B.A. Earlham College
M.A. The University of Iowa
M.F.A. The University of Iowa
Assistant Professor of Art Andrew Casto joined the Mount Mercy community in 2012. He earned his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. Previously, Casto was an adjunct assistant professor of art at The University of Iowa, Augustana College, and Knox College.
Casto is an internationally recognized artist, and has received numerous awards in the United States and abroad. In 2010, he was the recipient of the FuLe Prize for international emerging artists by The International Ceramics Magazine Editor’s Association, in Fuping, China. In 2011, Casto was awarded the MJD Fellowship by The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana. His work was recently recognized by jurors in the Kirkland Arts Center’s Clay? IV exhibition, in Kirkland, Washington, in conjunction with the 2012 NCECA conference, and Pottery Northwest’s 2010 Unwedged exhibition, in Seattle, Washington. Recent publications have included a 2012 scholarly essay on Casto’s work entitled Unrestricted Content, by University of Kansas Professor of Art Tanya Hartman, produced in conjunction with The Jentel Artist Residency program in Banner, Wyoming, DAO ClaySpace magazine, and online resources Art Axis, and Access Ceramics.
Casto’s recent exhibitions include: Crafting A Continuum, organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, which will travel to five national venues in 2013 and 2014, We Met in Iowa, a group ceramics exhibition curated by Casto for exhibition at Pittsburgh State University and Earlham College, Ceramica Multiplex 2012, Verazdin, Croatia, and Kapfenberg, Austria, The 2012 Ceramic Sculpture Invitational at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colorado, the UNICUM International Ceramics Trienale, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and his 2012 fellowship exhibition at The Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena, Montana, entitled Nobody’s Darling.
Casto’s work has been obtained by several prestigious permanent collections, including the Ceramics Research Center at The Arizona State University Museum of Art, the Archie Bray Foundation, the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, in Fuping, China, the Centre Culturel d’Andenne, in Andenne, Belgium, and the Maruchu Gallery in Toki City, Japan.
In his spare time when not teaching or working in the studio, Casto enjoys music and college basketball.