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AU ceramics professor to open exhibit at Cohen Center for the Arts, Main Street
10/11/11

small vase, Andrea Gill

small vase, Andrea Gill

Alfred University Professor Andrea Gill’s ceramic exhibit, "Weaving Form and Surface," will open at the Cohen Center for the Arts with a public reception Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m.

The exhibit features a variety of ceramic basins and vases inspired by an image from a decorative Chinese plate.

Included in the exhibit are the images and glaze samples that Gill, a professor of ceramic art, experimented with in preparation for the clay work and surface decorations.

Weaving image and shape are primary concerns for this artist: how to camouflage or emphasize volume or linear movement: using qualities of glaze, such as flow, stability, and shiny and matte surfaces. In the spirit of education, Gill experimented with clays and glazes not previously used.

The idea behind this exhibition is pedagogical: a teaching tool for how an idea becomes real. The resulting ceramic vessels emphasize the interworking nature of image and shape.

"Weaving Form and Surface" will run through Friday, Dec. 2. Following the opening reception, visitors may view the exhibit by appointment; contact Kevin Jacobs at jacobsj@alfred.edu.

Gill is a professor in the AU School of Art & Design. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design as well as a master of fine arts degree for the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Gill’s previous ceramic works have been exhibited at galleries across the country and internationally, such as the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

She has also received several grants and awards, including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant.