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Transylvania's Morlan Gallery collaborates with UK's Tuska Center for Contemporary Art for exhibit of ceramic sculpture

Kira Campbell piece from
I Almost Had It, I Just Needed Another Inch, Kira Campbell

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Figuration to Fragmentation: The Human Form in Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, which articulates a clear vision of the role of the figure in contemporary ceramics, opens Friday, September 11 and runs through Thursday, October 15. The exhibit is a collaboration between Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery and the University of Kentucky’s Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, and includes a diverse selection of artists. Tom Bartel, Kira Campbell, Sergei Isupov and Hunter Stamps’ work will be shown at Morlan, while Tanya Batura, Anne Drew Potter, Keith Wallace Smith and Liz Zacher’s work will be on display at Tuska. The exhibits are for mature audiences and are free and open to the public at both locations, and both galleries will be open Friday, September 18, from 5-8 p.m. for the Lexington Gallery Hop.

An on-line catalog will be produced, 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
Artist Talk: Tom Bartel and Hunter Stamps, 7 p.m. with reception to follow.
Opening reception for artists Tom Bartel, Kira Campbell, Sergei Isupov and Hunter Stamps, 8 p.m.
Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Building, Transylvania University


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


Friday, September 18    
Lexington Gallery Hop: Morlan and Tuska receptions, 5-8 p.m.
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 lecture: 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 extended hours, 4-7 p.m.
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University

Adam Welch, keynote lecture, 7 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 p.m.
Room 118, Whitehall Classroom Building, University of Kentucky

Artist Talk: Keith Wallace Smith, 2:30 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


Gallery hours
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.

9/2/2009

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