Kristen Morgin

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Kristen L. Morgin (born 1968) is an American visual artist working primarily in sculpture. She is best known for her works made of unbaked clay that use trompe-l'œil to appear as wood, paper, or metal and suggest decay.[1]


Kristen Morgin was born in Brunswick, Georgia[2] and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Morgin received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Hayward in 1993 and her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997.[3] She has taught ceramics at California State University, Long Beach[4] and was Dodd Visiting Professor at the University of Georgia for 2011–2012.[2]

Morgin is represented by Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles and Zach Feuer Gallery in New York.

Exhibits and collections[edit]

Morgin's works have been shown at the Hammer Museum,[5][6] the University of Colorado Boulder,[4] the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, South Korea,[2] and the 2007 inaugural show of the New Museum's new location.[7] Several of these works are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art[8] and the Hammer Museum.[9] In 2016, she was included in the biannual Renwick Invitational in Washington, DC.[1]


Morgin received the Joan Mitchell Award in 2005.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016". Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  2. ^ a b c Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture: Kristen Morgin, Dodd Chair Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2014-01-19.
  3. ^ Biography and art clippings for Kristen Morgin at, retrieved 2014-01-19.
  4. ^ a b Chandler, Mary Voelz (February 27, 2004), "Artists break ground in 'Dirt' exhibit: CU show's participants explore what on earth they can do with ceramics", Rocky Mountain News, archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Gittleson, Gia Lauren (February 1, 2005), "Material World", Los Angeles Magazine, archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Rosen, Steven (February 20, 2005), "Slices of sculptural life: Get a feel for L.A.'s 3-d art at Armand Hammer", Los Angeles Daily News, archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Graves, Jen (December 13, 2007), "On nobody's lips", The Stranger, archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Works by Kristen Morgin in SFMOMA, retrieved 2014-01-18.
  9. ^ Hammer Contemporary Collection Part II, Hammer Museum, retrieved 2014-01-18.
  10. ^ Painters & Sculptors Program: Kristen Morgin, Joan Mitchell Foundation, retrieved 2014-01-18.