Brian Molanphy


Professor of Art
Division Chair



Creative activity

Brian Molanphy's attention to flux, endurance, transgression and history informs his art. In addition to national venues such as the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the Nasher Sculpture Center, international venues include el Muséo del Cantír, Spain and 蕭壠文化園區 Siāo-Lǒng Cultural Park, Taiwan.

A Pennsylvania State University Fellowship led to his M.F.A. degree in 2006. A 2006-2007 Fulbright grantee to study at the National Manufactory of Sèvres, France, Molanphy was also a 2010 Fellow of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis and a 2011 Fellow of the Brown Foundation in Ménerbes to create several exhibitions in France. The RAFT Foundation supported his first trip to Asia in 2018, followed by Catcher Foundation and Sam Taylor Fellowship underwriting of his 2020-2021 artist residency at 國立臺南藝術大學 Tainan National University of the Arts. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Previously, Molanphy taught at Colorado College, Pennsylvania State University and the Alberta College of Art and Design. He moved from Marseille to join Meadows in fall 2011. His research on marbled clay was supported by a Meadows Fellowship in 2012 and by University Research Council grants in 2012 and 2014. A University Research Council grant also supported his 2020-2021 research leave in Taiwan. Meadows Faculty Development grants supported all these exhibition projects and more.

Exhibitions are documented on Molanphy’s website (link at the top of this page). The Nasher Sculpture Center exhibited his work Silent Partner in July and August 2021.


M.F.A. Ceramics, Pennsylvania State University
B.A. in Art, magna cum laude with distinction, Colorado College

Recent Work

Silent Partner, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
不期而癒2021 Coven-21, 蕭壠文化園區 Siao-Long Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
燒杯, 瓶子, 盒子 beaker, bottle, box, 青青藝廊 Chin Chin Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
肚臍 Belly Button, Cloud Forest Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Nothing Definite But Definitely Something, 藝象空間 Art Space, Tainan National University of the Arts (TNNUA), Tainan, Taiwan


Division of Art graduate advisor
Meadows Dean’s Faculty Advisory Board
Meadows Academic Policies Committee
Moody School for Graduate & Advanced Studies Graduate Council
Faculty Senate, Executive Committee, Academic Policies Committee
Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Texas chapter, Vice president
Guild of Marshals
SMU Reads
Town & Gown

Course list

Spaces ASAG 1304 
Systems ASAG 1312
Art in the World ASAG 3310 
Graduate Studio ASAG 6200
Graduate Seminar  ASAG 6300 
Introduction to Ceramics ASCE 1300 
Ceramic Technology ASCE1310 
 Intermediate Ceramics ASCE 3300 
Special Topics in Ceramics ASCE 3310
Sex, Drugs, and Rocks ASCE 3320 
Death Pots ASCE 3330 
Advanced Ceramics ASCE 5300 
Directed Studies in Ceramics ASCE 5302 
Introduction to Drawing ASDR 1300