Tony Marsh

Tony Marsh.

California State University, Long Beach, school of art faculty member Tony Marsh has been named a 2018 U.S. Artists Fellow.

The CSULB alumnus was one of 45 Fellows selected nationally from all creative expression media, and receives $50,000 for his accomplishments and more. The ceramicist's work has focused on the non-utilitarian ceramic vessel for 30 years, according to a CSULB release. Several private and permanent museum collections around the world show his work, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and more. 

“Tony Marsh is an amazing artist and educator,” CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said in a release. “His work is exemplary and provides more than just instruction and guidance, it also provides inspiration. We are proud of the impact he has made at Long Beach State University, as well as in his field.”

Marsh has a ceramic art bachelor's degree from CSULB and fine arts master's from Alfred University in New York. Between degrees, he spent thee years at the Tatsuzo Shimaoka workshop in Japan. He has been the ceramics program chairman at CSULB for 25 years. 

“The ceramic vessel has always been my primary vehicle of artistic expression," Marsh said on his website. "I am fascinated by its deep and unparalleled history and position between nature and culture. While the vessels that I make are not utilitarian nor do they explicitly refer to a historical pottery type or style, I believe that I use them as a device to address the essential. On a simple level, they do attempt to pay homage to what pottery from around the world has always been required to do — hold, preserve, offer, commemorate and beautify.“

Awardees include artists and collectives in nine disciplines, in all stages of careers, and throughout the U.S., who are chosen after a nomination and panel selection. Fields include architecture, design, craft, dance, media, music, theater, performance, traditional arts, visual art and writing. 

Previous awardees include film director/writer Miranda July, composer David Lang, novelist Annie Proulx, and more. 

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