Visiting Artist Lecture: Andy Brayman
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Visiting Artist Lecture: Andy Brayman

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.

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End of Semester Exhibition and Sale
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

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. 

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November A.C.E. Meeting
Nov
3
2:30 PM14:30

November A.C.E. Meeting

The Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts (aka A.C.E.) is meeting at 2:30pm in the Ceramics Studio. Attendance is MANDATORY if you are a member. At the meeting we will discuss NCECA, our upcoming End of the Year Sale & Open Studio Exhibition, and other fundraisers!

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Artist Talk — Sarah Gross
Mar
31
1:30 PM13:30

Artist Talk — Sarah Gross

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.

 

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NCECA 2017 —  Future Flux, Portland OR
Mar
22
to Mar 25

NCECA 2017 — Future Flux, Portland OR

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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! 

 

 

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Little Bread Soup and Bowl Sale
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Little Bread Soup and Bowl Sale

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. 

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Jenni Sorkin Lecture
Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Jenni Sorkin Lecture

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.

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Kiln2Table
Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Kiln2Table

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.

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Visiting Artist Lecture and Demonstration: Matt Kelleher
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

Visiting Artist Lecture and Demonstration: Matt Kelleher

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.

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Artist Lecture: Matt Ziemke
Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Artist Lecture: Matt Ziemke

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."

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Joanna Powell
Apr
21
5:30 PM17:30

Visiting Artist Lecture: Joanna Powell

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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.

-Joanna Powell

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Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Chris Drobnock MFA Thesis Exhibition: tableau vivant.

The University of Arkansas Department of Art is pleased to announce tableau vivant, the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Christopher Drobnock. The exhibition will be on display from March 30 – April 3, 2016 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The Department of Art will host a closing reception on Friday, April 1st at 5:30pm in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. All events are free and open to the public. The body of work presented is based on the associative properties of objects. His work is primarily constructed from ceramic elements collected in the gallery space to operate as three-dimensional still life that can be experienced through physical proximity of object.  The artist says the following about the work: “In terms of need for functionality the design world and industrial production have moved far beyond the pure necessity of the handmade object. With the paper coffee cup, the disposable, utility is the primary goal and after the service is performed the thing is discarded. The clay object is used and reused allowing a personal relationship to form between the user and the object, the maker and the user. My work is meant to reconnect us with the haptic; the tacit knowledge of the physical. I want the user to be thinking of a place beyond the gallery; I want my sculpture to bring greater awareness to the constructed world around us.”

The University of Arkansas Department of Art is pleased to announce tableau vivant, the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Christopher Drobnock. The exhibition will be on display from March 30 – April 3, 2016 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The Department of Art will host a closing reception on Friday, April 1st at 5:30pm in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

The body of work presented is based on the associative properties of objects. His work is primarily constructed from ceramic elements collected in the gallery space to operate as three-dimensional still life that can be experienced through physical proximity of object. 

The artist says the following about the work:
“In terms of need for functionality the design world and industrial production have moved far beyond the pure necessity of the handmade object. With the paper coffee cup, the disposable, utility is the primary goal and after the service is performed the thing is discarded. The clay object is used and reused allowing a personal relationship to form between the user and the object, the maker and the user. My work is meant to reconnect us with the haptic; the tacit knowledge of the physical. I want the user to be thinking of a place beyond the gallery; I want my sculpture to bring greater awareness to the constructed world around us.”

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ACE Soup & Bowl Sale @ Little Bread Co.
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

ACE Soup & Bowl Sale @ Little Bread Co.

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.

You can now "Like" ACE on Facebook by clicking the hyperlink below:

Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts - ACE

 

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Exhibition: The Treachery of Objects
Jan
29
to Feb 28

Exhibition: The Treachery of Objects

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

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Gallery Talk: Curator, Margaret Meehan
Jan
28
5:30 PM17:30

Gallery Talk: Curator, 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

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Exhibition: "LARK" at Louisiana State University
Jan
22
to Feb 19

Exhibition: "LARK" at Louisiana State University

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

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Bryce Brisco Presents: "Weird Function, or the Nasty Bits of History: Table, Toilet, & Tomb"
Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Bryce Brisco Presents: "Weird Function, or the Nasty Bits of History: Table, Toilet, & Tomb"

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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.

 

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Louisiana State University Ceramics Graduate Student Slide Talks
Sep
18
2:00 PM14:00

Louisiana State University Ceramics Graduate Student Slide Talks

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.

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Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Margaret Meehan, Artist Talk

The ceramics area is pleased to bring Dallas artist, curator, writer, and all-around smarty-pants, Margaret Meehan to campus for studio visits and a visiting artist lecture. Meehan is also currently organizing an exhibition for the Fine Arts Gallery to open in January. We're excited to be working so closely with Margaret this year, and looking forward to seeing her contributions to the department.

Margaret's upcoming lecture will be held at Hillside Auditorium, room 206. Thursday, September 10th at 5:30 PM

http://margaretmeehan.net

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Jeannie Hulen: Gibberish
Mar
27
to May 1

Jeannie Hulen: Gibberish

INSTALLATION BY JEANNIE LYNN HULEN GIBBERISH: SAPIENT FOOL'S GOLD

INSTALLATION BY JEANNIE LYNN HULEN
GIBBERISH: SAPIENT FOOL'S GOLD

EXHIBITION: MARCH 25TH - MAY 2ND
RECEPTION: MARCH 27TH 6-9PM

 

GRIN is pleased to present Gibberish: Sapient Foold's Gold by Jeannie Lynn Hulen during the 2015 NCECA Conference. 

"Circumventing overburdened themes such as environmentalism, in favor of a non-linear, fantastical position, I hope to call attention to less evident aspects of the relationships between people and the natural world, including intellectual, psychological, and numinous facets of this symbiosis. 

For most of my artistic career my work has been based on the conceptual ramifications of material. Although I have utilized numerous materials, my concepts stem from my traditional ceramic training. I have consistently drawn upon Ceramic’s post-industrial and consumer meaning, and have referenced the object’s material value and historical significance pertaining to terracotta and porcelain. Humor, sarcasm, and outright disdain for popular and contemporary culture have also been expressed through use of materials. 

For many years my studio work relied on my conviction that art can and must be explained and articulated through words, both written and spoken, and that definitions and explanations could be clearly stated for everything meaningful. After becoming a parent, I realized that some things can only be understood visually, or experienced physically. Wanting to tap into this transformational personal realization, I have begun a transitional series of installations titled “The Gibberish Series,” in which I am trying to exemplify this idea of material voice, particularly clay. Though a toddler’s speech may be described as “gibberish” when initially learning to utilize spoken language, oftentimes the expression is both authentic and effective, if unconventional. At times, the hazy process of uncovering and deciphering information can be more enlightening of the human condition than clearly articulated data.

As a result of this transformation in thinking, I have begun investigating real and imagined qualities of materials, particularly clay, allowing material to speak for itself as opposed to employing materials to serve as clues for narrative. In a manner quite distinct from my previous approach to studio work, this has lead me to investigate a body of work that, though grounded in a very materialized reality, has become a rather non-linear experiment in the fantastic. I am using clay in a way that epitomizes its’ geological traits and origins, while simultaneously inverting physical laws and visual expectations of our world. Riverbeds soar in the clouds while the tree of life showers fool’s-gold geological formations, bloodlines permeate all, sewn into rain and piecing together the animal coats of many colors. Salt binds the surface of the faux, faux rocks and inverts the form to contain an essence of life. While it was my past inclination to pre-plan and analyze every facet of my work, I have begun to suspect that some expressions can only be approached cautiously, in a circuitous manner. It is this chimerical quality that I am trying to harness and express in my current work. "

NCECA
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a dynamic, 501(c)3 organization that engages and sustains a community for ceramic art, teaching and learning. In addition to deepening knowledge within the field, NCECA expands it by working to cultivate the next generation of ceramic artists and enthusiasts through programing that affects professional artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of ceramic art. Currently comprised of approximately 4,000 members from the United States and more than 20 foreign countries, NCECA reaches thousands of additional individuals each year through its programs, publications, events, exhibitions and resources.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jeannie Hulen is Chair of the Department of Art and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Arkansas. In 1995 she received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 2000 a MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She has held solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Houston, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, Utica, NY, Kansas City, MO, and Fayetteville, AR. She has participated in many national group exhibitions including shows in conjunction with the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts from 2007-2013. In Fall 2009 she was a Resident Visiting Artist at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of The Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. In Taiwan she produced a body of work called “Made in Taiwan.” The work examined the current relationship between the United States and Taiwan, through the use of slip-cast toys and hand-made ceramic figures, historically referential of Japanese haniwa soldiers, Chinese terracotta warriors and plastic toy soldiers from the United States.

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For more information regarding this exhibition, please visit: grinprovidence.com/gibberish

 

ABOUT GRIN

GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District of Providence, Rhode Island. Directed by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in 2013 as a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work, with a steady curatorial hand.

Our intent is to develop an intellectually demanding yet aesthetically pleasing program, focusing on emerging artists working across mediums. Our hope is to stimulate fresh dialogue while continuing to promote the development of the local creative community. Our mission is to support the career of underexposed artists with a devotion to craft and conceptual advancement.

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HOURS: Saturdays 12-5PM, by appointment or chance.
(401) 272-0796
contact@grinprovidence.com

If you’d like more information, please contact Lindsey Stapleton or Corey Oberlander at 401-272-0796 or via email at contact@grinprovidence.com.

Copyright © 2015 GRIN, All rights reserved.
 

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A.C.E. Annual Soup & Bowl Sale
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

A.C.E. Annual Soup & Bowl Sale

Please join the University of Arkansas Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts (A.C.E.) at Little Bread Co. this Thursday, March 12th from 6-8pm for our annual Soup & Bowl Sale! Get homemade Little Bread Co. soup in a ceramic bowl for just $15! Proceeds will fund ceramic students to attend the ceramic conference, NCECA, held in Providence, RI later this month. Come check it out! Click Here for a link to our Facebook event.

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A.C.E. Meeting
Mar
9
5:30 PM17:30

A.C.E. Meeting

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This Monday, March 9th, the Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts (aka A.C.E.) is meeting at 5:30pm in the Ceramics Studio. We will be discussing our upcoming Soup Sale @ Little Bread Co. this Thursday, March 12th! We need to pack up our bowls, create a shift schedule for the sale, etc. We will also be discussing T-Shirts, NCECA, and our poster. Hope to see you there!

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