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b. Rice Lake, Wisconsin

lives and works in San Diego, California



University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design, M.F.A.

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Department of Art and Design, B.F.A.


Artist in Residence

2018                        Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana

2006 - 2008             500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2007 - 2008             Southside on Lamar – Dallas, Texas

2005                        Watershed Center for the Arts – Newcastle, Maine


Selected  Exhibitions 

(* Denotes solo exhibition)



This is 40: 500X celebrates 40 years - 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas



Bright Beyond – Bread and Salt Gallery – San Diego, California


Hi Key: Color in Southern California – San Diego Art Institute – San Diego, California

Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge


City Sine Cera - Northern Clay Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Curator: Heather Nameth Bren



All Natural – SDSU Downtown Gallery – San Diego, California

Curator: Chantel Paul


From the Pages– Paradigm Gallery – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Curators: Ekaterina Popova, Sara McCorriston, Jason Chen



Under Pressure - Hyde Art Gallery - El Cajon, California
Curated: Jennifer Anne Bennett


Significant Others - Central Library Gallery - San Diego, California



Show Me Your Lone Star - Brick City Gallery - Missouri State University -

Springfield, Missouri


MAS Attack - SDAI, San Diego, California

Curator: Ginger Shulick Porcella in collaboration with Artra Curatorial



Object Object!! – Helmuth Projects – San Diego, California


Super Surprise – Art Bar – Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Cross Currents - Hyde Art Gallery - El Cajon, California


Between Oak and Mulberry - Norwood Flynn Gallery - Dallas, Texas


We Love Art - 50 Artists Show Their Love - Kenise Barnes Fine Art - Larchmont, New York



Object Object! – Helmuth Projects – San Diego, California


John Oliver Lewis – For Example - London, England

Curator: Nick Sellek



Aqua Art Fair  - J. Fergeson Gallery  - Miami, Florida


Creases Pieces IV * - ART BOXED San Diego - NTC at Liberty Station - San Diego, California


Tastes Like Flavor* - Art San Diego: Contemporary Art Fair - San Diego, California


Contemporary Clay Invitational - J. Fergeson Gallery - Farmville, Virginia

Curators: Jarrod Fergeson , Andrea Keys, Adam Paulek


Temporary Occupants– Eastfield College – Mesquite Texas

Curators: David Willburn and Iris Bechtol


Informal Exchange - Seattle Design Center - Seattle, Washington

Curator: Hope Rovelto


Wastelands and Candylands - Boehm Gallery - San Marcos, California

Curator: Sasha Koozel Reibstein



Uberyummy - Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art – San Bernardino, California

Curators: Alison Petty Ragguette and Karen Crews Hendon


Objects of Desire - Art San Diego, California

Curators: Laurie Mitchell and Jen Luce


Suspension - DN/ZA Projects - San Diego, California

Curator: Lauren Popp, Assistant Curator, New Childrens Museum - San Diego, California


Fired - Manifest Gallery - Cincinati, Ohio



Here Not There: San Diego Art Now - Museum of Contemporary Art - San Diego, La Jolla, California

Curator: Lucia Sanroman, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art - San Diego, California


Rendezvous, National Clay Invitational - Artspace Gallery - Jackson, Wyoming


Midnite Snacks - 1366 Space - Chicago, Illinois



John Oliver Lewis and Kim MacConnel - Southwestern College Art Gallery - Chula Vista, California


Go West: John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly – College of the Redwoods - Eureka, California


Sounds - Galerije 73 - Belgrade, Serbia


Trade Show - 11th Istanbul Biennial - Parrallel Exhibition - Ankara, Eskischir and Istanbul, Turkey

Curator: Anna Stump


Strange Clays – New Directions in Ceramics - Sullivan Goss – Santa Barbara, California



Candy Circus* - IGLOO - Portland, Oregon


This is Not a Toy* - Overload - San Diego, California


The First International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics - Liang Bao Building, Xi'an, China

Paper Jam – My House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Island, The Art Gallery at the College of Staten Island, Staten Island, New York


Nightmares, Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri


Your Favorite Artist Was a Member – 30 years at 500X  (Invitational) - 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Tasty Bits - Gallery 414 – Fort Worth, Texas

Curator: Eric Tosten, Co-founder, Dallas Art Cast – Dallas, Texas



“Career Winning” hair products * - 219 Gallery - Eastfield College - Mesquite, Texas


Royal Pine: John Oliver Lewis and Brennen Bechtol - Project Room - 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Float Bloat Burst: John Oliver Lewis and Alex Soto - Project Room – 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine – good good things – Dallas, Texas


Amarillo Biennial 600 – CLAY - Amarillo Museum of Art - Amarillo, Texas,

Jurors: Marylin A. Zeitlan, Director and Chief Curator of the Arizona State University Art Museum - Tempe, Arizona


Introductions North – Meadows Gallery – Center for the Visual Arts – Denton, Texas


Material View - Treetop Gallery - Mountain View College - Dallas, Texas

Curator: Ryan Fitzer, Director, Treetop Gallery



Flavor Fortress * - LTC Art Gallery - McLennan College - Waco, Texas


Sweet Tart - 500X Gallery - Dallas, TexasBig As Night 2 - Tyler St. Lofts - Dallas, Texas


Curators: Eric Tosten and Veronica Tosten – Co-founders, Dallas Art Cast


All Together – 219 Gallery - Eastfield College - Mesquite, Texas


Members’ Exhibition – 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Draw_Drawing 2 - The Foundry Gallery - London Biennale - London, England

Curator: Giacomo Picca


Crafts National – Lancaster Museum of Art - Lancaster, Pennsylvania  -Juror’s Award

Juror: Gretchen Keyworth, Director and Curator of the Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, Massachusetts


Ink and Clay 32 – Kellogg University Art Gallery – Pomona, California

Jurors:   Marylin A. Zeitlan, Director, Chief Curator of the Arizona State University Art Museum -Tempe, Arizona

Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum - Tempe, Arizona



No Room For Gloom * - Cora Stafford Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


New Work * – University Of Wisconsin – Barron County – Rice Lake, Wisconsin


Works on Paper – Community Art Center Gallery - Fort Worth, Texas


McNeese National Works on Paper – Abercrombie Gallery - McNeese State University - Lake Charles, Louisiana

Juror: Annette Carlozzi, Senior Curator of American & Contemporary Art for the Blanton Museum of Art


DinnerWorks 2005 – Louisville Visual Arts Association Gallery - Louisville, Kentucky


Voertman Competition - University of North Texas Art Gallery

Juror: Regine Basha, Adjunct Curator for the Arthouse at the Jones Center - Austin, Texas



Texas Exchange – Texas Tech University Art Gallery – Lubbock, Texas


Northern Invasion – Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


Voertman Competition - University of North Texas Art Gallery - Denton, Texas

Jurors: Cam Schoepp, Associate Professor Art, Texas Christian University - Forth Worth, Texas

Terri Thornton, Curator of Education, Fort Worth Modern - Forth Worth, Texas


28th Annual  Art Competition - Union Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas

Juror: Susan Dunkerly, Associate Professor of Art, Baylor University – Waco, Texas

- Juror’s Award


Less than 5 – Tarrant County College Gallery - Hurst, Texas



Ceramics UNT – Union Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


Thematic Challenge – Cora Stafford Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


Pressed and Fired – Hara Gallery - Denton, Texas


27th Annual Art Competition - Union Gallery - University of North Texas - Denton, Texas

 Juror: David Iles

- Juror’s Award



Kaolithic Activity – Union Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


Clay for a Cause – State Regional Art Center - Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Arts West – L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library - Eau Claire, Wisconsin



John Oliver Lewis and Dave Zdrazil – Heyde Center for the Arts - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin


Wood-fire Extravaganza – Cora Stafford Gallery - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas


In Progress – Foster Gallery - University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire – Eau Claire, Wisconsin




City Sine Cera, (catalogue)




Ekaterina Popova,John Oliver Lewis, Create! Magazine, Issue 3



Ekaterina Popova,John Oliver Lewis, Fresh Paint Magazine, International Issue 12


Iris Bechtol, Wouldn’t it be nice.. Selections from San Diego, Eastfield Galleries (blog).

(1/4/16). http://eastfieldgalleries.blogspot.com/2016/01/wouldnt-it-be-niceselectionsfrom-san.html



Andy Horowitz, “Small Works in Object Object!! Pack a Collective Punch”, San Diego Citybeat,

November 24, 2014


Kinsee Morlan, “Made You Look: San Diego’s Best Art of 2014”, nominated by Kathryn

Kanjo, Chief Curator, MCASD, San Diego Citybeat, December 31, 2014


Object Object!! A Selection of Smaller Works(catalogue)


We Love Art: 50 Artists Show Their Love, Kenise Barnes Fine Art (catalogue)



Object Object! A Selection of Smaller Works(catalogue)



Uberyummy, Catalouge, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, San Bernardino, California



Fired - Catalogue, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio



Leah Ollman, Art Review: ”Here Not There: San Diego Art Now” at the Museum of Contemporary


Robert L. Pincus, Art Review: A boisterous exhibit shines spotlight on S.D., The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, California, June 13, 2010



500 Ceramic Sculptures– Lark Books - (reproduction of work)


Martha Sadler, Playing with Clay - Concurrent Ceramic Art Exhibitions at CAF and Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara, California, April 23, 2009

'Go West' exhibit features to CR artists, The Times-Standard, Eureka, California, February 27,



Richard Speer, Candy Circus, Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon, October 15, 2008


Your Favorite Artist Was a Member – 30 years at 500X, Catalogue - 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Wish, Catalogue, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas


Anjali Gupta, 500X Gallery, Artlies, #56 Winter, 2008, p. 74-79. (reproduction of work p. 77)


Steve Carter,X-Box Live: Launch Pad for Cutting-Edge Artists Celebrates the Big 3-0!,

Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine, January, 2008, p. 54-55.


Gaile Robinson, Tasty Bits, Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, January 18, 2008


Anthony Mariani, Processions: The Spirit of ’64 Gets a Makeover at 414, Fort Worth Weekly, Fort Worh, Texas, January 23, 2008



Lucinda Breeding, Art That Dreams are Made Of, Denton Record Chronicle, Denton, Texas, July, 2007


Hunter Ingalls, Art Beat: AMoA's Show Defies Handles, The Amarillo Globe-News and Amarillo.com, August, 2007


Lucinda Breeding, Contemporary Artists Enliven Meadows Gallery, Denton Record Chronicle, Denton, Texas, July, 2007


Amarillo Biennial 600 – CLAY, Catalogue, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Texas


Merritt Martin, Burst the Stereotypes, Dallas Observer, Dallas, Texas, March (reproduction of work)


Valenshine 2007, Catalogue, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas



Artist in Residence Catalogue, Watershed Center for the Arts, Newcastle, Maine


Crafts National, Catalogue, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Ink and Clay 32, Catalogue, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, California



McNeese National Works on Paper, Catalogue, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana