Jason Bige Burnett
Current Long-Term Resident Artist
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Jason Bige Burnett’s artwork is a desire . . . a desire to spark wonder and joy pulled straight from the crayon colors of children’s drawings and Saturday morning cartoons . . . a desire for the nostalgia of summer camp cheers and military school cadences . . . a desire from a drag queen’s curves wrapped around the circumference of a steaming cup of coffee. He believes that common utilitarian vessels can contain such overwhelming desire and he imbues them with such energy through explosive pattern, emotional narrative, bold lines and illustrative colors.
Jason earned his BFA in ceramics, a BA in printmaking and a BA in graphic design from Western Kentucky University in 2009. Since then, he has taught and exhibited across the United States and was a co-creator and coordinator of the Arrowmont Pentaculum at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He has completed residencies at Pocosin Arts in 2019; Belger Arts Center in 2018; Penland School of Crafts 2009-2010 and 2017; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 2013-2013. Jason is also the author of Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques. In 2013, Jason was named an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine.