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Esin Aykanat Avcı was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1986.

Although her art education has been in ceramics, and clay is the major material she makes use of in her work, she has been tend to bring it together with other media, science and nature itself. She has moved most of her installation works out of the studio since 2017 and her work started to interact more with both herself and the viewer. 

Besides being an artist based in Istanbul, Turkey, she has had the chance to travel and participate in different academic programs, work in different studios, be part of several national and international art shows and further her Master's and Proficiency in Arts researches in the U.K. and the U.S.A. through Erasmus, Fulbright and several other art grants and residencies. 


2014-2020:     Proficiency in Arts in Ceramics, Hacettepe University

2010-2014:       M.F.A. in Ceramics, Hacettepe University                 

2004-2009:     B.A. in American Culture and Literature,

Hacettepe University


2017-2018:       Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher Grant for 

                              Proficiency in Arts

University of Delaware

2012-2013:       Erasmus M.F.A. Research Grant

UWIC Cardiff School of Art and Design

Residencies & Awards 

2022:                   Gate 27 Artist Residency Program

2022:                   Daire Sanat Open Studio Artist Program

2020:                  Bang-Prix 2020

2019:                 Bang-Prix 2019

2019:                 Genç Sanat 5.

2019:                 MAMUT Art Project

2019:                 CerModern Artist Residency Program (current


2018 :                Award of Excellence, Earth,  Santa Cruz Valley 
Association, Arizona.

2018 :                Special Recognition AwardCity Scapes, Light Space

                             and Time Online Gallery

Solo Exhibitions

2019Cube Planets, The Wall, Hacettepe University, Ankara.

2019 - Water, Siyah Beyaz Sanat Galerisi, Ankara.

Two Person Exhibition

2018 - Perceived Impressions: Mosaics, Images and Nature, The

              Recitation Gallery, Newark, DE, U.S.A.

Selected Group Exhibitions & Juried Exhibitions & Festivals & Projects

2023 -   Beton, Hayvan, Deniz/Concrete, Aminal, Sea,  Kıyı Project, 

                Antalya (Lara shore).

2022 -   Bir Işık Hüzmesi Üzerine/On a Beam of Light,  İBB Taksim         

                Sanat, İstanbul.

2022 -   İmgenin Parçalı Doğası/Fragmented Nature of Image,  Barın   

                Han, İstanbul.

2022 -   Cam Tavan/Glass Ceiling,  Den Art Galler, Antalya.

2021 -   Ev Yapımı El Yıkımı/Home Made Hand Destroyed,  Siyah Beyaz

               Sanat Galerisi, Ankara.

2021 -   Mahalla Festival, Yel Değirmeni Sanat Merkeziİstanbul.

2020 - SONAR İstanbulZorlu Performans Sanatları Merkezi, İstanbul.

2020 - Just So to Say, ArtNivo Online Visual Dialogue Series w/Ilgım 

              Göktürk&Selin Balcı, curated by Teo Jing Yi.

2019 - On Tender Ground, Current Space, Baltimore, MD, USA.

2019 - Bang-Prix, Studio X İstanbul.

2019 - Genç Sanat: 5. Güncel Sanat Proje Yarışması Sergisi, Cer Modern

              Sanat Merkezi, Ankara. 

2019 - Videocamp, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Beytepe Campus, Ankara.

2019 - MAMUT Art Project, Küçükçiftlik Park, İstanbul.

2018 -   Art Biologic, juried exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, New


2018 -  Art In the GardenUniversity of Delaware Botanical Gardens,

               Newark, DE, U.S.A.

2018 -  22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, juried

               exhibition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo,

               TX, U.S.A.

2018 -   Earthinternational juried exhibition, Tubac Center of the

 Arts, Tubac, AZ, U.S.A.

2018 -  City Scapesinternational juried exhibition, Light Space and

               Time Online Art Gallery.

2017 -   Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist, We Too Lived, University of

               Delaware, Taylor Hall Gallery, Newark, DE, U.S.A.

2016 -   3rd İstanbul Ceramic Art Days, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert

               Hall, İstanbul.

2016 -   A Space to Call My Own, CerModern Art Center, Ankara.

2015 -   Emergency Exit, Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty

                Department of Sculpture Gallery, Ankara.

2015 -   Hacettepe University Department of Ceramics Graduate Show,

               Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara.

2013 -   Nurol Art Gallery, Ankara.

2012 -   Made in Roath Festival, open house show, Cardiff, Whales,                         United Kingdom.

2012 -   Hacettepe University Department of Ceramics Students Show,

               Çankaya University, Ankara.

2011 -   Kısmet (Destiny), Ankara.

2010 -  Çılgın Sandalye” (Crazy Chairs), Başkent University Faculty of

               Fine Arts, Ankara.


2020 - Annual International TVAD Symposium 2020/21, What the World                  Needs Now is Artists Engaged with Science, lecturer w. Ilgım 


2018 - Material and Artist 'Water', Güncel Sanat Arşivi Artist Talk Series,

              Kova Art Space, Ankara.

2014 - Ceramics in the Expanded Field Conference and Exhibition,

             University of Westminster, attendee, London, UK.

2012 - Subversive Ceramics Symposium, The Holburne Museum,

attendee, Bath, UK.

2012 - 5th Traditional International Güzelyurt-Ihlara Summer Art

Academy, Aksaray University, chinaware workshop attendee and showed art work in closing exhibition, Nevşehir.

2011 - International Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium, Hacettepe

University, the assistant of Hungarian ceramic artist Mariann

Bann, Ankara. (for one week)

2011 - 5th International Eskişehir Terra Cotta Symposium, as the

assistant of Cuban ceramic artist Martha Jimenez, Eskişehir.

(for two weeks)

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