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Ceramics from Permanent Collection Featured in Downtown Museum Exhibit

Posted on 3/31/2017 2:55:06 PM

University Museum Goes DowntownThe annual exhibit titled University Museum Goes Downtown will feature a variety of pottery from the University Museum’s permanent collection. Held at the Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, the exhibit runs April 5 to May 1, 2017. There will be a public reception Friday, April 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with free admission.

From a 116-year-old Peruvian urn to modern, unique pieces such as Solenopsis Form by IUP assistant professor and artist Kevin Turner, the Museum’s ceramics collection contains over 50 objects. The inventory embodies an array of styles, time periods, and artists.

Included in the exhibition is Southwest Native American pottery representing the Zuni, Acoma, Hopi, Jemez, and Tiqua Pueblo cultures and traditions. Pieces also demonstrate the San Ildefonso Pueblo style pottery with matte black decorations on polished black surfaces from artists such as the renowned Maria Martinez.

Additionally, there will be pieces from Toshiko Takaezu, a Japanese-American ceramist whose closed pots and round spheres and tall cylinders help to lift and promote the production of ceramics as functional vessels to the status of fine art. Inspiration for these works are drawn from natural forms.

The Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar, located at 732 Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana, is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.

For more information, contact Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or call the Artists Hand Gallery at 724-463-8710.

The University Museum, a program of the College of Fine Arts at IUP, receives state arts funding support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.