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Titled “In and Of Itself,” Lindsey Dezman’s piece will be among the 24 artists’ work on display as part of “Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” at NMSU’s University Art Gallery from July 28- Aug. 25. (Courtesy NMSU)

National Traveling Exhibit ‘Cranbook Ceramics +/- 25 Years’ at University Art Gallery

The title may sound like a new kind of health drink, but “Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” is a nationally recognized traveling art exhibit featuring ceramics designed to quench the soul.

The show, which made its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in March, is making its second appearance fromThursday, July 28, through Thursday, Aug. 25, at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, with a public closing reception and a welcome back mixer on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The exhibit showcases the work of 24 students who graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art and studied under artists Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald. Each is recognized for making significant contributions to the field of art, ceramics and education.

“We decided to show this exhibition to support a curatorial project by Jessika Edgar, assistant professor of ceramics, who coordinated this exhibition with her classmate Drew Ippoliti,” said Marisa Sage, director of NMSU’s University Art Gallery, a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Jessica has built a very strong ceramics program on the campus of NMSU and we thought an exhibition coordinated by one of our professors who attended Cranbook Academy would benefit our students and community.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading graduate schools. It has also been home to many of the world’s most renowned artists and designers, including ceramic artists like Maija Grotell, Toshiko Takaezu, Howard Kottler, Richard DeVore, Jun Kaneko and Annabeth Rosen.

Positioned as an incubator for critical and philosophical exploration, Hepburn made Cranbrook a unique collective, leading students toward a path to self-understanding, community dialog and comprehension of the singularity of the art world they inhabited.

The exhibition aims to examine the trajectory of artists who graduated under the guidance of Hepburn and Ruhwald.

“Cranbrook is a research institution that leads students to question the boundaries of the working in clay with the utilization of new technologies, practices and theoretical discipline,” Sage said. “We are proud to host this exhibit.”

The 24 participating artists include Jan Abrams, Inkyo Back, Ariel Brice, Josh Clark, Lindsey Dezman, Abby Donovan, Jessika Edgar, Devin Farrand, Jon Geiger, Brian Giniewski, Shannon Goff, Tony Hepburn, Ariel Herwitz, Richard Hesketh, Drew Ippoliti, Tom Lauerman, Jackie Laurita, Akemi Maegawa, YunWook Mun, Thomas Muller, Mia Mulvey, Elaine Ng, Anders Ruhwald and Susan York.
The “Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” exhibit travels to Arizona next where it will run from Sept.1 through Dec. 15.

The NMSU University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. For more information or to arrange a group visit, please visit the gallery website at http://uag.nmsu.edu/, or contact the UAG Administrator Jasmine Woodul directly 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu

Author:  Jasmine Woodul – NMSU

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