CJ Niehaus received her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC) and her BA in Art Therapy from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Awarded a residency at Paducah School of Art and Design, she taught college level ceramics and art history classes along with studio assisting and pursuing her own work. CJ has also taught college level ceramics at SIUC and Elgin Community College along with classes at McHenry County College.
Recently she was awarded the Lillian Thomas Distinguished Fellowship at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and the IA O’Shaughnessy Foundation Scholarship at Penland School of Crafts.
Juried into exhibitions at Northern Clay Center, Baltimore Clay, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, NCECA Expo, and others, CJ maintains an active show schedule across the country. She is represented by several galleries, including the Charlie Cummings Gallery and In Tandem Gallery.
Believing that art offers creative problem solving skills, CJ values teaching critical thinking as well as technical proficiency in ceramics courses.
“The artist is not a special kind of person, rather each person is a special kind of artist”
- A. Coomaraswany