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Bio

Born in Columbus, GA
Lives & works in Prescott, AZ

deniseincao@gmail.com

From abstract expressionistic wall pieces to archetypal masks to whimsical functional vessels, Denise Incao’s work emanates the earthy, primordial roots of humankind and of art itself.  Raw, Spontaneous, and (dare we say?) fun, Denise’s creations long to be touched.  She works without preliminary drawings, allowing each piece to take her where it will, allowing her subconscious life to spring forth.  The result is a celebration of childlike innocence and often, noble grace and elegance.

 

Layers of intricate texture on her vases and bowls seem to trace eons of geologic time; small egg-like orbs are mysterious and otherworldly; masks, adorned with beads and various natural materials truly come alive, each with their own distinct personality.  Here, Denise’s love for her craft, for nature, and for tribal culture, all shine together.

 

For thousands of years, masks have been used ritualistically to open up a door to the spirit-world and to help connect us to deep archetypal forces, which are, after all, within ourselves.  Indeed, each of her masks seems to want to tell us something profound.  It is Denise’s hope that each viewer hears his or her own personal message.

 

Denise was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1966.  Her young life was spent roaming forests, playing in gardens, and sailing and exploring the barrier island beaches of Northern Florida.  In 1995, she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from Auburn University in Alabama – she was the first to do so with a Studio Emphasis in Sculptural Ceramics.  While building a respectable representation at galleries and museums in the southeast, she also created and directed various ceramics programs for schools and camps in Alabama, Tennessee, and North Florida, as well as adult classes and private lessons in North Florida.  Denise continued these same pursuits after moving to Prescott, Arizona in 1998.  She is still creating new works in her Paulden home studio, while teaching children and adults to speak through clay.

 

“The act of creation is as necessary to me as eating and sleeping.  It feeds my soul.  My hope for my work, after it has served to connect me to my true being, is to pass into hands that it will serve in other ways.  People often say that they have a profound response to my work.  It speaks to them.  Whatever it says and however it benefits is very personal, as is my time with each piece.  That’s the reward!”

Education

1995

BFA - Sculptural Studio Ceramics Auburn University

 

2017

MA - Expressive Ecopsychology

Prescott College

Publications

2017

Expressive Arts in Partnership with Nature: Master’s thesis, Denise Incao, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ. Print.

2017

 Expressive Arts in Partnership with Nature, Prescott Creeks Ed., Denise Incao, Article featured in Prescott Creeks E-news: https://prescottcreeks.org/recent_activities/art-in-nature/

 

2017

Return to the Mother: A Lover’s Handbook, Redhawk, HOHM Press, Chino Valley, AZ. Print. (features Artist’s art plates 7 and 8, pages 43/44)

 

2014

She Lives Creatively Spotlight (interview), Marcella Nordbeck-Richardson,  monthly feature  on Marcella's Live Creatively Blog,  marcellanordbeck.snappages.com,

                                    

History of Gallery Representation

Sam Hill Art Gallery...........Prescott, AZ

Gallery24Seven.com………...Online Fine Art Gallery

Parada Gallery………………...Prescott, AZ

Sun West Gallery………………Prescott, AZ

A ‘Loft Gallery…………………Prescott, AZ

Satisfied Mind…………………Prescott, AZ

Jordan Road Gallery…………Sedona, AZ

Casa de Artistas…………………Scottsdale, AZ

me.L.you Gallery………………Denver, CO

SOHO Gallery……………………Pensacola, FL

Artel Gallery………………………Pensacola, FL

Professional Experience

Sept2016–Present.........Instructor for Yavapai College – Community Education - beginning pottery classes and intermediate pottery workshops

 

2004 – Present..............Singer/Songwriter/Creative Source for the Denise Allen Band - Producing/Recording 6 original recorded albums and leading 8   European Tours.

1996 – Present...............Studio Artist – producing works for exhibits, shows, and commissions.

 

September 2017.............Organized and facilitated Expressive Arts in Partnership with Nature program (2.5 day intensive with Prescott College Life Centering block course)

 

December 2016.............Organized and facilitated women’s EXA workshop titled “Reclaiming the Divine Feminine” at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve – Prescott, AZ

 

2015­–2016....................Art Teacher at LaTierra Community School (K – 6th)

 

June 2015.....................Organized and taught expressive clay workshop titled "All Hands on Earth" at the Conscious Family Festival ­– Sebastopol, CA

 

Jan2013–Oct 2014........Curator of Gallery24Seven.com

 

June 2014......................Organized and taught expressive clay workshop titled “All Hands on Earth” for the Conscious Parenting Festival - Sebastopol, CA

 

2003 – 2005..................Co-Manager – Parada Gallery, Prescott AZ.

Contact

Email: deniseincao@gmail.com

Phone:  205-807-3710