Jim's Autobiography

Born 1957, Lincoln, NE. Two daughters, three grandchildren.
Shares his life with Shannon Magee (VC for Communications)-Carroll
County Democrats). Jim operates a multi-purpose fine arts studio in
Carroll County near Eureka Springs.
2018 State Senate Democratic Candidate for Arkansas District 5. .
Received 29.7 % of the vote in the general election. A district in Carroll,
Crawford, Madison, Sebastian, Franklin, Johnson, and Washington
counties..
2019-2020 Vice-Chair of Candidate Support for the Carroll County
Democrats.
2014 & 2015 Organizer of the HUNGRY BOWL, benefit for the food banks
of Carroll County. Made and donated 300 soup bowls along with
restaurant donations of soup for a benefit attended by over 400
contributors each year.
2013-present, Emergency Responder & Firefighter for Inspiration Point
Rural Fire Protection District (I.P.R.F.P.D) in Carroll County, AR. As a
Supervisor, I have assisted in training, repairing, and supplying equipment.
Like most fire departments in Arkansas, this is staffed 100% by volunteers
(unpaid) and is on call 24 & 7. The individual volunteers in I.P.R.F.P.D are
required to meet a minimum requirement of training, answer calls and
attend to emergency incidents to remain on the staff.
Education
M.F.A. 1984, Ceramic Sculpture, Texas A & M, Commerce, TX
B.F.A. 1982, Ceramics & Painting, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
B.S. 1979, Business Administration., Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., Lincoln, NE
High School, graduated one year early in 1974, Lincoln East High School,
Lincoln, NE.
An additional field of study: 3 years in Architecture.
Teaching
1986, Texas A & M, (formerly East Texas State University) Assistant
Professor, Department of Fine Art.
1989 appointed Head of Department of the Fine Arts. Texas A & M,
(formerly East Texas State University). 140 students majoring in
Communication Arts and Fine Arts at both undergraduate and graduate
levels of study.
1993, Muskingum University Chair of Fine Arts, New Concord, OH, 1998.
Designed and uploaded the Fine Arts Department’s first website. Produced
the school’s first national competitive art exhibition.
1998-present, Paradise Pottery, Eureka Springs, AR. Business owner.
Production of sculpture and pottery.
2000-2006, Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI - (the oldest art colony
in the U.S.).
2001-2005 Instructor of Art at Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Eureka
Springs, AR
Areas of teaching: Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture.
Areas of administration: Scheduling, hiring teaching staff, budget, campus
gallery show schedules, curriculum development, and student-teacher
observation,
Jim’s work has made its way around the world from Oslo, Cairo
Mumbai, Beijing, Sydney, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He sold his first
hand-thrown dinnerware set in 1966 and has had mud in his blood
ever since.

Big Pot USA, exploring logistical challenges of extremely large hand-turned
pottery and firing very large ceramic vessels (over twenty feet in height).
Stupa - at the Land of Infinite Bliss, for the Tibetan Cultural Institute of
Arkansas, near Crosses, AR. The work combines welded steel, concrete, and
ceramics. This stupa is of the type known as a Stupa of Enlightenment. Inside
the structure are tens of thousands of various objects and materials gathered
from around the world and subjected to ceremonies of consecration as the
construction carries on. Fifty of my vases are permanently entombed in this
project.
Previous
“Untitled”, Landscape Series, National Bank of Commerce, Lincoln, NE
“Inside Looking Out”, Outdoor sculpture and tile installation, Arkansas
Municipal League, North Little Rock, AR. https://www.arml.org/
“Another Blue Heron”, Outdoor sculpture, Eureka Springs, AR.