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"Fired Up" with artist Courtney Mattison MA'11

  • Palo Alto Art Center 1311 Newell Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

The Brown Club of Silicon Valley invites you to an artist panel including Courtney Mattison (MA '11) at the Palo Alto Art Center,, where her work is part of the current ceramic exhibition "Fired Up."  The panel discussion will be held Sunday, August 7th, from 2-3pm, followed by a reception with light refreshments for Brown alums and their guests from 3-4pm. 

Also at the Art Center that day, the exhibition will be open for viewing from 1-5pm, and a Family Clay Day, with free clay activities for all ages in the art studios, will be held from 2-4:30. 

About Courtney:

Courtney Mattison is an artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She primarily hand-sculpts intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s intricate and often large-scale ceramic sculptural works have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues including the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Tang Museum, the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in marine ecology and ceramic sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in environmental studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Science Magazine, Colossal and other prominent international science/art/culture publications. In 2015 Origin Magazine named her one of 100 top “Ocean Heroes" and the International SeaKeepers Society named her Artist of the Year. Courtney also works as Editorial & Development Manager for the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado where she runs her “Inland Sea Studio."


About the Palo Alto Art Center:

The Palo Alto Art Center is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary year with exhibitions, workshops, hands-on opportunities, and residencies for all ages -- dedicated to celebrating the Art Center's role in providing more than four decades of art and education in the community. See more at:

This event is brought to you by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation in partnership with the Brown Club of Silicon Valley.

Questions? Contact Larisa Usich '93, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Board Member, at

For questions about the Brown Club of Silicon Valley, please contact President Steve Peyton '12 at


RSVP for the event HERE:

Earlier Event: July 16
Pan Asian-American Alumni BBQ
Later Event: August 24
New Student and Intern Sendoff