Walter McConnell is well known for his installations of moist clay and towering assemblages of cast porcelain. He received his B.F.A from the University of Connecticut in 1974, and his M.F.A in Ceramic Art from Alfred University in 1986.
He has received grants from, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. McConnell’s work has been exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, the Daum Museum, the CU Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado and at SOFA, New York. His work has been exhibited internationally in Sweden, the Netherlands, Taiwan, China and Korea.
Essays and reviews on his work have appeared in World Sculpture News, The New Art Examiner, Ceramics: Art and Perception, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Ceramics Monthly.
McConnell is currently Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.