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Alumna's 'PEOPLE' included in group exhibit

“WE THE PEOPLE,” a display of sculpture inspired by the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, presents the work of Monika Kaden, MFA 1’93, and is included in a “Made At The Clay Studio” group exhibition opening June 6 at the Harrison Gallery, Philadelphia. The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, July 13, 2014, includes sculpture and objects made by artists from around the world who have taken part in the gallery’s Guest Artist in Residence Program during the past four years.

Monika’s porcelain columns include text from the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. Seated atop the columns, porcelain “people” of various colors, shapes, and sizes represent all those who enjoy the freedom our country offers. The sculptures were created earlier this year during Monika’s tenure as Guest-Artist-in-Residence at The Clay.

Raised in former East Germany, Monika escaped with her two young sons before the wall came down, so the freedom she experiences in the United States is especially relevant to her. She was educated in Germany, Holland, and at AU. Monika has taught, lectured, and exhibited internationally, and lives in Santa Fe, NM.

The Harrison Gallery is at 139 N. Second Street, Philadelphia and is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. On first Fridays of the month the gallery is open 5-9 p.m. For more information: or visit Monika’s website: