The Morean Center for Clay Debuts Its 2018 Artists-in-Residence in First Exhibition27 Aug 2018, Posted by Community, News, Press Releases in
August 23, 2018
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The Morean Center for Clay Debuts Its 2018 Artists-in-Residence in First Exhibition
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Morean Center for Clay (MCC) debuts a new roster of Artists-in-Residence (AIRs) with their first group exhibition of the 2018-2019 year. This year’s team consists of two returning AIRs, Emmett Freeman and Jacob Meer, along with four newcomers, Ailynda Ho, Katie Kearns, Danny Dobrow and Katie Fee. The inaugural show serves as an introduction of the new AIRs to the community and a starting point of their journey in the MCC AIR program. Opening reception takes place at the Morean Center for Clay, Saturday, September 8, 5-9 p.m.
The annual AIR program aims to enhance and further the educational experience of clay artists seeking recognition in the professional realm. Returning AIR, Jacob Meer, is looking forward to his second year and is ready to test out more materials. “Different clay bodies do different things in a wood kiln so I want to visually learn exactly what each material looks like to create a clay body to go forward with.”, says Meer.
As the largest working pottery in the southeast, the MCC’s AIR program offers a community-focused residency based on a work exchange system. Each resident agrees to work a total of 15 hours a week in exchange for their studio, 24-hour access, firings and discounts on clay.
Exploration and self-discovery are major components of the AIR program. During their residency, artists are encouraged to build their body of work, apply to shows, and participate in both group and individual critiques. Community engagement is also at the forefront as the new AIRs are preparing for their first public presentation. The MCC invites the community to get to know the new AIRs by hosting a meet-and-greet potluck. Presentations will be held at the MCC, September 20, 6-8 p.m.
Camaraderie flows from this year’s AIRs and they are eager to learn from each other and develop their careers. Newcomer, Katie Fee states “I am excited to be part of the community and learn from everyone here. I will keep building on my current body of work by digging deeper into the process of construction and style of mark-making that I already use. Right off the bat, I’d like to adjust my process to build pots on a much larger scale and figure out the design for some pouring pots.”
MCC’s new AIR exhibition is free and open to the public at 420 22nd Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m–5 p.m. For more information on Morean Arts Center, please visit MoreanArtsCenter.org.
About the Morean Arts Center: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.