Southern Miss Ceramics National 2022 Exhibition scheduled for October 10

Thu, 06/10/2022 – 09:24 | By: Ivonne Kawas

The Art Museum of the School of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will open its biennial National Ceramics Exhibition showcasing the best of contemporary ceramic arts from October 10 through November 4 on the Hattiesburg campus. A talk by a guest artist, followed by an opening reception will take place on October 10 from 6 p.m.

“The first time we held this national juried exhibition was in 2016, and since then the exhibition has earned a reputation as one of the best exhibitions of contemporary ceramic arts in the Southeast, if not of the country,” said Mark Rigsby, director and associate of the museum. art and design teacher. “We look forward to another great show this year, and we are especially thrilled to have Mexican-American artist, George Rodriguez, as our juror and guest artist.”

Juror George Rodriguez noted that this year’s exhibit includes 70 works by 49 artists from across the United States and said, “Narrowing down a wide range of creative, exciting, and quality work is never easy,” said he declared. “I have chosen works for this exhibition that demonstrate the versatility of clay through traditional and contemporary practices. I wanted to organize an exhibition as diversified in artists as in works of art.

Southern Miss Ceramics National studio demonstration and talk with guest artist George RodriguezThe exhibition includes a rich variety of pieces, ranging from figurative works to non-objective and utilitarian works. Some works are original and humorous, while others are loaded with serious social or political commentary, and yet many are simply, finely crafted and elegant forms.

Participating artists include:

Maryam Amirvaghefi (Fayetteville, Ark.); Megan Angolia (Chesterfield, Virginia); Lisa Marie Barber (Kenosha, Wis.); Joseph Batt (Olympia, Washington); Brad Blair (Parkton, Md.); Robert Bruch (Oberlin, Ohio); Vincent Burke (El Paso, TX); Athena Calvillo (San Jose, CA) Kimberly Canfield (Parkesburg, PA); Huy Chu (Gainesville, Ga.); Joshua Clark (Las Cruces, New Mexico); Sean Clute (Columbia, South Carolina); Jim Connell (Columbia, South Carolina); J. Casey Doyle (Moscow, Idaho); Jaymes Dudding (Rio Rancho, ND); Kevin Eaton (West Hollywood, CA); Stephen Fisher (Caldwell, Idaho); Ron Geibel (Geortown, TX); Juan Granados (Lubbock, TX); Kathy Guss (Ellensburg, Washington); Brian Harper (New Albany, Ind.); Stacey Johnson Hardy (Pass Christian, Miss.); Heather Kaplan (Las Cruces, New Mexico); Grace Kelly (New Orleans, Louisiana); Meredith Knight (Montgomery, Alabama); Dillan Ladner (Tuscaloosa, Alabama); Stephanie Lanter (West Hartford, Connecticut); Kristina Larson (New Orleans, La.); Steve Loucks (Wellington, Alabama); Jennifer Masley (Kent, Ohio); Lauren Mayer (Port Orchard, Washington); Taylor Mezo (Bradley, Ill.); Jeffrey Michael (Cambridge, Mass.); Shawn O’Connor (Sweet Briar, Virginia); Anela Oh (Gatlinburg, Tenn.); John Oles (Jacksonville, Alabama); Sheila Perez (San Jose, CA); Yelena Petroukhina (Little Rock, Ark.); Cesar Pita (Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Tyler Quintin (Topeka, Kansas); Emily Rensink (The Woodlands, TX); Barbara Satterfield (Conway, Ark.); Loren Scherbak (Rockville, Maryland); Samirah Steinmeyer (Tucson, Ariz.); Sarah Stobbe (Arlington, Tenn.); Zach Tate (Traverse City, Michigan); Lars Westby (Annapolis, Maryland); Nicole Woodard (Kansas City, Missouri); and Masumi Yamaguchi (Long Island City, NY).

“Special thanks to USM Art & Design graduates Grace Kelly and Dillan Ladner, who both had work selected for this year’s show,” added Rigsby. “As our alumni return to campus to participate in Homecoming Week festivities, an expected tradition at Southern Miss, we hope they experience the vibrant arts community and enjoy the exhibit.”

On Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10, George Rodriguez will host a ceramic studio demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which will continue from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the 3D Arts Building. His guest artist talk will be at 6 p.m. in the Gonzales Auditorium, LAB 108, followed by the opening reception at the Art and Design Gallery at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition opens October 10 and runs through November 4 at the Gallery of Art & Design, George Hurst Building. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 601.266.6389. All events are free and open to the public. The exhibition is presented in part with the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

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