Jonathan T. Ginnaty
Born to an Irish/Catholic accountant and a Swedish immigrant in October of 1976, I was fortunate to grow up in Huntington Beach, California. As latchkey kids, both my brother Marcus and I enjoyed the freedom to explore all that Southern California has to offer adolescence. All of the time spent surfing, skateboarding and playing soccer as a youth eventfully paid off, as I received a full athletic soccer scholarship to California State University, Fullerton.
While at Fullerton, I found a passion for art and ceramics in particular. In 2000, I received the John & Flora Olsen Scholarship and in 2001, I won first prize and the purchase award in the student art show for my“untitled” ceramic vessel which is on permanent display in the Titan Student Union. I earned my BFA in ceramics in 2001.
I received a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship to attend Bowling Green State University, Ohio where I earned my MFA in ceramics in 2003. While there, I was awarded the Aaron Macy memorial scholarship and developed the thesis for my sculptural installations.
After grad school, I returned home to California. In 2009, I was the named the grand prize recipient of the Orange County Art Grant and in February of 2010, I had my first large solo-exhibition at CSUF Grand Central Art Center titled, “The American Dream in Terra Cotta”. Since then, I have had several solo-exhibitions my artwork has been shown across the county in numerous group exhibitions. In 2018, I set up a private studio in San Clemente, CA where I live with my wife Jennifer and my two beautiful daughters Harper and Delaney. I am currently an Art and Ceramics teacher at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA.