Scott Ross was born in 1971 in Union Lake, MI and earned BA (1997) degrees in Ceramics and Creative Writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He has earned his MFA (2012) in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Since 1997 he has been building and firing wood-kilns at his home studio in White Lake, MI.
During the last seven years he has participated in 28 exhibitions (6 solo and 22 group with 4 international), including exhibitions at the Museo Del Vino, Laumeier Sculpture Park and The Tarble Arts Center. These exhibitions are representative of his continued interest in sculpture, installation and ceramics as vehicles for self-expression. In mid-2007 he was invited to Foshan, CHINA to participate in a month long wood-firing festival. In 2008 he was invited by sculptor Nino Caruso to Todi, ITALY to be his studio assistant for his retrospective “On the Road.” These assistantships and participation were the genesis for his interest in teaching and committing to art as a profession. Since the Spring of 2010, he has built a number of large-scale public works that are installed at SIUE, Josephine Sculpture Park and in the Granite City Sculpture Park. In the Fall of 2011 he established THE PLACELESS SPACE STUDIO, an alternative exhibition space, in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse on the grounds of America’s Central Port (ACP), Granite City, IL. The relationship with ACP, through establishing the studio and exhibition space, resulted in a public commission for a large steel sculpture titled “Wake of the Flood” which was installed in October of 2012 on the ACP grounds. Building upon the supportive and collaborative nature of his relationship with ACP, his interest in expanding his artistic practice to incorporate community engagement and involvement, from both public and private entities, has set a future direction of inquiry for his work. Shortly after finishing and opening his installation “Keeper of the Kept” in 2012 at the PLACELESS SPACE STUDIO, Scott accepted a position at Kentucky State University as the Assistant Professor of Sculpture, where he teaches both traditional and contemporary sculptural practices, along with ceramics. Forthcoming are a number of “Scott Ross Workshops,” ranging from kiln building and firing methods to clay techniques, and large-scale public sculpture.