David Vertačnik


David Vertačnik
  • Professor Emeritus

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Biography

David Vertacnik received his MFA from the New York state college of ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y, in 1975 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana state university in 1972.  David has taught at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas since 1979.

His art has been viewed in numerous solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in the United States and Slovenia.  His work is held in public and private collections, including those belonging to bethel college (newton, Kansas), the overland park convention center (Overland Park, Kansas), Emprise bank (Wichita, Kansas), the former president of Slovenia, Milan Kucan and the city of most NA Soci, Slovenia where three sculptures grace it's picturesque river walk.

David employs a wide range of materials in his pieces, including ceramics, cast bronze, industrial and agricultural objects.  Many of his sculptures are designed for outdoor sites, created with elements that move freely in space.

Creative Works

Selected Work

The Kinsey Juried Art Show 2009. Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery. Bloomington. IN. 2009

Stardust Memories. Spalding University, Huff Gallery. Louisville. KY. 2007

Teaching the Object. Arts Incubator. Kansas City. MO. 2004 - 2005

Art on Axis: Indiana State University Alumni Exhibition. Axis Architecture. Indianapolis. IN. 2004

Clay Mechanics. Midland Art and Antique Market. Indianapolis. IN. 2004

Endless Summer. Dennis Morgan Gallery. Kansas City. MO. 2004

For the Arts. Shook Hardy and Bacon. Overland Park. KS. 2004

Four Person Exhibition. CornerBank. Lawrence. KS. 2004

Summer Group Exhibition. Dennis Morgan Gallery. Kansas City. MO. 2004

Summer Group Exhibition. Dennis Morgan Gallery. Kansas City. MO. 2003

Summer Group Exhibition. Dennis Morgan Gallery. Kansas City. MO. 2002

Out of Academe: Clay Artists, Who Teach. Manhattan Arts Center. Manhattan. KS. 2002

Topeka Competition/24. Topeka. KS. 2002

Sculpture in the Wiley Nook. Morgan Gallery. Kansas City. MO. 2002

Kansas Clay Connections. Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas. Lawrence. KS. 2002

Art Colony. Tolmin Museum. Tolmin. Slovenia. 2001

Art Colony of Emigrant Slovene Artists. Most na Soči. Slovenia. 2001

Overland Park Convention Center Art Project. 2001

OdVsepovsd/From All Over. Mestna Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (June 28 - August 2)
Razstavni salon Rotovz, Maribor, Slovenia (September 7 - 30). Ljubljana. Slovenia. 2001

Lawrence Arts Commission 11th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Lawrence. KS. 1998 - 1999

Topeka Competition/21. Topeka and Shawnee Public Library Gallery of Fine Art. Topeka. KS. 1997

Centennial Celebration. Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas. Lawrence. KS. 1997

Slovene Artists from around the world. Hotel Kompas. Most na Soci. Slovenia. 1996

Texas National '96 Exhibition. Stephen F. Austin State University. Nacogdoches. TX. 1996

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Selected Grants

CLAS Faculty Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/2010). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. To attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Philadelphia, PA.

CLAS Faculty Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/2010). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. To transport wax and steel patterns to the Walla Walla Contemporary Art Foundry in Washington.

Hallmark Faculty Research Fund. Department of Design, University of Kansas. (12/31/2008). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Mold making materials for large scale duplication of concrete forms.

Faculty Travel Fund. (12/31/2007). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. To attend the exhibition “Breaking the Mold at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

General Research Fund. University of Kansas. (12/31/2007). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Hallmark Faculty Research Fund. Department of Design, University of Kansas. (12/31/2007). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Mold making materials for large scale duplication of concrete forms.

Competition General Research Fund. University of Kansas. (5/22/2006). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Hallmark Faculty Research Fund Grant. Department of Design, University of Kansas. (5/31/2006). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. To attend the National Council on Education for Ceramics Conference in Louisville, KY, March 14, 15, 16, 2007.

Hallmark Fund Grant. Department of Design, University of Kansas. (12/31/2005). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Hallmark Fund Grant. Department of Design, University of Kansas. (12/31/2004). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

'Linear efflorescence,' floral-mechanical transfigurations in bronze. University of Kansas. (12/31/2002). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

International Studies Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/2002). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Travel to Most na Soci, Slovenia

A Collective Harvest/1997 Slovene Artist Colony. University of Kansas. (12/31/1997). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Center for the Humanities Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/1997). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia

International Studies Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/1996). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Travel to Most na Soci, Slovenia.

Founding Found and Readymade Objects Sculpturally. University of Kansas. (12/31/1995). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Center for the Humanities Travel Grant. University of Kansas. (12/31/1993). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visual Arts Fellowship in Sculpture Meritorious recognition. Kansas Arts Commission. $5000.00. (12/31/1993). State of Kansas. Status: Funded

Three-dimensional Wall Drawings. University of Kansas. (12/31/1989). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Fellowship Award, Meritorious recognition. Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts. (12/31/1986). Federal. Status: Funded

Potentiality of Color in Mixed Media Sculpture. University of Kansas. (12/31/1984). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Comparison and Contrast: The Aesthetic Study of High Temperature Refractories. University of Kansas. (12/31/1982). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Grant support for the Mid States 6 Designer Craftsman Exhibition at the University of Kansas. Kansas Arts Commission. (12/31/1982). State of Kansas. Status: Funded