Justin Quaid Grubb is from Bloomington, Indiana. He earned a BFA in Ceramics from the IUPUI Herron School of Art & Design in 2019. Primarily studying under Corey Jefferson and Chaz Martinsen, this rigorous program focused on the development of various technical ceramic abilities paired with diversified interdisciplinary studies in studio art and technology. While at Herron, Grubb also obtained a minor in Art History with special studies in German Expressionism, Digital Art and Design, Contemporary Art and Women in Art. In June 2021, he earned his MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art & Design. The RISD Ceramics MFA program is and internationally renowned program that promotes independent research and experimentation within the field at large. During his time in this program he worked in consultation with faculty advisors, Lesley Baker, Katy Schimert, Anina major, Nicole Cherubini, Jeannine Falino and thesis advisor, Glenn Adamson. Grubb’s independent research at RISD includes special studies in Queer Film, American Consumer Culture and Interdisciplinary Collaboration.
Grubb has exhibited in collaboration with Jimmy Rhea for WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE, BUT WE DON’T ALWAYS SCAN (Lamar Gallery, Pensacola State College, 2022) and Marita Chustak for Coextensive Matter (Eskinazi Fine Art Center, Herron School of Art & Design, 2019). Following his graduate thesis exhibition, Mars is for Fags (RISD Grad Show 2021, WaterFire Arts Center, Providence, RI), Grubb was invited to participate in the 2021 Tsinghua International Conference on Art & Design’s virtual postgrad exhibition ASK: Our Diverse World (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China). Furthermore, he has participated in a number of group and juried exhibitions including: B22: Wiregrass Biennial (Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL), the 24th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition (San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, 2022), Off Center (Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, 2021), Afterlight: Online (Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY, 2021), and Onyx + East (Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 2019). Justin Quaid Grubb’s first solo exhibition, SURVIVING THE WILDS OF THE PANHANDLE (TAG, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL) opened in September of 2022, followed by ALL-AMERICAN AND VERY DOWN TO EARTH (Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA) in November 2022. Grubb currently works as full-time Adjunct Faculty and Ceramics Lab Coordinator at the University of West Florida.