April 19-May 12, 2018
Gallery open Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm
Opening reception, Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 pm
Over the course of human development, hollow-vessel work has driven an evolution of form in ceramics. Humans made vessels rooted in utility to preserve and store food. Survival was at the heart of containers. Then, over millennia, vessels slowly developed into increasingly sophisticated conceptual statements meant to inspire, inform and celebrate.
Because of this history, vessel forms cover vast territories—decorative, political, religious, mythical and narrative. “Vessels: Containment and Displacement, Useful to Grand” invites the viewer to consider numerous hollow-vessel objects that touch on some of these concepts.
Not comprehensive by any means, this exhibit is designed foremost as a teaching tool forged by variety. Works range from ancient to current, from quotidian objects, such as shaving mugs and crocks, to large-scale sculptural vessels by contemporary artists. Our intention is to have these forms aggregate into a visual marker from which we can contemplate where we have come from and where we are going as traditions of vessel making continue to evolve.
-Barry Bartlett and Aysha Peltz, curators
“Vessels” features works by artists including Richard Aerni; Jen Allen; Mary Barringer ’72; Peter Beasecker; Nicole Cherubini; Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz; David Eichelberger; Julia Galloway; John Gill; Andrea Gill; Martha Grover ’02; Chris Gustin; Perry Haas; Mike Helke; Tom Jaszczak; Karen Karnes; Kristen Kieffer; Eva Kwong; Patrick Loughran; Liz Lurie; Kirk Mangus; Michael McCarthy; Alleghany Meadows; Lisa Orr; Donna Polseno; Patrick Purcell; Liz Quackenbush; Noah Riedel; Alison Reintjes; Lindsay Rogers; Steve Rolf; former faculty member Stanley Rosen; Jack Troy; Deborah Schwartzkopf; Mark Shapiro; Arlene Shechet; Rosanne Sniderman; Akio Takamori; Todd Wahlstrom; Sheryl Zacharia; and Arnold Zimmerman; as well as representative objects of American Stoneware (late 19th-early 20th century); Ming Dynasty, China (1368-1644); Shipibo Culture, Peruvian Amazon (mid-20th century); and Silla Dynasty, Korea (57 BC–935 AD).