Feats of Clay

The Arvada Center is returning to “earth” this fall with a series of shows exploring how art — and especially ceramic art — evolves alongside culture by building upon and tweaking its traditional roots. In the main gallery, the center will present Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic ArT and Design, a sizable exhibition that marks its third collaboration with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The contemporary works included were done by eight invitees and 42 juried artists from across the nation. Upstairs, Continuing Legacies: Evolving Ceramic Traditions will showcase the modern responses of selected ceramicists to multi-generational techniques handed down in such traditions as the Mata Ortiz pottery of Mexico or Korean Ongii vessels. Together, these thought-provoking displays will change the way you look at pottery.

“The NCECA show will give people a really nice view of what’s happening in ceramics, as far as new technologies go, and what artists are doing with them,” Arvada Center ceramics program coordinator Bebe Alexander says, adding that works in Earth Moves include pieces created using 3-D printers and motion-based projections. “And on the upper level, we show how traditions are still alive and changing today.”

The fall exhibitions open tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, and continue daily through November 10. Also on view, in the Theater Gallery, is Nuestra Cultura: Our People, Our Heritage, featuring art and artifacts of Mexican culture from the Abarca Family Collection. A separate reception will highlight that show on September 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free; for more information, visit arvadacenter.org/galleries.
Thu., Sept. 12, 6-9 p.m.; Sept. 12-Nov. 10, 2013


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