Handful of Earth: Contemporary Ceramics
Handful of Earth: Contemporary Ceramics is a trio of ceramics exhibitions will be on view in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 2020 Conference taking place in Richmond March 25-28, 2020.
Exhibition on view: March 24, 2020 to April 1, 2020
Opening Reception: March 27, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Early Entry for Friends & Partners at 5 p.m.
Porcelain Bridge: Mayasa Imanishi, Adam Paulek, Hirotake Imanishi showcases three porcelain artists from Japan and the United States. For over 50 years, Masaya Imanishi has successfully achieved his own unique way of self-expression within the rich and centuries-deep Sometsuke tradition of cobalt-blue decoration on a white porcelain field. His imagery explores the natural world, with a focus on the energy of nature. Dr. Hirotake Imanishi was drawn to the ceramic arts through his father Masaya, and, after earning a PhD in molecular biology in 2012, began a ceramic career studying at the Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute, later studying Kutani pottery techniques such as overglaze painting. His biology background is evident in his work’s recurrent references to fundamental biological power. Adam Paulek, an Associate Professor of Art at Longwood University, transfers photographic images to the ceramic surface to create an intimate and approachable fusion of media.
Woodfire is an invitational exhibition of approximately 45 internationally recognized artists whose work illustrates the wide array of artistic styles that can be expressed through the wood firing process. Artists include: Ted Neal, Steve Addiss, Tom Alward, Rob Barnard, Ashwini Bhat, Peter Callas, Linda Christianson, Bede Clark, Josh Copus, Kevin Crowe, Bruce Dehnert, Randy Edmonson, Dan Finnegan, Warren Frederick, Chris Gustin, Jason Hess, Mark Hewitt, Mitch Iburg, John Jessiman, Casey Beck, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, Heidi Kriechet, Adrian King, Lucien Koonce, Kristen Muller, Dan Murphy, John Neely, Lindsay Oesterritter, Ben Owen, Tim Rowen, Akira Satake, Takuro Shibata, Hitomi Shibata ,David Stuemple, Jack Troy, Jeff Shapiro, Logan Wannamaker, Nate Williver, Catherine White, Dan Molyneux, Nick Listo, and Shawn Grove.
Stephen Addiss: Landscape Tea-bowls; from Fall to Winter presents a selection of stoneware and porcelain by the renowned artist/art historian. Dr. Stephen Addiss works in the scholar-poet-artist tradition that has been so important in the last millennium, first in China, and later in Japan. In this literati style, there is no split between studying and creating art, but rather each reinforces the other. His ceramics feature the intense collaboration between clay, artist and the ever-changing fire patterns of the anagama kiln.
LCVA exhibitions and programs are made possible through the generous support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Walter J. Payne Foundation, Anne Carter & Walter R. Robbins, Jr. Foundation, the E.B. Duff Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Southside Electric Cooperative, Walmart, Julie Kline Dixon and Guy Dixon, Navona & David Hart, Real Living Cornerstone, Helton House, Haley Auto Mall, The Woodland, Inc., Candice Jamison Dowdy ’69 and Charles H. Dowdy III + Northwestern Mutual, Foster Fuels, Linda Arthur, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, Hotel Weyanoke, Karol and Philip Hull, and Longwood University Office of Alumni and Career Services.
The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.
The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.