Morean Center for Clay Presents the Works of Its 2018-19 Exiting Artists-in-Residence with Solo Exhibition Shows

31 May 2019, Posted by Morean Administrator in Community, Events, News, Press Releases


May 24, 2019


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Morean Center for Clay Presents the Works of Its 2018-19 Exiting Artists-in-Residence with Solo Exhibition Shows

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –The Morean Center for Clay (MCC) will honor its 2018-19 exiting Artists-in-Residence (AIR) with a solo exhibition for each artist. The exhibitions serve as a capstone experience for the program, showcasing a concentration of each artist’s work during their time at the MCC. This year’s artists include second-year AIRs Emmett Freeman and Jacob Meer, along with first-year AIRs Katie Kearns and Ailynda Ho. AIR Exit Shows will run June 8-30 and July 13-31 with two artists exhibiting each month. Emmet Freeman’s Emmett and Jacob Meer’s Inherent Qualities open during Second Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, June 8, 5-9 p.m. Katie Kearn’s St. Petian and Ailynda Ho’s Found in Translation opens during Second Saturday ArtWalk Saturday, July 13, 5-9 p.m.

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 has taught classes and maintained a part of the MCC in exchange for their studio, 24-hour access, firings and discounts on clay. Not only did the AIRs continue to develop as ceramicists, they’ll also take away the valuable skills that come with running a studio.

“Being a part of the program has shown me multiple facets of an artistic career. This past year I’ve learned that I have an interest in art administration through aiding the workshops held at the MCC”, says Ailynda Ho.

The MCC is located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, FL, in the Historic Train Station on 22nd Street South. The facility offers educational courses, studio space, gallery sales and rotating exhibitions from nationally known artists. These additional resources allowed the AIRs to interact with fellow ceramicists and participate in various workshops that enriched their experience in the program.

“For me, I would say the most memorable experience of this past year was the Annual Florida Heat Surface workshop. I am so fond of all the artists we had this year, so to watch them work and to actually befriend them, was really incredible. A week full of conversations, discussions, knowledge and realizing that these people I admire were once in the same position as I am, is so inspiring”, says Katie Kearns.

MCC’s AIR Exit Shows are free and open to the public at 420 22nd Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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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.

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