A South Texas Ceramic Showdown: Wedged Together

lag-wedged South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program, together with the college’s Visual Arts and Music Department, brings the RGV its annual ceramics exhibition and workshop, “A South Texas Ceramic Showdown: Wedged Together.” All activities are free and open to the public.

The event includes a full display of ceramic works by art students and professors from regional universities and community colleges. The exhibit will be on view from June 4 to August 13, 2012 at the college’s Pecan Campus Art Building Art Gallery located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

A two-day ceramics workshop takes place June 15 and 16 at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building Ceramics Lab, Room 113. Art talks will take place Saturday, June 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the same location. An exhibit reception will be held on June 14 in the Visual Arts and Music Gallery and the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants will see clay demonstrations by nationally recognized and distinguished ceramicists Billy Ray Mangham and Pat Johnson. Mangham earned his Master of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He taught at the Austin Museum of Art and Austin Community College for 10 years and currently runs the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, Texas with his wife Beverly. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Texas State University. She currently runs the Live Oak Art Center in Columbus, Texas and has been involved in civic affairs, ranging from serving as a precinct judge, to working on environmental matters.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to continue with our annual Ceramics Showdown and maintain the presentations from established ceramic artists while also experimenting a bit with the institutional participation in sharing and showing collaborative ceramic art,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/workshop organizer. “This year we are fortunate to have a pair of Texas based artists, Pat Johnson and Billy Ray Mangum whose work, work ethic, and attitudes will certainly be a shot in the arm for our own RGV students. They are longtime friends and are known in ceramic circles for much more than just their ceramic wares.”

“The institutional invite has the possibility for continuing to be something unique and once again has a collaborative format,” added Leonard. “Entitled ‘Wedged Together’, the call for work is in a format of a problem to solve; it will be interesting to see the range of solutions, though at the present I am a bit apprehensive because in clay this much is true – you never know what you are going to get. Come check us out.”

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488 or at libraryart@southtexascollege.edu, or visit Library Art Gallery Website.