O L E N   H S U    
Ceramic Artist     |     American, b. 1975
Olen Hsu Studio, 2210 Oakdale Avenue, Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038 USA
olen@olenhsu.com     |     Tel +1 (718) 406 5912

2019-2020     Acting Head, Department of Ceramics. Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Solo Exhibitions

2016     Olen Hsu: New Ceramics. Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, United Kingdom

2015     Olen Hsu: Holding Silence. Valley City State University, Valley City, ND

2014     Olen Hsu: New Ceramics. Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, United Kingdom

2012     Olen Hsu: New Ceramics. Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, United Kingdom

2003     Olen Hsu: New Work. Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

2003     Olen Hsu: Installations + Drawings, Solo Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018     Masterworks Ceramics: International Invitational Exhibition. Jianshui International Ceramics Conference, Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China 

2016     Teabowl 2016. Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford, UK 

2015     Parachute Market: "Ad Hoc" Design Fair. Showing with Matin Gallery: ceramics by Kirsten Coelho, Olen Hsu & Warren MacKenzie. Los Angeles, CA

2014     50th Anniversary National Invitational Exhibition. Duke Gallery, The Potter's Guild, Wallingford, PA

2013     31st Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. National Building Museum, Washington, DC

2012     30th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. National Building Museum, Washington, DC

2011     35th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Philadelphia, PA

2011     29th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. National Building Museum, Washington, DC

2010     Craft Forms 2010: 16th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft. Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2010     Ceramics Invitational. The Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

2010     Faculty Exhibition. Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2010     Associate Artists Group Exhibition. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2010     Porcelains and Celadons. The Myers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2008     Pain Without Injury. PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY

2007     New York Electronic Art Festival. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space, New York, NY

2007     Future Anterior: Terry Adkins, Jill Godmilow, Olen Hsu. Sound and video performances/installations. BRICstudio, Brooklyn, NY

2007     Sound and video performance/installation. Winter Concert Series, OM Factory, New York, NY

2007     Spectral Evidence. Curated by Steven Lam. The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006     Open Network: Brooklyn. Curated by Patricia Maloney. Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA

2006     Turbulence Net Art Commission (with Steven Lam and Dana Karwas), New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., New York, NY

2006     Scope New York (with James Nicholson Gallery), New York, NY

2005     Set It Off. James Nicholson Gallery, New York, NY

2005     Out of Context. InterSpace New Media Arts Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

2005     AIM 25. The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2003     Graduate Show. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2003     16th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Exhibition. Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2003     Fittings: Ben Butler, Olen Hsu & Rena Leinberger. The Storefront, Chicago, IL

2003     Olen Hsu: New Work, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2001     Olen Hsu: Apartment 1E, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2001     Graduate Exhibition, H+R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2001     Amplified Spaces, Stamper Photographic Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2001     Recent Installations: Olen Hsu and Kathinka Willinek. Warehouse 1325, West Bottoms, Kansas City, MO

Permanent Collections

Jianshui Ceramics Museum. Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China

Grants / Awards

2018     Purchase Award. Jianshui Ceramics Museum. Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China

2011     Exhibitor’s Choice Bronze Award, 29th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show

2006     John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Fellowship, Sheboygan, WI

2006     Turbulence Net Art Commission, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., NY, NY

2006     Joan Mitchell Foundation Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center

2005     New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Grant

2005     BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY

2005     Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New Music Commission, New York, NY

2005     AIM 25, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2004     Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship, New York, NY

2003     James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2001     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Scholarship (full merit scholarship)

2000     Artist Grant, Industrial Embroidery Facility at Gear for Sports, Kansas City, MO

1997     Sudler Grant for the Visual Arts, Yale University

1996     Sudler Grant for the Visual Arts, Yale University

1996     David W. Baer Memorial Fellowship in Architecture, Yale University

1996     Richter Summer Research Fellowship, Yale University

1995     Edward A. Bouchet Research Fellowship (3-year research/travel fellowship), Yale University

1995     Richter Summer Research Fellowship, Yale University

1993     National Endowment for the Humanities, Younger Scholar’s Grant


2014-present     The School of Humanity and Awareness — Atlanta, GA
2014     Alfred University — Studies in Ceramic Materials & Glaze Chemistry
2003     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago — MFA Sculpture
2001     Kansas City Art Institute — BFA Ceramics & New Media
1999     Live and work with potters Carol and Arthur Rosser — Eungella Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
1999     Live and work with potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott — Queensland, Australia
1998     One-year apprenticeship with potter Maishe Dickman — New Haven, CT
1997     Yale University — BA History of Art and Architecture, minor in Music

Artist Residencies

2006     John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Arts/Industry Residency, Sheboygan, WI

2006     Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2005     Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Artist-In-Residence, New York, NY

2005     BCAT/Rotunda Gallery Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY

2004     AIM 25, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2000     Artist in Residence, Industrial Embroidery at Gear for Sports, Kansas City, MO


Hluch, Kevin A., ed. American iPottery. Anthology of Contemporary American Potters. 7 August 2014. Interactive e-book. Available on iTunes.

de Soissons, Silvana. "An Interview with Ceramicist Olen Hsu". The Foodie Bugle Jun. 2013; Reveille 2: 62-69. Printed in Great Britain.

Benning, Daniel. “Collection of Ceramics by Olen Hsu.” OEN. Web. 29 August 2012. http://the189.com/design/art/collection-of-ceramics-by-olen-hsu/

Mitchell, David. “The Talent: Artist Olen Hsu.” Interview with Elizabeth Baebel. David Mitchell Uncensored. Web. 4 June 2011. http://www.davidmitchelluncensored.com/the-talent/olen-hsu-artist/

Slavet, Eliza. “Pain Without Injury: Works by Avi Alpert & Steven Lam, Steve Ausbury, and Olen Hsu.” Artnet Magazine. 29 Jan 2008

Lam, Steven. “Olen Hsu: Sound as Witness.” In “Spectral Evidence.” Octopus Visual Studies Journal. Volume 3 (Fall 2007): 105-115.

Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review: Spectral Evidence.” The New York Times. 23 Feb 2007: E35.

S.H. “Net Art Commissions.” ArtKrush.com. 26 July 2006

Modder, Sabine. “Art MoCo Meta.” Art MoCo. 13 May 2006

Maloney, Patricia. “Open Network: Brooklyn.” Exhibition Catalog: Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA. 2006

Johnson, Paddy. “The New Brooklyn is Everywhere, or at least in San Francisco.” Art Fag City. 13 April 2006

Callaway, Bob. “Brooklyn Comes to Dogpatch.” Art Fever. 8 April 2006

Cotter, Holland. “Latino Art, and Beyond Category.” The New York Times. 2 Sept 2005: E27.

Gibson, Todd. “A Different Sort of Summer Group Show.” From the Floor. 15 July 2005

Yee, Lydia, and Rosenblum-Martin, Amy. “AIM 25.” Exhibition Catalog: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. 2005

Teaching & Work Experience

2018     Certified Practitioner (Kinesiologist and Body Reboot Facilitator) — The School of Humanity and Awareness. Atlanta, GA and New York, NY

2018     Invited Artist — Slide Talk, Panel Discussions, Studio Demonstrations and Exhibition. Jianshui International Ceramics Conference. Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China

2017-present     Adjunct Faculty in Ceramics — Arcadia University. Glenside, PA

2015-present     Faculty in Ceramics — The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA

2010-2017     Adjunct Faculty in Ceramics — Montgomery County Community College. Blue Bell, PA

2010     Instructor in Ceramics — Abington Art Center. Jenkintown, PA

2010     Instructor in Ceramics — Wayne Art Center. Wayne, PA

2006     Sculpture/Sound Installation Workshop — The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Sheboygan, WI

2003     Artist-Teacher — Marwen Foundation. Chicago, IL

2002     Teaching Assistant, Survey of the History of Art: Prehistory to Modern — The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

2002     Visiting Critic — Columbia College. Chicago, IL

1999-2001     Private instructor in Piano Performance

1999-2000     Private instructor in French language

1997     Assistant Teacher in Ceramics — Creative Arts Workshop. New Haven, CT