John Donovan is an associate professor in the Art Department at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches 3-D Design, Ceramics and Drawing. John lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Lisa and two children, Joseph and Maggie. John earned a BFA from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1994 and MA & MFA degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, in 1996 & 1997.
Clay has remained the primary material of choice in his art for most of his artistic career. John's work explores contradictions he finds in his life and surroundings, often using childhood toys and historic clay forms like pre-Columbian figures and Japanese Haniwa as metaphors for contemporary cultural concerns. There is a sense of playfulness in his work, which is contrary to the frequently grim underlying notions he is exploring.
John's art continues to be exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and invitational shows, and is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans and Zeitgeist Art Gallery in Nashville. His work appeared in the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale international competition, Icheon, South Korea in 2005 (where he received and honorable mention), at the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2008 and at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Alabama, in 2011. John recently received a 2011-12 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and was an artist in residence at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, Maine, in the summer 0f 2011.