Warner HydeAssociate Professor of Art
Areas of Expertise
- Eco/Environmental Art
Since childhood, the excitement of fine art and the natural world has been a driving force in my life’s path. Time is and has been spent in the woods as an aspiring naturalist and in the galleries from a young age with desire to create meaningful visual communications. The love and connection of human life in its relation to the botanical and animal realms leads to many unusual and molding experiences. During high school this included participation in saving endangered loggerhead sea turtles in the summers, working in funeral homes, a full studio art curriculum, and competitive archery tournaments. From Spartanburg, S.C., I then moved to Brevard, N.C. to attend college earning a B.A., and a minor in ecology. It was during these years that I was exposed to the world of orchids and simultaneously to that of ceramics. Time outside of the classroom was spent working at a large commercial orchid nursery, at the Penland School of Art and Crafts, and assisting a local wood-fire ceramic artist, Judith Duff. After graduation I became a resident artist at the Odyssey Center of Ceramic Arts in Asheville, N.C. Then I became involved with the American Orchid Society as a Student Judge, while making a living from my ceramics and orchid sales. The total of these experiences made it possible for me to be a graduate student in ceramics at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2006. I also taught ceramics at the Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, S.C. during my graduate work as well as adjunct and resident work at various institutions. I moved back to Brevard in the summer of 2006, where I joined the Brevard College faculty teaching ceramics and art history, before accepting a tenure track position at Meredith College in 2007. I am now an Associate Professor of Art at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.
MFA Clemson University 2006
BA Brevard College 2001
Eberly Faculty Development Award 2011
Clay Times magazine- May 2009
- numerous national juried and invitational shows, some international, as well as solo and group shows
- have lead and participated in many wood firings and wood firing work shops, have been guest/visiting artist at multiple institutions, created Honors Colloquia and PRISM critical thinking courses for Meredith College, was commissioned by U.S. Navy and created a sculpture traveling the world commemorating all submariners involved in the Cold War, and I have lectured, presented, demoed, at multiple universities and institutions, including the Jackson Center for Ethics at Coastal Carolina University
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