The newly hired director of the Momentary, which will be part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, moved to Bentonville a week ago in preparation for a 2020 opening. Lieven Bertels has led an international career in visual and performing arts and will be involved in the look of the Momentary, which will be built in the former Kraft Foods plant in downtown Bentonville, as well as its programming and vision.

Follow the link below for the KUAF interview.

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Artaxis is hosting 24 conversations by our members streaming live from 16 countries over 12 hours on our Artaxis Facebook page. Each artist will spend 30 minutes answering questions submitted via the form on this page. The event begins at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time on October 10th, 2017.

We'll be projecting the event in the ceramics studio, so feel free to stop by anytime!

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UARK Ceramics is pleased to announce an unprecedented gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish the University of Arkansas School of Art. The foundation has made a $120 million gift, which is the largest ever given to a U.S. university to support or establish a school of art. 

The $120 million gift will be allocated to three primary goals:

  • Providing unprecedented levels of financial support for students in the form of scholarships, travel grants and internship opportunities.

  • Engaging the region in outreach and public service through partnerships with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a variety of community arts organizations.

  • Expanding graduate programs and degree offerings in art history, art education and graphic design.

For more information, please visit: http://news.uark.edu/articles/39335/visionary-gift-creates-school-of-art-transforms-access-to-art-in-arkansas

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Hey recent grads—looking for that next opportunity to keep you working in clay? You might check out The Clay Studio's Work Exchange Program.

"The Work Exchange Program is a 1-2 year self-directed, independent study, educational program that provides its participants with unlimited access to a shared studio, as well as, affordable materials, firings, critiques and development opportunities to help them achieve their objectives as an artist. In exchange each individual provides 40 hours a month of support and is responsible for various tasks needed to maintain a functioning ceramics studio. Tasks are varied but some examples include studio maintenance, customer service, assisting special events, glaze preparation, kiln operation, teaching, community outreach, gallery experience and sales."

More info here: http://www.theclaystudio.org/apply/workexchange.php

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Each semester, we present an exhibition of works from all students enrolled in ceramics courses, from intro-level undergraduates to grad students. It's a great way to cap off the semester, and also gives us an opportunity to invite the public into the studio and share what we have been up to. Here's a sample of this year's exhibition:

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In Brooklyn? Check out Linda Lopez's paperweight in the inaugural exhibition at Fisher Parrish!

April 14th, 2017 – June 4th, 2017

Fisher Parrish Gallery is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition The Paperweight Show - an exhibition of original small works by over 100 contemporary artists and designers. The paperweight is a small weighty sculpture to which we have ascribed one very simple function (a somewhat obsolete function today). From clearly 'designed' and functional works, to more conceptual explorations of a specific function, The Paperweight Show aims to engage both established and emerging artists and designers in an important dialogue - pushing your own disciplinary boundaries and allowing for a deeper understanding of the object.

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The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Fine Arts Faculty Showcase continues with a highlight of Department of Art faculty member Adam Posnak, who will present "Pottery Does the Things of Vodun (Voodoo)" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, in 319 Old Main.

Posnak will discuss his personal ceramic work, collaborations with African-Atlantic religious communities and his current research in West Africa. The event is free and open to the public.

Posnak earned his B.A. at Macalester College and his M.F.A. at Lousiana State University. He has exhibited his work in multiple venues across the United States, including showings in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Posnak also won an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and held a residency at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.

His current work explores the making and ritual use of Vodun pottery in western Ghana. He traveled there in summer of 2016 and presented an invited lecture at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

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The Ceramics Program at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, is pleased to announce an open call for a Resident Artist for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program has an exceptional list of past residents that includes David East, Adam Shiverdecker, Kensuke Yamada, Andrea Marquis, Mallory Wetherell, Roberta Massuch, Michael Ashley, Drew Ippoliti, Julie Malen, Jessica Brandl, and Dennis Ritter. The resident artist serves an important role as a mentor to both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and compliments two full time faculty, a full time ceramics technician, adjunct faulty, and 4-6 MFA students. The resident artist will teach 1-2 courses each semester, and is provided with a 150 square foot studio space, materials, and kiln access.

You can apply here: https://temple.slideroom.com/#/login/program/35801

 

 

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We were thrilled to be able to bring Jenni Sorkin to town this past week for an excellent lecture about her text "Live Form" and the exhibition, "Revolution in the Making" she recently co-curated at Hauser, Wirth, and Schimmel in Los Angeles. Jenni also spent time doing individual studio visits with our students and working with our Graduate Ceramics Seminar on their current writing project.

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THURSDAY MARCH 9TH, 6-8 PM, LITTLE BREAD COMPANY

Once again, the Ceramics area is holding a soup and bowl sale with Little Bread Co. The sale features hand-crafted bowls filled with homemade Little Bread Co. soup for $15 each. Meet current students and faculty in the ceramics program, support the art community, help the student organization bring in visiting lecture artists, and attend the annual ceramics conference, NCECA, held in Portland, Oregon

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The Pottery Technician’s primary responsibility is the facilitation of all technical and physical aspects of artists’ residencies. They directly support artists-in-residence through facility, process, and materials instruction. The Pottery Technician meets with artists-in-residence on a daily basis and guides the technical development of their progress in the studio. The Pottery Technician also engages in other Arts/Industry and John Michael Kohler Arts Center programming.

A Bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis in ceramics or sculpture, 2–3 years experience with technical requirements, facilities management abilities including equipment maintenance and repair, excellent communication and organizational skills.

Technical requirements include slip-casting, model-making and mold-making skills. Experience with plaster, clay, and glaze technology and formulation, and firing procedures is essential. 

Follow the link below for complete details.

Source: http://www.jmkac.org/about/employment/arts...
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Maybe the coolest show I'm in this year... "Infinity Pool" curated by Rebecca Morgan and Stephen Eakin for Spring / Break NY, "examines the artist as primary examiner, critical of both the inward and outward scope of art making and expression and their place in it." Included artists are: Paul BergeronHeather GarlandPaul GagnerLawrence Mesich, Bryan Rogers, Erik SchoonebeekKen Weathersby and Robin F. Williams.

Bryan Rogers, still from "In the Tub"

Bryan Rogers, still from "In the Tub"

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