Ceramics display part of statewide exhibit

March 7, 2014
"Perceptions of the Material World" ceramics exhibit

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Platteville ceramics exhibit, “Perceptions of the Material World,” is on display at the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery through March 22. The display is one of more than 80 exhibits being featured throughout the state, leading up to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference being held March 19-22 in Milwaukee, Wis. More than 4,500 artists and teachers are expected to attend.

The mission of NCECA is to foster global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. Its programs and exhibitions are designed to inspire advancement of the ceramics arts field.

The display in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery includes unique ceramic sculptures created by UW-Platteville faculty members Peter Flanary, Bruce Howdle, Richard Moninski, Gregory Nelson, Carole Spelic' and Barbara Westfall.

“Faculty members from UW-Platteville’s art program have created works in clay that bear the influences of their preferred media and artistic style, including graphic design, fiber and painterly styles,” said Bruce Howdle, art lecturer at UW-Platteville and organizer of this year’s exhibit.

Howdle has additional ceramic art on display at his studio in Mineral Point, Wis., Howdle Studios Inc., as part of the 2014 NCECA exhibition. His exhibit is titled “Wild Things in the Human Environment.”

“The design of the modern material world is increasingly a sleek, technical, industrial look,” said Howdle. “Shapes, colors and textures that don’t exist in nature dominate the modern, urban world. New, man-made materials are almost indestructible and persist in the ecosystem beyond the foreseeable future. The exhibit examines how the older, natural world lives from day to day with the products of human industry after we throw it away. It looks at the modern, material world from the non-human perspective.”

The annual NCECA conference traditionally generates an outpouring of ceramic art displays in Wisconsin and in the region. This year is no different.

Throughout March, high schools, colleges, art galleries, studios and museums in Madison, Verona, Dodgeville, Milwaukee, Mineral Point and Platteville will hold workshops and display a huge array of ceramics. Ceramic works include contemporary Native American art, tiles, sculptures, pottery, vessels and more. All of the exhibits are open to the public, most at no charge.


The Wisconsin State Journal ran a feature story about the ceramic art displays throughout the state, “A clay invasion, from Milwaukee to Madison.” To view the article, go to http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/a-clay-invasion-from-milwaukee-to-madison/article_99d1b779-1377-5842-85cc-4de02543f82b.html.

Contact: Bruce Howdle, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1228, howdle@uwplatt.edu
Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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