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2019 EXHIBITIONS

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SHOKO TERUYAMA | Ceramics 
May 31 – July 7, 2019

Shoko’s handbuilt work is made of red earthenware with white slip and sgraffito decoration. She has developed a variety of patterns and a cast of characters based on experience with human relations. As the characters interact, Shoko wants the viewer to find their own stories. The work is seemingly whimsical, but reveals itself to be something more devious and interesting.

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FURTHER EVIDENCE | The Art of Natural Dyes
Curated by Catharine Ellis
May 28 – July 14, 2019

While the term “natural dye” sounds simple and straightforward, it belies the complex depth of knowledge and passionate research that Catharine Ellis and others have devoted to the resurgence of this discipline. In a way that parallels the interest in slow food and molecular gastronomy, textile artists today have the tools and the desire to be both innovative and deeply analytical. They want to be good citizens of their culture and environment and still remain true to their artistic vision. They want their work to reflect a deep understanding of their materials. Thank you, Catharine, for shining the light on this group of explorers of natural dye.

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JOSEPH PINTZ | Simple Things
Friday March 29 – Sunday May 5

The stubborn physicality of my pots forces one to slow down and pay close attention to the meal, the moment, and the company around the table. By creating a dialogue between the vessel and the user, the value of quality and aesthetic experience over efficiency is reinforced. My goal is to celebrate the poetics of the commonplace by sharing a sense of abundance, substance, and community through my work.

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COMPOSE | DECOMPOSE
Conversation: Eleanor Annand + Make Noise
Tuesday March 26 – Sunday May 12

For Compose | Decompose, the fourth installment in the Penland Gallery’s  Conversation series, Annand proposed showing her work alongside the instruments and music of Make Noise. Their conversation is about exploration within defined systems. Annand makes modular sculptural elements from cardboard and cast paper; Make Noise makes modular systems for electronic music composition. In both cases modularity is not about creating predictability, it’s about providing a framework in which to cast expression and, sometimes, disruption. In works like Entropic, Annand avoids the purity of mathematical tessellations. She opts to create arrangements that contain disorder, making them analogous to human lives in their unpredictability and the possibility of playfulness within constrained systems. Make Noise takes this concept further with Synthesizer for Two Coasts,  a conceptual instrument that only plays Bach’s Invention No. 4 in D minor. However, even within this narrow scope the user can find expression by manipulating  timbre and injecting random notes into the music. Their systems are not designed for traditional composition, but for the “discovery of unfound sound.”

2018 EXHIBITIONS

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BRIGHT HOUSE | 
Eleanor Anderson + Ellie Richards
October 5 – November 18, 2018

Eleanor Anderson is a multi-faceted artist unconstrained in her material choices. She works across a broad range of media including ceramics, textiles, prints, and collage. Anderson uses bright colors in combination with graphic patterns as a signature throughout her work. 

Ellie Richards creates contemporary wood furniture and mixed media sculpture with a fervent love of color and texture. Richards is focused on the intersection between work and play and aims to blur the line between the two working modes.

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CONVERSATION | Pneuma
Christopher Colville + Maggie Jaszczak
October 2 – November 18, 2018

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WEAR | Contemporary Jewelry
August 4 – September 9, 2018

This exhibition includes 18 artists that explore new uses for common materials and skillfully exploit the material qualities to produce exceptional wearable pieces. The exhibition also includes a number of artists that use more traditional materials and techniques – altered and refined with a contemporary sensibility. We are very excited to bring you a collection that celebrates the crossing of boundaries and new technical skills in the ingenious field of adornment.

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ALCHEMY | Contemporary Studio Glass
July 31 – September 16, 2018

Penland School’s studio glass program was set in motion in 1965 by a fortuitous meeting between glass artist Harvey Littleton and Penland’s director Bill Brown. An intersection of science and art found a home at Penland thanks to some willing and inspired artists led by Littleton to build equipment and experiment with the concept of glass art made on a studio scale. During a turbulent year that included the Selma to Montgomery march, the Vietnam war, and the Watts riots, young artists at Penland were seeking new freedom with a new material.

With no instructions, no rules to follow or break, studio glass was a field wide open for discovery. In 1971, Penland hosted the first gathering of what would become the Glass Art Society—a highbrow name for a devil-may-care group of inventive and fearless glass artists. More than fifty years later, the influence of and lineage created by Penland’s glass program is remarkable. What has remained constant is the presence of innovators: makers who investigate, challenge, and cut new trails.

The word alchemy seems appropriate to capture the quality of glass that is deeply scientific and yet inexplicable to most. The twelve artists in this exhibition are each in their own way using a deep understanding of the material to take it in new directions—they are alchemists.

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JENNY MENDES | Ceramics   
June 1 – July 8, 2018

As a ceramic artist with exceptional skill and experience, Mendes invites the viewer into her memories and opens a dialogue with her subconscious through the use of narrative drawings and intricate patterns. The exhibition includes both highly decorated functional ceramics and sculptural work focused on animal and human forms.

Jenny is a full time studio artist who teaches workshops throughout the world. She has participated in both the Core Fellowship and the Resident Artist programs at Penland School.

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PERSONAL | Universal
Narrative work in craft
May 29 – July 15, 2018

Over my many years spent in a gallery environment, recurrently I see how a narrative or ‘story’ embedded in the artwork is an emotional and powerful force that connects the artist and viewer. This is a unique narration without text, narration without a sound, and without the artist-storyteller being present.  Mining deeper – when the artist pulls from their own life experiences and uses their personal narrative as well as their hands to craft the work – the resulting piece has a distinct and soulful energy.

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GATHER | Eat, Drink, Enjoy
Courtney Dodd + Nickolaus Fruin 
March 30 – May 20, 2018

Courtney and Nick’s artistic aspiration is to make technically proficient, well-designed objects that people covet. They believe handmade objects have the ability to ground people and to connect the owner to the maker as well as their community. In a culture so fast-paced, surrounded by disposable goods, the importance of the handmade is pivotal. Perpetuating the importance of the handmade, their goal is to continue this practice and to spark conversation about the importance of living with quality over quantity. “Gather | Eat, Drink, Enjoy” embodies these ideals.

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I dwell in Possibility
Unconventional work by Penland Instructors
March 27 – May 13, 2018

This exhibition focuses on Penland instructors who have erased dividing lines or untethered themselves from material and creative constraints. They make discoveries within their media and then push beyond the expected. The artists in this small group exhibition are selected from the Penland 2018 workshop schedule. One of threads that runs through the pages of every Penland catalog is that of unfettered creativity—artists allowing themselves to take chances or tread on new ground in pursuit of their ideas. Penland not only embraces that sort of behavior, but also encourages it from both student and instructor.

2017 EXHIBITIONS

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MARC MAIORANA | Iron Design
October 6 – November 12, 2017

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CONVERSATION | What Remains
Rachel Meginnes + Kelly O’Briant
October 3 – November 19, 2017

speaks to both visual and conceptual depth – of the inherent memory embedded in the works of both Rachel Meginnes and Kelly O’Briant. Actual material, in the form of reclaimed textiles forms the foundation of Meginnes’s process, a physical and metaphorical layering of wear and re-adapting, moving forward and revealing the past. For O’Briant, the remainders are often phantom forms – a chimera or abstraction of scientific theory. Her work in ceramics has explored the notions of dark matter, light and shadow, the passage of time. For this exhibition O’Briant mines the emotional effect of unsettlement and reconstruction – the physical act of carrying the past forward. Paired in this “conversation” exhibition, their work has the potential to create a powerful resonance with the viewer. 

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WEAR | Contemporary Jewelry
August 4 – September 10, 2017

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PARCHED | Inverted Landscapes
Susan Goethel Campbell
August 1 – September 17, 2017

This exhibition contains formal expressions of our relationship with the physical environment. From picture to process, the complex system we know as earth is portrayed through a variety of materials and formats. Our attention is focused on familiar materials i.e. grass, earth, seeds that are decontextualized from their natural environment and molded into unnatural forms. Our perception toggles between object and field, solid and void, nature and culture. There are moments of confusion, what we are looking at is not easily defined as landscape in the sense of the Picturesque. Uncertainty may be uncomfortable but it offers up the possibility of mystery. Not being able to name something realigns imagination with the body.

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ABECEDARIUM | ENVISIONED
Holly Walker
June 2 – July 9, 2017

The word abecedarian refers to the alphabet. The abecedarian is an ancient poetic form guided by alphabetical order. Abecedarian poems are word games for children. An abecedarium is something arranged alphabetically.

In this exhibit, I have envisioned my abecedarium as a conversation. I’ve displayed the plates as a story with a light, playful banter that drifts off into tangents, and then returns to a point at the end. I’ve used one letter of the alphabet as a design starting point for each plate; some remain obvious, some become completely obscured. I scrutinized the letters for clues. What is each letter’s signature? What movement does it suggest, what color calls out, how can it be manipulated into pleasing designs? By enlarging the vowel plates and simplifying their colors, then condensing the consonant plates and enriching them with vibrant color, the wall conveys a spicy rhythmic meter.

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WITHIN THE MARGINS | Contemporary Ceramics
Curated by Steven Young Lee
May 30 – July 16, 2017

This exhibition includes work by 17 artists who, while residing within one set of perceived margins or another, are working from within to expand or redefine those boundaries, ultimately shifting the lines of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, cultural identity or material association.

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INSPIRED | Work by 32 Artists from Penland’s Resident Artist
and Core Fellowship Programs

March 28 – May 14, 2017

Penland School of Crafts is best known for its total-immersion, residential craft workshops that have created transformative educational experiences for thousands. Not quite as well known, but no less significant, are the school’s multiyear residencies—the Core Fellowship and the Resident Artist Program—that have been incubators for hundreds of artistic careers.

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Well-Designed Objects
March 31 – May 7, 2017

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CHRISTINA BOY | Wood
September 23 – October 23, 2016

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CRISTINA CORDOVA | Cerca y Lejos
Sculpture + Drawing
September 20 – November 20, 2016

Deep in the realm of primal codes there is an instinctive connection to the place where our neurological infrastructure is first laid. Likewise, there is an involuntary vinculum to that core group of individuals that first mold our existence. I am often impressed by the active influence these places and individuals have on my day to day. Near and far—they are beacons to my identity, some tying me back to a specific geography and the sediment of generations. For better or worse they persist and perpetuate themselves through my actions and my willingness to explore the liminal space between two cultures. Through image and form, “Cerca y Lejos” explores these deep-rooted and inexorable human and geographic connections.  – Cristina Córdova

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KREH MELLICK | Painting
July 15 – August 14, 2016

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WENDY MARUYAMA | The wildLIFE Project
Organized by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
July 12 – September 4, 2016

Furniture maker, artist, and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for forty years. While her earlier work was built around traditional craft objects, in recent years she has moved beyond the boundaries of studio craft and into the realm of installation and social practice. The wildLIFE Project was inspired by a trip to Kenya where she saw elephants and other large animals in the wild and met with wildlife advocates to learn about the impact of poaching.

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CONVERSATIONS | UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE
Kensuke Yamada + Leigh Suggs
May 17 – June 26, 2016

The unusual pairing of work by Kensuke Yamada and Leigh Suggs in this exhibition creates an opportunity for a deeper understanding of each artist’s work— a view made possible by this context. We, the viewers, are part of the wholly visual conversation. We react and respond instantly to the intense color, the reflected light, the fluid movement, and the human gestures. Without a single word or sound, visual art is capable of eliciting our participation in the exchange of ideas.

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FORREST MIDDELTON + ADAM FIELD | Ceramics 
May 20 – June 19, 2016

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SHARED CONCERNS | Special Group Exhibition | Contemporary Jewelry
April 26 – June 5, 2016

 

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BROOKE ROTHSHANK | Painting
March 25 – April 24, 2016

Painting one object per day for a year (2015), I experienced creating as ritual and discipline.  All the paintings were posted on Instagram and Facebook, making this a daily exercise in the vulnerability of communicating thru the unlimited access of social media, responding to anonymous group critique and feedback.  This focused and consistent painting has allowed me to more fully embrace the time in life where I need to feed both my artistic self and my family. 

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THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH | Exploring Contemporary Applications of Photographic Chemistry
Curated by Dan Estabrook
March 22 – May 1, 2016

This is A Photograph, curated by artist-educator Dan Estabrook, considers the fascinating subject of chemical and physical photography in the digital age and how we might now define a photograph. Handmade images created through the complex alchemy of light and chemistry are the common ground of the artists invited by Estabrook for this exhibition. Each of these contemporary image-makers eloquently reaches forward with their ideas and imagination and back in time to retain their connection to historical processes. The works themselves speak volumes about creative minds that disregard boundaries or definitions and seek only to realize their visions.

The Penland Gallery exhibition programming was on hiatus from 2013-2015.
The Focus Gallery was on hiatus in 2015.
2014 EXHIBITIONS

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MICHELLE MOOD | Works on Paper
October 3 – November 6, 2014

Michelle C. Moode is a mixed media artist currently living in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. She makes books, bookish objects, complicated installations, and draws lots of pictures. She has exhibited nationally, and has taught a variety of Printmaking, Drawing, and Bookbinding classes, both in university and workshop settings.
Michelle grew up in Southern California, and spent her high school and college years in Murray, Kentucky. She received her BFA from Murray State University in 2003, and an MFA in Printmaking from West Virginia University in 2007. Through the years she has also learned things at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Frogmans Print and Paper Workshops.
She moved to North Carolina from Los Angeles in 2011, seeking a drastic change of scenery. 
In addition to making books, she is currently the bookkeeper at the gallery at the Penland School of Crafts.

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ANNE LEMANSKI | Sculpture
July 27 – August 29, 2014

Queen Alexandra’s Flight is the scene of a battlefield. The depiction of butterflies vs. birds, narrates the age-old story of survival. Queen Alexandra’s birdwing, of Papua New Guinea, is the largest butterfly in the world, and it is endangered. I have created an army of butterflies to protect her in flight from the insect eating birds. The number dots represent point delineators…victory points that are accumulated for a final score to “win the game.”

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HEATHER MAE ERICKSON | Ceramics
September 19  – October 26, 2014

Heather Mae Erickson is an artist, a craftsperson and a designer. She is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Studio Art at Western Carolina University in Cullowee, North Carolina.

“Pick Mix / All Sorts Collection” is a reference to the Woolworths-like candy stores where one chooses a mixture from bins of colorful sweets of bulk confections. The collection was designed to encourage the audience to look longer and make decisions about their favorite eye popping piece of ceramics.

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SHOKO TERUYAMA | Ceramics
August 1 – September 7, 2014

Shoko Teruyama grew up in Mishima, Japan. She earned a BA in education and taught elementary school two years before coming to the United States to study art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. Shoko received her MFA in ceramics in the fall of 2005 from Wichita State University. She finished a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2008 and is now a studio artist in Marshall, NC. Shoko’s handbuilt work is made of earthenware with white slip and sgraffito decoration. She has developed a cast of characters based on experience with human relations. As the characters interact, Shoko wants the viewer to find their own stories. The work is seemingly whimsical, but reveals itself to be something more devious and interesting.

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JOSEPH PINTZ | Ceramics
May 23 – June 22, 2014

“We live in a culture that is always on the go. Our obsession with time and speed is one of the defining qualities of our era. Paradigms shift over the course of a year, cultural fashions change overnight, email is instant. The truism ‘time flies’ seems truer every day. Handmade pottery forces the user to slow down and pay closer attention to the meal, the moment, and the company around the table. This dialogue reinforces the value of aesthetic experience over efficiency.” – Joseph Pintz

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NATHAN BLANK | Iron
June 27 – July 27, 2014

“Inspiration from nature, a fascination with the effects of time, and the driving challenge of blacksmithing provides the basis of my work. In nature, I am drawn to the rich textures, complex surfaces, and relationship of collective forms that work together in harmony. I study the micro and macro environments that consist of attributes like layers, crevices, folds, pits, and wrinkles. In understanding how these things occur naturally, I can attempt to recreate the cause and effects in metal. The cycles of growth and decay, produces an eternal relationship. Natural materials and forms that weather, erode, grow, energy, and evolve appear to convey time. Observing these things helps me to understand how I can capture a timeless quality in my work.” – Nathan Blank

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ELEANOR ANNAND | Paintings & Drawings
April 4 – May 11, 2014

“My process requires focus, time and presence, three things that in today’s world are not easy to come by. The works in this exhibition employ the use of repetition as a means to clear my mind and allow for focus. My intent is to translate complex emotions into marks on paper and steel that communicate raw honesty. Some of the pieces also use simplified symbols to reinforce these emotions. I believe, that though we do not encounter the same things in life, we do share similar experiences. These common themes create connections we can use to find deeper understanding in one another. In this work I am offering my honesty and rawness of emotion as an extended hand to my audience.” – Eleanor Annand

2013 EXHIBITIONS

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ORNAMENTS | A Penland Collection
November 1 – December 8, 2013

noun |ˈôrnəmənt|
a thing used to make something look more attractive but usually having no practical purpose, esp. a small object such as a figurine.
a quality or person adding grace, beauty, or honor to something: the design would be a great ornament to the metropolis.
decoration added to embellish something, esp. a building: it served more for ornament than for protection.
1 small tables covered with ornaments: knickknack, trinket, bauble, bibelot, gewgaw, gimcrack, furbelow; informal whatnot, doodad, tchotchke.
2 the dress had no ornament at all: decoration, adornment, embellishment, ornamentation, trimming, accessories.
verb |ˈôrnəˌment| [ with obj. ]
make (something) look more attractive by adding decorative items: the men and women in the Stone Age ornamented their caves
1 the room was highly ornamented: decorate, adorn, embellish, trim, bedeck, deck (out), festoon; literary bedizen.

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MARTINA LANTIN | Ceramics
September 20 – October 27, 2013

Committed to the joys of working in earthenware, which she describes as chocolate porcelain, Martina creates functional ceramics through thrown and altered forms.
Lantin’s asymmetrical forms are made possible with her unique method of throwing and altering her pots, as she throws her bowls upside down, capitalizing on the physics of working on the wheel.
“I seek to evoke nostalgia of the future by making pots that are reverberations of the past. I draw inspiration from early English porcelain and cream ware. I provoke a tension between the elegant handling of the material and the rugged connotations of the clay body.” – Martina Lantin

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RONAN PETERSON | Ceramics
August 2 – September 15, 2013

“Sweet & Salty” Ceramics

Ronan is known for his rich textures and colorful patterns on functional earthenware pieces. For his Focus Gallery exhibition he is showing his “sweet” eye-candy pots alongside his new low fire “salty” soda earthenware.

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MARLENE TRUE | Metals
June 21 – July 28, 2013

“My jewelry presents an ongoing passion, curiosity and exploration in material transformation. I fabricate with steel from old tin cans, toys and signs and also use them as a source for color, images, and text. These utilitarian objects have their own histories that speak to the passage of time seen through fading paint, scratches and rust. Bridging memory, these colors and imperfect surfaces are reminiscent of home of old and worn farm equipment, of work of the hand, garden, and its inhabitants. Meshing repurposed materials with an undercurrent of past and present is an act of redemption for both memory and material in the process of making.” – Marlene True 

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JESSICA CALDERWOOD | Enamel Jewelry and Sculpture
May 3 – June 16, 2013

“My most recent series combines flower/botanical forms with fragments of the human body in order to address the narrative of human life cycles: change, growth, metamorphosis, aging, loss. The choice to use flower and plant forms is multi-layered. Flowers have been used throughout history as symbols of the feminine. It can be found in mythology, literature, folklore and visual art. In addition, Western culture has an intricate system of flower symbolism that has been a way for humans to express and communicate complex emotions.

I created these works to be intentionally humorous and ironic. These human/plant hybrids are large, voluptuous, headless, and sometimes armless. They are intended to portray a spectrum of concepts relating to gender and identity. The Flower People are at once, powerful and powerless, beautiful and absurd, inflated, and amputated.” – Jessica Calderwood

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TINA MULLEN | Drawings and Paintings
March 22 – April 28, 2013

“I find that I use it often – the phrase “out of the blue” – to describe events, ideas, and the way things strike me.  I wonder if I use it more than others, or if I’m just less prepared than others and things catch me off guard.  Regardless, I enjoy contemplating the notion that things happen unexpectedly. That some of the best things in life are unplanned, unscheduled, and come to us by chance – out of the blue.  The real beauty for me is what becomes of us because of them.

In my work, “out of the blue” represents migration, journey and the stories that happen along the way. Many of the drawings are done on maps. Maps of places traveled, Maps given to me by friends and Maps that come with their own history. Represented are maps of some of the places that I love – Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon. Other points of departure for my drawings might be a piece of paper found in an old book that contains the owners’ doodles or handwriting. Those marks, the age of the paper, slight rips or tears bear witness to a past unknown to me.  I enjoy excavating through those marks, setting off on a new path – a new visual adventure.

Here’s to the journey.” – Tina Mullen

2013 EXHIBITIONS

CORE Show 2012
Work by Penland’s current Core Fellowship students
October 2 – November 18, 2012

Bob Biddletone
Zee Boudreaux
Rachel K. Garceau
Seth Gould
Liz Koerner
Mike Krupiarz
Jack Mauch
Rachel Mauser
Molly Kite Spadone

FORECAST | A New Wave of Creative Talent

July 24 – September 16, 2012

The exhibition “Forecast” features sixteen rising artists selected from a nomination process; recommendations solicited from educators, curators, collectors, and master craft artists. The title of the exhibition best describes the concept – a forecast is a prediction of what is coming. The nominators have provided insightful comments on why they felt these artists are the ones to watch, and many of the artists have included thoughtful statements about their work.
The Penland Gallery is committed to educating the public about craft – by helping our patrons to understand the processes and also by shedding some light on the artists themselves.

Michael Cepress
Christopher Colville
Andrea Donnelly
Dustin Farnsworth
Aran Galligan
Luke Haynes
Yeon Joo Lee
Melanie Mowinski
Lesley Nishigawara
Libby O’Bryan
Christopher Porcarelli
Michelle Ray
Ruta Reifen
Courtney Starrett
Laura Wood
Kensuke Yamada

Studio Practice
Studio artists: their work, their working environment, and sources of inspiration
May 22 – July 8, 2012

Paper Plate, Plastic Plate, White Plate, Artist Plate
A collection of artist made dinner plates and related insights about food
March 22 – May 8, 2012

A fun investigation into the relationship of craftspeople and food; over sixty ceramic artists and nearly 270 interpretations of the plate form. Artists responded to a series of questions about creating dinnerware, their interest in food, and how the two intersect.

The Barns: 2011
Work by Penland’s current resident artists
September 27 – November 27, 2011

LETTER FORMS | Functional and Nonfunctional Typography
Work that uses typography for both content and design
May 24 – July 10, 2011

MANY PATHS | A Legacy of Karen Karnes
Work by ceramic artist Karen Karnes and fourteen artists
whose lives and work have been touched by her
March 22 – May 8, 2011