Adam Welch is an artist, critic, and educator. Adam’s art is about making and decoration. Through forming, manipulating, and the incorporation of design, documentation and intervention, he explores history, culture and the self, through one object – the brick. His writing examines the artists and activities of contemporary ceramics. As an educator, Adam encourages students to inquire and create, examine worldviews and to awaken their understanding of self and the world and the relationship of the two.
Adam has participated in thirty-nine solo or group exhibitions in the United States over the past ten years, including at MoMA PS1 and White Columns in NYC, and AIR Gallery in Brooklyn, with solo exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Kean University, Princeton Day School, and Northwestern College, and several curated, group, and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States. His art has been featured in four books including The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay and 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works, in the NCECA Biennial (Tampa Museum of Art) catalogue and has been reviewed in Ceramics Art and Perception, the Korean magazine Monthly Ceramic Art, and featured in Ceramics Monthly. Additionally, in the last ten years he has published forty scholarly essays, reviews and catalogue essays.
Adam began working at Greenwich House Pottery in 2003, in 2007 appointed assistant director and since 2010 serves as director. In 2010, he was appointed lecturer in the visual arts at Princeton University. Adam holds a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth and a BFA with a minor in Art Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He currently lives in Hightstown, New Jersey with his wife, Rachel, a fashion designer, and their two daughters.
The event will include an exhibition highlighting the semester's most exceptional work, from beginning-level student assignments to the independent works of advanced undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, a sale of handmade pottery by the students and faculty will also be held.
We're thrilled to be hosting Nicole Cherubini this year! She will be presenting work in the Fine Arts Gallery group exhibition, "Contra," in November before swinging through in March to present a talk about her work and spending time with students in their studios.
Part of our annual graduate exchange series (which has previously included Kansas Sate, Louisiana State University, and Indiana University), we are excited to be hosting the grads and post bacs of the University of Iowa this year. Please join us for lectures and an exhibition at sUgAR!
Friday, January 26, 2018
Lecture 4-5pm @ Ceramics (326 Eastern Avenue)
Exhibition Reception 5:30-8PM @ sUgAR (1 East Center)
We've been longtime fans of Andy Brayman—a Kansas City artist that has been generous enough to invite students from our program into his studio from time to time. This year, we've finally arranged to have him down to give a lecture on our turf! We're excited to hear about his latest projects and get his feedback on student projects.
In this summer's first 5-week session, Benjamin Cirgin will be teaching Wheelthrowing I (ARTS3523). If you are interested in enrolling, and need an override into the course, please email Benamin directly at email@example.com. The class will meet Monday through Friday from 11 to 2.
In this summer's first 5-week session, Linda Lopez will be teaching Handbuilding I (ARTS3503). If you are interested in enrolling, and need an override into the course, please email Linda directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The class will meet Monday through Friday from 8 to 11.
Sarah Gross uses the screen in her work as a physical manifestation of dividers; social, political, and religious. Sarah was born and raised in New York City and has done artist residencies at the Greenwich House Pottery in New York, the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She received a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The talk will take place in the ceramics studio.
We are looking forward to this year's NCECA Conference to be held in Portland, OR, March 16 - March 19, 2016. With the support of ACE fundraising as well as funding provided by the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government, there will be 10 ceramic students (BFAs, Post Baccs, & MFAs) attending the annual conference this year!
The University of Arkansas Ceramics Department is holding a soup and bowl sale with Little Bread Co. The sale features hand-crafted bowls filled with homemade LBC soup for $15 each. Meet current students and faculty in the ceramics program, support the art community, and help the student organization bring in visiting artist lectures and attend the annual ceramics conference, NCECA, held in Portland, Oregon.
Jenni Sorkin writes on the intersection between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. Her new book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press) was published in July of 2016. This project examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics.
Jenni will present a lecture at 5:30 in Hillside.
Artisans at the Depot welcomes you to attend a night of fine dining and ceramic exploration at Arsaga's at The Depot. Ceramics and Design students have collaborated with Chef Patrick Lane to offer a unique kiln to table dining experience. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Please visit kiln2table.com for more details.
Matt received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999, a Master of Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa in 1997, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995. His professional experience spans more than fifteen years as a studio artist. He has exhibited his work in well over two hundred exhibitions. His work has been recognized by numerous grants, awards and residencies, including residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Penland School of Crafts and at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. He has taught at several universities including Wichita State University, Appalachian State University, Hartford Art School, and Ohio University. Matt Kelleher is currently an assistant professor at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
In addition to his lecture, Matt will be conducting demonstrations on Thursday, November 17th from 10-4.
Nebraska-based artist, Matt Ziemke, will be joining us for a lecture about his current work at 10AM on October 4th in the ceramics studio. Matt received his MFA in 2011 from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He has exhibited widely in the United States and served as a Visiting Artist in Ceramics and Adjunct Instructor at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany after serving as a resident artist at The Clay Studio of Philadelphia. Currently, he works at the University of Nebraska, Kearny, where his wife, Mallory Wetherell also teaches.
Matt states about his work, "Mapping and land mass are direct inspirations for the forms I am making. I am intrigued by the way maps reorient and simplify an otherwise massive amount of information. However small or expansive, there is some level of distortion that occurs in this translation to a visual language. The surfaces of my work are both precise and chaotic as pattern meets the unpredictable flow of glaze. I enhance surface depth and contrast through the use of digital media and post-fire surfacing treatments. In this way, structure and form are distilled into pattern and color then rearranged to create abstract, vibrant work."
Please join UARk Ceramics SATURDAY, MAY 7th from 11am - 4pm for our annual End of the Year Ceramics Sale & Open Studio Exhibition. Hope to see you there!
I find beauty in my embarrassment.
I welcome the silly.
I enjoy the not knowing. Alot of times I will pretend not to know something so that I can think about it again in a new way. I like to forget about an objects function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter, with its own intentions. I question what is happening with the objects. The narrative being peculiar and unclear welcomes this conversation.
The Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts (ACE) will be holding their Annual Soup & Bowl Sale at Little Bread Co. this Thursday, March 10th from 6-8pm. All proceeds will fund students to attend the 50th Anniversary NCECA Conference, Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Kansas City, MO.
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A rose by any other name is still a rose…unless it’s a pipe. While Shakespeare implied that the name of a thing does not affect what it really is, René Magritte knew that context is important to identify the meaning of an object. With his 1929 painting The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), he pointed out that, in fact, you can’t smoke a painting. It is just a representation. And while you can never smoke it, you can get the joke. The Treachery of Objects brings together eight artists working in a variety of mediums tied tenuously together by the material of clay. In each work in the exhibition, clay, with its mythic alchemical powers, holds the potential for both energy and action.
Artists include Brian Bress, William Cobbing, Jennifer Ling-Datchuk, Julia Haft-Candell, Brian R. Jones, Kristen Morgin, Michael Jones McKean and Thomas Müller. Curated by Margaret Meehan
A rose by any other name is still a rose…unless it’s a pipe.
The ceramics area and Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present the exhibition, "The Treachery of Objects." On the occasion of this exhibition, Margaret will be discussing her curatorial aims and selection process in the gallery.
FNAR Gallery, 5:30 PM
The LSU School of Art Ceramics program has teamed up with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Ceramics program to bring the LSU & Baton Rouge Community the LaRK Ceramics Exhibition. The show will feature a variety of works created by graduates and post-bac students from both universities. The Exhibit will be on display from January 22-February 19, 2016.
Hosted by the LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
We're looking forward to getting some time in watching Sean work his magic firsthand!
Sean's demo will take place at the Ceramics Studio (326 Eastern Ave) on Friday, November 13th. The demo beings at 10 and will continue until 3, with a break for lunch.
Originally hailing from Fayetteville, we're excited to welcome Sean back to his sometime for a lecture, demos, and studio visits in the ceramics area. Don't miss his lecture on Thursday night!
Sean's lecture will take place at Hillside 206, at 5:30 PM, on Thursday, November 12th
Bryce Brisco is a functional potter who is interested in Southern American folk wares and the three main cultural influences that this tradition derives from (German salt glaze, English slipware, and Chinese ash glaze). A native of rural Northwest Arkansas, Brisco is an alumni of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors, in Painting. He currently resides in the Northwest Arkansas and is working with our department to build a new Soda Kiln.
The Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts has invited Brisco to present a lecture on Tuesday, October 6th entitled, Weird Function, or the Nasty Bits of History: Table, Toilet, & Tomb. In his lecture, Brisco will discuss at historical handmade pottery forms that serve purposes other than those related to food and drink. Face Jugs, Witch Bottles, Bed Pans, and Grave Markers are just a few of the ceramic vessels that will be presented during this lecture.
In an effort to reach build bridges to our peer institutions in the region, we're excited to be hosting the graduate students and post-bac ceramics students of Louisiana State University. Each student will give a short talk, and there will be time at the end of the presentations for questions. This is the first part of an exchange that continue when our graduate students and post-bacs travel to LSU in January to give talks and put up an exhibition.