MFA Students exhibit work at CAA in D.C.
Please join us on Thursday night, February 4th from 6—9PM at The Fridge DC. (http://www.thefridgedc.com) at 516 8th Street SE, for a reception and alumni reunion celebrating Orange4. Orange4 runs from February 4-7. Gallery Hours are Thursday & Friday 1pm—7pm, Saturday 12pm—7pm, and Sunday 12pm—5pm. This annual exhibition, now in its 4th year, features the work of 18 graduate students currently in pursuit of their MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previous Orange Exhibitions have been held at the UNIX Gallery in NYC,
Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago and White Box Gallery in NYC.
The experience of showing work in a public gallery is one of several experiences that help graduate students build their professional skills— a significant aspect of sustaining a successful professional practice as an artist or designer.
Featured in this exhibit is work from five concentration areas in the MFA UT program: Printmaking, Sculpture, Transmedia Design, Ceramics and Painting.
Ceramics Student and Alumni News
Kevin Kao, MFA 2015 had his work featured in Ceramics Now Magazine, Artist’s Interview & Feature, Spring 2015 and the 2015 book “500 Figures in Clay V.2” juried by Nan Smith and published by Lark Books. Kevin is busy working as an Apprentice at Moravian Pottery, Doylestown PA and as Lab Technician at Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA. This spring Kevin will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coker College, Hartsville SC.
Ed Miller, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eleven exhibitions over the past year including: “Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design Space”, Prague, Czech Republic; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Summer Group Exhibition, Deer Isle, ME;“MysteryLand”, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY; “Earth Elements”, Juror: Allison Newsome, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; “Art in Odd Places”, New York, NY and “VMRC Art Exhibition” Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to these exhibitions, Ed received funding to participate in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.
AJ Masterson, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eight exhibitions over the past year including: “Queering Our World” The Greenly Center Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA ; “2015 Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition” Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA; “Handmade Here” Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, Knoxville, TN;“Appendage and Torso” Dueling Galleries, Knoxville, TN; “Tiny Town” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL; “Silent Auction Benefit” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL, and “3D Lives!” Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN.
Aaron Benson, BFA, Summa Cum Laude 2009, is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL.
Adam Paulek, MFA 2004, was commissioned by Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center to make 100 cups for the kitchen and for a special event. Adam is Assistant Professor at Longwood University VA.
MFA Students to Showcase Work in NYC
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This annual exhibition, now in its 3rd year, features the work of 13 graduate students currently in pursuit of their MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The inaugural Orange Exhibition opened in February 2013
at White Box in NYC, and Orange2 opened in Chicago last February at
Ceramics MFA Candidate to Participate in Forum
Kevin Kao, MFA candidate in Ceramics, has been invited to participate in the 6th Annual Grand Valley State University Ceramics Forum, taking place in October at Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI. One of eight invited guests, Kevin and his colleagues will conduct student critiques and deliver public talks about their work. In addition to the University of Tennessee, the schools represented include: New York State College of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Kent State University and the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
UT Ceramic Graduate Students have been busy exhibiting in numerous venues in recent months and they have many more planned. Victoria Buck, Kevin Kao and AJ Masterson each had works included in “ORANGE 2” an exhibition of UT graduate student work held at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL in conjunction with the annual College Art Association conference.
Ed Miller’s work “Smokestack” was selected by juror Buzz Spector, for inclusion in the upcoming “Positive/Negative” exhibition opening at the Tipton Gallery at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, March 7.
Kevin Kao has had his work, Untitled (Gift), selected for inclusion in the “Clay V” show at the Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA juried by Akio Takamori, Doug Jeck, and Jamie Walker.
School of Art Professor Sally Brogden along with students Kevin Kao, AJ Masterson and Ed Miller had work featured in the recent exhibit “Earthen Bodies” curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay for the Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. And upcoming, Kevin Kao, a second year graduate student in ceramics at
UT and Xia Zhang, a graduate student in ceramics at West Virginia University will present their installation titled Bumfack Co. at this years NCECA Project Space to take place in conjunction with the annual conference in Milwaukee, WI, March 2014.
Jessica Kreutter featured in Ceramics Monthly
Ceramics alumna, Jessica Kreutter (MFA 2010), was featured in the January 2014 edition of Ceramics Monthly. Below is a short excerpt. To read the full article, please clickhere.
“I generally work in fired clay because it is a material I know how to manipulate. It can assume a myriad of surfaces and mimic other materials. It can look soft and be hard. It is a material waiting to be transformed, yet part of that transformation is disguising that it ever happened. I love and hate the unknowability of how a piece will emerge from the firing. I love and hate the vast array of pos- sibilities of what clay can become.”
Exhibition proposal accepted by the NCECA
Proposal Rendering for Bumfack Co., by Kevin Kao and Xia Zhang to take place at the NCECA Project Space, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2014.
Kevin Kao, a second year graduate student in ceramics at UT and Xia Zhang, a graduate student in ceramics at West Virginia University have had their exhibition proposal accepted by the National Council for Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA). Their ceramic art installation titled Bumfack Co. will be featured in this years’ NCECA Project Space to take place in conjunction with the annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2014.
Their installation will explore perceptions of authenticity and value as they create handmade ceramic knock-offs at a production facility situated within the NCECA conference. NCECA attendees will be invited to participate in the production of work and in so doing will be encouraged to consider their own perceptions of authenticity and value while experiencing differing, culturally based, production methods. The NCECA Project Space is a venue that incorporates clay within time-based, performative, or site responsive works and encourages interaction between the artist’s and NCECA conference attendees.
Current student and alumni news
Ed Miller, MFA Candidate in Ceramics; and Kevin Kao, MFA Candidate in Ceramics; Works were selected from both MFA Candidates’ by Juror Nan Smith to be reproduced in the upcoming book Figurative Ceramics 500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2. Aaron Benson, Ceramics BFA, Summa Cum Laude 2009, Started August as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL.Adam Paulek, Ceramics MFA 2004, ,Guldagergaard’s 100 Cups Artist for 2013. Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center commissioned Adam to make 100 cups for the kitchen and for a special event to support GG programs. Adam is Assistant Professor at Longwood University VA.
Tara Wilson, BFA 2000 Tara will conduct a five-day wood fire workshop and public artist talk in October at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT Tara’s work also on display in Grasp a Group exhibit at the Schaller Gallery. Tara’s work will be on display along with 19 other ceramics artists from July 10- July 30, 2013. Chris Pickett, Ceramics, BFA 2001, in September will exhibit a two-person show and one dayworkshop at National recognized Red Star Studio in Kansas City, MO, Chris will demonstrate how to use molds and templates to make tableware inspired by mid 20th century modern design.
Sally Brogden awarded faculty development leave
Sally Brogden, Professor of Art, ceramics, has been awarded a Faculty Development Leave for the fall 2013 term and she has several professional activities scheduled during this leave. Sally will spend a month working as an artist in residence at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Her work will be featured in the exhibition “China Kaolin Grand Prix” to be held in October at Great China Museum, Jingdezhen and Organized by the Chinese National Academy of Arts and the Department of Culture. Before returning to Knoxville, Sally will deliver a talk at the 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Incheon, South Korea.
Recent Ceramics alumna to be intern at Archie Bray
Samantha Briegel, BFA ceramics 2013, has been selected to be an intern at The Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business for the 2013/14 school year. As an intern, Samantha will assist the research mission of the Archie Bray Clay Business by developing new glazes and helping them to initiate their new custom ceramic decal enterprise. While in Helena, Samantha plans to keep her pottery work going with the plan of moving on to graduate school afterwards.
Works by Samantha Briegel.