Role Models Moving to Kansas City

02 Mar 2016, Posted by Morean Administrator in Uncategorized
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The Morean Arts Center’s former exhibition Role Models, a wonderful collaboration with Florida CraftArt, was lovingly curated by our own Assistant Curator of Exhibitions Melissa Yungbluth. The exhibit will close at the Morean on February 9th and will find new life at The Belger Arts Center in Kansas City, Missouri as part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the world’s largest all-ceramics conference which happens to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

The NCECA theme is Makers, Mentors & Milestones. To fit the theme, 17 artists currently working in Florida have been selected to participate in Role Models. Each artist was asked to choose one person who mentored them and also choose another person whom they have mentored. Out-of-state connections play an important role, too.

Many of the Florida artists have chosen craftspeople from elsewhere in the country – people they studied under in school, look to for professional advice, or artists they have mentored who have moved on to successful careers. Role Models will be a survey, with each artist showing one piece.

Role Models is an exhibition that brings all that Florida ceramics has to offer to the forefront. Artists such as Christine Federighi, McKenzie Smith and Bonnie Seeman have spent a significant amount of their time making work in Florida and mentoring others. Artists Bede Clarke and Matt Long have both moved to other states to teach and make work – Bede in Missouri and Matt in Mississippi. Both artists return annually to St. Petersburg to fire kilns.

“It was very exciting for me to start selecting artists and then asking them to choose mentors to comprise Role Models,” says Morean Arts Center Assistant Curator Melissa Yungbluth. “I couldn’t have imagined this great of a roster! All the participants are very excited about this unique exhibition. I know guests will be thrilled with the beautiful art and the stories behind the artists and their mentors.”

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