Keith A. Ekstam


Art and Design
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Art and Design
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • MFA, Ceramics/Drawing, 1987, The University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor
  • BFA, Ceramics/Painting, 1982, Mankato State University


  • ART 212 Ceramics I
  • ART 312 Ceramics III
  • ART 313 Ceramics III & IV
  • ART 399 Advanced Ceramics
  • ART 314 Special Topics in Ceramics

Research and professional interests

  • Ceramic art and history
  • Wood-firing techniques
  • Low-firing techniques
  • General issues in art and design

Selected recent exhibitions

  • 2018 “Ten Out of Ten,” Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Penn. International invitational exhibition
  • 2017 “Anu Pentik Gallery,” Posio, Finland. International group invitational exhibition Arctic Ceramic Centre, Kaamos Gallery, Posio, Finland. International group invitational exhibition
  • “Out of the Ashes: Work from the Notre Dame Ceramics Symposium,” Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., International invitational exhibition
  • 2016 “Wood-fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration,” International invitational exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Mo.
  • 2016 “Aesthetic Influence: The Art of Chinese Scholar Rocks Invitational,” Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, Mo.

Selected recent visiting residency positions

  • 2017 Arctic Ceramic Centre, Posio, Finland. Three-week artist residency at “9th Arctic Ceramic Symposium”
  • 2016 University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. Week-long artist residency at symposium titled “Language of Collaboration”
  • 2014 Guldagergaard/ Int’l Ceramics Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark. One-month artist residency
  • 2012 HDK College of Applied Arts and Crafts/ Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden. Three-week artist residency, workshop and symposium titled “Wood-fired Landscapes”.
  • Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan, three-month artist residency

Awards and honors

  • 2017 NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award 2017, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • 2017 Foundations Award for Excellence in Research, Missouri State University
  • 2017 International Travel Award, Missouri State University. Project: Three-week Artist Residency at the “9th Arctic Ceramic Symposium,” Arctic Ceramic Center, Posio, Finland