Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series continues with ceramic artist Oestreich

Work by Jeff Oestreich.
Work by Jeff Oestreich.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series continues with ceramic artist Oestreich

calendar icon21 Jan 2020    

Lincoln, Neb.—Ceramic artist Jeff Oestreich will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

Oestreich discovered clay while a senior in high school in 1964. Ceramics 101 at Bemidji State College in northern Minnesota answered the question of his life’s work. From there he enrolled at the University of Minnesota to work under Warren MacKenzie.  A few days after graduation he was on the plane to St. Ives England to apprentice under Bernard Leach, the founder of the studio pottery movement.

He set up his first pottery in Wisconsin, later relocating to Minnesota in 1974. His passion for sharing  ideas and techniques have brought him to England, Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He regularly exhibits here and abroad and recently returned to the Leach Pottery to work and exhibit.

The remaining lectures in the series are:
• Feb. 4:  Rebecca Morse, photography. Morse is a curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

• Feb. 5: Sergei Isupov, ceramics. Isupov works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze.

• Feb. 12:  David Gracie, painting. Gracie is a painter who addresses both the abstractness and specificity of daily life. He is associate professor of art at Nebraska Wesleyan University and director of Elder Gallery.

• March 4: Josh Winkler, printmaking. Winkler focuses on environmental issues connected to history and place. He is currently completing his second Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and was recently selected for an artist residency at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History.

• March 18: Kristian Bjørnard, foundations. Bjørnard is professor of graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

• March 30: Sabine Ladstätter, art history. Ladstätter is currently director of the Ephesus excavations in Turkey. She is involved with economic and landscape archaeology, as well as with the documentation and preservation of archaeological cultural heritage.

• April 8: Brad Kahlhamer, painting. Kahlhamer lives and works in New York City. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Andréhn-Schiptjenko in Stockholm.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations.

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522.