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Carol A. Townsend

Retired Faculty

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Carol Townsend is an associate professor and former chair of the Design Department. She holds a M.F.A.from Ohio University and has served as chair of the Art Department/ Fine and Performing Arts Division at Daemen College. Her works in ceramics and collage have been exhibited widely including at the Liptov Gallery of the Peter Michal Bohun Museum of Art in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. Her original poetry often appears on the surfaces of her vessel forms and she is developing a catalog of digital images for the same purpose. She currently serves as coordinator of design foundations

Abbreviated Resume


M.F.A. Ohio University. 1973
B.S. Nazareth College of Rochester. 1969

Workshops Taught:  (Selected National and Regional, Juried or Invitational)

Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua, New York
Special Studies
• Instructor. 1991-2002, 2004-2011
School of Art
• Visiting Artist. 1989,1990. Instructor.1987,1988

Exhibitions (selected)

Enlightened Earth: The Ceramics Invitational. Arts Center Gallery. Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. 2012

Design Faculty Exhibition. Czurles-Nelson Gallery. Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York. 2011

Extraordinary Forms II: 40 years of Craft Media. Invitational. Kenan Center, Lockport, New York. 2010

Art in Craft Media. Invited participant. Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Buffalo, New York. 2009-2010

from the diaries/ z dennikov. Two-Person Show-Sabova and Townsend. The Liptov Gallery of Peter Michal Bohun. Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. 2009

The Artists Among Us.  Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Buffalo, New York. 2007-2008

Winter. Insite Gallery. Buffalo, New York. 2007

Made in NY 2006. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Auburn, New York. 2006

Common Clay: Creating Old and New Ceramics – A National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference exhibition. Indiana Historical Society. Indianapolis, Indiana. 2004

Western New York Clay Exhibition – Rainbow Art Gallery. SUNY Brockport. Brockport, New York. 2003

Plain Arts IV International Juried Exhibition. University Gallery. Pittsburgh State University. Pittsburg, Kansas. 2002

Craft Forms 2001. Wayne Art Center. Wayne, Pennsylvania. 2001

Craft Art in Western New York. Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery. Buffalo, New York. 2000

Contemporary New York State Crafts. New York State Museum. Albany, New York. 1999

Craft Art From Western New York. Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Buffalo, New York. 1998

Small Treasures. Shoestring Gallery. Rochester, New York. 1997

Paper and Book:Interpretations. Castellani Art Museum. Niagara University, New York. 1996

The Kenan Masters. The Kenan Center. Lockport, NewYork. 1995

Tenth Anniversary Colby Retrospective Exhibit. Buffalo Seminary, Buffalo, New York. 1994

Summer Pleasures. Craftsmen's Gallery. Scarsdale, NewYork. 1993

Celebrating Craft. Niagara County Community College Gallery. Sanborn, New York. 1992

Rituals and Primitive Origins. Sarratt Center. Vanderbilt Univrersity. Nashville, Tennessee.

Craft Art 1990/Western New York. Burchfield Art Center. Buffalo, New York. 1990

Clay and Textiles: Elements of Design. Blue Streak Gallery.  Wilmington, Delaware. 1989

Invitational. Judith M. Wolov/ Boston Design Center. Boston, Massachusetts. 1988

Fiber Art: Hands Across the Border. Goldome Bank. Buffalo, New York. 1987

Sacred Arts VIII. Billy Graham Center Museum. Wheaton, Illinois. 1986

Niagara Falls/New Impressions. Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery. Niagara Falls, New York. 1985

27th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art. Chautauqua Art Association
Galleries. Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua, New York. 1984

34th Annual Exhibition. Butler Institute of American Art. Youngstown, Ohio. 1982

In Western New York. Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo, New York. 1979

Young Americans: Clay and Textiles. Traveling exhibition. Museum of Contemporary Crafts. 1977-1979

4th Biennial International Craft Exhibit. Tweed Museum. Duluth, Minnesota. 1977

Beaux Arts Designer Craftsmen. Traveling exhibition. Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Columbus, Ohio. 1974-1976



Buffalo Society of Artists (All exhibitions chosen by distinguished outside jurors)

  • Margaret E. Mead Memorial Award. 105th Exhibition. 2001
  • Second Place/ Silver Medal. 104th Exhibition. 2000
  • First Place/ Gold Medal Award. 102nd Exhibition. 1998
  • Second Place/Taylor Devices Award. 101st Exhibition. 1997
  • Ron Concilla Award. 99th Exhibition. 1994
  • Allentown Village Society Award. 98th Exhibition. 1993
  • Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award. 97th Exhibition. 1992
  • Marine Midland Bank Award. 96th Exhibition. 1991
  • Key Bank Award. 95th Exhibition. 1990
  • Major Award. 89th Exhibition. 1984

Empire State Crafts Alliance

  • Award of Excellence/ First Place. Syracuse Fine Crafts Market. 1990

Kenan Center. Lockport, New York

  • Mastercraftsmen Award. 100 American Craftsmen Show. 1990
  • Best of Show/ First Place Award. 100 American Craftsmen Show. 1989

Modern Liturgy Magazine

National Liturgical Art Competition. The Bene Award is the top category.

  • Bene Award. Volume 16, Number 7. 1989
  • Bene Award. Volume 15, Number 7. 1988
  • Bene Award. Volume 13. Number 6. 1986

Other Honors/Awards

  • Who’s Who in America. Marquis 64th edition. 2010
  • Who’s Who in the World. Marquis 27th Edition. 2010
  • Plain Arts IV International Juried Exhibition. Pittsburg State University. Pittsburg, Kansas. Juror’s Award. 2002
  • Faculty Excellence Honoree. Fine Arts Division, Niagara County Community College. 1996
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers. 2004, 1996
  • Colby Award/Outstanding Woman Artist. Buffalo Seminary. Buffalo, NY. 1988
  • Major Award. Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference Exhibition. Buffalo, New York. 1985
  • Honoree: Outstanding Young Woman of America. 1980
  • Kenneth Coe Award. Beaux Arts Designer Craftsmen Exhibition. Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Columbus, Ohio. 1974


  • 500 Chairs. Published by Lark Books. One piece. 2008
  • 500 Cups. Published by Lark Books. One piece. 2004
  • 500 Bowls. Published by Lark Books. One piece. 2003
  • Making Ceramic Sculpture. Hardcover published by Lark Books. Two pieces. 2001
  • Ceramics Monthly. Vol.36, No.4. Published by the American Ceramics Society. Three pages, color. "Carol Townsend".  1998
  • The Ceramic Design Book. Hardcover published by Lark Books. Distributed by Random House. One piece. 1998
Professional activities

Capital Normal University
• Lecture. “Stone and Paper: My Life in the Arts”. Beijing, China. May 2010

Empire State Crafts Alliance
• Board of Directors. 1993-1996

Buffalo Society of Artists
• Vice-President. 1991
• President. 1992

Collections (selected)

  • Annette Cravens. Buffalo, New York
  • Buffalo Seminary. Buffalo. New York
  • Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Buffalo, New York
  • Charles Rand Penney. Lockport, New York
  • Crowe, Chizek and Co. Columbus, Ohio
  • Flaherty, Cohen, Grande & Doren. Buffalo, New York
  • Goldome Bank. Buffalo, New York
  • Lockport Savings Bank. Lockport, New York
  • Nazareth College. Rochester, New York
  • Pepsi-Cola Bottling Corp. Buffalo, New York
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dept. of Anesthesiology. Buffalo, New York

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