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Will Van Dyke


950 Michigan Avenue #3

Evanston, Illinois 60202




BSCE-Illinois Institute of Technology 1968

Master’s in Architecture-University of Illinois Chicago 1983


Ceramics Education


1969-Tom Kerrigan at Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia

1971-Jerry Williams-Workshop in Dunbarton, New Hampshire

1971-2 Ceramics courses at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1974-75 Fern Pritikin at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2012-18 Patty Kochaver at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2015-Nick Joerling Workshop, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

2016-International Wood Fire Conference, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois

2016-Workshop with Randy Johnston at Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan

2017/8-Lill Street Studio-Soda Fire Class with Catherine Tweedy and with Nolan Baumgartner

2018-Anderson Ranch-Advanced Mentoring Studies with Randy Johnston and Chris Gustin

2018-Lill Street Studio-Wood Fire Class with Chris Chambers


Ocmulgee Pottery Sales Ipswich, Massachusetts-1970-73

Evanston Art Center Christmas Sale-2012 through 2018

Midwest Unitarian Summer Assembly Art Sale-2012 through 2016

Bridgeport (Chicago) Art Center Fifth Annual Art Competition 2017

North Shore Unitarian Church Annual Art Sale 2017/18/19


Schaller Gallery-Summer-Architectonica show-Water Towers and Corn Cribs selected for invitational

Made at Lill Street, Juried exhibition, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

Summer Exhibit at La Sala de Galisteo, Galisteo, New Mexico


Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri 

International Crane Foundation Gallery, Baraboo, Wisconsin 


The Crow Show, The Studio Door Gallery, San Diego, California 

Bodies of … Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, Michigan 

Dune Birds in Art, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Chesterton, Indiana 

Anderson Ranch Advanced Mentoring Show, Snowmass,


64 Arts, Juried Exhibition, Monmouth, Illinois. 

Clay Cubed. Juried Exhibition. ClaySpace Gallery, Lisle, Illinois. .

Whitewater Valley Art Competition, Richmond, Indiana. 

46thMid-States Craft Competition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana.


The Crow Show, The Arts Illiana Gallery, Terra Haute, Indiana

6th Annual Crow Show, The Studio Door Gallery, San Diego, California

7th Central Time Zone Ceramics, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

Collaboration Show (with Pat Gordon) Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois

3rd Annual Small Works Show, Vanessa Lacy Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Voices of the Midwest, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois

Plinth Gallery Show, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Southern Mississippi Ceramics National 2020, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Down to Earth Show, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Illinois 

Playing with Fire, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Scheylerville, New York

March Group Show, Jones Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Malcolm: A Passion for Shino show, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, Maryland


Exhibits-Watercolor and Painting

North Shore Art League, September 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007 Watercolors. Group Exhibition.

Bistro America, Batavia, Illinois, June-July, 2003. “Two Landscape Artists” Watercolors. Two person show with Brian DeWolf, photographer.

Northbrook Public Library Exhibit. April 2004.

Illinois State Fair. July 2005. Springfield, Illinois.

Watercolor Show. 2012. Brother’s K Coffeehouse Evanston.

Artist Statement

“Art is art. Everything else is everything else.”
Adolph Dietrich Friedrich Reinhardt 

I have an abiding interest and delight in the visual, and find inspiration everywhere.My eye may be attracted to a rusted piece of metal on the street, or a cloud formation reflected in the glazed surface of a Chicago office building. Much of my work is grounded in the prairie of the Midwest. As a former architect, I am drawn to the simple geometric shapes and forms of barns, corncribs and silos in the agricultural landscape of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Equally interesting to me are the cylindrical shapes of the wooden water towers atop older buildings in Chicago and New York. My work is intended as an homage to these forgotten, utilitarian structures, many of which are disappearing from the landscape, rural and urban. I also enjoy making utilitarian ceramic work and am always happy when they find a good home and are used on a daily basis. Many potters, including Toshiko Takaezu, Warren McKenzie, Dan Anderson and Mary Fischer, have influenced or informed my work. I continue to learn and explore the ceramic medium and wait in excited expectation to see what the kiln goddess will produce after each firing.

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