e-mail:  m_corazzo@hotmail.com 

              Michele.corazzo@valpo.edu 

see additional images at Corazzotile.com 

 

 

EDUCATION 

M.F.A., June 1977, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

B.A., May 1973, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Major French, Minor Art 

1972, Monterey Institute for Foreign Studies, Monterey, CA 

 

CURRENT TEACHING POSITIONS 

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL 

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art 

 

HONORS and AWARDS 

Grant Recipient, Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the 

     Arts, 2010-2011 

Second Place Award, Clayfest 2008 

Purchase Award, The Hilbert Conservancy, White Water Gardens, Indianapolis, 

   2002 

Purchase Award, The Hilbert Conservancy, White Water Gardens, Indianapolis, 

   2000 

GSA Advisor, Art-in-Architecture Project for U.S. Courthouse, Hammond, IN  

              1997-1999, Dale Chihuly chosen 

Most Valuable Adjunct Teacher (Liberal Studies Dept.), Roosevelt University, 

   1996 

Partial tuition scholarship, University of Chicago, 1976            

 

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017  Corks on Columbus, New York, NY 

2011 “Ticket Punch Pop-Up,” Dune Park Train Station, Porter, IN 

2011 “Ticket Punch Series,” Christopher Center, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

2010 “Ticket Punch Series,” The Depot Gallery, Beverly Shores, IN 

2006-7 “Resonant Openings,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

          Valparaiso, IN 

1995 “Metaphorical Vessels,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

          Valparaiso, IN 

1990 “Partners in Ceramics, “Mueller Hall, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

1987 “Painting and Sculpture,” Chicago Gallery, University of Illinois,  

          Chicago, IL 

1984-5 “Desert Flowers Installation,” Monadnock Building, Chicago, Il 

1982 “Wall Reliefs,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1981 “Brick Patterns,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1980 “Ceramic Slabworks,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1977 “Ceramic Sculpture,” Moellering Library, Valparaiso University,  

           Valparaiso, IN 

1977 M.F.A. Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture, Midway Studios, University of  

         Chicago, Chicago, IL 

1975 “Ceramics,” Crerar Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 

             

GROUP EXHIBITIONS from 1985 

       Juried 

2019 “76th Annual Salon Show,” Center for the Visual and Performing Arts,  

           Munster, IN  

2017 “Michiana Annual Art Competition,” Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI 

2017 “GrassRoots,” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL 

2017 “Seeking Location: Maps & Borders in Art,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts,  Michigan City, IN 

2014 “21st Annual Jasper Community Arts Exhibition,” Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, IN 

2014 “Great Lakes Drawing Biennial,” Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan  University, Ypsilanti, MI 

2011 “Biennial 26,” South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN 

2011 “67th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition,” Swope Art Museum, Terre  Haute, IN 

2008 “Clayfest 2008,” Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN 

2008 “Fusion of the Arts,” Gallery Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN 

2005 “60th Annual Salon Show,” Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, IN 

2004 “Strictly Functional Pottery National,” Market House Craft Center, Penn  

          (juror, Susan Peterson) 

2002 “Fountains, Fish, Frogs and Fun,” The Hilbert Conservatory, White Water  

          Gardens, Indianapolis, IN, Purchase Award 

2001 “56 Annual Salon Show,” Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, IN 

2000 “Flights of Fancy,” Hilbert Conservatory, White River Gardens,  

           Indianapolis, IN, Purchase Award 

1988 “Clayfest VI,” Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 

1987 “Fall Invitational,” Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL (juried) 

1985 “Made in Chicago,” Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL 

     Invitational 

2011 Stations of the Cross, Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

2010 “Award winners Clayfest 08,” Contemporary Clay Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 

2010 “Pathways & Portals,” traveling exhibit, Illinois State Museum, Chicago and  Lockport, IL 

2008 “Under the Influence, students and their mentors,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN 

2005 “Ceramic Professors of Indiana,” AMACO/Brent Gallery,  Indianapolis, IN 

2002 “Wish You Were Here,” Postcard Invitational, Wood Street Gallery,            Chicago, IL 

1996 “Natural Vision,” Campbell House, Kane County Events Center, Geneva, IL 

1994 “New Form in Furniture,” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL 

1994 “2nd Annual Chicago Furniture Designer’s Association Group Show”  

          Thompson Center, Chicago, IL 

1993  Group Furniture Show, AB Imo Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1990 “Her Diversity, an Exhibition of Women Artists,” Governors State  

           University, University Park, IL 

1988 “Chicago Fire,” North Pier Chicago, Chicago, IL 

1987 “Six Ceramic Artists,” Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL 

1986 “Her infinite Variety,” Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1986 “Chicago Fire,” Poterie Bonsecours, Montreal, Quebec 

1985 “Six Young Artists,” Morton College, Chicago, IL 

      Other 

2018 “Faculty Show,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

2016 “Member’s Show,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2016 “Faculty Show,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN  

2015 “Urban Threads” members’ exhibit, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL 

2014 VU Faculty Exhibit, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

                Valparaiso, IN 

2014 “Heroes vs. Villains,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2014 “SQU/ARC,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2013 “ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibit” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2013 “Aggregate: Recent Work by the Valparaiso University Faculty,” Gardner 

               Center, Miller, IN 

2012 “BLOX,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2012 “Art Faculty Exhibit,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

2010 “Faculty Exhibit,” Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN 

2009 Valparaiso University Faculty Exhibition, South Shore Center for the Arts, Munster, IN 

2008 Faculty Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

                     Valparaiso, IN 

2007 “Art from the Vale of Paradise,” Raclin Gallery, Indiana University South Bend, IN 

2006 Faculty Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

          Valparaiso, IN 

2004 “Indiana Independent Colleges Exhibition,” NCECA Conference,       

          University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 

2004 Faculty Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

          Valparaiso, IN 

2003 Faculty Exhibition, Gage Building Gallery, Roosevelt University,  

          Chicago, IL 

2003 Faculty Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

          Valparaiso, IN 

2003 “A.R.C. 30 Year Anniversary Celebration,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2002 Faculty Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University,  

         Valparaiso, IN 

2002 “Pottery,” Ferencak Gallery, Oak Park, IL 

2001 Valparaiso University Faculty Exhibit, Center for the Visual and Performing  

         Arts, Munster, In 

1998 “23 Years,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1998 “V.U. Faculty,” Thiel Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL 

1993 “20th Anniversary,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1993 Faculty Exhibition, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 

1988 Valparaiso University Faculty Exhibit, Christ College, Valparaiso, IN 

1987 “Structures on the Wall,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1986 Faculty Exhibit, Thiel Gallery, Thornton Community College, South  

         Holland, IL 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION 

Corporate Art Source, Chicago, IL 

Personal webpage at Corazzotile.com 

 

MEDIA 

Reviews  

“What’s in a Name?” Lauron Schreiber, The Torch 2006 

                        “How Artists Get By: Artists in Small Towns,” Victor Cassidy, Chicago  

                         Artist News, 1995 

“Say Goodbye to the Stuffed Elephants,” Wm. H. Honan, the New York 

  Times Magazine, 1990 

“Ceramic pieces more arts than crafts,” Gordon Ligocki, Post Tribune,  

                          1990 

“Thy Put the World at Your feet,” Susan Telingator, Life Pulitzer-Lerner,  

                          1990 

“VU Art Teachers Win Field Commission,” Tone Griffith, The Vidette  

                          Messenger, 1989 

“Ceramic Floor Map,” Audra D. Strong, Post Tribune, 1989 

“An Enchanted Evening Brings Names in News,” Barbara Mahany,  

                          Chicago Tribune, 1989 

“Invitational Delights the Eye,” Jo Cawthra, St. Charles Chronicle, 1987 

“Her Infinite Variety,” James Yood, New Art Examiner, 1987 

“Women’s Works,” Marcia Froelke Coburn, Chicago Tribune, 1987 

“ARC’s Installations Offbeat Format…,” Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune,  

                         1983 

“Take a Peek,” James Yood, New Art Examiner, 1983 

“Ceramic Slabworks,” Bob Burleigh, New Art Examiner, 1980 

“Clay Slab Formations Symbolize Man and Nature,” John Forwalter, Gary  

                          Post Tribune, 1980 

“Art Exhibits Here,” Wendy Brusick, The Torch (Valparaiso University),  

                          1977 

“Chicago Clay/Midway Mud,” Christopher Gawker, The Maroon  

                         (University of Chicago), 1977 

Catalog inclusions 

“ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibit” 2013 

“Arc Gallery 20th Anniversary,” 1993 

“Clayfest VI,” 1988 

“Chicago Fire,” 1986 

“ARC Gallery, 10 Years,” 1984 

“ARC,” 1981 

“ARC, Past & Present,” 1979 

“25th Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show,” Ball State University,  

1979 

“National Small Sculpture Invitational,” Cypress College, CA, 1976 

Interviews 

“The Tom Higgins Show,” Channel 56 Television, Indiana, 1995 

“The Six O’clock News,” Channel 56 Television, Indiana, 2001 

Book inclusion 

Les Krans, editor, Chicago Art in Review, 1989 

 

CURATOR/CHAIR 

“4/4,” ARC Gallery Chicago, IL 

“For Members Only,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

“Take a Peek,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

“Structures on the Wall,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL 

“Indiana Independent Colleges Exhibition,” NCECA Conference, University of  

  Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 

 

COMMISSIONS and COLLECTIONS 

Field Museum of Natural History, Permanent Installation, ceramic floor mural of  

  the Pacific Islands, collaboration with Gus Sisto, 1989 

Brauer Museum of Art, ceramic platter 

Continental Bank, wall relief 

Jane Cooperman and Tom Mapp, bathroom tile surround 

Charles and Nita Franz, bathroom tiles 

Joyce Scully. Window seat surround 

Richard and Susan Jeffrey 

  bathroom tile mural 

  kitchen tile mural 

  Rec room tile mural 

Beverly Presswell, galley kitchen tile murals 

Carol Wood and Nelson De Leon 

  bathroom backsplash, floor border, and bathtub edgings 

  bathroom 2 room tile murals 

  kitchen tile mural 

  bath floor border and backsplash 

  sculpted ceramic wall mural and tile surround 

John and Melissa Schick, bathroom tile mural 

Steve and Marilyn Sward, bathroom tile mural 

Tom and Cindy Schnabel, kitchen tile mural 

Shirley Heinze Environmental Fund commemorative tiles 

Hillard Conservatory commission, birdhouse 

Hillard Conservatory commission, birdbath 

Immanuel Lutheran Church, baptismal setting 

David and Chris Tang 

  fireplace tile installation 

  wall tile mural 

Y.C. Wong, wall sculpture 

Vera Wong, funerary urns for architect Y.C. Wong 

Nina Corazzo 

  bath tub surround 

  sculpted tile floor under wood burner 

Susan Jeffrey, eagle drawing 

Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection 

  12 piece communion set 

  4 candle holders 

Kathleen Strain, Kitchen tile mural 

Susan Adams, sculptural totem 

John Norris and Betti Miles 

  Four part ceramic mural for the bathroom and doorway entrance 

  Sculpted wall relief for entry 

Jeanne and John Reilly, Sculpted ceramic sink 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE 

Board of Trustees, Westchester Public Library, Chesterton IN since 2011 

   Secretary 2012, 2013, 2019 

    President 2014 

Organizer, Soup Bowls for the Hungry Fundraiser, Valparaiso University 2010- 

    2019 

Judge, Northwest Indiana Junior High and High School Science Fair 2007-2012 

Art-a-Thon at Valparaiso University, art workshops for the community 2005-2015 

Numerous guest lecturer events