Özgür Ceren Can


Born in Ankara in 1980, ceramic artist and art historian (BA, MA Hacettepe University). While working in her art studio, Can opened seven personal exhibitions between 2006 and 2019. Between 2012 and 2017, she wrote for and worked as the editor of the culture and art section in Solfasol, a local newspaper based in Ankara. She organized several interdisciplinary public art events and exhibitions between 2014 and 2019 with AsiKeçi Ankara Artists’ Initiative, of which she is a member and founder. She taught Curating and Exhibition Techniques at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. Currently, she works for the Rahmi M. Koc Museum-Ankara as a museum manager. She continues her academic studies in Hacettepe University Art History-Doctorate Program with a focus in the fields of contemporary ceramic art in Turkey, urban aesthetics, public art, cultural policies, and museology.


Solo Exhibitions


2019 "Activity Log" Ceramic Exhibition, Gallery Muaf, Tomtom Designhood, Istanbul, Turkey

2014 “Acropolis”, Ceramic Exhibition, GaleriM Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

2010 “Daytime”, Ceramic Exhibition, Ataturk Library, Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2010 “Prose” Glass Art Exhibition, Arda Art Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey

2009 “City of Creatures” Ceramic Exhibition, Elele Art Gallery, Ankara

2008 “The Feast of Abraham” Ceramic Exhibition, Saraphane, Musander Art Gallery, Mugla, Turkey

2006 “Auspicious Irises, Sinister Senses” Ceramic Exhibition, Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey



December 2020 "Craftsmen Street in Çengelhan", HÜTKAM (Historical and Cultural Heritage Research Center) Cultural Memory Symposium, Ankara.

October 2019 "Ceramic Murals Dating Back to the 1960s and 1970s in the Public Buildings in Ankara",

16. International Congress of Turkish Arts (IV Turkish Art and Ankara. b. Capital of the Republic), Ankara.
November 2018 "Ceramic Wall Panels at Hacettepe University", HÜTKAM (Historical and Cultural Heritage Research Center) Cultural Memory Symposium, Ankara.
November 2017 "The Memory in the Glaze and the Gaze in the Memory: Thinking with the Ceramic Murals of Anafartalar Shopping Centre", HÜTKAM (Historical and Cultural Heritage Research Center) C
ultural Memory Symposium, Ankara.

Panels, Conferences and Webinars


2021 "Cultural and Artistic Dynamics in Big City Life",  Ankara City Council, ARTANKARA The 7th International Contemporary Art Fair, Ankara.

2021 "Museology in Ankara: Professional Women in Culture, Art, and Tourism", Ankara City Council, Ankara. 
2020 "Museum for All: Is Accessible and Inclusionary Museology Possible in Turkey?" Thursday Talks, Online Webinar Series, Department of Museology, Dokuz Eylul University, İzmir.

2020 "Urban Aesthetics, Architecture, and Public Art: Ceramic Murals Dating Back to the 1960s and 1970s in the Public Buildings in Ankara", ASTAD Art History Webinars, Ankara.

2020 "Ceramic Murals Dating Back to the 1960s and 1970s in the Public Buildings in Ankara", Graduated Student Association, Collector's Club Webinars, METU, Ankara
2019 "Meaningful Location: Anafartalar Bazaar", In-situ History Lecture 3, TEDU MAUS & History Foundation, Ankara.
2019 "Glazed Walls of Ankara", VEKAM Conferences, Ankara.
2019 "Art in the Frosty Ankara: Notes on Urban Aesthetics and Public Art", Atılım University, Ankara.

2018 "The In-situ Museum: Anafartalar Bazaar", Ankara University, Ankara.
2018 "The In-situ Museum: Interdisciplinary Communication in Interior Design", Başkent University, Ankara. 
2018 "Artistic Interventions", CAMMA Thursday Talks, Bilgi University, Istanbul.

2017 "Ceramic Wall Panels in Public Spaces in Ankara", VEKAM 2017 Research Programs, Ankara.
2017 "The Representation of the Image of Women in Late Ottoman Painting and the Places of Femininity", The Echo of the Difference TEDx, TED University.
2016 "Urban Aesthetics As an Experience of Placelessness", Placelessness Discussions Panel. Ankara Branch of The Chamber of Architects, Ankara.


2015 "Representation of Women in Late Ottoman Paintings", Moment Dergi, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages: 59 - 79