• Presenting 3 works at NCECA exhibition

    50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics
    Published on March 2, 2016
    Opens concurrently with 50th Anniversary Conference for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
    The upcoming exhibition – "50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics" – is a landmark exhibit featuring all women ceramic artists, including local, national and international figures.

    The exhibition will be held at The Changing Gallery at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. from March 16 to May 13. The Exhibition Opening Reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at the Jazz Museum.

    The event, sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center and the American Jazz Museum, will open concurrently with the 50th Anniversary Conference for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

    “The significance of this exhibit is immeasurable. We wanted to organize an exhibit for only women to give them a space where their unique achievements in the ceramic arts can be showcased and celebrated,” said Arzie Umali, assistant director, UMKC Women’s Center. “UMKC is a co-sponsor of this historic ceramics celebration, which opens in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Conference of NCECA. We’re featuring 50 women because this is the 50th Anniversary conference. Never before in the conference’s history has an exhibit of this scale, featuring only women, been presented.”

    Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, the new executive director of the Jazz Museum, shared her delight in hosting the exhibit.

    “The American Jazz Museum is proud to be partnering with the UMKC Women’s Center, and we’re excited to have the 50 Women exhibit in our Changing Gallery,” said Kositany-Buckner.

    This 50 Women exhibition is in partnership with independent curators Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino, two nationally-renowned artists, and was organized in Kansas City by Umali.

    “The ‘50 Years / 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics’ looks to do two things,” said Merino. “To celebrate the diversity and excellence of the many generations of women ceramic artists working today, and mentor the next generation of women artists. Nothing emboldens the spirit like seeing people who you identify with do great things.”

    “In the nearly fifty-year history of NCECA, there has never been a major exhibition exclusively featuring the work of women artists. Our exhibition provides a new model of engagement reaching far beyond individuals in the fields of ceramics, art and craft,” said Kraft.

    Local artists in the exhibition include Linda Lighton, Cary Esser and Bernadette Esperanza Torres.

    These programs are made possible through support from ArtsKC, UMKC Department of Art & Art History, KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, UMKC Women’s & Gender Studies, UMKC Union Programming Board, UMKC Multicultural Student Affairs and UMKC Multicultural Student Organization Council.

    This exhibition is under the auspices of “Her Art Project,” a Women’s Center project that supports the achievements of women artists of all disciplines to advance the equity of women in the arts in Kansas City.

  • July 4th!!!


    Noelle Allen w/ Kate Pszotka

    July 4th – 31st, 2014
    Reception: Friday, July 4th 4-8pm

    Terrain South
    710 Highland Ave.
    Oak Park, IL

    For Terrain South, Noelle Allen joined forces with ceramicist Kate Pszotka to create Thistle, a site-specific installation of over 100 reproductions of rebar cast from delicate porcelain and resin. Thistle visually joins the aesthetics of a construction site with that of a weed ridden, overgrown and abandoned lot. Standing at 6 feet in height, the porcelain sculptures are tinted in colors and augmented with bits of residual rust from the casting process that respond to the summertime sun and grass. A horizon is evoked as the tips of each diaphanous pole become transparent as the porcelain becomes clear resin.

  • * Y O U N G * A M E R I C A N S *

    Get stoked for Young Americans, the 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Mills College in Oakland, California.

    Featuring work by 10 lovely people:

    Andrew Witrak, Annie Vought, Brian Caraway, Esther Traugot, Gina Tuzzi, Joseph Berryhill, Kate Pszotka, Leigh Merrill, Modesto Covarrubias, and Steuart Pittman.

    The Mills College Art Museum is proud to present Young Americans, featuring works by the 2009 Master of Fine Arts degree recipients. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see works in all media created by a promising group of emerging artists eager to share what they have been developing during their graduate program with a broader audience. This year’s exhibition is curated by Terri Cohn, Bay Area writer, independent curator, and faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute.

    May 3, 2009 through May 31, 2009.
    Opening reception, Saturday, May 2, 2009, 7 to 9pm.

    Press Release:

    In the brochure accompanying the exhibition, Cohn observes that the ten artists who will receive their MFA degrees this year are unusual in their choice to name their MFA show Young Americans. The title situates them as citizens emerging within a national context, and suggests that in addition to their collective experiences as youthful Americans—with the burden of history this implies, this identity also affords them an intrinsic right to personal freedom. A desire for a sense of security—articulated in various metaphoric and formal ways—is one fundamental concern expressed through their work.

    Kate Pszotka’s fascination with the idea of home and stability has motivated her consideration of family members, which she represents iconographically with everyday objects, realized as paper cut out line drawings. Gina Tuzzi’s seemingly simple, naïve structures—houses, barns, huts—stacked on trucks to become rolling homes, or represented as drawings, underscore a sense of safety and comfort in the mythic past of coastal California.

    In related ways, Esther Traugot’s knitted tree sweaters and forest of trunks with projected flower pattern coverings suggest the utopian potential of the natural world, as well as her desire to protect and preserve it. By contrast, Leigh Merrill’s large-scale photographs explore the relationship between fantasy and reality in our constructed environments, blending urban and suburban architecture and landscape styles, or cut and artificial flowers. Modesto Covarrubias has spent much time creating rooms and shelters as means to define and express his fears, insecurities, and sense of vulnerability, while Andrew Witrak’s sculptures pose slightly ridiculous solutions to the question of what can provide some fleeting impression of safety or exit: lifejackets sewn together; a beeswax boarding pass. Annie Vought translates found handwritten letters to wall-mounted versions created with cutout text, fragile portraits of each author that are reminiscent of silhouettes.

    Joseph Berryhill’s paintings express a tension between order and chaos, proposing ways that animate experience can be distilled into visual experience. Steuart Pittman’s abstract paintings reflect what he calls a “longing for quiet beauty in a chaotic, high-speed age,” while Brian Caraway creates tools and rules to implement his mixed media works, relating his process-based investigations through texture as they change over time.

    As artists who have come of age in the extraordinarily volatile circumstances of the 21st century, these individuals focus on singular modes of expression as a way to make sense of and stake a claim in their separate and collective futures. Their works express a sense of hope and possibility, going forward into their lives as young Americans.

    In addition to an essay by Cohn, the illustrated catalog for Young Americans contains an essay by critic Glen Helfand. This publication will be available in the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

    The Mills College Art Museum, founded in 1925, is a dynamic center for art that focuses on the creative work of women as artists and curators. The museum strives to engage and inspire the diverse and distinctive cultures of the Bay Area by presenting innovative exhibitions by emerging and established national and international artists. Exhibitions are designed to challenge and invite reflection upon the profound complexities of contemporary culture.

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