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The “Explore ceramic and pop culture pieces” exhibit was open from August 22 through October 10, 2019, in the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center on the Belleville, Illinois, campus of the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC).
The ceramic art pieces by Todd May were set up in the pedestals and shelves of the hallway of the gallery. This solo exhibit was titled: “Reflections: Enlightened Clay”.
The Call for Entry
There was no call for entry, because the exhibit was made up of three solo art exhibits. This included drawings and prints by Daniel Stumeier, large scale installations by Nanette Boileau, and ceramics by Todd May. The curator stated: “The exhibits offer viewers a chance to reflect on the timeless exploration of wheel-thrown ceramic forms using natural gas reduction; investigate a large-scale installation about varied and non-conformist paths of Americans fighting for their dreams; and view drawings and prints that examine Midwest American popular culture in light of current attitudes toward race and class. These exhibits give us a chance to discuss current events within our society and culture, as well as, reflect on the past and hopes for the future.”
The Ceramic Art Pieces
The ceramic art pieces were by Todd May. At a previous exhibit Todd provided the following statement: “Clay and the history of clay objects dates back to the beginning of the Paleolithic Era. My life and work then as a studio ceramics artist connects me with a long tradition of making objects to be admired for their process to record mark-making through these ceramic objects. By firing these artistic expressions and formulation of the glazes, I become extremely connected to these ceramic forms. Like nature, I am recording each change through earth, water, wind, and fire. I become a recorder of the ceramic process and seek truth through universal beauty. This, after hours and decades of experience, becomes nature and is recorded in the process of studio ceramics. I am a potter and very proud of my life’s work in the medium of clay. ”
I couldn’t find a dedicated web site of Todd.
The ceramic pieces at the exhibit were displayed without titles. Enjoy the imagery!