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Ceramics exhibitions held in conjunction with National Ceramics Conference in RI

In conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Rhode Island next week, Salve Regina’s art department will present two special exhibitions that will run simultaneously on campus – “Gerry Williams: Effigies in Clay” in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery and “Palace Pottery” in the library of Ochre Court.

“Gerry Williams: Effigies in Clay” will run from March 25 through April 19 in Hamiton Gallery, located in the Antone Academic Center, corner of Lawrence and Leroy avenues. “Palace Pottery” runs from March 25 through April 3 in the first floor library of Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave.

The reception for both exhibitions will take place on Friday, March 27 from 5-8 p.m. during the NCECA Conference. The public is invited to attend this reception and a screening of Charlie Musser’s film “An American Potter” (1967) featuring Gerry Williams. This film screening will begin at 6 p.m. in DiStefano Lecture Hall, next door to the Gallery.

Salve’s tribute to the late Gerry Williams (1926-2014) will showcase selections from Williams’ “Political Effigies” series. In this ceramic work the artist combines text, image and sculptural form to articulate his encounter with the social and political conditions from the 1960s through 2005.

An exhibition catalog with an essay by Jay Lacouture, professor of art at Salve Regina, will be available. This exhibition was made possible through a loan from the Williams’ family estate.
Across campus, in the invitational exhibition “Palace Pottery,” four contemporary artists will address the idea of ornament and decoration in ceramics today. Each artist will offer a unique interpretation of form and decoration in their work and its presentation within the unique decorative environment of a historic Gilded Age Newport mansion.

Exhibiting artists include Michelle Erickson (Yorktown, Va.), Susan Harris (Cedar City, Utah), Lacouture (Carolina, R.I.) and James Baker’s collection of Fat Lava Ware (Newport). Each artist will present their work in the period bookcases of the grand library in Salve Regina University’s Ochre Court.

Both exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.