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McKendree University (about 3000 students) is the oldest college in the state of Illinois. It’s located in Lebanon, which is considered part of Greater St. Louis area.
The student art exhibit was held in a historic building along the historic main street in Lebanon. As you entered through the door, the space was about 10 feet wide going deep into the building. There were long exhibit tables int he middle of the space.
The Call for Entry
There was no formal call for entry for this exhibit. McKendree University students in the art programs contributed pieces; awards were made to recognize the best pieces.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
Here are twto sides of one of those center tables at the exhibit. The pieces represented a large variety of concepts and technical execution.
Here is one of the award winners. “Narrative Vessel” by Jake Stevenson. I liked the slender shape to this vessel, and the white line decoration pattern on the dark blue base.
This is the “Glazed Bowl” by Sam Sinclair. The bowl shape itself wasn’t innovative, but the glazing resulted in iridescent patches (see photo to the right) that changed the look of this piece.
This pieces is titled “Erath” by Nathan Placeuse (this is the best I could make out of the hand-written sign). Looks like a tea warmer/server vessel. I like the offset handle and spout and the glazing.
On the left there was the interesting combination of wood structure with an egg or pebble shaped ceramic.
The piece on the right is a great looking cup.
The pictures below capture some of the variety of forms and glazings I saw at this exhibit.