UARK Ceramics is excited to welcome three non-ceramic artists to our ceramic arts residency. Amanda Friedman (Brooklyn, NY), Dan Gunn (Chicago, IL), and Adam Milner (Pittsburgh, PA) are settling into the studios this week. Swing by to see what they are up to and stay tuned for their public lecture (date and time TBA). You can check out their profiles here.
If you are in Houston, check out this group show including Visiting Assistant Professor Anthony Sonnenberg!
STONEWALL 50 @ Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
April 27 - July 28, 2019
On June 28, 1969, a police raid of the gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York resulted in a revolt by its patrons. Their anger and frustration erupted into days and weeks of street protests that catalyzed cultural change as queer individuals realized their political power. Fed up with being persecuted for sexual and gender choices, queer communities and their allies began working both individually and in coalitions to advocate for self-determination, equality, and civil rights.
Stonewall 50 is an exhibition conceived as a snapshot of the complexion, interests, and activities of a diverse group of queer and allied artists. Whether working in local communities or on other continents, these artists’ responses to the worlds around them—in photographs, paintings, films and videos, sculptures, performances, and other media—address a range of personal and collective concerns and desires. Stonewall 50 follows a number of paths: it traces artists’ engagement with trans visibility; suggests possibilities for formal and conceptual inter-generational dialogue; and looks outside the United States to consider queer issues abroad. While these themes provide a framework for the exhibition, the show’s contents are not limited to artworks exploring these notions. This exhibition is organized with an understanding that the privileges and disadvantages that affect the self-determination of sex and gender expression are linked inextricably to cultural perceptions around ability, age, nationality, race, wealth, and a host of other issues.
Today—50 years after the Stonewall Riots—there is much that can be celebrated yet still more work to be done. Legal, social, and political equality for queer individuals continues to be prominent in debates across the United States and the world. In recognition of the continued importance of this vital cultural history, Stonewall 50 celebrates the creative energies of queer folk and their allies.
Stonewall 50 is made possible by a grant from The Hollyfield Foundation and support from Marcy Rothman and Tammy Pye.
Congrats to third year MFA Chris Rodgers and first year MFA Joanna Pike for you inclusion in SMALL FAVORS at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA!
Swing by if you are in the area. Show opens April 18 though June 9, 2019.
Thanks to all who attended the UARK LAMP exhibition at NCECA! Click the image for a look into the exhibition catalog and essay by Greenwich House Pottery Director Adam Welch.
April 6 - May 18, 2019
315 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA
This exhibition explores the multiplicity of identities in a time where who we are is both a badge, and a burden. Each artist in the exhibition undertakes this enormity through a personal lens.
Swing by FORAGE MODERN WORKSHOP for the UARK LAMP exhibition including MFAs, Post Bacs, BFAs and Faculty! Pick up a catalog of the show featuring an essay by Greenwich House Pottery director Adam Welch.
Join us for the reception on Thursday, March 28, 6-9pm
Congrats to MFA Chris Rodgers ad Minah Kim for the inclusion in the Clay Houston Biennial!
TIMELESS CLAY: Future Artifacts juried by Jennifer Ling Datchuk
March 4- April 6, 2019
Houston Community College
ART THAT WORKS: Functional and Objet d’Art
Opening Reception, Saturday March 2, 6-8pm
Open to Art is an annual exhibition at Officine Saffi Gallery that awards residencies and cash prizes. Congrats to faculty, Linda Lopez, for winning a residency at Guldagergaard: The International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark. The exhibition runs February 14 - April 18 in Milan, Italy.
Check out this course with Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthony Sonnenberg and the magical Joanna Powell at Oxbow School of Art
June 30 - July 13, 2019
Artists throughout time have constructed symbolic figures and avatars to represent idealized versions of our identities. In this course students will develop alter egos as a means to explore personal, social, and political power dynamics through artistic practice. Unfired clay will act as a material metaphor for identities in flux and anchor more expansive approaches to sculpture, performance, and installation art and act as a point of departure for considering performative and ephemeral approaches to character development and world building. Artists including Caravaggio, David Altmejd, and Walter McConnell will be referenced alongside contemporary drag performance, comics and mythological narratives to present students with a wide range of strategies for constructing characters and environments. No previous knowledge or working experience with clay is necessary for this course, although a willingness to get dirty and take chances will be, take chances and possibly make a fool of oneself will be. Students will create projects using hand-building techniques in combination with found objects and activated through performance and installation contexts.
Joanna Pike at District Clay Gallery, Washington DC
Joanna Pike is on fire! Check out her work in VEILED curated by Kelcy Chase Folsom at District Clay Gallery in Washington DC. The show is up November 3- December 27, 2018 and includes: Russel Biles, Vinny Castro, Quinn Hunter, Kahlil Irving, Elizabeth King, Nick Lenker, Ashly Lyon, Jordan McDonald, Andres Monzon-Aguirre, and Joanna Pike.
Visiting Artist FUTURE RETRIEVAL
We are excited to host Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis of the collaborative team FUTURE RETRIEVAL this week! Join us for their public lecture and/or a Q+A Friday morning.
Lecture: November 1 @ 5:30pm in Hillside 202
Coffee, Cakes and Q+A: November 2 @ 10:00am in Ceramics (326 Eastern Ave)
Congrats to first year graduate student Joanna Pike for her inclusion in the Craft Exhibition juried by Paul Sacaridiz at the Delaware Art Museum. Check it out if you’re in Wilmington, DE! The show runs October 20, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019.
Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell at Mindy Solomon Gallery
Uark Ceramics faculty Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell are currently presenting concurrent solo exhibitions of all-new work at Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami. It is Linda's second solo exhibition with the gallery and Mathew's first.
Benjamin Cirgin at ONE+ONE+TWO
Uark faculty Benjamin Cirgin is presenting work in an exhibition by the founders of ONE + ONE + TWO, a San Francisco-based artist collective, that focuses on creatively mobilizing alternate forms of currency to allow artists in the Bay Area to thrive. Featuring works of art born from the artists’ meditations on the meaning of currency. In addition to Benjamin, the show will feature works by Jennifer Shada, Garth Fry, and Kathryn Ian.
Opening May 31st, 6PM