Author Profile
Brad Menninga

Brad Menninga received his BA in politics from Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) in 1992 and his MFA from California College of the Arts (San Francisco) in 2010. He has published with Ceramic Arts Daily and Pottery Making Illustrated, and facilitated activist art-making workshops through the Portland, Oregon, chapters of Jobs with Justice and Art and Revolution. Menninga has created solo installations at the Mall of America in Minnesota and at the 2019 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference (St. Paul, Minnesota). He is the recipient of a 2020 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant and 2020 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists.



When my sense of depersonalization is at its strongest, I feel as though I have become virtual and dreamlike myself and have lost my presence in real time and space.
"Even though you may not be doing traditional stone or wood carving, you still love the land and the community. You carry those inspirations that you learn from your mother and grandmother, and I think we have to keep educating people about their stereotyping of what Native peoples make and what they do. Like Lillian says, we have to keep doing it and keep educating those folks out there that have this cultural idea that we only make art this certain way." - Richard Rowland