Join us for a free, public lecture from artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk at deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum.
Datchuk was born in Warren, Ohio, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her work explores her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, an “American,” a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Her lecture “Half/Both” will discuss how her work has evolved from sculpture to mixed media as she began to focus on domestic objects and the feminine sphere.
Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, a travel grant from Artpace, and the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program to research the global migrations of porcelain and blue and white pattern decoration. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands, Artpace in San Antonio, Texas and the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft. Her work has been featured in a solo publication “Jennifer Ling Datchuk: Half” through French and Michigan in San Antonio, TX, and included in “Artpace at 25”, “Black Cube: A Nomadic Museum”, the Guardian, Vogue, and American Craft Magazine. Her work is in the collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Antonio Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
She is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Arizona State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in Phoenix, Arizona.