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2007.10.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

New Exhibit on Clay to Open Oct. 19 at UNO Art Gallery

Omaha - The UNO Art Gallery will present “Clay as the Human Condition,” a regional ceramics exhibition, starting Friday, Oct. 19.  An opening reception will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Alisa Holen, a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, curated the show.  The exhibition explores three different clay artists—Daniel Cox, Conifer Smith and Reagan Yoder—and how they react to life and its challenges, through the resilient and tactile medium of clay.

“As a clay artist, I believe that clay records our life experiences and also can create them,” Holen said.  The exhibition will remain up until Saturday, Nov. 17. More information on each artist follows.

Cox received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor of sculpture and ceramics at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He uses clay as a vehicle of expression, according to the gallery’s press release, and creates an interplay of the human form, landscape and his perception of life.

Smith is a professor of three-dimensional art at Kirkwood College.  She has worked as a professional ceramic artist for more than 20 years and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.  As a material, clay reminds Smith of the connection people have with the earth, both physically and metaphysically. 

Yoder is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master of fine arts degree.  He has worked as a studio artist for 35 years, and is well known for his knowledge and skills in kiln building, materials and tool making.  In his work, Yoder examines the uniqueness of structures and their ability to control patterns of movement.

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The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information, please call 402-554-2796.

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