Bozeman has had close connections with Helena’s Archie Bray Foundation from the beginning. This June the Bray will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a three-day international symposium. Below is an excerpt from the press release; for more, visit the event web site.
Montana’s Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts will celebrate 60 years of leadership in the international ceramics community in June 2011. A distinctive fusion of visiting artists will culminate in a three-day international symposium, 2011: From the Center to the Edge—60 Years of Creativity and Innovation at the Archie Bray Foundation, on June 23–25. The event is designed to highlight the state of the field of ceramic art today through discussion, demonstration, and artistic interaction.
The Bray will bring together a group of 12 leading ceramic artists, the Artists to the Edge, to work for the entire month of June 2011 in a collaborative and communal studio setting. The Artists to the Edge will join 17 ceramic leaders, Artist from the Center, to participate in the three-day anniversary gathering presenting their thoughts and perspectives through demonstrations, artist talks, and panel discussions. The group of 17 includes Robert Brady, John Buck and Deborah Butterfield, Beth Cavener Stichter, Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, Sarah Jaeger, Jun Kaneko, Richard Notkin, Don Reitz, Sandy Simon, Chris Staley, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, and Kurt Weiser.
Along with the 60th anniversary celebration, the Bray will host three exhibitions opening June 23rd: The Resident Artists and 2011 Artists to the Edg showcasing current resident artists, and invited innovative artists; the “2011 Artists from the Center; and Early Innovators, a selection from the Bray’s permanent collection.