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Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition and Symposium Opens this Weekend

By Alison Baumgartner

Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition and Symposium Opens this Weekend

The gallery is knee-deep in ceramics this week as the installation for “Contemporary Ceramics” is underway. Stop by Sept 6-8, 1-5 p.m., to see artist Walter McConnell in action as he creates his “moist clay” installation — a sculptural tableau that will be not fired, but encased in plastic for the duration of the exhibit. Over the weekend there are several opportunities to engage with five additional visiting artists with a Panel Discussion on Friday, September 9, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Columbine Room and with Pottery Demonstrations on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at CSU’s Pottery Studio in the Visual Arts Building on campus. Admission to the Panel Discussion is free. Tickets for the Demonstrations are $20 for the general public and free for PSD, FRCC and CSU students – available at LCtix.com/opportunities. Everyone must register to reserve a space for the demonstrations.

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery is a unique pottery gallery inside a renovated 1967 Airstream trailer and offers and additional option for purchasing hand-made functional pottery on Friday and Saturday of the opening weekend of the exhibit. Students at CSU designed and created the shelving and display units for the Artstream gallery in CSU’s “FabLab” or digital fabrication laboratory. The trailer will be on site at the Lincoln Center on Friday, September 9, 4-9 p.m. and at CSU’s Visual Arts Building on Saturday, September 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This project is the culmination of a two-year partnership between the Lincoln Center and Colorado State University’s Department of Art and Art History. CSU Art professors Sanam Emami and Del Harrow selected the artists for the exhibition as a small collection of artists working in a broad array of ceramics from functional pottery to figurative and abstract sculpture. CSU pottery students made 1, 500 lbs of clay for McConnell’s sculpture and a few advanced students will assist him in the installation.

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