Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists in Ceramics to present lectures Sept. 22

Lauren Karle, Arroz con Leche with Adriana 2014,  Earthenware.
Lauren Karle, Arroz con Leche with Adriana 2014, Earthenware.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists in Ceramics to present lectures Sept. 22

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Lincoln, Neb.--The Department of Art and Art History's Clay Club, with support from the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Series, presents three emerging artists in ceramics as guest artists: Bri Murphy, Jana Evans and Lauren Karle. The three artists will give consecutive lectures beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 in Richards Hall Rm. 218. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Murphy grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, where she began her career as an artist selling her drawings to her mom for 25¢ a piece. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned bachelor degrees in ceramics, art education, and a minor in art history. After graduating in May of 2013, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her year-long residency she assumed the role of Education Program Coordinator at the LUX. She recently accepted the position of Gallery Director and continues to work in her studio. Her work exists in the space between science and art, with her application of 3D medical imaging software to slipcast porcelain forms. Murphy has always been compelled by the relationship of our physical selves to our psychological beings and her work draws on the resulting tension of this dynamic.

Evans’ work revolves around the familiarity that is inherent in handmade vessels. She generates an intimate relationship of use by reaching out to others in the form of a handmade cup, bowl or jar. She uses the implications of these objects to generate sociability and signal identity. She communicates to the user through form, function, surface and relationship. The designs and patterns decorate her pottery to affect and alter the reality of the viewer’s daily experiences.

After teaching for two-and-a-half years in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Karle found that her heart was only half fulfilled; she changed the focus of her career and started her journey in clay. Karle was a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for two years before completing her MFA at Kansas State University in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship to complete a two-month internship at Talavera Uriarte in Puebla, Mexico. In 2015, she continued to research the Talavera tradition as the artist in residence at Escuela de Arte Talavera in Spain. Her work has been included in the 2015 NCECA Biennial, the MBK Graduate Student Exhibition at the Clay Studio, Strictly Functional, and Crafts National among other shows. She was recently awarded the Betty Woodman Prize and will participate in the Future of Food thematic as artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has published five articles in Ceramics Monthly. From surface to form and the ways in which her work is used, she sees pottery as her vehicle to build understanding and compassion between diverse people and cultures. She is excited and motivated by the belief that her work can make a difference in the world.

Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T sts. on the UNL city campus. For more information, contact the Department of Art and Art History at (402) 472-5522.