Ceramic art pieces in the “go figure” exhibit at McKendree University Gallery of Art.

Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then like the post, and also like my Facebook page.      There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.

The Venue


The “go figure” multimedia exhibit took place in the  McKendree University Gallery of Art (located on W. St Louis Street) from January 23 through February 15, 2020.

This is the entrance to the gallery.  The gallery space is narrow and long, just like the other traditional shops on this street.



The Call for Entry

There was no formal call for entry, as this was a faculty exhibit for art faculty of Mckendree University.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Birds of Feather” by Deborah Alma Wheeler
“Birds of Feather” by Deborah Alma Wheeler; detail
“Birds of Feather” by Deborah Alma Wheeler; closeup


The ceramic aspect of this work is the birds you can see in the closeup photo. The birds are at the floor of the birdcage.

I couldn’t find a statement or any dedicated online presence for Deborah.
















“Theft of Fire” by Kevin Kao


These pieces were striking because of the recognizable shapes and forms glazed with a mirror-like, dark gray glaze.

Kevin’s statement reads: “I’m interested in the perception of value and its relationship to history, craft and authorship. I continually question these ideas through a uniquely clay perspective: examining how the material has been handled historically, and how I can use it to address body, identity and otherness.  Humor and innuendo become methods of deflecting – anesthetizing – social stereotypes and sensitivities. In a way, these visual jokes allow for a closer examination of otherwise complicated ideas, such as race, objectification, and individuality.”

For more of his works visit his web site.



“The Tears” by Kevin Kao










“Thus” and (below) “Was” by Kevin Kao
“Was” by Kevin Kao












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