Elissa Armstrong is an associate professor in the Department of Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Her ceramics has been featured in numerous galleries and museums including the Fuller Museum of Art, the Clay Studio, and the Kemper Contemporary Art Museum, and has been artist in resident at residencies including Penland School of Craft and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about Ceramic Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly, and featured in “500 Animals in Clay: contemporary expressions of the animal form” and “Image Transfer on Clay: screen, relief, decal & monoprint techniques.” Her upcoming book “Let’s Talk About Critique: Reimagining art and design education” written with co-author Mariah Doren will be published in August 2023 with Intellect/University of Chicago Press. Elissa was awarded a 2018 Canadian Art Council Grant and was honored with a VCUarts Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Recent national professional service includes two board terms and election to President of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) board, as well as a term on the College Art Association's (CAA) Council of Readers. Armstrong received her MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and her BFA in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.