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   from the issue of October 13, 2005

MFA ceramics alumni exhibition opens Oct. 17

The Department of Art and Art History will recognize the achievements of recent ceramics alumni with the exhibition "UNL MFA Ceramics: A Decade 1993-2003."

This butter dish by Kari Radasch (MFA 1999) is included in the UNL MFA Ceramics: A Decade (1993-2003) exhibition.
 This butter dish by Kari Radasch (MFA 1999) is included in the UNL MFA Ceramics: A Decade (1993-2003) exhibition.

The exhibition opens Oct. 17 and continues through Nov. 17 in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery on the first floor of Richards Hall. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Gallery.

Eleven recent alumni will participate in the exhibition. They are: Leigh Cohen, Ellen Huie, Matt Kelleher, Michael Morgan, Kari Radasch, Monica Ripley, Micki Skudlarczyk, Amy Smith, Michael Strand, Charles Timm-Ballard and Chad Wolf.

In 1993, the same year Morgan and Timm-Ballard graduated, Gail Kendall, professor of art, was the only faculty member in ceramics. Today, the program has three faculty members and eight MFA candidates. Ceramics applicants constitute 60 percent of all graduate student applications to the Department of Art and Art History.

Kendall said that she and Joseph Ruffo, professor emeritus and gallery curator, chose the years 1993-2003 so visitors to the gallery would see work they had not just seen in the context of an MFA exhibition.

Visitors will likely recognize names from past departmental exhibitions and pottery sales.

Other upcoming events in the ceramics program this semester include a visit by Mark Pharis, University of Minnesota Professor of Art, and Annabeth Rosen, University of California-Davis Professor of Art on Oct. 24-26.

Pharis and Rosen will do demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Oct. 25 in Richards Hall, Room 118. Rosen will present a slide lecture at 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in Richards Hall, Room 15. Pharis will present a slide lecture at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the 2nd floor critique space in Richards Hall. All of these events are free and open to the public.

The Fall Pottery Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 in Richards Hall Room 118.



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