Scott Ross was born in 1971 in Michigan and earned BA (1997) degrees in Ceramics and Creative Writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He has earned his MFA (2012) in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Since 1997, he has also been building and firing wood-kilns at his home studio in White Lake, MI.
During the last eight years he has participated in 35 exhibitions (11 solo and 24 two person/group with 3 international), including exhibitions at the Museo del Vino, Laumeier Sculpture Park and The Tarble Arts Center. These exhibitions are representative of his continued interest in sculpture, installation and ceramics as vehicles for self-expression. In 2006 he became a part time studio assistant to Peter Callas until mid-2007 when he was invited to Foshan, China to participate in a wood-firing festival. In 2008 he was invited by sculptor Nino Caruso to Todi, Italy to be his studio assistant for his retrospective “On the Road”. These assistantships and participation were the genesis for his interest in teaching and committing to art as a profession. Since the spring of 2010, he has built several large-scale public works that are installed at SIUE (IL), Josephine Sculpture Park (KY), City of Evansville (IN), City of Frankfort Riverwalk (KY) and in the Granite City Sculpture Park (IL). Shortly after finishing and opening an 8,000 sq. ft. installation at The Placeless Space Studio, Scott accepted the Assistant Professor of Sculpture position at Kentucky State University (KSU), where he taught both traditional and contemporary sculptural practices, along with ceramics for four years. In the Spring of 2016, Scott accepted the Sculpture position at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Scott is currently building a dynamic Sculpture area at Linfield College with course offerings in metal fabrication, large scale/public sculpture, casting and a digital fabrication/3D print lab. Forthcoming are a number of “Scott Ross Workshops” and lectures, ranging from large-scale public sculpture to kiln building, clay techniques and firing methods. Scott more recently finished a public sculpture commission for the Riverwalk in Frankfort, KY titled “All This President’s Men.” Upcoming in 2018 is the annual wood firing workshop of the High Lonesome Anagama at his family home/studio in Union Lake, MI.