Now, not a month later, Lang is dead at the age of 58. He died on April 12 after having been diagnosed with cancer just a week before.
Lang, who spent two years coordinating the NCECA conference, continued to produce his own work during that time, such as "Cryptic Vessel #4" (above), and ably carried out his day job as the head of the ceramics department at Metropolitan State College of Denver, a post he held for thirty years.
In retrospect, the conference and the numerous associated ceramic exhibits may be seen as a fitting tribute to Lang, whose work was included in many of the shows. Some of these exhibits are still open, and viewers will thus have a chance to pay their respects by seeing some of his accomplishments.
Shows featuring his work include Old Pecos Museum, at Artyard through May 5; High Degrees: Ceramics by Colorado Art Faculty, at the Metro State Center for the Visual Arts through April 22; Colorado Clay 2000, at the Foothills Art Center through May 7; and Colorado Kilns, at the Colorado History Museum through October 1.
Amy Metier, a longtime colleague of Lang's at Auraria, said of his sudden death, "We're all devastated." I think that pretty much sums it up. -- Michael Paglia