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Upcoming Exhibitions

Thrown & Altered

April 21 - May 26, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21, 5-9pm
Reception coincides with Sewickley Spring Gallery Walk

Since the 1950’s ceramic artists have been intentionally manipulating thrown work for reasons beyond the utility of adding a handle or pinching a spout. As mass production overwhelmed craft, the tradition of thrown functional pottery found new purpose in a conceptualized aesthetic approach to object making. Contemporary ceramicists now work with a built in tradition that includes an acute awareness of their material’s essence and potential. Through the practice of throwing then altering their work, artists continue to develop both formal aspects of the tradition, as well as further investigate experimental possibilities.

Artists Include:

Allee Etheridge . Dino Capaldi . Scott Cornish . Sharon Gardner . Sarah German
Trevor John Herceg . Stephen Heywood . Sidra Kaluszka . Lola J. Logsdon
Karen McKee . Sandra Moore . Aysha Peltz . Shana Salaff . Zoey B. Scheler
Jonathan Schwarz . Nicole Serra . Earle Smith . Joan Ulrich

 

Thrown & Altered is juried by Shoji Satake

Shoji Satake, born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Anchorage, Alaska received his BA in Studio Art and BA in Government from The College of William and Mary in 1996. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004. Shoji currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia with his artist wife Jennifer Allen. He is a assistant professor and ceramics area head at West Virginia University. Shoji has also taught at Indiana University, Hope College and at Central Michigan University.
Shoji has conducted workshops and exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of his most recent activities include the artist residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Westport, Maine, Summer Visiting Artist Workshop/lectures at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Guangxi Art Academy in the People’s Republic of China. Recent exhibitions include solo, two-person, and multiple group shows throughout the US and China. Shoji Satake, born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Anchorage, Alaska received his BA in Studio Art and BA in Government from The College of William and Mary in 1996. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004. Shoji currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia with his artist wife Jennifer Allen. He is a assistant professor and ceramics area head at West Virginia University. Shoji has also taught at Indiana University, Hope College and at Central Michigan University.
Shoji has conducted workshops and exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of his most recent activities include the artist residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Westport, Maine, Summer Visiting Artist Workshop/lectures at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Guangxi Art Academy in the People’s Republic of China. Recent exhibitions include solo, two-person, and multiple group shows throughout the US and China.

Shoji Satake, born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Anchorage, Alaska received his BA in Studio Art and BA in Government from The College of William and Mary in 1996. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004. Shoji currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia with his artist wife Jennifer Allen. He is an assistant professor and ceramics area head at West Virginia University. Shoji has also taught at Indiana University, Hope College and at Central Michigan University.

Shoji has conducted workshops and exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of his most recent activities include the artist residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Westport, Maine, Summer Visiting Artist Workshop/lectures at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Guangxi Art Academy in the People’s Republic of China. Recent exhibitions include solo, two-person, and multiple group shows throughout the US and China.

 

 

Above artwork clockwise from left:
Oil Dispensers by Scott Cornish, Collared Oval Jar by Joan Ulrich, and Cork Cuddle by Zoey B. Scheler.


Throwdown Showdown will happen at Sweetwater on April 22, 7-10pm in conjunction with this exhibition

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Turning Red

Artists of Pennsylvania respond to the 2016 election


June 10 - July 29, 2017
Reception: Saturday, June 10, 6-8pm


Pennsylvania is considered a swing state though it had not voted for a republican in a presidential election for 28 years, until now. For artists living in Pennsylvania, that means a shift in perception as to the political and philosophical identity of our state. With reports that our nation is currently more polarized than any time since the civil war, we are becoming aware that the divide touches on all aspects of our lives, not only how we govern, but how we view our citizens and neighbors. Artists have always used turmoil and emotion as inspiration and fuel for creation. Turning Red seeks to give an impartial and nonpartisan platform to the voices of Pennsylvania artists who are investigating and commenting on the news of the day, varying opinions, and strong emotions surrounding the 2016 election.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solo Exhibition

 

Exhibition dates: August 12 – September 9, 2017

 

Sweetwater will once again be offering our gallery space to a regional artist for the opportunity to present their own solo exhibition. The chosen artist will be announced June 15th.

 

 

 

 


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