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ASU to Host Ceramic Symposium

April 01, 2014

Angelo State University will host the 29th annual San Angelo Ceramic Symposium on Friday, April 11, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Held in conjunction with the 20th annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, the symposium will run from 1:30-4-30 p.m. in the EFA Building’s Eldon Black Recital Hall.  A special reception for the ASU student ceramics exhibit “Walking in his Shoes” will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the EFA Building’s Gallery 193.  Both events are open free to the public.

Panelists for the symposium will be Léopold Foulem, a Montreal-based, award-winning ceramist and juror for the ceramic competition; and Jason Walker, a ceramic sculptor from Bellingham, Wash., and the competition’s invited artist.  Moderator will be Howard J. Taylor, director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA).  Esteban Apodaca, ASU art professor, will serve as the symposium coordinator.

In addition to the symposium, ASU will host several other events as part of the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition that runs April 10-14.

On Thursday, April 10, a free art history lecture series, “Myth and the Ceramic Arts,” will run from 2-4 p.m. in Room 101 of the EFA Building.  Dr. Jean MacIntosh Turfa of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will speak on “Hope and Health in Clay: The Magic of Etruscan Anatomical Votives,” followed by Dr. Kimberly S. Busby, ASU assistant professor of art, speaking on “Etruscan Orvieto: A Vision of the Underworld, the Upper World and the Temple Terracottas from the Via San Leonardo.”

On Friday, April 11, ASU will host a workshop by Lydia Thompson, director of the School of Art at Texas Tech University, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the ASU ceramics lab adjacent to SAMFA.  The workshop is also open free to the public.

Other activities will include a workshop by Randy Broadnax, a potter and educator from Dallas, on Thursday, April 10, from 1-6 p.m. at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center.  Then on Saturday, April 12, invited artist Jason Walker will conduct a day-long demonstration workshop.

The five days of events are co-sponsored by ASU, SAMFA, the San Angelo Museum Endowment for Ceramic Events and the Old Chicken Farm Art Center.  For more information, call Apodaca in the ASU Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 325-942-2085.


Esteban Apodaca