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EDUCATION
            
2002
Master of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
 
1999
Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2004-present
Instructor of Drawing I, Art History, Digital Photography, Ceramics I and II, 
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT 

2007-2009
Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Two Dimensional Design, and Illustration
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 

2004-2006
Instructor of Two Dimensional Design and Darkroom Photography
Post University, Waterbury, CT

2005
Instructor of Video Production and Darkroom Photography
The Taft School, Watertown, CT 

2002-2004
Program Instructor of Ceramics
Center for Youth, Hartford, CT

2002-2003                                                       
Instructor of Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional Art and Design courses
ArtWorks at Dover Street, New Bedford, MA

1999-2002   
Instructor of Record of Ceramics and Three Dimensional Design
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


RELATED EXPERIENCE

2008-2009
Member, Board of Directors
Norwich Arts Council, Norwich, CT       

2005-2007
Educational Assistant in Art Department
Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

2002-2003                                                       
Technical Production Director
Bedford Academic Bowl, New Bedford, MA 

1989-1999
Board of Directors
New England Communications Museum, Hartford, CT


AWARDS/HONORS

2017
Purchase Award
The Windham Project

2009
Artists Fellowship Grant
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Hartford, CT

2002                                                         
Stipend Award
Forrest Hills Educational Trust, Jamaica Plain, MA
  
Work Grant
Star Store Art School, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA

1999-2002
Teaching Assistantships
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1998                                                          
First place in exhibition for sculpture/design
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT                            


SELECTED EXIBITIONS

2017
Sound Sculpture Installation
Solo Show “MARS”
The Art Gallery
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT 

2017
Sound Sculpture Installation
Solo Show “Time Passages”
Three Rivers Gallery
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

2017
Sound Sculpture Installation
Group Show, “ The Windham Project”
Main Street
Windham, CT

2017
Sound Sculpture Installation
Group Show, “Community”
Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery
Hartford Art School
West Hartford, CT

2017
Sound Sculpture Installation
Solo show “Tinkling Bowls”
The Spirol Gallery
Quinebaug Comminity College
Danielson, CT

2016
Sound Sculpture Installation
Group Show, “A Flutter in Time”
Florance Griswold Museum
Old Lyme, CT

2015
Installation
Group Show, “WHIMSICAL KINGDOMS”
Florance Griswold Museum
Old Lyme, CT

2015
Photography
Group Show, “Artists/Educators”
Norwich Arts Cenetr
Norwich, CT 

2011
Installation and Static Work
Group Show, “A Just Standard”
The Gallery at Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 

Ceramic
Group Show, “Faculty Art Exhibition”
Three Rivers Gallery
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

2010
Drawing
Group Show, “The Out of Towners” 
P.C.S.80 Gallery, Holyoke, MA  

2009
Ceramic
Group Show, “Faculty Art Exhibition”
Three Rivers Gallery
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

2008
Solar Kinetic Sculpture
Group Show
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT 

Drawing
Group Show
Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT 

2007
Installation: Mixed Media/Electronics
Two-Person Show, “it’s only a dream” 
ArtSpace Gallery, Norwich, CT

2006
Ceramic
Group Show, “Faculty and Staff Show”
Mohegan Campus Exhibition Space
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

2005
Sound Interactive Installation
Group Show, “Ten Mile Radius”
Samuel S.T. Chen Fine Arts Center, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Solar Kinetic Sculpture
Group Show, “Faculty and Staff Show”
Post University, Waterbury, CT

Solar Kinetic Sculpture
Group Show, “Faculty and Staff Show”
Mohegan Campus Exhibition Space, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

Solar Sound Device
Group Show, “Faculty Art Exhibit”
New Space Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

2003
Installation: Solar Sound Device
Group Show, “The Four Elements”
Forrest Hills Educational Trust, Boston, MA

Installation: Solar Sculpture
Group Show
Noble Horizons, New Canaan, CT

Installation: Mixed Media/Electronics
Group Show, “The Reconstruction Biennial”
Exit Art, New York City, NY

Installation: Sound Sculpture
Group Show, “Boom Box”
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 

Ceramic Solar Sculpture
Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO
(Now in permanent collection)

2002
Installation: Sound and Kinetic Sculpture
Solo Show, “Regression, Progression and Skewed Material Culture through Sculpture”
Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2001                                                          
Installation: Existential Log from the Woods
Group Show, “Midway Show”
Student Union Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA   

2001                   
Installation
Solo Show, “Detached from Nature (video and sculpture) and Ordinary Ceramic Bowls Can Talk”
Munson Annex Lower, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Sculpture With Sound
Solo Show, “Liminal Systems and God” 
Munson Annex, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1999                                                          
Ceramic Sculpture
Solo Show, “8 Works in Ceramic”
Plainville Public Library Art Space, Plainville, CT 

1998                                                          
Ceramic Sculpture
Group Show
James J. Maloney Art Gallery, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

1997                                                          
Ceramic Sculpture
Solo Show, “Vessels Born of Fire and Earth”
Elihu Burritt Exhibition Space, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Ceramic Sculpture
Solo Show, “Mica, Metal and Clay”
James J. Maloney Hall, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Norman, Wayne, Radio Broadcast Interview of Sean Langlais Exhibition Titled “MARS”, www.seanlanglais.com/interviews-and-compositions/, November 7, 2017

Collins, Casey, “MARS: A Sound Art Installation’ Sean Langlais” Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, November 8, 2017

Yau, Brennan, “The Windham Project”, Blurb, April 19, 2017, http://www.blurb`.com/b/7884035-the-windham-project

Bleau, Jason, “Tinkling Bowls Display at QVCC”, Woodstock Villager, VOL X1, NO 20, March 3, 2017
http://linpub.blob.core.windows.net/pdf/2/252e31ec-0393-4545-a03b-93e84bc63c05.pdf

Wetmore, Ellen, “Big Noise, Embarrassing Silence: Why is no one talking about filmic sound in sculpture?”
InterReview Journal, 2005

WGBH TV-CH 2, "Sound art," (Included installation piece titled a cork in the wall, by Sean Langlais), WGBH TV-CH 2, Boston, MA, February 19, 2003 

A Boom Box recording, "Shhhh," (sound recording), A Boom Box recording, copyright 2003

McQuaid, Cate, "Mills Gallery is alive with the ambitious sounds of ‘Boom Box’," Boston Globe, Boston, MA, February 16, 2003 

Seaman, Hank, "A Different Level," (interview of Sean Langlais), The Standard Times, Fairhaven, MA, January 21, 2003

Anonymous, “The Midway Show, Round Two,” (exhibition review), The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, February 20, 2001
                                              

RESIDENCIES/VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS/LECTURES

2017
Guest Lecturer Discussing Sound Installation Art
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT 

2002-2003
Artist-in-Residence Fellowship Program
ArtWorks at Dover Street, New Bedford, MA

2002
Visiting Artist Workshop in Ceramics
Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA

Lecture of Interactive Installation Works
Star Store Art School, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA


ARTIST STATEMENT

In a very short time-span there has been a vast proliferation of technology, which has influenced the way nature is experienced. Some of my work strives for both reconciliation and celebration between nature, the technological device and human existence. Today I believe there is an entirely new landscape that is equivalent in influence to what is sometimes referred to as the great Mother Nature. This new landscape, which is equally as varying and complex as nature’s landscape, is the landscape of the device. In the book titled, The Evolution of Technology, George Basalla makes an interesting statement as to the nature of the device. Basalla surmises that a very rough figure of invented things can be reached by using the number of patents granted for inventions. In the United States alone more then 4.7 million patents have been issued since 1790. If each of these patents is counted as equal to an organic species, then the technological can be said to have a diversity factor three times greater than the organic.

My work is strongly engaged in the ever-growing and complex relationship between organic processes in nature and newly emerging products of technology. In my Master’s thesis work, titled, “Regression, Progression, and Skewed Material Culture through Sculpture,” I explored the nature of a range of electronic devices and materials; from first generation (1920’s) radio speakers, to contemporary disposable plastic cups. Through various sound and motion based installations, I strive to reveal new possibilities of ordinary materials and objects. In these works I seek to open fresh, new perspectives that challenge and unite traditional divisions between sculpture, musicians, engineers, and scientists. I explore, design, and use various manifestations of solar power, engineered electronic circuits, electromagnetic devices (motors, speakers, etc.), audio and visual recording systems, and often, everyday functional objects such as cups and bowls. My work is inspired, in part, by scientific, philosophical, and technical writings and publications as well as the visual aesthetics of applied technology and the device. I am active in horology and the study of esoteric technology. At a very young age, I began an irreversible affinity for mechanized motions of machines and the human quest of the perpetual.

My recent work involves small sound-creating devices that I design to mimic sounds in nature. The sounds are slightly skewed and have an eerie machine-like reference while retaining a pleasant quality that seduces the viewer into wanting to know more about the source. Some of the juxtapositions I create are absurd enough so that the viewer is left to question the device in an existential way; one such piece is simply titled "Log".

I am also working with solar powered, sound producing, site specific installations, like the one I installed at the Forrest Hills Cemetery in Boston, MA. This work involves sound projections of a rowboat between dusk and dark that can be heard with oars clicking and clunking when one is walking a path that passes alongside a lake.

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