Feb. 28: National Invitational Ceramics exhibit opens at CLC
“Embellished Surface: Image and Pattern on Clay,” a national invitational ceramics exhibit, will open at the College of Lake County on Friday, Feb. 28 and run through April 6. The exhibit will kick off with a reception on Feb. 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. The reception, which is free and open to the public, includes food, beverages and live music by Rick Embach and Jim Seidel Duo.
The exhibit was guest curated by David Bolton, who heads the CLC ceramics program. The 20 artists selected for the show are: Jennifer Allen, Morgantown, W.Va.; David Bolton Grayslake, Ill.; Steven G. Cheek, Louisville, Ky.; David Crane Blacksburg, Va.; Susan Dewsnap, Lewiston, Maine; Adam Field, Helena, Mont.; Erin Furimsky, Bloomington, Ill.; Andrea Gill, Alfred, N.Y.; John Gill, Alfred, N.Y.; Jason H. Green, Alfred Station, N.Y.; Molly Hatch, Florence, Mass.; Meredith Host, Kansas City, Mo.; Peter Karner, Hesperus, Colo.; Les Lawrence, Carefree, Ariz.; Suze Lindsay, Bakersville, N.C.; Karen Thuesen Massaro, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Allison McGowan, Concord, N.C.; Jenny Mendes, Chesterland, Ohio; Kevin Snipes, Chicago; and Shoko Teruyama, Marshall, N.C.
According to Bolton, the exhibition’s title, Embellished Surface: Image and Pattern on Clay, is the key to the concept that links the works. “The 20 invitees are among some of the most respected artists working in clay today, gathered here from points around the United States. These artists were selected because of their unique ability and ingenuity in creating a rich surface that engenders further meaning and interpretation in the ceramic form,” Bolton said.
“The artists were selected for the various ways that they approach the form and surface. The form might solely exist to display the rendered surface, or the surface may truly embellish the form in the same way a good storyteller embellishes a story. The end results are works that are further enriched with the story of their making, or even a narrative expressed through their form and imagery.”
In conjunction with the exhibit is another ceramics show on view in the Artcetera Gallery, “The Cup II: 60 Artists, 300 Variations,” is a national invitational ceramics exhibit guest curated by Ben Bates, CLC ceramics instructor. The Cup II opens Feb. 28 and runs through April 13. For information, visit the shop’s blog at http://artceteragallery.blogspot.com.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday/Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Spring Break Hours (March 24-30) are Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed March 29-30 (Saturday/Sunday). Patrons should enter through the C Wing and proceed toward the Library/Learning Resource Center. For further information about the gallery, call curator Steve Jones at (847) 543-2240 or visit http://gallery.clcillinois.edu.
The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art on the Grayslake campus is a project of the College of Lake County Foundation and is located at 19351 W. Washington St. Established by the CLC Foundation in 1981, the gallery is committed to displaying the works of Illinois artists and increasing the visibility of nationally known artists in Lake County. The gallery promotes tours and educational programs in conjunction with its exhibitions. For more information, contact curator Steve Jones at (847) 543-2240 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit http://gallery.clcillinois.edu.