A blog for the students of the University of Arkansas ceramics area. Posts include call for entries, images from regional and national ceramics exhibitions, links to profiles and articles on ceramic art, and other miscellaneous finds.
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
Opening reception at CAMH
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.
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
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.