Professor Dennis Sipiorski received a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Notre
Dame and has two degrees in Education from the University of Wisconsin.
Excerpt from Arts & Activities, Oct. 2000
During the 25+ years I've spent in Louisiana, my art work has changed many times.
I am mainly a storyteller and my work illustrates the images and subjects in my day-to-day
world. The style of my work is flat and direct. I use many media in addition to clay-
metal, watercolors, oils, photography. Each media is picked because of the unique
qualities that it brings to the finished piece.
Clay is soft and moves easily, metal is hard and strong. Photography stops time and
is a shadow of a moment. My images come from many sources in my past and present-
growing up in the Midwest, Catholic school, college and southern Louisiana. Many of
my current images come directly from my backyard- frogs, rabbits, cats, birds, fish,
alligators, dogs, armadillos, snakes, along with plants, flowers, banana trees, magnolias,
etc. The relationship of these images- how I place them on the piece- creates the
I'm not trying to create a new art form. My work simply tells the viewer what I consider
important in my life. All of these subjects have been used many times throughout the
centuries. All of these past images are noted and sometimes incorporated into my work.
I hope my stories are universal to the viewer. I want my work to ask questions about
life, but not necessarily produce all of the answers.