Rebekah Bogard received her MFA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2003. She received a BFA from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 2000. She is currently an Associate Professor in Ceramics at University of Nevada Reno as well as a studio artist. She has received numerous awards including being named an “Emerging Artist” by both the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She has been awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In addition she is a two-time recipient of the Nevada Fine Arts Council Fellowship, as well as receiving the “Best of Show” in several national art competitions. Her work has shown in several solo and group exhibitions nation wide. Moreover, her work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, LA Times, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Clay Times Magazine, and Artweek.
Bogard’s androgynous ceramics explore sexuality in loose, lucid figurative and iconographic profiles. Utilising symbols that convey a regulatory ‘feminine’ quality — flowers, young animals, soft curving lines — the works unshackle themselves from stereotype through an act of reclamation. ‘Play Time’ scores an act of love in a reflexive, vaguely unsettling model, the disposition of the insects at odds with the distinctly human interplay of body in embrace and choice of furniture. The artist attempts to alter “rules of engagement” with her sculpture, stripping away assumptions of gender with the typically amorphous or asexual insect.