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Phyllis Kudder Sullivan

Senior Professor of Art

B.S., Hofstra UniversityM.F.A., Long Island University


Phyllis Kudder Sullivan has exhibited her interlaced ceramic sculpture in one-person and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally. Her work has been accepted into international biennales in the U.S., Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Republic of South Africa and Australia. She won the Medaille d’Or for Sculpture in the XIV Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art in Vallauris, France, and was awarded an honorable mention in the 4th World Ceramic Biennale in Korea (2007). Sullivan’s installation, “Blue Partita II,” exhibited at The Clay Studio’s Reed Smith Gallery in Philadelphia, received the Trustees’ Award for Scholarly Achievement from Long Island University’s board of trustees. She has been the recipient of artist-in-residence grants in Japan, Turkey and China, as well as in the U.S. Her work has appeared in numerous magazine articles and books, most recently, “500 Ceramic Sculptures,” by Glen Brown (2009), and has been reviewed by The New York Times, where art critic Phyllis Braff praised Sullivan’s “Tool Series,” writing: “These ceramic, wood and metal assemblages evoke other cultures and have the aura of magically expressive objects.” Since 2004, Sullivan has served on the advisory board for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, a not-for-profit, international artist residency program in Maine.




Reviews, Interviews and Citations:

  • “Phyllis Kudder Sullivan: Vorm en contravorm bepalen uitstraling werk,” published in Keramiek “500 Ceramic Sculptures” (2009)
  • “Ceramic Extruding, Inspiration and Technique”
  • “Extruded Ceramics”
  • “Architectural Ceramics”
  • “Pushing the Ceramic Into the Metaphorical Realm,” published in The New York Times (1998)
  • “The Ceramic Design Book: A Gallery of Contemporary Work” (1998)
  • “Handbuilt Ceramics”
  • “Die Biennale der Keramik in Vallauris,” published in Neve Keramik (1994)
  • “The 1993 NCECA Clay National,” published in the NCECA Journal (1993-1994)
  • “NCECA Clay National, 1993,” published in Ceramics – Art and Perception (1993)
  • “New Artists Invoke Traditions and Start in Own Directions,” published in The New York Times, Sunday (1992)
  • “From the Studio,” published in The East Hampton Star (1992)


International juried exhibitions in Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Republic of South Africa, New Zealand, France, Italy and the U.S.


  • Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY.  “Hot Pots.”
  • Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ.  “Interconnections: The Language of Basketry” 
  • Santa Fe Clay Gallery; Two-person exhibit, Santa Fe, NM
  • C.R.E.T.A. - Rome, “Senza Tiempo,” Rome, Italy
  • Cavin-Morris Gallery, “Elementals: Women Sculpting Animism,” New York, NY
  • Cavin-Morris Gallery, “Praisesongs for the Numinous – New Sculpture at Cavin-Morris,” NYC
  • Cavin-Morris Gallery, “Restless II,” NYC
  • The Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Dubhe Carreno Gallery, “Infinity Nets,” Chicago, IL
  • 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts: New Energy – Kecskemet, Hungary
  • 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts: Century 21 – Kecskemet, Hungary
  • 9th International Biennial of Ceramics – Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Spain
  • 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 – Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea Honorable Mention
  • World Women: On the Horizon – Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD. 
  • First International Taiwan Ceramic Biennale – Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taipei, TW
  • 5th Internacional Biennal de Ceramica – Museu de Ceramica, Manises, Spain
  • Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award – Auchland Museum, New Zealand
  • 49th International Ceramic Art Competition – Museo Internazionalle della Ceramize, Faenza, Italy
  • XIV Biennale Internationale de Ceramique D’Art – Chateau Musee de Vallauris, France Medaille D’Or
  • Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award – Auchland Museum, New Zealand
  • “Structure” National Juried Exhibition – ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Art in Clay – Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
  • James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine
  • Synderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Grossmont College Hyde Gallery, Calif.
  • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The Clay Art Center, Portchester, N.Y.
  • Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, N.Y.
  • Buckham Gallery, Flint, Mich.
  • Guangdong Ceramic Museum, Shiwan, China
  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
  • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, Calif.
  • Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, Ariz.
  • Lil Street Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
  • Baltimore Clay Works Gallery, Baltimore, Md.


  • Recipient, Honorable Mention, 4th World Ceramic Biennale
  • Recipient, Honorable Mention, Ceramic Viewpoints National Ceramic Competition, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, Calif.
  • Recipient, Medaille D’Or, XIV Biennale Internationale de Ceramic D’Art, Vallauris, France
  • Recipient, Trustees’ Award for Scholarly Achievement, Long Island University
  • Artist in Residence, Museum of Arts and Design Open Studios Program
  • Recipient, Artist-in-Residence Grant, Artist Enclave at I-Park
  • Recipient, Standard Ceramic Supply Grant for Artist Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramid Arts
  • Recipient, Grant, Guangdong Shiwan Ceramic Museum Artist Residency, Foshan, China
  • Recipient, Grant for Shionoe Artist Residency, Shionoe, Japan


  • Board Member, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts