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Contemporary Figurative Ceramics @ the Emerson

Contemporary Figurative Ceramics, an exhibit of cutting edge sculpture, will open at the Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery on Friday, June 10, 2011 with a public reception from 5-8 pm. A gallery talk will be held at 6 pm. The group show will feature the clay sculptures of renowned regional and international artists: Monica Van Den Dool from Oakland, California, Greg Jahn & Nancy Halter of Billings, Trey Hill and Beth Lo of Missoula, Richard Notkin of Helena, Michael Sarich of Reno, Nevada, Tip Toland of Seattle, Washington, Rosalie Wynkoop of Bozeman, Kensuke Yamada of Helena.

This show is held to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, a center that attracts ceramic artists from around the world. International ceramics collectors will visit the exhibit on June 22 in a field trip hosted Steven Young Lee and the Bray Foundation.

The Emerson is fortunate to exhibit works by such an intense group of innovative ceramic artists working today. Contemporary Figurative Ceramics includes both realistic yet poignant portraiture, symbolic, abstract human and animal figures, “Day of the Dead” inspired raku skulls, press molded tiles and elaborately painted wheel thrown vessels. Some of the work is explicit in its narrative intent while others are more abstract and open to interpretation. The exhibit will be on display through August 31st.

60th anniversary symposium @ Archie Bray Foundation

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.

June 23–25, 2011

Bray Days @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Bray Days, a collection of ceramics by artists in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery March 1 – 12. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, March 3rd, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker 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.” Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray in located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering placed for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.

This year, the Ceramics Guild of MSU will be having a workshop featuring Nathan Craven and Gwendolyn Yoppolo. Hand-building ceramic installations and making ceramic vessels will be featured in the workshop. The workshop will be held in the ceramics room in Haynes Hall at the same time as the opening reception.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.