Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oakland Shadyside NCECA Pittsburgh Art Events Exhibits Guide March 2008

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NCECA? It's the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts. Pittsburgh Convention? It's their national convention happening from Wednesday March 19 through Saturday March 22, 2008. It means there's a lot of art to be seen during March of 2008 and beyond. Over 5,000 visitors will be in Pittsburgh to participate in the conference and many art groups, galleries, and artists are taking part by displaying art work.
The following art exhibit information was adapted from the NCECA schedule in order for anyone in the Pittsburgh area to find out what's happening during this exciting time for the NCECA and for Pittsburgh art. Conference members will most likely be on a tour bus on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 seeing these exhibits throughout the area.

Check the home page of the blog to see the other area guides for March 2008. Each listing has start and end dates as well as hours for the venue so you'll know when you can check out all the art.

You can download the pdf with all the area art exhibit info and conference activities here .To learn more about the NCECA Pittsburgh Conference check out .

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Main gallery, Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Avenue, 412-622-8830.
· Hanging by a Thread, Alison Carter, Joshua Green, John Hasegawa, Philip Haralam, Eric Kao, Jean Keil, Lily Liu, Susan Ting, Yoko Sekino-Bove, May Wong. This invitational group exhibition is to increase the public awareness of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Pittsburgh during March of 2008 and to invite the people of Pittsburgh to experience the current trends and diversity in contemporary ceramic arts. All the ceramic work will be displayed on the wall. Organized by Yoko Sekino-Bové. Mar 1-31. Wed-Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Fri-Sat 10:00a.m.-5:30p.m. Reception Mar 21, 6:00-8:00p.m. Area restaurants: Crazy Mocha coffee shop in the library, a museum Cafeteria in the Carnegie Melon Museum of Arts (the buildings are connected), and plenty others in Oakland.

Carnegie Mellon University, 5200 Forbes Avenue
The Frame Gallery, 412-268-2081.
· Ceramic Sculpture: Carnegie Mellon Student Work, Freshmen thru Seniors. Undergraduate work in ceramic sculpture. Curated by Joe Mannino. Mar 21-24. Wed 9:00am- 6:00pm, Thur – Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm. Reception Mar 21, 7:00-9:00p.m.

University Center Gallery, 412-268-9510.
· Ten from Ten Carnegie Mellon University Alumni. Ten ceramic sculptures by ten CMU alumni. Curated by Joe Mannino. Mar 19-21. Wed 9:00am-6:00pm, Thur-Sat 10:00am- 5:00pm. Reception Mar 21, 7:00-9:00p.m.


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue, 412-361-0873.· NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibiton. Held annually, this exhibition showcases undergraduate and graduate student work from a multi-state region surrounding the conference host city. Juried by Alleghaney Meadows and Kristen Kieffer. Organized by Steve Hilton. Feb 8-Mar 22. Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Fri 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 5:00-8:00p.m.Marshall Building, Gallery 7· Material Translations: Pinch, Coil, Slab, Judit Varga, Laurel Lukaszewski, Elizabeth Kendall. Reinterpreting traditional hand building techniques of pinch, coil and slab, Elizabeth Kendall, Laurel Lukaszewski and Judit Varga build multifaceted compositions that suggest landscape and architecture; explore rhythm and movement; play with line and volume. They create and invite conversations through comparison of process and juxtaposition of diverse yet complimentary forms. These high fired unglazed stoneware and porcelain constructions occupy different environments whether on the wall, on the floor or suspended in space. Curated by George Davis. Mar 19-22. Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Fri 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m.· Earth and Fire. Think dirty-muddy dirty-think earth, clay fire! This exhibition will include work in any media from Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Members featuring Earth and Fire. Mar 14-Apr 13. Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Sun 12:00-5:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m.Scaife Building 2-D Studion· BackTalk. New works from emerging Canadian artists Carole Epp, Michael Flaherty, Shannon Isfeld and Lia Tajcnar. BackTalk features artists whose work challenges and confronts ceramic traditions, technologies and ideas. Curated by Nicole Burisch and Robin Lambert. Mar 19-22. Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Fri 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m. Above shows area restaurants: Casbah (229 S. Highland Ave), Abay (130 S. Highland Ave), Buffalo Blues (216 S. Highland Ave), The Red Room (134 S. Highland Ave), Make Your Mark Café (6736 Reynolds St), Pino's (6738 Reynolds St), Point Brugge (401 Hastings St), Minutello’s (226 Shady Ave). There are also numerous restaurants and cafes in Shadyside on Walnut Street.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, 5833 Ellsworth Avenue, 412-441-5200.
· Japanese Threads, Bob Barry, Judith Duff, Dale Huffman, Jeff Jewell, Mami Kato, James Makins, T. Robert, Tim Rowan, Jeff Shapiro, Ceil Sturdevant, Steve Tobin, Peter Seabridge, Paul Soldner, Jack Troy, and others. The show will feature many internationally renowned artists who have studied in Japan or been influenced by it’s ceramic history. Curated by Amy Morgan and Ceil Sturdevant. Mar 7-Apr 26. Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu 11:00a.m.- 5:00p.m., Fri 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-5:30p.m. Reception Mar 19, 11:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. Area restaurants: Soba, Harris Grill, Elbow Room and others

Gallerie Chiz, 5831 Ellsworth Avenue, 412-441-6005.
· Tacitly Tactile, Chris Antemann, Christyl Boger, Cynthia Consentino, Gundi Dietz, Lindsay Feuer, Joshua Green, Kathy King, Jenny Lind, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Kari Radasch, Kevin Snipes, Janis Mars Wunderlich. Artists explore the intuitive, unspoken creative process. Curated by Laura Jean McLaughlin and Ellen Chisdes Neuberg. Mar 7-Apr 19. Wed 9:00 a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu-Fri 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-5:30p.m., Sun by appointment. Reception Mar 19, 1:00-6:00p.m. Area restaurants: On Ellsworth Avenue (located on the same street and within three blocks of the gallery): Elbow Room, Bites and Brews, Harris Grill, Bagel Factory, Enrico’s, La Casa, Fajita Grill. On Spahr Street near Ellsworth:Café Zinho. On South Highland Avenue (four block walk): Casbah, Buffalo Blues. Others in the area: Minutello’s (Shady Avenue), Abay (North Highland Avenue), Royal Caribbean (North Highland Avenue.

Mendelson Gallery, 5874 Ellsworth Aveue, 412-361-8664.
· NCECA 2008 Honorees Exhibition, Honorary: Judith Schwartz, Robert Archambeau; Fellow: Glen Blakley; Excellence in Teaching: Harris Deller, Ron Meyers; Outstanding Achievement: Ichi Hsu; Regional Award of Excellence: Elvira Peake, Frank Ross.
· Warren MacKenzie & David Lewis, Pots & Paintings. Works by Warren MacKenzie with small paintings by David Lewis and book signing by David Lewis of his new book Warren MacKenzie, American Potter. Mar 19-22. Wed-Sat 12:00-5:00p.m. and by appointment.

The Ellis Armory, 6425 Fifth Avenue, (Penn Avenue at Putnam) 412-860-3508. shows: Mar 19-22. Wed-Fri 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m.
· Adaptation, Sandra Blain, Kirk Mangus, Frank Martin, Eva Kwong, TeaYoun Kim-Kassor, Kemal Uludag. Invitational exhibition. Organized by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor.
· Lingua Franca, Craig Clifford, Kristen Morgin, Matt Wedel, Peter Morgan, Armando Ramos, Tae-Hoon Kim, Debbie Kupinsky, Sin-ying (Cassandra) Ho. Lingua Franca brings together eight artists who communicate to the viewer in a broad way. Ranging from artists who use imagery from mass culture or art history, to those who pull inspiration from cartoon style and kitsch objects, these artists are able to speak to the viewer in a ‘lingua franca’ or common language. Though the works contain layers of meaning, they are able to tap into the symbols, objects and colors of our everyday existence in a way that encourages us to reevaluate them. Included artists range from nontraditional ceramic sculptors to those who work with the vessel as an expressive vehicle. Organized by Debbie Kupinsky.
· Terra Nova, Michael Angelotti, Karen Bolton, Gregory Byard, Brandon O'Hara. Invitational
exhibition. Curated by Steven Kemenyffy.
· After China: The Politics of Fabrication, Sin-ying Ho, Alison J. Petty, Philip Read, Ian F.
Thomas, Marie Weichman, Dryden Wells. “At what point does one’s authorship of a work become affected by matters of craftsmanship or fabrication (by others)?” In the mass production climate of China, with so many opportunities to “subcontract” aspects of one’s ceramic work, how does this affect considerations of authenticity, originality, or even authorship? By hiring craftsmen to do many aspects of one’s work (e.g., brush decorate, mold making, casting, glazing), are we as ceramic artists then freer to focus on the conceptual aspects of our work? Or do we become too far removed from artwork’s production? Organized by Ian F. Thomas.
· Chautauqua School of Art, Val Cushing, Emily Reason, Nicole Peters, Alec Karros, Jeff Greenham, Ron Meyers, Kris Lyons, Scott Cornish, Matt West, Julia Galloway, Mark Boguski, Heidi Sowa, Polly Ann Martin, Judith Salomon, Maureen Pahlman West, Paul Linhares, Christian Kuharik, Frank Martin. Invitational exhibition. Organized by Jeff Greenham.
· Slipstream: Works by Karen Bolton and Tomas Schneider. Figurative and architectural sculpture incorporating elements of light and print. Organized by Thomas Schneider.
· Keramos and Friends: 8 Artists from Marshall U, Earline Allen, Mike Bowen, Jessica Bright, Charlie Barager, Micah LeMaster, Mona Arritt, Lindsey Philabaun, Todd Cox. Invitational exhibition featuring ceramic artists who are now or have been members of Keramos Student Potters Guild at Marshall University. Organized by Earline Allen.
· Emotional Affair, Mike Prather. Solo exhibition. Figurative work with an edge.
· Constant Conversations: Educating Ourselves in Clay, Kip O'Krongly, Monica Bowman, Mel Griffin, Martina Lantin, Megan Mitchell. Continuing to grow and develop as a ceramic artist requires not only studio work, but also constant conversation and critique. For five young working artists spread across the country it is the Internet that helps to keep us connected and to push our work and ideas forward. We use a blog as a staging ground for critiques about our work, our artist statements, and our direction. Constant Conversation: Educating Ourselves in Clay shows examples of work from this blog, as well as comments posted by the members, highlighting another way to evolve as an artist. Organized by Kip O'Krongly.
· Clay at Goshen College, Dick Lehman, Mark Nafzinger, Merrill Krabill, Keith Hershberger, Jane Graber, Justin Rothshank, Marvin Bartel, Chad Martin, Greg Stahly, Dennis Maust, Lorene Nickel, David Gamber, Layne Wyse, Lynn Lais, Fred Driver, Royce Yoder. An invitational show of established and emerging ceramic artists, all of whom have graduated from Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana. Artists are currently working in a wide variety of ceramic media. Organized by Justin Rothshank.
· Our Nature, Your Nature, James Leslie, Amanda Lehtola, Dong Jun Shin. Invitational exhibition. Organized by James Leslie.
· Finding A Path-Honing a Line, Jury Smith, Kenton Baker, Shalya Marsh, Beverly Fisher. Tactile and colorful, tensile and contemplative, the common thread in this group of four Pennsylvania artists is found in their respective interests in memory, history, and language, a love of commonplace - and a way of working that allows process and improvisation to affect concept and form. Committed to following the arc of an idea, each artist uniquely conveys a respect for fluidity along with an acceptance of the work endlessly unfolding. Organized by Beverly Fisher.
· Throw Back: Ceramic Evolution, Joseph Blue Sky, Eva Kwong, Beth Linderberger, Kirk Mangus, Judith Salomon, Cheryl Shepherd, Donna Webb, Bob Yost. Invitational exhibition. Organized by Donna Webb.
· Recent Refinements, Stephanie Craig, Todd Leech, Chris Longwell, Jared Ward. Invitational exhibition. Organized by Jared Ward.
· Earth and Ash: The Clarion University Wood Kiln Community of Artists, Gary Greenberg,
James Chaney, Michael Stek IV, Kathy Rhoads, David Gallagher, Amanda Wolf and Adam Yungbluth, John Eden, Joyce Jablonski, Patsy Cox, Rodney Martino, Scott Davies, Joe Delphia, Tom Pergolia. The wood kiln at Clarion University in Clarion Pennsylvania is first and foremost a teaching kiln. Built in 1991 the kiln has become the focal point for a community of students and educators from around the region interested in learning and exploring the art of wood fired ceramics. Fired in the spring, summer and fall the kiln provides continual engagement in wood firing that is rarely afforded to many students, and the open atmosphere allows anyone willing to do their share of the work an opportunity to experience wood firing. This show will gather past and present participants to showcase some of the work produced over the last 16 years. Participants will consist of regional faculty from across the state, current MFA and BFA candidates as well as working potters. Organized by Mike Stek. Above shows: Mar 19-22. Wed-Fri 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m. There are many restaurants found close by on Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue in the Shady Side Area of Pittsburgh.

The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Avenue, 412 -860-3508.
Alumna Hall
· From A Women’s Hand: Past Visions – Present Realities, Deborah Rael Buckley, Maria DeCastro, Cheryl Tall, Marva Jolly, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Holly Hanessian, Indira Johnson, Judy Moonelis, Nita Schwartz, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Denise Suska Green, Eva Kwong, Ceil Sturdevant, Mary Martin, Donna Nicholas, Barbara Kindler, Nancy Smith, Cydra Vaux. Invitational figurative exhibition. Organized by Ceil Sturdevant. Mar 19-22. Wed-Fri 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m. There are many restaurants found close by on Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue in the Shady Side Area of Pittsburgh.
Exterior Courtyard and walk areas
· Pipe Dreams East, Margaret Erikson, Barbara Hosack Kindler, Jeff Kohut, Denise Romeki, Ted Sones, Tim Stanvenger. Invitational outdoor pipe sculpture exhibition from Logan Pipe Sculpture Workshop. Organized by Barbara Hosack Kindler. Mar 19-22. Wed-Fri 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m. There are many restaurants found close by on Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue in the Shady Side Area of Pittsburgh.

Point Breeze

Michael Berger Gallery, 415 Gettysburg St. Point Breeze, 412-441-4282.
· Object(ions), Richard Notkin, Erhen Tool, Patti Warashina, and others. The current domestic and international climate calls voicing the many social and political issues polarizing our nation and the world. The Iraq War, Katrina and its aftermath, Poverty, Gender and Sexuality Rights are just some of the problems addressed in Object(ions). Artists Michael Frimkess, Jeff Schlanger, Patti Warashina, Richard Notkin, and Richard Shaw are well known for their contributions to socio-political ceramics. Other artists in this group are up-and-coming or mid-career artists who are especially inspired by the outrages of our times. Some artists feel the purpose of their work is to explore belief systems of mainstream society, or to expose the ceramic community to non-mainstream points of view, or simply to create opportunity for dialogue. Still others see the possibility of informing the public or even changing the world with their art. Organized by Deirdre Daw and George Bowes. Mar 19- Apr 26. Wed 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Thu-Sat 12:00-5:00p.m. Area restaurants: Pino’s Mercato, Point Brugge, Make Your Mark Coffeehouse.

Uptown Pittsburgh (between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh)
James Simon Sculpture Studio, 305 Gist Street, 412 434 5629.· Amazing Ceramics at Gist Street, August T. Rolin , Laura McLaughlin , Louise Radochonski, Liz Biddle , Tom Binger , Jen Gandee, Errol Willet , Gregory Miller, Julie Elkins, Terry Gess, Angelica Pozo, John Fleenor, James Shipman, Laura De Fazio, James Simon. The show features new work by some of the top national and regional ceramic artists in a down home living room/loft warehouse space in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Organized by James Simon and Laura McLaughlin. Mar 19-22. Wed-Sat11:00a.m.- 7:00p.m. Reception Mar 21, 5:00p.m.-12:00a.m. Area restaurants: Near Carson Street on the South Side-many restaurants.


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