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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UALR gallery to present ‘Primary Clay’ exhibit Feb. 20-March 27

“Primary Clay” is an exhibit that will present the work of Arkansas ceramic artists from Feb. 20 to March 27 in Gallery III of the Fine Arts Building at UALR.

Clay artistry

Artist: Kensuke Yamada, Bathing Beauties (Detail), Stoneware, 2014

A guest lecture will be delivered by artist Kensuke Yamada at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in room 161 of the Fine Arts Building. The gallery will be open after the lecture with the opportunity to meet Yamada.

The galleries are open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. The galleries will close for spring break, March 28 to 30.

Contact Brad Cushman, gallery director and curator in the Department of Art, at 501.569.8977 or becushman@ualr.edu for more information.

Other artists involved in ‘Primary Clay’ include:

Summer Bruch works with functional ceramic forms and decorative surfaces. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and teaches at Ouachita Baptist University.

Ty Brunson creates wheel-thrown forms derived from 20th century industrial machinery and infrastructures. He received his MFA degree from Louisiana Tech University and teaches at Arkansas Tech University.

Aaron Calvert activates the surfaces on his teapots and sculptural forms with visual designs and textures. He received an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and teaches at Henderson State University.

Dawn Holder, whose work involves topiaries, received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and teaches at the University of the Ozarks.

Jeannie Hulen builds installations that bring together clay objects and mixed media materials. She received an MFA from Louisiana State University and is the chair of the University of Arkansas Department of Art.

Beth Lambert creates functional objects and sculptural bird forms. She received a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College, where she also teaches. Lambert also teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.

Linda Lopez embraces textures and abstraction in her sculptural forms. She received an MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas.

Mathew McConnell
investigates visual forms created by other artists as a departure point for fabricating his own sculptural forms. He received his MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder and teaches at the University of Arkansas.

Adam Posnak assembles ceramic vessels and various objects into ritual altar pieces. He received an MFA from LSU and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas.

David Smith forms quirky and whimsical figurative sculptures using various textural fabrication and hand-building techniques. He received an MFA from LSU and teaches at UALR.

Liz Smith creates complex layered surfaces on her functional ceramics, which often reference traditional forms. She received her MFA from LSU and teaches at University of Central Arkansas.

Kensuke Yamada builds lyrical figurative forms with colorful and active gestural surfaces. He received an MFA from the University of Montana and teaches at the University of Arkansas.