Riikka Latva-Somppi b.1969 (MA) is an artist, curator and educator working in various assignments
involving expertise in the field. She works at the intersection of fine art and craft and has
exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Her public art work Satakieli/Nightingale
was awarded The Certificate of Environmental Art 2009 by The Foundation of Environmental
Art (Finland), and her public art work commissioned by Vantaa Art Museum has recently
been published in Tikkurila, Vantaa, Finland. She is a member of Artists-O (Ornamo) and
The Association of Finnish Sculptors.


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education

1989-1995 University of Art and Design, Department of Ceramics and Glass, Helsinki, Finland, MA

1992-93 Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, Department of Glass, Oakville, Ontario, Canada


solo and duo exhibitions

2017 Elintärkeä, Galleria G12, Kuopio, Finland

2016 The Laboratory of Presence, with Kristoffer (a horse), Huuto Galleria, Jätkä 1, Helsinki, Finland

2016 ORGANIKA, with Maxim Velkovsky, Galerie Kuzebauch, Prague Czech Republic

2016 Posliinitavaraa / Porcelainware, Drawing Gallery D5, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki

2016 FORM FOLLOWS FUN aCTION with Mervi Haapakoski, Kanneltalo Gallery, Helsinki

2011 Täsä / Here, Poriginal galleria, Pori, Finland

2011 Tässä / Here, Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland

2009 Artists-O Artist of the Month, June-July 2009 www.artists-o.fi and Design Museum Helsinki

2008 Rakas lapsi (together with Synnöve Dickhoff), Jorvi Hospital, Espoo Finland

1995 Preesens, Galerie Pelin, Helsinki, Finland

1995 Lupiininsiemen ja muita kokemuksia, Cygnaeus Gallery, Helsinki, Finland


selected group exhibitions

2017 Time Difference - Tallinn Applied Art Triennal, Estonian Museum of Applied Art Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia

2017 State of the Art - Menneen ja tulevan välissä, Headquarters Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2017 Oi Suomi katso, Lokal, Helsinki, Finland

2016 State of the Art, Visavuori Museum, Valkeakoski, Finland

2016 Olo - Maerkbart, Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo, Finland

2016 European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark

2016 Behind the Seen, Porvoo Art Hall , Finland

2015 12th IGS exhibition, Glass Museum Nový Bor, Czech Republic

2015 Huominen / Tomorrow, Haihara Art Center, Tampere, Finland

2014 The First Chinese Glass Art Biennale, Shanghai, China

2013 SKjL 2013 Union of Finnish Art Associations, Voipaala Art Centre, Finland

2013 ART4, AHJO art center, Joensuu, Finland

2013 Mine - Take What’s Yours, Underline Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2012 Spirit of the Material, The White Box Museum, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

2012 Food for Art, Restaurant G.W.Sundman’s, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Metamorfoosi ’12, Lahti Art Museum, Finland

2012 Tendenser, Gallery F 15, Moss, Norway

2011 Between Tradition and Future ,Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheungju, South-Korea

2011 PYHÄNIEMI 2011 contemporary art, Pyhäniemi Manor, Hollola, Finland

2011 FI Collect, LB Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland

2010 Artists 2010, Artist’s Association of Finlands 115. exhibition, TR1 Tampere Kunsthalle, Finland

2010 Arsboretum Winter, Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius / Westers, Kemiönsaari, Finland

2010 SKjL 2010 Union of Finnish Art Associations, Järvenpää Art Museum, Finland

2010 Ars Häme’10, Forssa, Finland

2010 Remarkable Glass, CAA Gallery, London, UK

2010 Arjen voima, The Power of Every Day, Akseli Gallén-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland

2009 OTTO, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain

2009 Fruit Market, Nuutajärvi, Finland

2008 R.ASIA, Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland

2008 OTTO Artists-O introduction exhibition, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland

2007 Kolme = (san), with Kazushi Nakada and Anne Raasakka , Järvenpää, Finland

2006 Remix, Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland

2005 Taidetta armosta, Malmi church, Helsinki, Finland

2004 Hajutatud Valgus III, Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disaini Muuseum, Tallinn, Estonia,

2004 Vetri. Nel mondo. Oggi, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

2004 Nordic Cools, The National Museum of women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA

2003 Hajavaloa II, Suomen lasimuseo, Riihimäki, Finland

2003 Finnish Glass, Glasgalerie Splinter, Berlin, Germany

2002 Hajavaloa, Järvenpää, Finland

2002 Young and Hot - Emerging European Artists, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1995 2000, -04, -10, -15 Finnish Glass Lives 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

1996 Valo, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki

1995 Miniatyrer, Galleri Glas Ett, Stockholm, Sweden

1995 Nuoret 48, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland

1994 51%, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

1994 Baltic Jubilé, Malmö, Sweden

1991 Norsu ja posliinikaupan paluu, Titanik Galleria, Turku, Finland

1991 Reaktioita, Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland


travelling exhibitions

2014-15 Finnish Glass Art 2005–2010, Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disaini Muuseum, Tallinna, Viro

2014 2D→, Arka Gallery, Vilnus, Lithuania, V. Grybas Museum in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, Museum of New Art in Pӓrnu, Estonia, Rietumu Bank gallery in Riga, Latvia

2012-14 Finnish Glass Art 2005–2010, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Germany, Estonia

2006-09 New Finnish Glass Art 2000-2005, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Turkey, Poland, Netherlands

2007 pro.KORU II, Täky-gallery, Lappeenranta, Finland, 2008 Galleri Iron Inc. Copenhagen, Denmark

2006 L’art du verre finlandais 2000-2005, Musée du verre Carmaux, France Conseil Général de Meurthe et Moselle, Nancy, France

2003-04 FASZINATION GLAS Tendenzen in der finnischen Glaskunst,several places, Germany

2001-03 Finlandia – Vanguardia en Vidrio, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Germany

2000-02 Nordic Glass 2000, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Norway

1996-97 Finnish Post War Glass, England


artfairs

2014 ArtHelsinki , Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius

2012 Eunique Internationale Messe für Angewandte Kunst und Design, Karlsruhe

2011 ArtHelsinki , O-Gallery

2011 SWAB, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Barcelona, Espanja , Galleria Maaret Finnberg

2011 Collect, London, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, Galleria Norsu

2010 ArtHelsinki , Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius

2009 ArtHelsinki, Finland, O-galleria

2009 SOFA, Chicago, Galleria Norsu

2008 TAIDE 2008 Art fair, Finland, O-Galleria

1997 Stockholm Art Fair, Sollentuna, Sweden


collections

Finnish Art Foundation, The Finnish Glass Museum, State Art Collection of Finland, Kesko Oy, Jorvi Hospital, Pyhäniemi Manor, The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague Upm, Vantaa Art Museum, private collections in Finland, Sweden, USA, Canada


public art

Home / Kotiseutu, Public art for Tikkurila new city centre, City of Vantaa, as a curated artist by Vantaa Art museum 2015

Näktergalen Satakieli (Nightingale) commissioned to Arabianranta, Finland 2009


scholarships and grants

Arts Council of Finland 2016

The Finnish Cultural Foundation, 3 year grant, 2013

The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Region of Uusimaa 2012

Arts Council of Finland, Grant of Public Display in Visual Arts 2012

Arts Council of Uusimaa 2012

Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse 2011

Arts Council of Finland 2011

Arts Council of Finland, Travel grant 2010

Aalto University School of Art and Design, Travel grant 2010

Arts Council of Finland, Grant of Public Display in Visual Arts 2010

Arts Council of Finland, Travel grant 2009, 2010

The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Region of Uusimaa 2007, -03

Kesko Oy, Pirkka-scholarship 1995

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, USA 1993

University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland 1996 , 1992

Several group grants


awards

Certificate of Honour for Environmental Art in 2009 for Näktergalen Satakieli (Nightingale) by Foundation for Environmental Art 2010

The Finnish Glass Museum, Champagne glass design competition, 2nd prize, 2007


related work experience and teaching

2016 Curator for Ceramics and its Dimensions, Shaping the Future touring exhibition, Fiskars FI, Selb and Berlin GE, Stoke on Trent and Belfast GB, Ljubljana SI, Prague CZ

2015 Horse and art research program in Hungary

2014-16 Lecturer Aalto University Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design

2013-14 Senior lecturer Aalto University Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

2013 Visiting lecturer, Turku University

2010-17 Curator for PYHÄNIEMI contemporary art exhibitions, Pyhäniemi Manor, Hollola, Finland

2010-2014 Lecturer, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

1996-09 Lecturer, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

2006- Private glassworkshops

2005, -07 Lecturerer, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Industrial Design

1998 Tutor for BA thesis, Institute of Design, Lahti University of Applied Sciences


seminars/ conference lectures

2010 Full parper, Design and Emotion, IIT Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2006 Meeting point-konference, Tallinn, Estonia

1998 Materiaalin muisti- seminar, Lahden Muotoiluinstituutti, Finland

1992 Call for papers lecturer, Interaction in Ceramics-konferenssi, University of Art and Deign Helsinki

1991 Call for papers lecturer, American Ceramic Society , Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


positions of trust

2017-19 Vice chair, The Board of State Art Collection, Finland

2013-14 National Council for Multidisciplinary Art 2013 - 2014, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

2013-14 Board of professional matters, The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO

2013-16 Entrance Examination Board member, Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Design

2012- BA Thesis Evaluator Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

2010-11 Chair of Artists O

2010-11 Cabinet member, The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, ART

2010-11 Board member, Society for New Craft

2007-08 Member Selection Board, Artists O and The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, ART

2010 BA Thesis Evaluation Board member Aalto University School of Art and Design, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

2008-09 BA Thesis Evaluation Board member University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

2000-08 MA Thesis evaluator University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design (00, -01, -04, -05,-06, -08)

2006 Artists O Representative, The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO

2006-07 BA Portfolio Evaluation Board deputy member, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass

1997- Board member / Treasurer, Hytti ry

2002-03 Entrance Examination Board member, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Ceramic and Glass Design

1997 Executive Board, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Dept. of Design, Ceramics and Glass


memberships

2011- Association of Finnish Sculptors

2010- The Artists and Visual Artists Copyright Society Kuvasto

1996- Hytti ry

2006- The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, Artists o

1996- 2007 The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, Taiko ry Designers Makers

1996- 2000 Glass Arts Assosiation of Canada

1992-95,-02 American Glass Art Society


latest publications

Mäkelä, Maarit, Yli-Viikari, Tapio and Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2016): Introduction: Shaping the Future in M. Mäkelä (ed) Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future Ed., Aalto University, Helsinki p. 14-20

Ceramics Revisited 2016 , in M. Mäkelä (ed) Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future Ed., Aalto University, Helsinki p. 158-159

Kuraattorin tervehdys teoksessa Pyhäniemi 2016, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, s.16-17

Kuvan haurautta ja voimaa kartanon kesässä (Curator’s greetings) in Pyhäniemi 2015, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.16-17

Outi Heiskanen PYHÄNIEMI 2015 -klassikkotaiteilija in Pyhäniemi 2015, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.18-19

Lapin taika on tarttunut kartanoon! (Curator’s greetings) in Pyhäniemi 2014, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.18-19

Muotojen ja värien leikkiä. Viivija, pintoja, valoa, iloa! (Curator’s greetings) in Pyhäniemi 2013, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.18-19

Katja Kotikoski. Narrations in Clay, in U. Benappi and A. Oikonomidou (eds.) Figure del desiderio. Soggettivitá mutanti nella ricerca pittorica e scultorea di Sonia Ros e Katja Kotikoski, Fondazione Regionale per la cultura e lo Spettacolo, Liguria p. 14-15, 21

Luovaa kapasiteettia taiteen rajapinnoilla! (Curator’s greetings) in Pyhäniemi 2012, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p. 22-23

Pyhäniemi 2012 Klassikkotaiteilija Alvar Aalto in Pyhäniemi 2012, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.24-25

Pyhäniemen kartanon kesänäyttely 3.7.-14.8. 2011, Taide & Design 4/ 2011, p.82-87

Olavi Lanu, in Pyhäniemi 2011, Pyhäniemen kartano Oy, p.22-27

Mäkelä, Maarit & Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2011): Crafting Narratives: Using historical context as a reflective tool, Craft Research, volume 2, 06/11

Mäkelä, Maarit & Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2010): Crafting Connections Between Emotions and Materiality, 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion 4.-7.10. 2010. Chicago, Ill., USA

Art in Public Spaces , Brinck, Latva-Somppi, Turpeinen, artist catalogue 09/2010 (ed. Outi Turpeinen)


press

New Glass Review 38/2017Kristeligt dagblad 24.10.2016, Seutu4 6.7.2016, Neues Glass 3/2016, Vantaan Sanomat 20.3.2016, Aamulehti 14,7,2016, 2.8.2015, Taiteilija 26.6.2015, Wall Street Journal 12.1.2013, China Daily 10/12, Vantaan Sanomat 1.9.2012, Lahti Watti 5 / 2012, ORNAMO 3/12, FCG 04/2012, Satakunnan kansa 11.12.2011 , Glorian koti 08/11, Sara 07/11, Kansan Uutiset 29.7.2011, ESS 2.7.2011, 11.7.2011, Länsi-Suomalainen 1.7. 2011 Helsingin Sanomat 25.7.2014, 14.7. 2013, 29.8.2012, 22.7.2012, 1.7.2011, 17.5.2010, 18.2.2010 http://www.hs.fi ,14.11.2008, 18.11.2004, 28.6.2003, 22.8.2002, 23.7.1995, Annonsbladet 02.12.2010, Salon Seudun Sanomat 02.11.2010, Borgåbladet 19.3.2010, TAIDE 4-10, esse 6.5.2010, Kotiliesi 5/10, p. 46-49, New Glass Review 31/2010, Betoni 1/2010, Pohjois-Helsingin Vartti 24.2. 2010, 7.10.2009, Chicago Tribune 4.11. 2009, Eeva 1/09, Suomen kuvalehti 48/08, New Glass Review 28/2007, Kellokas 7.2.2007, Kotimaa 21.10.2005, Koillis_Helsingin lähi-sanomat 19.10.2005, Helsingin Uutiset 9.11.2005, n:o68 2003, The Urban Glass Art Quarterly fall 2005, Muoto 02/2005, Hyvinkään sanomat 12.5.2003, TAITO 1, 2003, Avotakka 9, 2002, Viikkouutiset 15.8.2002, Keski Uusimaa 9.8.2002, Iltalehti 15.7. 1995, ARTTU 1995