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African American Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
March 5-April 16, 2011
Opening Saturday, March 5, 6:00-8:00PM
Transcending Integration is a curated exhibition with related educational programming that is being produced in honor of Baltimore Clayworks’ 30th Anniversary. The five-week program will celebrate Clayworks’ history as an artists’ organization with a strong presence in the city’s cultural fabric: it is the culminating event of this significant anniversary. This program has attracted participation from a strong and visible coordinating committee with enduring ties to the community. The exhibition and related activities will occupy the primary calendar location as the final project of the celebratory year.
Lydia Thompson, a highly respected ceramic sculptor and Department Head, Department of Art, Mississippi State University, is the curator for the exhibition. Her curatorial premise is based on her belief that for many years racial integration was a highly sought commodity: more than acceptance or inclusion, integration implied recognition. Interpreting the idea of what it means to have one’s sense of self be “integrated” is the internal basis of the theme of the work to be created. She has selected 11 artists and their work based on their unique approaches to clay; and the artists’ willingness and ability to produce three to four pieces that interpret, explore and exemplify the exhibition’s premise.
Transcending Integration is an exhibition that will stimulate thought and discussion in our community by exploring the nuances of race and culture and their impact on the work of established and emerging African American ceramic artists.