“Bray Days” ceramics exhibition @ Exit Gallery

MSU Exit Gallery’s annual Bray Days exhibition features ceramicists from the Archie Bray Foundation.

The ASMSU Exit Gallery presents Bray Days, a ceramic exhibition featuring resident artists Kelly Rathbone, Martha Grover, Steve Lee and Aaron Benson of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. The exhibition will be displayed in the Exit Gallery March 21st to April 1st and there will be a free public reception on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kelly Rathbone and Martha Grover will hold a demonstration workshop and lecture in the MSU Ceramics Studio, room 108 in Haynes Hall also on Wednesday, March 23rd. The workshops will be 8:45-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the visiting artists about their work and the experience of working at the Bray. The event is free and open to the public.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena is a public, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1951 by brick-maker Archie Bray, who intended it to be “a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” For the past few years the Ceramics Guild of MSU and the ASMSU Exit Gallery work together to produce the Bray Days event, that brings a selection of works from up-and-coming ceramic artists to exhibit in the Exit Gallery. This year’s event includes an exciting range of ceramic work including pottery and sculpture.

Kelly Garret Rathbone has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Martha Grover received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has had two other residencies, and has received many awards. Steven Young Lee received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He has lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China as well as within the United States. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation. Aaron Benson received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and most recently received the 2010-2011 Bray MJD Fellowship.

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