Conscious Clay

October 3 – December 14, 2014

Ulrich Underground: Grafly Gallery

"In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.”–– FeedingAmerica.org


In an effort to raise awareness of food insecurity in the Wichita area, the WSU Hunger Awareness Initiative, in collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild, will center its October 2014 Hunger Awareness Month on the “Empty Bowls Project.” An international grassroots movement that enlists potters to create handcrafted bowls, Empty Bowls has raised millions of dollars towards the fight against hunger.

Conscious Clay is the start of our conversation, an exhibition examining innovative solutions to hunger awareness through clay, community, and conversation. This exhibition features works by American ceramicists Steven Young Lee and Jennifer Hansen Gard, two ceramic activists who strive to make a difference in their respective communities.

Lee received his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., and is the resident artist director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. His piece composed of 300 small bowls, Red, Blue and White, was recently shown at the Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, and included in Ceramic Top 40, curated by Leslie Ferrin at Ferrin Contemporary, Cummington, Mass.

Gard’s works in Conscious Clay will focus on “Project NOLA,” her journey to give, volunteer, interact with, and record the life and meals of homeless people in New Orleans, LA. Gard received her MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where she explored the ceramic vessel as a form of social art practice.


Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue, White, 2013Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White (detail), 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artistSteven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White, 2013.Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White (detail), 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artistJennifer Hansen Gard, Plates, 2013Jennifer Hansen Gard, Plate, from the series Project NOLA: Under the Bridge, 2013. Wheel thrown porcelain, multiple slips and glazes, 8 x 8 x 1 in. Image courtesy of Forrest Sincoff Gard

IMAGES:
Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White, 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artist

Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White (detail), 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artist

Jennifer Hansen Gard, Plate, from the series Project NOLA: Under the Bridge, 2013. Wheel thrown porcelain, multiple slips and glazes, 8 x 8 x 1 in. Image courtesy of Forrest Sincoff Gard

Jennifer Hansen Gard, Plates, from the series Project NOLA: Under the Bridge, 2013. Wheel thrown porcelain, multiple slips and glazes, 8 x 8 x 1 in. Image courtesy of Forrest Sincoff Gard

SUPPORTING EVENTS

Programs are co-sponsored by the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries and the WSU Hunger Awareness Initiative. All programs are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit ulrich.wichita.edu/events.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY ART MAKING: Build A Bowl
110 Henrion Hall

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1–3 P.M.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Henrion Hall

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 10–11:30 A.M.
10:00 A.M. REFRESHMENTS; 10:30 PROGRAM BEGINS
SENIOR WEDNESDAY:
CONSCIOUS CLAY ART MAKING: Ceramic Bowls Pt. 2

110 Henrion Hall

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY CERAMIC WORKSHOP: Jennifer Hansen Gard
110 Henrion Hall

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY CERAMIC WORKSHOP: Steven Young Lee
110 Henrion Hall

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4-5 P.M.
OPENING RECEPTION: Empty Bowls
Cadman Gallery, Rhatigan Student Center

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4:30–6 P.M.
OPENING RECEPTION: Conscious Clay
Ulrich Museum of Art

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6–7:15 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY PANEL DISCUSSION: World Food Day
210 McKnight West

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 11 P.M.– SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 11 A.M.
WORLD FOOD DAY: 36-Hour Fast

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.
EMPTY BOWLS CHILI COOK-OFF
Henrion Hall

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2:30–4 P.M.
FREE FILM: A Place at the Table
WSU Campus Activities Center Theater