Lapidarium is a body of work that focuses on exploration. It mines museums for display tactics and marries the carefully crafted with the experimental to elevate the odd and obscure. It favors the found and fragmented to examine the fragility of life and the resiliency of objects. Lapidarium is an impermanent monument to the temporary equilibrium of the present moment.
Since earning her MFA from the University of Cincinnati, Christy Wittmer has taught and utilized residencies to create artwork in dialogue with locations around the world. In 2016-17 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study ceramic practices in Jingdezhen, China. In 2015-2016 she was an artist in residence at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS and at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In 2018 she was a visiting artist at Australia National University and created artwork in the foundry at the Kohler Company’s Arts/Industry Residency. She has been awarded the NCECA International Residency to CRETA Rome for 2021. Wittmer currently teaches Ceramics at Phoenix College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She has been a member of Eye Lounge collective since 2019.
Wittmer is the recipient of the NCECA 2020 International Residency Award.