Four years working in taxidermy studios across Texas informs Morgan’s art practice. Her research interests revolve around the intersections between technology, culture, and nature, especially the role nature plays in forming human identity, and how the loss of biodiversity effects human lives. She was awarded the Juanita Pollard Art Scholarship Award and graduated summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University in 2012. Afterwards, she spent three years as Artist-in-Residence at the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Texas. During her residency, Grasham had two solo and collaborative exhibitions at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Gallery Verde in 2014 and 2016. Her collaborative series with Eric Grasham won them Fourth Place in the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition in 2018. She has also made surreal interactive taxidermy works for the Neill-Cochran House Museum, and for Art.Science.Gallery in partnership with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Grasham is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant with a Fellowship at the University of North Texas, as well as being a Lab Technician in the UNT Fabrication Lab. In 2019, she was a finalist for the CADD Fund and was named The Outstanding Graduate Student at University of North Texas.
Eric Grasham’s work is informed by his study of ornamental designs across history and cultures, and how those designs idealize nature. Eric Grasham graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2011, and went to work for Bridget Hauser at Sunset Canyon Pottery for three years as a production potter as well as a teacher for beginner wheel throwing and glazing. In 2013, Grasham was awarded a position as Artist-in-Residence at the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Texas. He spent 3 years creating wheel-thrown vessels for Roger Allen and the Starkeeper Gallery while teaching workshops and developing his own work. During his residency, Grasham gave over 600 free wheel throwing lessons during open studio days. He has taught workshops in clay piping, handbuilding, and coloring clay at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Tarrant County Community College, Wylie Art Gallery, and Rockwall Makerspace. His collaborative series with Morgan Grasham was exhibited at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Gallery Verde in 2016, and in 2018 their piece The Stilling Engine won Fourth Place at the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition.