Reception to Close Guest Ceramics Exhibition, Student Show

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State’s Department of Art will host a closing reception for both the guest ceramics exhibition “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” and its annual Student Juried Art Exhibition — in the Bay Gallery — from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 17 in the Corn Center for Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery in downtown Columbus. The program is free.

Cascade, by Allan RosenbaumThe ceramics exhibition, said curator and CSU ceramics professor Matthew Isaacson, reflects “the mentors and friends who have shaped my philosophies, ideologies and interests.”

The participating artists, who have mentored, worked with or influenced Isaacson, are Val Cushing, Chris Gustin, Wayne Higby, Ji-Wan Joo, Karen Karnes, Jackson Li, Brad Schwieger, Don Reitz, Allan Rosenbaum, Chris Staley, Lydia Thompson, the late Peter Voulkos and John Jessiman.

Jessiman, a New York University art professor for 33 years and founding director of the Virginia-based Cub Creek Foundation for ceramic arts, will appear at the reception. He also is conducting an April 15-16 workshop and will give a free, public lecture at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in the Illges Gallery.

Isaacson counts Jessiman, Reitz, Cushing and Karnes, among “the great established masters of ceramic art, relevant to making very significant contributions in the field going back to the 1950s.and early 1960s.”

Isaacson said others in the group, such as Higby, Gustin, Joo, Rosenbaum, Schwieger, Staley and Thompson, are among the most talented contemporary ceramicists and represent a generation influenced directly or indirectly by Cushing, Karnes, Jessiman, Reitz and Voulkos. “You can see the stylization from the predecessors and peers silently whispering in and through their work,” he said. “Collectively, these artists represent the pinnacle of modern craft and ceramic art.”

Illges Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St. in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter parking garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

Ceramics on Main Campus

A closing reception also is ahead for Isaacson’s solo ceramics exhibition, “The Grandiose Numerical Equation,” 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24 in the University Hall Experimental Theatre on Columbus State’s main campus. The program is free. Gallery hours for this exhibition, which opened April 3, are noon-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.