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Current exhibit at AU’s Schein-Joseph Museum gives one ‘PAUSE’

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred University’s (AU) College of Ceramics is hosting a new exhibition titled “PAUSE” through Dec. 7, 2012.

The exhibit includes 18 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, all containing a visual softness intended to give the viewer a sense of pause; each piece has a unique complexity and warrants a closer look.

There will be a closing reception for the show on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Included in the exhibition are works by J. David Broudo (AU Class of 1943); the late Christine Federighi (AU Class of 1974);  Wayne Higby, professor and Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the University; Ken Little; David Shaner (AU Class of 1959); the late Robert Sperry; the late Toshiko Takaezu; and Robert Winokur (AU Class of 1958).

The exhibition also features work by Alfred University MFA “Gloryhole” degree holders Giselle Hicks ’10; Jae Won Lee ’95; Jeffrey Kaller ’99; Sinisa Kukec ’01; and Katharine West. In addition, there are pieces from the visiting artists collection by Anton Reijnders and Elsa Sahal along with historic Chinese pieces.

Broudo is a Distinguished Professor emeritus in art education at Endicott College, Beverly, MA, where he started the art program. His artwork has received international attention, with his pieces having been on display in Faenza, Italy; New Delhi, India; and Belgium.

From 1974 until her death in 2006, Federighi served as a professor of art at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She received five State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant (1985).

Higby earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan. One of his most enormous pieces, “EarthCloud,” currently adorns the wall of the Alfred University Miller Performing Arts Center.

Higby is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Master of the Media and the Distinguished Educator awards from the National Museum of American Art. His work is internationally known; his pieces are included in collections in London, Geneva, Switzerland, and Tokyo.

Little earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Texas Tech University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah. He maintains a studio in a warehouse in San Antonio, TX. His works are currently on display in Honolulu; Seattle; and at the University of California-Davis.

Shaner is a lifelong ceramicist, collector, and philanthropist. He has donated numerous works to the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Art and the Archie Bray Foundation.

Sperry, who died in 1998, received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. He taught full-time at the University until 1983 and became the division head of the School of Art. He is known for strengthening the ceramics department at the University of Washington and for creating numerous pieces of pottery, digital art, sculpture, photography, and painting.

Takaezu (1922-2011) studied at the Honolulu Museum of Art, the University of Hawaii, and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Her work was often influenced by traditional Japanese pottery; her most recent works are abstract sculptures with poured and painted glazes. Takaezu’s work is on display in many galleries across the United States, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 Winokur has received numerous awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship. He has also served as professor emeritus at Temple and was inducted into the American Crafts Council College of Fellows.

Hicks’ focus has been on domestic spaces which are frequently inhabited, such as the bedroom and dining room. To Hicks, these places symbolize and personify human relationships. Her works are physical manifestations of emotional experiences that take place in these spaces.

Lee has served as an artist in residence in China, Korea, Denmark, India, London, and the Netherlands. Her works have also been featured at Louisiana State University, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, and the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.

Kaller’s work has been featured across the United States and internationally; his pieces have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York City, Sweden, Japan, and Norway. His most recent works draw inspiration from the funnel or cone shape; the artist uses the shape to draw upon both natural and human-created information.

 Kukec has shown his art at the Hollywood Arts and Culture Center, taught at numerous colleges, and served multiple residencies. He currently resides in Miami.

 West, who works primarily with clay, has exhibited across the world and she has served as an artist-in-residence in the United States, New Zealand, Hungary, Korea, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Also on display will be the works of Anton Reijnders, an artist from the Netherlands. Reijnders, who currently teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, draws inspiration from questions of meaning and how we make sense of what is around us. His work has been represented in exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States. He combines clay with wood, cloth, and newspaper to arrange and construct sculptures which undermine the perceptions of the fragility of fired clay.

International artist Elsa Sehal’s work will also be featured in the exhibition. Her pieces have also been on display at galleries in Paris; Faenza, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; and Monaco. She served a residency at Alfred University from 2009-10.