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Current Exhibition:

The Museum is currently closed for installation. The upcoming exhibition O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925-1960 will be open September 10 - November 20, with and evening reception on Thursday, September 10, from 6:15 - 7:30pm following the Perkins Lecture


Upcoming Exhibition:

O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925-1960
September 10 - November 20, 2015
Public reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:15 - 7:30 pm
(following the Perkins Lecture)

Visiting curator: Ezra Shales
Coordinated by Susan Kowalczyk

"O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925-1960" revisits important contributions of women to American art history on several levels - as artists negotiating modernism and as educators paving new roles in the academy. Drawing from the collection of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum and the Everson Museum, as well as private collections, the exhibition includes over 100 works, ranging across functional pottery and figurative sculpture, and presents a complex narrative of global influences, a diverse cast, and, perhaps most importantly, illuminates a time when an imaginative reverence toward historical form, clay, and glazes permeated both the academy and the gallery. Ceramics might not have been considered a field or discipline outside of a few schools in America, but it was a vocation many women embraced as a new way to imagine a life of work.

Marion L. Fosdick
American (1888-1973)
Bottle, circa 1955 and Vase
Stoneware
h: 14-7/8 " and 7"
left - Collection of Alfred Ceramic Art Museum,
Gift of Isobel Dobson Karl, 1991.51
right- Collection of Alfred Ceramic Art Museum,
Gift of Herbert Cohen, 1992.143

One hundred years ago, in 1915, when Marion Fosdick (1888-1973) became the first woman to teach studio art at the New York State College of Ceramics, women were struggling state by state to ratify the right to vote. The exhibition shows many artworks by women who won medals in the 1930s at the prestigious ceramic nationals organized by the Syracuse Museum (now the Everson), and in the 1950s in the American Craft Councilís exhibitions, long before Feminism was theorized as a rationale for inclusion. This exhibition remembers the prominent women artists of the first half of the twentieth century - such as Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Eva Zeisel, Maija Grotell, Maria Martinez -and is the first to appreciate artists such as Karen Karnes and Toshiko Takaezu as a part of this earlier era, when art was borne aloft by affection for clay, curiosity about form, and a life-long work ethic.

The exhibition was inspired by the memory of Marion Fosdick - or the lack thereof. Fosdick taught at Alfred University for three decades and her work was once esteemed and purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Her life and journey mirrors the exhibitionís scope: she wrote for Robineauís journal Keramic Studio, was a winner of Everson ceramic nationals, exhibited at the New York Worldís Fair in 1939, and was remembered by many students as a pioneer - so much so that Hal Riegger dedicated his study on raku to her. Several works by Fosdick that have not been exhibited in decades will be included in "O Pioneers!"

Leza McVey
American (1907-1984)
Ceramic Form, 1951
Stoneware
h: 10-3/8" and 16"
Collection Everson Museum of Art,
Purchase Prize given by Harshaw Chemical Company,
16th Ceramic National, 1951, PC 52.635.1 and 2

The exhibitionís title is borrowed from Willa Cather. Her 1913 novel depicts a Swedish-American woman struggling to inhabit her fatherís failing farm in the Great Plains and acutely aware of her love for "the Land" - as well as the greater pragmatism of establishing a life in Chicago. Alexandra, Catherís protagonist, is a woman caught between ambition and responsibility: "A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves." If seminal texts such as Nikolaus Pevsnerís Pioneers of Modern Design (1936) inform the way much of art history has been written as a succession of men of genius disrupting traditions and convention, Catherís O Pioneers! is a corrective tonic -a more psychologically complex narrative where women face modernity and make a new world for themselves.

An illustrated exhibition catalog will include more than a dozen object-focused essays by some of todayís leading scholars.


Former Exhibitions:

Global Flows: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
April 23 - August 7, 2015

William Daley
February 5 - March 27, 2015

Ashley Lyon
October 9 - December 4, 2014

Val M. Cushing
April 24 - August 8, 2014

POUR
February 6 - April 4, 2014

Chris Gustin: Masterworks in Clay
September 19 - November 22, 2013

Animalia
April 25 - August 2, 2013

New Morphologies: Studio Ceramics and Digital Processes
February 7 - April 5, 2013

Pause
October 4 - December 7, 2012

Colorscapes
April 19 - September 14, 2012

Eye Candy
January 26 - March 30, 2012

Echo Chamber
October 20 - December 2, 2011
Twenty
May 11 - September 30, 2011
2009 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 

Mat Karas
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
Saturday – Tuesday, April 25 – 28, 2009

Kala Stein
Convivium: Palladian Room
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
Saturday - Tuesday, May 2 – 5, 2009
Seth Payne
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
Friday – Monday, May 8 – 11, 2009
From The Permanent Collection
January 23 – April 17, 2009
George Ohr Rising - the Emergence of an American Master
October 15 - December 5, 2008
Chris Miller
June 4 – September 26, 2008
2008 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Benjamin DeMott
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
April 19 – 22, 2008

Mark Hursty,
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture
April 26 – 29, 2008
Zorica Čolić
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
May 3 – 6, 2008
Michael Fujita
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
May 9 – 12, 2008
Jeffrey Mongrain
January 24 - March 21, 2008
The Interpreted Figure
October 17 - December 7, 2007
KleinReid
Porcelain by James Klein and David Reid
June 6 – September 28, 2007
2007 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 
Melody Owen
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
April 21-24, 2007
Eric Mirabito
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
April 28 - May 1, 2007
Sarah Britten-Jones
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
May 4-7, 2007
Norm Schulman
A Life in Clay
January 24 - March 30, 2007
Satoru Hoshino
Beginning Form - Spiral
October 18 - December 8, 2006
Receptive Volumes
June 1 - September 29, 2006
2006 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 
David R. Hicks
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
May 5 - 8, 2006
Tammy Renée Brackett
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
April 29 - May 2, 2006
Dawn
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture
April 22 - 25, 2006
Lee Somers
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
April 15 - 18, 2006
Viktor Schreckengost
National Centennial Exhibition
March 18 - June 26, 2006
Robert Winokur
January 25 - March 31, 2006
Eva Kwong
Love Between the Atoms
October 12 - December 16, 2005
Conjunction: selections from the Corsaw, Fox and Krevolin Collections
Curated by Susan Kowalczyk
June 1 - September 30, 2005
2005 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 
Alexandra Lakin
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
April 9-12, 2005
Del Harrow
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
April, 16-19, 2005
Hisao Ihara
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
April 23-26, 2005
Fei Jun
MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Electronic Integrated Arts
April 30 - May 3, 2005
Jesse Small
MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Ceramics
May 6-14, 2005
William Parry (don't forget to) Wonder: ceramic sculpture from the Museum collection
December 1, 2004 - April 1, 2005
Pondered Resource: on loan from the personal collections of Anne Currier, Andrea and John Gill, Wayne Higby, Walter McConnell, and Linda Sikora
Guest Curated by John Gill
May 26 - November 12, 2004
2004 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 
Seong-Whan Park
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
May 7, 2004 - May 15, 2004
Chadwick Augustine
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramic Art
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Sunday, May 2, 2004
Evangelos Courpas
MFA Thesis ExhibitionElectronic Integrated Arts
Saturday, April 17, 2004 - Monday, April 19, 2004
Michael D. Hart
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass
Friday, April 9, 2004 - Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Installation 188
Common Ground World Project by artist Neil Tetkowski
January 28 - April 2, 2004
Irvin Tepper: When Cups Speak/Life with the Cup: A 25-Year Survey
August 9 - December 19, 2003
From The Collection: Selected New Gifts
Curated by Susan Kowalczyk
May 2 - July 27, 2003
2003 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
 
Joo-Mee Paik
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
Thursday, April 24, 2003 - Sunday, April 27, 2003
Chunmao Huang
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramic Art
Thursday, April 10, 2003 - Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Four Times: An Installation of Artwork by Marc Leuthold
January 14 - March 30, 2003
Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and Her Pond Farm Students
October 3 - December 15, 2002
A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence
July 28 - September 22, 2002
The MFA Gloryhole: Selections from the Last Ten Years
Curated by Susan Kowalczyk
April 25 - July 14, 2002
Glass Art Reflects the Future: From the Collections of the Paul Vickers Gardner Glass Center
Guest curated by Margaret Rasmussen
March 14 - April 21, 2002
Acquisitions from A to Z
October 9, 2001 - February 28, 2002
Teaching Tools: the Museum Collection at Alfred
Selections from the M.F.A. Gloryhole Collection
Glidden Pottery
April 12 - September 27, 2001
Singular Abstractions (absolutely Recent Ceramics by Leopold Foulem)
January 25 - April 5, 2001
David Shaner: The Gifts He Has Made
November 2-5, 2000 at S.O.F.A. Chicago
November 9, 2000 - January 18, 2001 in Alfred
The Binns Medalists
April 18 - October 19, 2000
Jack Earl Ceramics
January 13 - March 30, 2000
The Alfred Asia Connection: The Asia Alfred Reflection
May 13 - June 18, 1999 at the Taipei Gallery in New York City
September 18 - December 16, 1999 in Alfred
Lost Molds and Found Dinnerware: Rediscovering Eva Zeisel's Hallcraft
February 11 - September 9, 1999
Premeditated Function: The Corsaw Collection of American Ceramics
September 18, 1998 - February 4, 1999
The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics
April 18 - July 23, 1998
Students of Binns
March 18 -September 18, 1998
Ted Randall: Works from Five Decades at Alfred
October 16-19, 1997 at S.O.F.A. Chicago
January 29 - March 11, 1998 in Alfred
Defying Gravity: The Fragmented Façades of Architectural Terra Cotta
Guest Curated by Anne Currier
October 9, 1997 - January 22, 1998
Conspicuous Applications of Advanced Ceramics
Guest Curated by Dr. William J. Walker, Jr.
June 24 - September 25, 1997
Wall-to-Wall Wesp
March 13 - June 13, 1997
Alfred Teaches Ceramics, 1900-1996
March 14 - September 8, 1996
What You Give Away, You Keep Forever: The Vivika and Otto Heino Retrospective
October 19 - December 10, 1995
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