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Art Gallery to host National Juried Exhibition beginning Jan. 15

January 6, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Art Gallery will host a National Juried Exhibition, "Clay & Context," beginning Jan. 15 and running until Feb. 6.

"Clay & Context" draws new attention to clay as a material with fresh significance in contemporary art. The exhibition explores both the functional and non-functional aspects of current ceramic art while acknowledging the history from which it evolved. The exhibited works not only reflect the personal vocabulary of each of the 46 artists, but the cultural climate in which they were produced.

Artists featured include Chris Archer, Lesley Baker, Daniel L. Bare, Dylan J. Beck, Nathan Betschart, Kyan Bishop, Kristina Bogdanov, Klai Brown, Stephanie Craig, Danny Crump, Kit Davenport, Derek Decker, Christine Golden, Mark Gordon, Vicky Hansen, Phil Haralam, Margaret Haydon, Steve Hilton, Kevin Hughes, Michael Jamison, André¡ Keys, Phyllis Kloda, Michael Lancaster, Carrie Longley, Jon McMillan, Cory Medina, Marcy Neiditz, Richard Nickel, Lindsay Oesterritter, Vince Palacios, Margaret Park Smith, Kyle & Kelly Phelps, Joseph Pintz, Derek Reeverts, Scott Ross, Jan Schachter, Sam Scott, Jinsoo Song, Hunter Stamps, Haruka Takemoto, Lydia C. Thompson, Michelle Tobia, Dan Van Tassell, James Wayne, Sigrid Zahner and Valerie Zimany.

A public reception with juror Sherman Hall, editor of Ceramics Monthly magazine, will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, from 5-7 p.m. Hall will give a public lecture followed by an awards ceremony that same evening in the Music Recital Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.

As editor of the world's leading ceramic art magazine, Hall is a staunch advocate for ceramics as a promoter and practitioner. He received his BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University in 1996 after studies at New York University and Columbus College of Art & Design. Following his undergraduate education, Hall was the sole proprietor of the Sherman Hall Studio from 1996-2003. He has worked with Ceramics Monthly since 1999.

"Clay & Context" would not have been realized without Ray Chen, assistant professor of ceramics and the entire ceramics department at ISU. The University Art Gallery would also like to acknowledge the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Art for their continued support.

The Gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. The gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday from 11a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible. For additional information please call 812-237-3720 or visit


Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, director of University Art Gallery, 812.237.3787 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or