St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center presents two new exhibitions, Functional/Dysfunctional: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Florida Heat: Instructor Work, which both open to the public on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
Functional/Dysfunctional is a juried exhibition featuring ceramic artwork from all over the country. “The show title is a play on the idea of sculptural ceramics vs. functional ceramics,” stated Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions for the Morean. “This exhibition showcases innovative examples of both kinds of ceramic art, in prices ranging from $35 to $4,500. Art lovers can find a one-of-a-kind mug they will use every day, or an intriguing sculptural piece to add to their collection.” There are several established artists in the exhibition, as well as emerging student artists. Guest jurors Kathy King, professor of ceramics at Harvard University, and Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, selected all of the artwork in the exhibition and will award $1,800 in prizes.
“Ceramics is huge in this area, due in large part to the success of the Train Station Center for Clay, and the fact that we have the largest working pottery in the Southeast located here in St. Petersburg,” stated Wayne David Atherholt, Interim Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center. “This exhibition highlights the diversity of clay, and gives our visitors a chance to see a variety of ideas and techniques that can be rendered in one medium, from artists all over the country.” The exhibition includes work from over 50 artists, some of which are from central Florida.
The second exhibition, Florida Heat: Instructor Work, features functional and sculptural ceramics from artists participating in the Train Station Center for Clay’s annual 11-day-intensive heat firing symposium which takes place February 9-20. Artists of renown include ceramics legend Don Reitz, Chris Gustin and John Balistreri. There will be work for sale as well as work from a few local collectors, even several pieces that have never been seen by the public.
“We are very excited to focus on clay during this time,” stated Cooper. “It’s very accessible, but at the same time, much of the work in these exhibitions will be challenging and thought-provoking to the viewer, stretching the idea of what traditional pottery and ceramic artwork can be.”
Related events include a gallery talk with Kathy King and Steven Young Lee on Saturday, February 9th during the Second Saturday Gallery Walk at 6:30pm. They will explain their jurying process as well as discuss their own artwork. The event is free and open to the public.
Functional/Dysfunctional: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Florida Heat: Instructor Work, run from January 12 – February 24, 2013 at the Morean Arts Center which is located at 719 Central Avenue, Downtown St. Petersburg.
The Opening Night Party at the Morean Arts Center will be open to the public on Saturday, January 12th from 5 to 8pm during the Second Saturday Gallery Walk.
The Morean Arts Center is open daily from 10a-5p and 12-5p on Sunday. Admission to Functional/Dysfunctional: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Florida Heat: Instructor Work is FREE.
To register for the Florida Heat Firing Symposium, please call 727.821.7162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Price for each participant is $650, but raises to $700 January 1st.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.