In 2010, the Bonderman Travel Fellowship took Seattle ceramist George Rodriguez across 26 countries over 10 months. What he brought back was a fresh perspective on culture, fashion, architecture and how we use decoration to express ourselves. Rodriguez says, “I was able to feast my eyes on objects and cultures that I had only seen in books. My world expanded and my community grew. This propelled me to think about my work and community on a larger scale and encouraged me to make work that would cross cultural lines.” George’s work blends his interest in human psychology, community and love for decoration and embellishment.
Rodriguez has exhibited throughout Washington, New Mexico and Texas. In addition to the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, he has been awarded the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, the New Mexico Potter’s Guild Award, the Award of Excellence for Sculpture from the University of El Paso, the Catherine Crowell Belk Art Scholarship and the Manual Acosta Memorial Art Scholarship
George Rodriguez has work in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, IL. His work will be exhibited in the museum's 2016 Annual Day of the Dead show. George was featured on the August 2015 cover of American Craft Council Magazine. He was a featured artist and lecturer at the 2015 SOFA Chicago Exposition.