Katherine E. Nash Gallery

An image of an artist working with clay

An image of an artist working with clay
Alexandra Engelfriet, Still from Fortiter et Suaviter, 2018, Film by Jérémie Basset

Image: Alexandra Engelfriet, Still from Fortiter et Suaviter, 2018, Film by Jérémie Basset



The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction
January 22 - March 30, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Public Reception | 5:00 – 9:00 PM | Regis East Lobby
That same evening visit the Department of Art Sculpture and Ceramics Area Faculty and Graduate Student Exhibition in the Quarter Gallery and Object Lessons in the Regis West Gallery.

An international ceramics exhibition of 40 artists organized in association with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Minneapolis-based independent curator Elizabeth Carpenter has invited five international ceramic artists to participate in the exhibition and she has also chosen works by 35 artists who responded to an international juried call. Carpenter’s title for the exhibition and the curatorial premise guiding her choice of artists stemmed from a quotation by Peter Voulkos, an artist who almost single-handedly ushered in an interdisciplinary approach to the ceramic arts through his breakthrough conviction that the fields of painting, sculpture, and pottery could coalesce in works of great power and significance. Carpenter, in turn, explored experimental, cross-disciplinary, and aesthetically diverse artistic practices, with the explicit intention to avoid preconceptions about established categories like art and craft. The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction coincides with Claytopia, the 53rd Annual NCECA Conference, which will take place March 27 – 30, 2019 in Minneapolis. The exhibition includes the creation of a new, site-specific clay installation by Dutch artist Alexandra Engelfriet, made possible with support from the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts and Continental Clay Company.

Elizabeth Carpenter invited Nicole Cherubini, Alexandra Engelfriet, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Brie Ruais, and Anders Ruhwald to participate in the exhibition, and chose works by the following artists who responded to the national call: Nolan Baumgartner, Dylan Beck, Zimra Beiner, Brian Boldon, Jennifer Brandel, Renata Cassiano, Yang Chen, Benjamin Cirgin, Joshua R. Clark, Naomi Cohn, Chotsani Elaine Dean, Louise Deroualle, Yewen Dong, Jessica Dupuis, Trey Duvall, Matthew Eames, Jessika Edgar, Cary Esser, Sarah Gross, Justin Groth, Jeffrey Haddorff, Sajeda Issa, Wansoo Kim, Adam Knoche, Drew Liedtke, Lauren Mayer, Kate Metten, Brian Molanphy, Michiko Murakami, Rebecca Murtaugh, Kelsie Rudolph, Karl Schwiesow, Nicole Seisler, Jim Shrosbree, and Jason Lee Starin.

The House | The Yard 
April 9 - 27, 2019

Saturday, April 13
Program | 5:30 – 6:00 PM | InFlux Auditorium
Reception | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Regis East Lobby
That same evening visit the RCA Emerging Artist Program exhibition in the Quarter Gallery.

An exhibition of eight artists about to complete their Master of Fine Arts degree including Katayoun Amjadi, Adam Kirk, Nina O’Leary, Anna Orbovich, Sarah Sampedro, Emily Swanberg, Anna Van Voorhis, and Asia Ward. Influenced by the visual language of screens and the role of metaphor in images, Kirk’s often surreal paintings invite the viewer to make meaning rather than prescribing answers. In her mixed media representations of quotidian cultural symbols, Amjadi combines a pictorial heritage of the past with the language of contemporary art. Exploring themes of identity and anxiety through photography, O’Leary represents the indigenous resilience of her family through images of true contentment. Orbovich’s desire to explore the wildness of earth and harness its materials—iron, rust, salt—results in images and objects that examine our complicated relationship with the environment. Using indoor cyanotype exposures on paper, Van Voorhis documents the light moving across the everyday objects of her kitchen and assembles those prints into tactile sculptures. Sampedro’s use of objects and photography investigates the space between people and how individuals and groups hold, use, and transfer power. In her refabrication of materials, Swanberg performs the intimacy of building labor and frustrates systematic construction processes. Acknowledging that plastics have their own agency, Ward’s sculptural installation questions how we coexist with these materials and how they continuously shape our world.