Ianna Nova Frisby

Ianna Frisby is a ceramic sculptor, art professor and one of the first artists to take up residence at Verge. She continues to be an active artist in the local community and beyond, working frequently in her studio, exhibiting and teaching workshops at places like Verge. Although ceramics is her first love, her body of work includes embroidering, printmaking and mixed-media sculpture and Pysanka (Ukrainian egg-dyeing). Along with her artner, Gioia Fonda, Ianna helped run Tangent Gallery (2007-2012) and create The Art Advice Booth Project in 2016.

Professional awards include the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (2016) and The Creative Initiative Grant for the Art Advice Booth Project (2018), Fine Art Juror’s Award at the 2022 California State Fair. (#goldenbear)

Ianna Frisby earned her BFA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.




Founding member Art Advice Booth 2016 - present
Founding member Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA 2009 - present
Co-manager Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2007 - 2012
Panel member Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) 2010
Juror American River College Student Juried Exhibition 2013


Creative Initiative Grant for Art Advice Booth Project 2018
Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation 2016

Professional Teaching Experience

2005 – Present
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
Beginning Ceramics, Ceramics II, Ceramic Sculpture, Raku, Intro to Sculpture, 3D
Design, 2D Design

2006 – Present
Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA
Design Fundamentals, 3D Design, Beginning Ceramics, Intro to Sculpture


“Common Ground,” Crocker/Kingsley Artist Lecture Series, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 2018
Attended “Building Large Sculpture,” Artist Matt Wedel, The Archie Bray Foundation, 2016
“STEM to STEAM,” Sierra College, 2014
Lead Alternative Surfaces Workshop, Humboldt State University, 2006

Press and Published Work

“Rocklin Artist Influences Next Generation” by Matthew Whitley, ​Placer Herald, April 6, 2016
“Meet the Maker” by Catherine Warmerdam, ​Sacramento Magazine, August 8, 2015
500 Prints in Clay: An Inspiring Collection of Image Transfer Work​, Lark Books, 2013
“The City is a Gallery: Three local artists let their work find you,” by Emily Page, Sacramento News and Review, March 2008
500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works​, Lark Books, 2009


The Powell Collection, 2016
The Pederson Family Collection, 2015
UC Davis Nelson Gallery Collection. UC Davis, CA, 2012
The Klein Family Collection, 2005

Public Art

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission/CADA Partnership, 2014
Project: Utility Box, Fremont Park, Sacramento


Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, ​Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA 2019
Terraform, P​ ence Gallery, Davis, CA 2018
Art Made From Molds, ​Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College 2018
Artspace 1616, Sacramento, CA 2017
Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento ​2017
ArtStreet, M5Arts Production, ​Sacramento, CA ​2017
Shapeshifters & Time Travelers, E​ Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2016
Passing the Baton​: Ceramic Educators Show, Ridley Gallery, Rocklin, CA 2016
Purposeful Pottery,​ Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA 2016
By Hand​, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA 2016
Passing the Baton​, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA 2015
Reshaping the 2%​, Mesa College, San Diego, CA 2015
Sugar Rush,​ En Em Art Space, Sacramento, CA 2014
Decades​, SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2014
Oakland's Finest Visual Artists,​ Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA 2014
National Axis Gallery Juried Show,​ Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2013
Translations: a collaborative project​ with Verge Gallery, Sydney AUS 2013
Flatlanders on the Slant, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, CA 2012
Award in Excellence, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA 2012
Deviations from Comfort, NCECA National Ceramic Conference, Seattle WA 2012
A Needle Pulling Thread, Bows and Arrows, Sacramento, CA 2012
6th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2012
March Madness Invitational, Fe Gallery, Sacramento CA 2011
100 Mile Radius, Ridley Gallery, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA 2011
Flatlanders 3 Biennial, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, CA 2011
Pop Craft, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA 2010
The Crocker-Kingsley Juried Exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA 2009
Sacramento Cross Section, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2009
Made Here, Thesis Exhibition, Cranbrook Museum, MI 2005
Horizon Show, Museum of Art and Craft, NYC, NY 2005
Cranbrook at Wayne State, Wayne State Gallery, Detroit, MI 2005
Celebrate Clay, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI 2005
The Next Generation, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2004
Treasures From the Bling Dynasty, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art 2004
Focus Group: The Political, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art 2004
Go to the Head of the Class, Contra Costa Community College, CA 2003
Instructorʼs Show, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 2002
Bay Area Ceramics, Los Medanos Community College, Pittsburg, CA 2001
Group show, Tower Gallery, Sacramento 2000
Redwood Art Association, Eureka, CA 2000
Senior Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, Arcata, CA 1998
Student Juried Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, Arcata CA 1998
Student Juried Show, Reese Bullen Gallery, Arcata, CA 1997
Student Juried Show, Sacramento City College, CA 1997