Jay Shepard

Biography

Having an appreciation for the environment and the natural resources it provides us, and being an advocate for waste reduction, lead me to seek out and use locally grown wood that, for the most part, is considered urban salvage. I also use wood scrap and rejected material that would otherwise be disposed. There is a lot of beautiful, usable wood available from these sources. I will occasionally use some imported woods for accents, but only sparingly.

I am blending my woodworking and painting skills to create unique polychrome lathe turned and sculpted pieces. These works are inspired by the daily shifting from day to night, the mysteries and imagery of nature and the cosmos, and the textures, layers and undulations of the landscape.

I have been somewhat of a recluse when it has come to my artwork and have generally avoided competitions and exhibitions. But with the encouragement of friends and family, have reentered that world. That said, below is a brief history:

Education:
 1973 Bachelor of Art, Central Washington State College, Ellensburg, Washington. Graduation with Distinction.
 1977 Master of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Exhibitions
2017
Waves of Grain, American Association of Woodturners
Instant Gallery, American Association of Woodturners Annual Conference Kansas City MO - Critique Selection
2015
 Creativity in Construction Exhibition, American Association of Woodturners
 Merging Exhibition, American Association of Woodturners
 Dual Fluidity, Two Person Show with Stephen Hatcher, Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, Seattle, WA
 36th Annual Box and Container Show, Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, Seattle, WA, Honorable Mention
2014
 35th Annual Box Show, Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, Seattle, WA, Honorable Mention
"Rising", American Association of Woodturners Annual Competitive Exhibition, St. Paul, Minnesota
 Instant Gallery, American Association of Woodturners Annual Conference Phoenix, AZ, "Excellence Award"
 2013
 34th Annual Box Show, Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, Seattle, WA
 2012
 27 Feet of Art...And More, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
 1994
 Mount Rainier, Arts Olympia Exhibit, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
 1993
 Summertime Blues, Arts Olympia Exhibit, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
 1977
 Two Edges on a Line, ASA Gallery,, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  Navajo Community College Invitational, Navajo Community College, Tsaile, Navajo Nation, Arizona
  MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Department Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
 1976
  Glendale Art Festival Competition, Glendale, Arizona, Third Place Award
  Solo Exhibition, Art Department Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
 1975
  Four Corners States Biennial, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Arizona
  Southwest Drawing and Print Competition, Las Cruses, New Mexico.
 1973
  Northwest Watercolor Society Annual Competition, Seattle, Washington
 1970
  Central Washington State Fair Ceramics Competition, Yakima, Washington. Second Place Award.

Employment History
 1982 - 2010 Washington State Department of Ecology
 1977 - 1981 Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
 1975 - 1977 Arizona Sate University, Graduate Teaching Assistant
 1974 Studio Study Center, Yakima Public Schools, Yakima Washington. Resource Artist

Service

Vice-President of the Woodturners of Olympia Board of Directors
Past
Chaired the Sustainability Sub-Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials

Served on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Recycling Association

Other Recognitions and Awards

Washington State Recycling Association Hall of Fame 2010 Inductee

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency "2009 National Notable Achievement Award" – as a member of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Team.

Washington Environmental Council "Environmental Hero Award" – first state employee to receive this award.

 "Governor’s Award for Service and Quality Improvement" for the Community Litter Cleanup Program.

 "Governing for Results Recognition" for improving processes to allow small governments to apply for and receive remedial action grant funds for the removal of underground storage tanks.

 "1997 Box Breaker Award for State Government" from the Washington State Rural Development Council.

 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency "Bronze Medal for Commendable Service" for work in assisting development of hazardous waste capacity in the Northwest and work in pollution prevention.