FSCJ Press Release – FSCJ Hosts “Role Models” Ceramic Art Exhibit 

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016

WHAT:  Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites students and members of the public to attend the traveling exhibition “Role Models” in August and September.

“Role Models” is a survey of contemporary ceramics, with each artist showing one exemplary piece. The exhibit offers a range of exciting examples in sculptural and functional clay work. Organized by the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, the exhibit features 45 ceramic works representing the exciting range of sculptural and functional clay works being created by contemporary artists in Florida and beyond.

This exhibit offers students a unique opportunity to see the lineage of prominent contemporary ceramic artists and to witness firsthand the ways in which technique and aesthetics are passed from professionals to generations of students, affecting not only the personal work of an individual but entire trends within the medium. “Role Models” recently returned from exhibition at the prestigious National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the world’s largest all-ceramics conference.

Seventeen artists currently working in Florida were selected to participate in “Role Models.” Each artist was asked to choose one person who mentored them and another person whom they have mentored.  Many of the artists have chosen craftspeople from elsewhere in the country – people they studied under in school, look to for professional advice or artists they have mentored who have moved on to successful out-of-state careers.

Role Models” fits into a larger schedule of events and exhibits in September called “Ceramics JAX.”  Organized by University of North Florida (UNF) Professor Stephen Heywood, “Ceramics JAX” will highlight the ceramic arts through a variety of exhibits, workshops and lectures. In addition to these exhibits, guest artist McKenzie Smith and others will present workshops and gallery talks throughout the month of September.

For images and more on the “Role Models” exhibition, visit rolemodelsshow.wordpress.com.

WHEN/WHERE:    

  “Ceramics JAX” Exhibit and Event Dates

“Role Models”

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Gallery, M1110

11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

  • August 24 – September 22, 2016

Reception: September 22, 2016, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

“National Juried Exhibition”

  • University of North Florida-UNF Gallery

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • September 1 – October 14, 2016

Reception: September 1, 2016

“Wood Fire Invitational”

  • University of North Florida-Lufrano Gallery

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • September 1 – November 15, 2016

Reception: September 1, 2016

“Sustain”

  • MOCA Jacksonville

333 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

  • August 30 – November 21, 2016

Reception: September 7, 2016

“Sculptural Narrative”

  • Cathedral Arts Project (organized by Jacksonville University)

207 North Laura St. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202

  • September 7 – December 15, 2016

Reception: September 7, 2016

“Student Exhibit”

  • CoRK Arts District
  • Dates: TBA

Reception: September 16, 2016

Lecture: McKenzie Smith

  • University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • September 6, 2016

Workshop: McKenzie Smith

  • University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • September 7 – 8, 2016

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