other Work

    • Founder, creator The Ceramic Ensemble, 1986. One-person shows include Maude Kerns Gallery, Eugene, Oregon, 1981, Courtyard Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1982, Whitebird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon, 1982, University Tulsa, 984, Claremont Graduate School, 1985, New Harmony (Indiana) Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1986, Lawrence Gallery, Portland, 1986, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, 1987, Norra Eccles Museum Art, Logan, Utah, 1987, Cera Cossa College, Ridgecrest, California, 1989, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, 1989, 90, 94, Art Space, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 991, Conejo Valley Art Museum, Thousand Oaks, California, 1991, Mendecine Arts Center, California, 1995. Exhibited in group shows at Portland Art Museum, 1973, Devo Gallery, Portland, 1980, Johnson Atilier Art Center, Tulsa, 1983, Hansen Howard Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, 1985, Scripps College, Claremont, 1986, Reflections Gallery, La Mesa, California, 1986, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, 1987, Oregon School Arts and Crafts, Portland, 1988, Wita Gardner Gallery, San Diego, 1988, Faith Nightingale Gallery, San Diego, 1990, Irvine (California) Fine Arts Center, 1992, Hollywood (California) Bowl Museum, 1992, El Camino College, Torrence, California, 1994, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1994, Museum Nebraska Art, Kearny, 1997, Tustin (California) Renaissance Gallery, 1997.

      Represented in permanent collections Everson Museum, New York State College Ceramics Alfred University Museum. Recordings: Between Two Worlds, 1986, Try to Tell Fish About Water, 1986, The Destroyer, 1987, Echoes, 1989, Tales of the Human Dawn, 1990, Sounding Clay, 1990, At Home with Mother Earth, 1994, Internal Medicine, 1995.


Member College Art Association, Sierra Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bicycling, sailing, hiking, camping.


Married Emily Lucile Phelps, June 21, 1982 (divorced October 1987). Children: Willis, Stefan, Jacob. Married Amanda Marie Donta, June 3, 1995.

James Charles Willis Ransom

Margret Marie (Wallace) Ransom

Emily Lucile Phelps

Amanda Marie Donta

Willis Ransom

Stefan Ransom

Jacob Ransom