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Sunday, June 4, 2017, Leslie Ferrin: “Current Trends in Collecting Contemporary Ceramics, 1950–Present on at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.

Aimed at seasoned collectors as well as those just starting out, Ferrin will present a slide-illustrated lecture and lead a discussion on emerging trends in contemporary ceramics, curation, and collection.

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Tammy Hosterman reports in the PENN State News: 
Alumnus Jason Walker an invited artist at prominent Korean ceramic festival

May 23, 2017

Penn State alumnus Jason Walker is an invited artist in “Story Telling: About Life” at the ninth Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB) 2017 in Korea, presented by the Korea Ceramic Foundation. The exhibition began April 22 and runs through May 28 at the Icheon World Ceramics Center in Icheon Cerapia, Gyeonggi province.

“It is a great honor to be a part of this exhibition,” said Walker, who earned his master of fine arts degree in 1999. “I was invited to the event in 2003 to demonstrate and lecture. When I visited at that time I did not realize how celebrated ceramics is in South Korea. I have dedicated my life to making my ceramic work, and I feel very fortunate to have this kind of recognition.” More.

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Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 4–6pm
Artist Reception and
Conversation with Raymon Elozua
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

On Sunday, May 28, MASS MoCA doubles in size with the opening of Building 6’s enormous gallery space. The celebration includes music, indoor bike path, good food, parade, and a live concert by CAKE.

In Building 13, at Ferrin Contemporary, you’re invited to an artist reception between 4 to 6pm, with light refreshments and conversation with sculptor Raymon Elozua. On view will be selected works from current projects by Ferrin Contemporary’s represented artists.

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The Charlotte Observer: Cristina Cordova

Near and Far by Cristina Córdova is worth a drive to Penland” by Mark Leach, correspondent for The Charlotte Observer 

“The human forms Córdova sculpts are powerful, immediately discernible representations. Each is, as are her mixed media drawings, provocative and lovingly intimate: deeply felt portrayals of her subjects.”

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POISE: Peter Christian Johnson press release

November 18–December 31, 2016 at Ferrin Contemporary 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 4–6pm

“POISE explores the tension between acts of labor and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses Gothic cathedrals as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. For this exhibition Johnson has created a series of highly organized architectural forms based on the floor plans of historic cathedrals. These forms are distorted and deconstructed under the weight of the glaze in an attempt to find virtue in brokenness.” — Peter Christian Johnson

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KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank

Sept 10–Nov 13 at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

This two-person show of work by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focuses on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history.

Justin’s work uses photographic collages he creates from images sourced from public domain web imagery and applies them as
decal transfer prints onto hand-thrown dinnerware, pitchers, trophies, and objects used in ceremony. Brooke’s miniatures are hand-painted
watercolors featuring the Supreme Court justices, significant buildings, and singular objects related to the court. Their collaborative works feature Brooke’s finely drawn and carved portraits of the nine justices and their presidential nominators on Justin’s hand thrown and decorated platters. Through this exhibition and its installation, the artists share their interest in the current judicial and political systems with the goal of documentation and encouraging reflection on powerful individuals and their roles within our political system.

THE PRESIDENTIAL TABLE
Saturday, Aug 13
Preview of the exhibition Know Justice with Justin Rothshank’s twenty-
foot table-scape of original decal-printed ceramics depicting the 44 US
presidents. There will be a blank place setting at the head of the table that will be completed with a depiction of the winning presidential candidate after November’s election.

MEET THE ARTIST
Saturday, Oct 15, 3–5pm
Join us in the gallery for a public reception and conversation in the gallery with artist, Justin Rothshank.

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Clay is Hot! CONNOISSEURSHIP discussion press release

Ferrin Contemporary presents

CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: BUY, SELL, GIVE

a discussion about the changing marketplace and its impact on 21st century art collections.
Join us on Sunday, July 10 from 3–5 in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. The panel will consist of Doug Anderson, art collector; Mark Leach, independent curator and author; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; and Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston.

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