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AU professor tapped to be artist-in residence at Denver museum

Walter McConnell, Alfred University professor of art and design, is an artist-in-residence through April 16 in a joint program between the University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum.

During his residency, McConnell will create an installation for the museum’s June exhibit, “Overthrown: Clay Without Limits,” and participate in a variety of events at the University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History.

McConnell, chair of the division of ceramic art at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, is well known for his installations of damp, unfired clay housed in plastic enclosures. He was recently awarded a Mitchell Foundation grant, which will support his installation for the Denver Art Museum show. The Mitchell Foundation Grant was established in 1993 to support painters and sculptors of “exceptional quality” to further their artistic careers.

A 1986 graduate of Alfred University with a master of fine arts degree, McConnell has been a member of the faculty since 1996 and chair of the Division of Ceramic Art in the School of Art & Design since 2009. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Connecticut-Storrs.

U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the Master of Fine Arts program in ceramic art at Alfred University number one in the country.
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