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Professor Tony Marsh Awarded Prestigious United States Artists Fellowship


Long Beach State University School of Art faculty member – and alumnus – Tony Marsh has been named a 2018 United States Artists Fellow.

Contacts: Jeff.Bliss@csulb.edu / 562-985-5109
Rebecca Beltrán, United States Artists / 312-436-0493

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Long Beach State University School of Art faculty member – and alumnus – Tony Marsh has been named a 2018 United States Artists Fellow.

As one of the 45 selected nationally from all aspects of creative expression, Marsh receives a $50,000 unrestricted award recognizing fellows’ “contributions to the field, honors their creative accomplishments, and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development," according to United States Artists.

Marsh is a noted ceramicist whose artistic pursuit has focused on the “non-utilitarian ceramic vessel” for the last 30 years. His work is in several private and permanent museum collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of Art, the Gardiner Museum of Art in Toronto and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

“The ceramic vessel has always been my primary vehicle of artistic expression. I am fascinated by its deep and unparalleled history and position between nature and culture,” Marsh wrote on his website. “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.“

“Tony Marsh is an amazing artist and educator,” said Jane Close Conoley, president of Long Beach State University. “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 earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic art at Long Beach State University and a master’s degree of fine arts at Alfred University in New York. In between, Marsh spent three years in Mashiko, Japan, at the workshop of Tatsuzo Shimaoka. For the last 25 years, Marsh has served as the program chairman of the ceramics program at Long Beach State University.

According to United States Artists, the awardees include artists and collectives across nine creative disciplines, at all stages of their careers, and from every corner of the United States, through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process. Spread across various fields – architecture and design, craft, dance, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual art and writing – the fellows represent a broad cross-section of American arts and letters.

"I could not be more thrilled with the 2018 USA Fellows or with the tremendous artistic output, and potential, they represent,” United States Artists President and CEO Deana Haggag said in a news release. “They produce some of the most moving, incisive and powerful artistic work in this country, and it is our privilege to honor them. Collectively, they are a reminder of the beauty produced by hardworking artists on a daily basis, too much of which is often overlooked.”

Past awardees include film director and writer Miranda July, composer David Lang, novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang, choreographer Bill T. Jones and visual artist Kara Walker.


About the campus:
Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. The campus values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.

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About United States Artists:
Founded in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations, United States Artists is among the largest providers of unrestricted support to artists working and living in the United States. To date, it has provided more than $22 million in the form of unrestricted $50,000 awards directly to more than 500 artists working in all disciplines and at every career stage. For more information on the 2018 United States Artists Fellows, visit unitedstatesartists.org/.

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