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"A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence"
2004-02-29 until 2004-04-25
University of Kentucky Art Museum
USA United States of America
A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence is a survey of the residency program and mirrors the evolution of contemporary crafts since the 1950s. Comprised of 85 pieces drawn from the Foundationís permanent collection, the exhibition incorporates utilitarian pottery, sculptural vessels, and large-scale architectural sculpture by resident and visiting artists, including works by world-renowned craftsmen Bernard Leach from England and Shoji Hamada from Japan.
The exhibition also includes work from the Foundationís former resident directorsóRudy Autio, David Cornell, Ken Ferguson, Carol Roorbach, David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, and Peter Voulkosóas well as by Josh DeWeese, the current resident director.
The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001. The Foundation is situated on the grounds of a former brick manufacturing plant owned by the late Archie Bray, who was groomed to lead the enterprise by learning the brick making trade at his fatherís knee. Over the years, the Foundation has attracted clay artists worldwide who have flourished in an atmosphere that encourages experimentation and growth. Dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, the Foundation sponsors a residency program that has been a breeding ground for many emerging artists who have gone on to establish international careers in the field of contemporary ceramic art, including John and Andrea Gill, Wayne Higby, Warren McKenzie, Richard Notkin, and Akio Takamori. The Foundationís alumni now number over 300 artists and include studio potters and faculty who guide ceramic art programs at colleges and universities.
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