Paper and Clay Invitational at SHY RABBIT
Denise Coffee | 4/28/08
Shy Rabbit Invitational
"Architectural Construction" by nationally recognized Ohio Ceramist and Professor of Art, Brad Schwieger; 16"h. x 8"w. x 8"d.  "Paper & Clay" opens at SHY RABBIT on May 17th with a Reception from 5-8:00pm. This Invitational Exhibition features the work of 4 Printmakers and 14 Ceramists. Photo courtesy of SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts proudly continues its 2008 exhibition schedule with  "Paper & Clay” Invitational, May 17 – June 21.  An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-8:00pm. Several of the artists will be in attendance.

This thoughtfully conceived exhibition features an impressive selection of clay works by 14 talented Ceramists, all past or present students of Prof. Patrick Shia Crabb of Santa Ana College, California.  "Paper & Clay" also features original, hand-pressed monotypes by 4 noteworthy Printmakers studying under Professional Artist, D. Michael Coffee.

In consideration of the exemplary work produced during "Printmaking without a Press" workhops at SHY RABBIT, a select group of advanced Printmakers were invited to participate in "Paper & Clay" by SHY RABBIT Instructor, D. Michael Coffee.

The selected paper works represent a commitment by these Artists to a furthering and advancement of the “Reductive Ink” Printmaking process, developed by Coffee over the course of 20 years.

In acknowledging the role that Arts Educators and mentors play in shaping generations of Artists, an exclusive exhibition opportunity was also extended to select ceramic students and alumni of Prof. Patrick Shia Crabb, Head of the Ceramics Dept. at Santa Ana College for more than three decades, and a respected SHY RABBIT Gallery Artist.

“Your gallery's vision to reach out into and beyond your community is so visionary,” Crabb stated. “ I think ‘art educating the community’ is always a key element.... leading to a more successful mission for the gallery.”

“Sent your invitation to my Dean and what a great response from her”, Crabb continued.

“This is an extraordinary recognition of your individual artistic achievements and your lifetime of work as an arts educator," said Sylvia Turner, Interim Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, Santa Ana College, California, and award-winning choreographer, master teacher, lecturer, and consultant.  "You have shaped the early beginnings as well as the ongoing endeavors of countless students and artists over the years. This decision by SHY RABBIT to include your students' work is an exceptionally perceptive, and yet unusual, acknowledgement of the role that arts educators and mentors play in shaping generations of artists."

The clay on display represents the achievements of 14 Ceramists, and includes the work of students, Professional Artists, and Art Educators currently teaching at various Universities throughout the US.

Featured “Paper” Artists are: Debra Blair, Marti Bledsoe, Mary Cruz Chavez, and Don Long.

Featured “Clay” Artists are: Randy Au, Grace Chang, Joe Cramer, Susan Elizalde, Mark Hendrickson, Tim Keenan, Young Shin Kim, Li Kung, Ingrid Lilligren, Connie Major, Carol Miura, Brad Schwieger, Karl Tani, and Barbara Thompson.

Among the ceramic works on display are two striking “Architectural Constructions” by nationally recognized Ohio Ceramist, Brad Schwieger. Schwieger has been teaching at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, since 1990, and is presently a Professor of Art and Ceramics Area Chairman.  Prior to that he was an Associate Professor at Vincennes University in Indiana from 1985-1990. 

 Schwieger received his M.F.A. from Utah State University in 1983, and his B.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981.  His ceramics have been shown nationally and internationally, and have been included in more than 400 exhibitions throughout the U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, England, Germany, Czech Republic and Spain.

Recent exhibitions include NCECA Clay National 2007, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky; Mezinarodni International Museum of Ceramics, Symposium/Exhibition, Bechyne, Czech Republic, 2006; New Constructions, Solo Exhibition, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio and Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2006.  He has been a Resident Artist at the International Ceramics Symposium, Bechyne, Czech Republic; the Seto Ceramic and Glass Art Center, Seto, Japan; the Watershed Center for Ceramics in New Castle, Maine; and the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, among others.

Schwieger has presented workshops and lectures at more than 80 Universities, Colleges and Art Centers.  His work is included in numerous collections including the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina.  His work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception, as well as several textbooks.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is a multi-functional Arts facility located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of Hwy 160, off of North Pagosa Blvd. The 4,000 square foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and gallery, a mixed-media workshop, and two large exhibition spaces. SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, and by appointment by calling 731-2766. For more information on “Paper & Clay”, please visit the SHY RABBIT website.

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