6th Central Time Ceramics

February 22, 2018

6th Central Time Ceramics
Heuser Art Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery
Exhibition: March 1 – April 13
Juror Lecture: March 1, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Reception: March 1, 6-7:30pm – Heuser Art Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery

This exhibition is the sixth installment of the biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork, Central Time Ceramics. The show brings together ceramic artwork from across the Central Time Zone to a city not only centrally located but also commonly associated with the central United States: Peoria, Illinois. Assembled in Peoria at the Bradley University Galleries are 50 ceramic works by 22 artists living and working in the Central Time Zone. From Minnesota to Texas, the locales represented are as varied as each artist’s aesthetic, yet the level of craftsmanship and innovation remains high throughout.

“Central” often refers to being in the middle, inferring sameness or mediocrity, yet the multiplicity of styles, methods and materials in this exhibition is anything but. This year’s juror is Gail Kendall. Following her formal education at the University of Michigan (BSD) and Eastern Michigan University (MFA) Gail Kendall spent ten years working as an independent studio artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1987 she accepted a position in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she taught for twenty-four years.

Kendall has been a resident artist at c.r.e.t.a.Rome, Spode Fine China Works, S-O-T England, Watershed Center, The Archie Bray, Red Lodge Clay Center and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Her work has appeared in articles & books including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Neue Keramik, Emmanuel Cooper’s “Contemporary Ceramics”, and Masters of Earthenware, (US).

Kendall has superbly selected a diverse group of work full of color, technical expertise, and experimentation. This exhibition may be centrally located yet it depicts the Central Time Zone as a multifarious region including diverse perspectives on the materials, methods, and styles of contemporary ceramic art.