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Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery collaborates with UK’s Tuska Center for Contemporary Art for first exhibit of the year

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A survey mapping the topography of the human condition, the exhibit Figuration to Fragmentation: The Human Form in Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture articulates a clear vision of the role of the figure in contemporary ceramics. The exhibit opens September 11 and runs through October 15. A collaboration between Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery and the University of Kentucky’s Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, the exhibit includes a diverse selection of artists. Tom Bartel, Kira Campbell, Sergei Isupov, and Hunter Stamps will have work shown at Morlan, while Tanya Batura, Anne Drew Potter, Keith Wallace Smith and Liz Zacher will have work on display at Tuska. The exhibit is free and open to the public at both locations and opening receptions will be held Friday, September 18, from 5-8 p.m. at both galleries to coincide with the Lexington Gallery Hop.
An online catalog will be produced (available for download or purchase from www.lulu.com), featuring an essay by noted ceramic critic, Adam Welch, on the use of the figure in contemporary ceramics. In addition to the exhibit, there will be a lecture series, held at both Transylvania and UK, on consecutive Thursday nights, and a mini-conference, The Role of the Figure in Contemporary Ceramics, at UK on October 1 and 2.

Schedule of events

Friday, September 11
Both exhibits open (NOTE: Opening Receptions will be on the following Friday)
Artist Talk: Tom Bartel and Hunter Stamps, 7 p.m. in the Morlan Gallery, reception to follow.

Thursday, September 17
Lecture: “Who’s/Whose Nude: Contemporary Women and the Nude,” by art historian Nancy Wolsk, 7 p.m.
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University

Friday, September 18
Lexington Gallery Hop: Morlan and Tuska Opening Receptions, 5-8 pm
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University and Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky

Thursday, September 24
Workshop: Anne Drew Potter, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Ceramics Studio (Room 220), Reynolds Building, University of Kentucky

Artist Talk: Anne Drew Potter, 7 p.m.
Niles Gallery, Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky

Friday, September 25
Art Professions Class: Anne Drew Potter, 12-12:50 p.m.
Room 118, Whitehall Classroom Building, University of Kentucky

Thursday, October 1
Conference: The Role of the Figure in Contemporary Ceramics
Workshop: Keith Wallace Smith, 9-11:30 a.m. & 1-3:30 p.m.
Ceramics Studio (Room 220), Reynolds Building, University of Kentucky

Morlan Gallery open for viewing, 4-7 p.m.
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University

Adam Welch, keynote lecture, 7-8 p.m.
Room 102, Whitehall Classroom Building, University of Kentucky

Gallery Reception, 8-9 p.m.
Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky

Friday, October 2
Conference: The Role of the Figure in Contemporary Ceramics
Workshop: Keith Wallace Smith, 9-11:30 a.m.
Ceramics Studio (Room 220), Reynolds Building, University of Kentucky

Art Professions Class: Adam Welch, 12-1 p.m.
Room 118, Whitehall Classroom Building

Artist Talk: Keith Wallace Smith, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Room 102, Whitehall Classroom Building, University of Kentucky

Closing discussion, lead by Zoe Strecker, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Room 102, Whitehall Classroom Building, University of Kentucky

Thursday, October 8
Artist Talk: Kira Campbell, 7 p.m.
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University

Thursday, October 15
Both exhibits close at end of day

The Morlan Gallery’s regular hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and by special appointment. Opening and closing times different from the regular hours are noted in the schedule of events above. For more information, contact gallery director Andrea Fisher at (859) 233-8142 or visit www.transy.edu/morlan. The Tuska Center for Contemporary Art hours vary each semester. Call (859) 257-2727 or visit www.uky.edu/FineArts/Art/TCCA for hours and more information.

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For more information contact Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508 USA (859) 233-8142


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