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Claytopia: NCECA Conference comes to Minneapolis

Claytopia, NCECA’s 53rd annual conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.
Alexandra Engelfriet - Fortiter et Suaviter

The Form Will Find Its Way at the Nash 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.
Danny McCarthy Clifford - Disapproved Books

Danny McCarthy Clifford (MFA18) Presents The Section of Disapproved Books

Why would a prison ban a book about Chicano art? Or military history? Or computer programming? Or an autobiography of Malcolm X? After all, such books are readily available to anyone not in prison for purchase or through one’s public or academic library. Visual artist Daniel McCarthy Clifford has his own theories, and he’s doing additional research and using his art to raise awareness of what seems to be an arbitrary process of deciding what can and can’t be read by inmates in prisons across our nation. “It’s injustice,” he says. “History is being withheld [from inmates].”
Portrait of Sonja Kuftinec

Encountering Palestinian Displacement & Diaspora through “A Contested Home”

“We feel bigger and more human. It’s something that gives me back my life.” Professor Sonja Kuftinec discusses “A Contested Home,” a collaborative project with Adjunct Professor Avigail Manneberg, which aims to engage with Palestinian displacement and diaspora through Theatre of the Oppressed and other art techniques.
Tamsie Ringler - MAEP

Tamsie Ringler at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Tamsie Ringler’s MAEP exhibition explores the duality of the still life, the venerable art genre that celebrates pleasure even as it warns about the brevity of life. In traditional still-life paintings, human-made or natural objects are placed in a composed space, preserving them for time immemorial. Ringler’s compositions place familiar objects (a car, a canoe, a buffet) alongside natural forms rematerialized, like the Mississippi watershed cast in iron, to form a sculptural still life in the gallery. Placed within the context of the museum, Ringler’s exhibition speaks to the human need to preserve objects, protect moments of fragility, and illustrate our deepest potential for compassion.
Lamia Abukhadra - 2018/2019 Jerome Emerging Printmaker Residency

Alum Lamia Abukhadra (BFA'18) Jerome Print Residency

Alum Lamia Abukhadra (BFA'18) is one of three fellows awarded the 2018/2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. During her residency, Lamia's work will challenge the harmful, dominant narratives which perpetuate acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the Middle East. She will investigate the events, ecologies, architecture, recipes, photographs, maps, and other archival materials associated with important figures and events in Palestinian history and their connection to her experience. She is excited to expand her concept of matrices and the power of the multiple.
Regis Center for Art

NOW HIRING: Ceramics Technician

The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a 75 percent-time Ceramics Technician (Job ID: 326640) to begin semester 2019 (08/26/2019). This is a 75 percent-time position providing health and safety and technical support for the ceramic facilities in the Department of Art. With this position, we seek to strengthen the Department of Art’s newly formed area of Sculpture and Ceramics with a technician who brings a broad perspective informed by active engagement with ceramics, knowledge of technical equipment, materials and processes used in the field of ceramic art, and experience working with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in a university setting. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical ceramics background with experience in maintenance, repair, design, and construction of ceramic equipment and can provide instruction on ceramic equipment and health and safety methods and processes.
Brittany Kieler at Porch Gallery

Alum Brittany Kieler (MFA '18) Solo Show @ Porch Gallery

Alum Brittany Kieler (MFA '18) presents her solo exhibition Female Reader. The show will adjoin two meanings of the term spread, referring both to the anatomy of a book and to the anatomy of a female. Various forms of printed matter will engage with the history of information gathering, propagation, and circulation. Join Brittany for the opening reception on Saturday, September 15th from 8-11pm. On view through October 14, 2018.

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