Throughout history portraiture has been a means for creating a likeness of a person; a bellwether for emerging technologies; a magnet for material experimentation; and an exploration of social status. The ancient Greeks produced portraits of both gods and important citizens; during the Renaissance artists were commissioned to paint portraits of nobles and royals. 

To this day, portraiture has both expressed the breadth of social experience and highlighted the gaps between social strata. Contemporary portraiture, more so than that of any other time, has embraced portraiture on a viral level, using it to express who we are and what we stand for. 

The works in this exhibition are in some ways keeping with tradition – works depict either iconic figures from history or study a more archetypal range of emotions and identities. However, in other ways the works represented speak in a fresh voice, to the material and cultural minutia of this moment. 

The exhibit will be on display January 11 – March 17 with an Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 6-8pm.


Simply Knotted with Kate Anderson
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Required / $125

This fun and inspired workshop teaches the simple sculptural techniques of knotting through the process of starting a small bowl form – information covered includes how to begin, increasing and decreasing the core, adding and subtracting colors, and methods to finish. You will also learn creative ways to add patterns, textures and embellishments to make it your own unique vision! See Kate’s knotted work in the exhibition.

Kate Anderson, formally trained as a painter, began knotting in 1996 after a workshop at Craft Alliance.  Her knotted teapots reference the work of images from the pop era and mid-century cultural icons. Over the past 36 years, she has had extensive professional experience as a gallery director, curator, juror, panelist and workshop leader.  Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Philadelphia Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Racine Art Museum, and Muskegon Art Museum, MI. 

Richard James: Mannerisms and Proclivities
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Required/ $60

This one day workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Richard will demonstrate his methods for constructing a ceramic headby combining ceramic components with objects, materials, and processes, which closely relate to his rural upbringing in Tennessee.He will discuss how to develop emotion and narrative through the arrangement of facial features and the psychological effects of proportions. He will also invite open discussions about topics of interest to participants. 

Richard received his MFA from the University of Kansas in 2016, where his thesis work received the 2016 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement Awards In Contemporary Sculpture. He has been a summer resident at Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China and a long-term resident at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and was a 2018 Ceramic Monthly Emerging Artist.  He is currently a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

Via Press Release