Grizzlies Going Places

Cori CrumrineName: Cori Crumrine
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Program: Studio Art
Year: Second-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Scholarship: Leonard Stach Scholarship in Graduate Ceramics

Why did you decide to pursue ceramic arts?

Art has always been an instinctive obsession. I love how it fluctuates. Some studio days are terribly frustrating because my hands or clay can’t articulate an idea quite right, but then there are brilliant moments where things fall into place so quickly that I can’t keep up with my own thoughts. Working with clay is a celebration and fight at the same time, which keeps things interesting.

Why is being a scholarship recipient meaningful to you?
The Leonard Stach Scholarship meant I could come to UM. It confirmed my understanding of Missoula as a place where artists are supported. The School of Art is full of tremendously motivated individuals, and it’s very satisfying to see scholarships dedicated to our pursuits.

How has your UM education changed you so far?
I’ve met loads of new people here – almost entirely artists – who are sources of information and inspiration for me. As an undergrad, I was making and studying art with the same group of colleagues for several years. Now I’m in a completely new crowd. As I get to know each person’s work and studio practice, I’m asking lots of questions and learning how to articulate my own ideas better.

What are your plans for the future?
Ideally, I hope to teach and make stranger, brighter work. If I could squeeze in some travel, that would be splendid.

How do you plan to give back yourself?
As a future teacher, I want to help students make cool things and be confident and curious in their artistic endeavors. Right now, I hope I can offer the other MFA grads as much conceptual insight and general morale as they've shown to me.