Education: 2012-2014 MFA, Ceramics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 2008-2011 BFA, 3D media, Emphasis in Sculpture and Ceramics, Minor in Art History, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 2005-2008 General Education and Fine Arts Studies, San Diego Mesa College, CA
Exhibitions: 2018 23rd Arts in Harmony 2018 Annual International Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN. Into The Blue: Artist Invitational 2018, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC. (Invitational)
2017 Intro: Emerging Ceramicists In Western North Carolina, Asheville Area Arts Council, Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Gallery, Asheville, NC. (Invitational) Trial By Fire, The Gallery at Flat Rock, Flat Rock, NC. (Invitational) Rock, Paper, Scissors, Flow Gallery, Marshall, NC. 6th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, Islamic Art Revival Series,Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX. UniQue Fine Craft Festival, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA. (Invitational) Biotic, H Gallery, Ventura, CA. Baltimore Fine Craft Show, Palm Beach Show Group, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. 2017 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition, Online Exhibition, http://www.artkudos.com American Craft Council Show, Atlanta 2017, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. 2016 Winter Show at GreenHill, GreenHill Center of NC, Greensboro, NC. (Invitational) Best of WNC Emerging Craft Artists Showcase, Asheville Area Arts Council, The Refinery Creator Space, Asheville, NC. The Big Crafty, US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC. Crafty Feast, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC.
2015 The Big Crafty, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC.
2014 Corporeal Complexities: Bodies in Process, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Liminal/Sustenance, MFA Thesis, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson SC The New Paradigm- MFA National Juried Exhibition, The TAG Gallery, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL. Any Way You Wanna Shake It, The ARTS Center of Clemson, Clemson, SC (Invitational) The 10th International Ceramics Competition MINO, Japan, Honorable Mention. Artsfield: South Carolina Arts Festival, Lake City, SC. 2014NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI. Tempos: Muse and Motion, Brooks Center for Performing Arts, Clemson, SC.
2013 Process This!, Center for Visual Arts-Greenville, Greenville, SC. 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, Columbia, SC. Clay Different Ways, The Arts Center of Clemson, SC. (Invitational) South Carolina Festival of FlowersJuried Art Show, The Arts Center of Greenwood, Greenwood, SC. Wings, The Art Center of Clemson, Clemson, SC. Devising Composition, Patrick Square, Clemson, SC.
2012 Ceramics Faculty & Student Exhibition, in conjunction with the Clemson Ceramic National Exhibition, Lee Gallery, Clemson, SC. Inaugural Exhibition, Dean’s Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Moments in Time, Rabbit Gallery, Appleton, WI.
2010 Exhibition for UW Systems Board of Regents, Oshkosh, WI. 18 Chairs Sculpture Club Exhibition, Steinhilber Gallery, Oshkosh, WI. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Plywood Show, Annex Gallery, Oshkosh, WI.
2008 San Diego Mesa College Student Exhibition, San Diego, CA.
Awards/Honors: 2017 Best in Show, "Baltimore Fine Craft Show", Palm Beach Show Group, Baltimore, MD. 2015 John Acorn Award in Graduate Fine Arts Studio, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
2014 Honorable Mention "The 10th International Ceramics Competition MINO", Mino, Japan. Penland School of Crafts Summer Scholarship, Clemson University.
2013 Research Scholarship for Department of Art Students, Clemson University.
2011 Pride of Oshkosh Art Student Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Milton K. Gardener Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
2008 Joann Kindt Art Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Work Experience: 2014 Graduate Teacher of Record, Beginning Ceramics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Artist Instructor, Summer Camp, The ARTS Center, Clemson, SC.
2013 Ceramic Studio Technician, Graduate Assistantship, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Advanced Ceramics Teacher’s Assistant, Graduate Assistantship, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Artist Instructor, Summer Camp, The ARTS Center, Clemson, SC.
2011-2012 Artist Assistant, Michael Meilahn Glassworks, Pickett, WI.
2011 Artist Assistant, Debbie Kupinsky, Appleton, WI.
Artist Lectures/Demos/Presentations: 2017 Demonstration, The Gallery at Flat Rock, Flat Rock, NC. 2015 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL. 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI. NCECA Topical Discussion, Ornament, Milwaukee, WI.
Commissions: 2013 Innovative Spirit Award, Twenty ceramic sculptures, The College of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
Bibliography: 2018 “From Skin to Bone, Marshall Sculptor Nina Kawar Speaks to the Heart and Spirit”, by Matt Peiken, Blue Ridge Public Radio, February 8, 2018. On air and http://bpr.org/post/skin-bone-marshall-sculptor-nina-Kawar-speaks-heart-and-spirit.
“Into the Blue: Artist Invitational”, Asheville Made, February 2018, pg 21. 2017 "Gallery at Flat Rock: Two Exhibits", The Laurel of Asheville, October 2017, pg 81.
"Curator Picks- Winter Show", GreenHill Center for NC Art Newsletter, December 2016.
"Crafting Careers: American Craft Week and the AAAC Showcase Emerging Artists", by Steph Guinean, Mountain Express:Craft Week Pull-Out Guide, Vol. 23 No. 10, September 28-October 4, 2016, p 3.
2015 "From Hands to Hearts: The Big Crafty", The Laurel of Asheville. December 2015, p. 70.
2014 10th International Ceramics Competition Mino catalogue, Mino International Ceramic Park, Mino, Japan.
"Nina Kawar", The Chronicle Magazine. Clemson University. April 3.
"Emerging Artist: Nina Kawar”, by Carole Epp, Musing about Mud, March 15 (online blog). “Clemson’s Spiro Institute Presents Innovative Spirit Awards to Two Alumi”, by Dustin Wilson,Newsstand, Feb 5 (online blog).
2013 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 catalogue, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, Columbia, SC. "Second Installment of Biennial Overcomes Shortcomings" by Jeffrey Day, Freetimes. Nov 27 (online blog).
2012 "Challenge Is Part of the Beauty of Art", by Kay McKinley Arneson, Peninsula School of Art, Sept 6 (online blog).
Professional Memberships: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) International Sculpture Center (ISC) American Craft Council (ACC) Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC)