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Peter Pincus Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class

Peter Pincus Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class

Everson Museum’s Online Classes and Studio Tours, featuring Peter Pincus

September 11, 2020, from 1-2:30 pm

Garth Johnson, the Everson Museum of Art’s Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics will join Peter Pincus to discuss the exhibition ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt at Ferrin Contemporary, highlighting the influence of Sol LeWitt and the experience of how the show has developed during the Age of COVID.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, Highlights, News

Peter Pincus Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“A day spent exploring in the Sol LeWitt retrospective at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has inspired a new show by ceramicist Peter Pincus.

“Art in the Age of Influence: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt,” which reopened Ferrin Contemporary on Saturday, features new works inspired by three of LeWitt’s wall drawings, “No. 340,” “No. 422” and “No. 289.” The show is the first of “Art in the Age of Influence,” a series of solo exhibitions, presented by the gallery, which considers the impact of artists’ source materials on their artistic process and practice.

Pincus’ work in this exhibition began during his first visit to our gallery located on the Mass MoCA campus for the opening of a group show…”

Peter Pincus, ‘Scratch Spin Amphora’ 2020, colored porcelain, gold luster, 18 x 8 x 8″ (each).

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Mara Superior in PEOPLE’S CHOICE at the Bennington Museum

July 3 through November 3
Parmelee and Limric Galleries

This pandemic has wreaked havoc on our exhibition schedule, making it impossible to secure loans, or to properly uninstall and prepare galleries. Therefore, we’re going to let YOU decide the objects in our next exhibit. Our Collections Manager has come up with a list of interesting objects in storage that deserve a little time in the galleries.
Objects are powerful tools – touchstones filled with meanings and connection – that help a community understand its sense of place and future direction. Of the 40,000 objects in Bennington Museum’s collection, only a fraction are on view at any point.  Through online voting, hundreds of people picked from over 250 objects in five categories to determine the “winners” for viewing here.
Some of the runners up are also displayed to give you a better idea of the scope and breadth of our collections. And finally, for fun, we are asking you to take a look at everything and vote on your very favorite object.  Each week we will be awarding a blue ribbon to the people’s pick.

“Allure, A Dream House”, 1996, 15.5 x 22 x 7″, high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, faux marble paint, wood, brass pins. Bennington Museum of Art (2019.1.3.a-c).

Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum of Art continues his online series, “Chats with Jamie” with Ferrin Contemporary artist MARA SUPERIOR to discuss her dynamic practice and new works while in quarantine.

Jamie Franklin, Curator at Bennington Museum

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With Over 300 Works of Art Set for Ebay Auction, The International Ceramic Arts Community Join Forces to Raise Funds for Artists Affected by COVID-19.

During this period of economic and social disruption, a group of galleries, collectors, artists and art-related businesses have joined together in an online ceramic auction to provide direct monetary support to artists and organizations in the craft community and, in doing so, unite the ceramics community in our shared values.

The auction, running on Ebay from Friday, June 19th and ending on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. PDT ( ), hosted by Jeffrey Spahn, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery) ).  An online public preview cocktail party, hosted by Everson Museum’s ceramics curator Garth Johnson, brings together donors, artists and the beneficiaries on Thursday, June 25th 7pm EST via Zoom. 


Thursday, June 25, 7 pm EST

Hosted by Garth Johnson, Everson Museum

Guests include Cornelia Carey, CERF+, artists Christa Assad, Lauren Mabry and others involved with the auction as donors and receiving organizations. This program will be live and include conversations about the artworks in the auction from studios and donating galleries.

CERF+ Auction Preview
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Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Josef Albers, Ruth Duckworth, Jun Kaneko, Linda Lopez, Lauren Mabry, Warren Mackenzie, Sergei Isupov, Rose Simpson, Peter Voulkos, Akio Takamori, John Reeve, Jesse Small, Shin-Yu Wang, Patti Warashina, Adrian Saxe, David MacDonald, Ashwini Bhat, and Bobby Silverman, are just several of the world-renowned ceramic artists whose works will be on eBay, to raise funds for artists in need. Bidding begins Friday, June 19th, and ends Sunday, June 28th, at 4:00 pm PDT. The Jeffrey Spahn Gallery created a flipbook, which includes a number of the artists whose work will be in the auction.

The purpose of this auction is two-fold. One, to raise direct funds for artists in need. Two, to unite the ceramics community in solidarity for our shared values. Collectors, gallerists, and artists have united the ceramics community with the majority of proceeds going to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) along with several other beneficiaries including the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Everson Museum of Art, Howard Kottler Scholarship Fund at Cranbrook Art Academy, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and The Studio Potter.

Participating Galleries

Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, Harvey Preston Gallery, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Rago-Wright Auctions and Trax Gallery, with contributions from Peter Held Appraisals and the LEF Foundation.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, Highlights, News
BLACK LIVES MATTER | A Note from Director Leslie Ferrin

BLACK LIVES MATTER | A Note from Director Leslie Ferrin

“Choice Matters.”

BLACK LIVES MATTER | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin

Due to the extended run of Nature/Nurture, we have the opportunity to reflect on paths taken, connections made and shared experiences in our weekly series of FC News & Stories with each issue focusing on an individual artist in the exhibition. The ON NURTURE statements written by each artist acknowledges family, artist mentors, education and, particularly for Linda Sikora, reflects upon social and political spaces. 

But… when poised to release this newsletter featuring Sikora’s work, achievements, and writing, all of us at Ferrin Contemporary mutually agreed to pause all programming, social media and online communications in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement while we and the nation mourned the murder of George Floyd and protests took place throughout the world.

Our online stillness was not silence. Instead, we devoted the week to direct, individual conversations about race in America – human to human – within our various communities – our neighbors, families and among the artists, art professionals and collectors with whom we work. Reflecting on the past recognizes that, despite efforts to diversify and reform patterns of exclusion, it has not been enough. 

In this week’s director notes, Leslie Ferrin shares what we’ve learned from these discussions, provides links to what we are reading and the causes we are supporting. We encourage you to join us in our efforts by making donations and committing to support the changes that must take place.

“Silence is complicit.”

During the pause, we read, listened and took a staggering step back as our nation’s social and political spaces again revealed themselves as the stage for something that made everyone stand still…

Silence is complicit. 

Our online stillness and silence allowed us the time to reflect on the past and recognize that, despite efforts to diversify and reform patterns of exclusion, it has not been enough. 

Structural change is underway that will combat these established systematic patterns. During every conversation, we hear of priorities shifting to commitments and to pledges to create new opportunities. 

Choices matter. 

With each choice we make, we prioritize time and resources on who and what we read, listen to, learn from and ultimately choose to support economically through action, donation and purchases. 

While we cannot go back and change past complicity, we are all accountable for what happens tomorrow. The choices we make each and every day are within our immediate control and will lead us to the ultimate change needed in our political system on November 4, 2020. 

I want to personally thank Anina Major, one of the artists in this exhibition, for engaging in numerous, frequent and long conversations about race that began when we first met in 2018. These conversations have helped inform and guide me and continued throughout the past week. She inspires me to speak out and use the platforms we have – our gallery program and our social network – to open up these uncomfortable, difficult, but necessary conversations about race, about how to effect change, and what we can each do based on the commitment to racial justice and equality. 

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR
Linda Sikora in Wallpaper Diaries Exhibition at Chautauqua Institution

Linda Sikora in Wallpaper Diaries Exhibition at Chautauqua Institution

Virtual Opening Monday, June 29 | 8:15 pm

Chautauqua Institution | Strohl Art Center | Main Gallery

Linda Sikora presents six works from her series Floral Series- Black on White, at the Strohl Art Center’s upcoming exhibition, Wallpaper Diaries.

This exhibition focuses on eight artists whose work involves pattern. The result will be a colorful, dynamic show, marrying and merging intricate patterns created by each artist. Works on paper, oil paintings, collages, wood wall sculpture and ceramics will be featured.


Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News

NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin

A renewed awareness and galvanizing commitment for change is surging through American cultural and academic institutions, organizations, and businesses of every sort, exposing the crying need for structural change. Specifically, this includes the advancement of equality for artists of all genders, eliminating the sexual harassment, wage discrimination, and the other forms of sexism that continue to affect the lives of women, transgender and non-binary individuals. As part of the movement to reverse and rebalance priorities as well as open new doors, it is crucial to offer opportunities to artists who have been historically marginalized.

Ferrin Contemporary has invited twelve female artists to pause and reflect on the role gender plays in their artistic practice, to consider the impact of the #MeToo movement, and/or to examine how the constructs of gender and gendered behavior impact their personal and professional lives. Nature assigned these artists who identify as female on a given path, whereas nurture is an accumulation of experiences and influences has had both positive and negative impact on their personal and professional lives.

Individual artworks do not always offer specific references to identity through direct content. However, a close look at the career paths in the short biographies and written statements in this exhibition, Nature/Nurture reveals information about how each of these artists – members of several different generations – has sustained her creative practice. The ceramic artworks in Nature/Nurture converge in a dialogue and accumulation of experiences and influences; they reflect on positive and negative forces shaping contemporary female and non-binary identities. Together, through the artwork, statements and biographies, these women artists who identify as female and are at various stages of their careers, convey different experiences defined by their gender, age, geographic and cultural identities.

Mara Superior, Sally Silberberg, Tricia Zimic have had decades-long careers that began before the two youngest, now in their 30’s were born. Unlike the women who began their career in the 70’s, Crystal Morey and Lauren Mabry and others born in the 80’s are already well established with museums actively acquiring important mid-career works. Linda Sikora and Linda Sormin have balanced their international artistic practices with teaching in University programs. As a graduate student, Linda Sikora was unable to attend a program led by a female professor. Linda Sormin, of the generation following, pursued graduate studies specifically with three leading women artists Linda Sikora, Andrea Gill and Anne Currier. Likewise, Giselle Hicks and Cristina Córdova had the advantage of powerful female faculty and confidence that led to independent paths, establishing their own studio practice supported by periodic short term teaching, unhindered by the politics of full-time academia. International artists, Kadri Pärnamets (Estonia), Rae Stern (Israel) and Anina Major (Bahamas)

have located their practices in the USA where residencies have welcomed them, supported the development of their work and proximity to the marketplace.

For the two artists who began their careers in the 70’s, their education took place in institutions with male-dominated programs. As they began their careers, the studio craft movement provided independent economic security and a “workaround” for women whose chosen media, ceramics, had yet to be embraced by the fine art world. For those who followed beginning their careers in the 90’s and until the market crash in 2008, the glass ceiling showed cracks. Women were hired in academic positions, replacing retiring male faculty as programs were rebalanced to achieve diversity.

Starting in the eighties, studio craft was avidly collected by private collectors through fairs, galleries and directly from the artists themselves. The ultimate goal of self-support through sales was viable for a large number of artists but that ended with the recession. For those who began their professional careers at a time when the market system had collapsed, these artists were ultimately fortunate as a new path opened for work in ceramics when the groundbreaking survey exhibition in 2009, “Dirt on Delight” jettisoned ceramics into the broader field of contemporary fine art in the USA. In addition, the explosion of international biennales inclusive of ceramics and craft that provided context for material based artworks in the broader art scene.

This wide acceptance for ceramics and the other female associated media, fiber arts, has settled the Art vs. Craft debate. For both emerging and established artists whose chosen primary material was previously segregated and independent from the mainstream, these new opportunities for their works have begun to balance the gender and cultural gap of representation at galleries and museums. Foundation support for diversity initiatives have had a significant impact through awards for artist fellowships and new scholarship. For those whose work took the form of vessels or studio pottery, a new generation of curators have embraced their work by making connections between practicing contemporary artists and past masterworks in the areas of decorative arts and design.

Inspired by the important work of Judith Butler and Helen Longino, the artists in this show were invited to explore the influence of ‘Nature/Nurture’ within their practice. Their work ranges from more direct interpretations of the natural world, to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender, and endowed role of women.  “Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread.” ― Judith Butler, Undoing Gender, 2004

Seen as a whole, this group of twelve women artists who live and work throughout the USA, is representative of the rising tide of professional opportunities. While significant earnings and advancement gaps remain, a course correction is underway through the increasing number of gender and culturally specific exhibitions. As priorities shift for museum collections, educational public programming and private collectors, these efforts to course-correct are bringing recognition to artists previously overlooked and undervalued and to undocumented legacies. Nature/Nurture seeks to contribute to and further this recognition.

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary

a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice.

Read the NATURE/NURTURE series

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America – Identity
GISELLE HICKS | Tiles & Vessels | Teaching Online in the Time of COVID19

LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
KADRI PÄRNAMETS | Nature/Nurture | Small Matters and Roots & Pollinators
LINDA SIKORA | Nature/Nurture | On Nurture: Our Social and Political Spaces
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues




Giselle Hicks
Sally Silberberg
Linda Sormin

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, News, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR

Linda Sikora Honored with United States Artists Fellowship

USA Fellowships are annual $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career.

Alfred University Professor of Ceramic Art Linda Sikora has been named a recipient of a 2020 United States Artists Fellowship recognizing her creative accomplishments and vision in the field of Craft.

ALFRED, NY ­– Alfred University Professor of Ceramic Art Linda Sikora has been named a recipient of a 2020 United States Artists Fellowship recognizing her creative accomplishments and vision in the field of Craft. Each year, USArtists awards individual grants of $50,000 to 50 artists working in the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Film, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing. The granting organization’s goal is to recognize each nominated artist who “stands out as a visionary influence in their respective field.”…


Linda Sikora USA Artists Fellowship, Craft Now 2020 Award Recipient

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Ferrin Contemporary featured on Everson Museum’s Online Class and Studio Tour

Everson Museum’s Online Classes and Studio Tours, featuring Ferrin Contemporary

May, 15, 2020, from 1-2:30 pm

Garth Johnson, the Everson Museum of Art’s Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics will join Ferrin Contemporary’s director, Leslie Ferrin to discuss the exhibition Nature/Nurture and the role of gender in contemporary ceramics. Mara Superior and additional artists from the exhibition will also join in from their studio to discuss their practice and new work in process.

Ferrin Contemporary Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class


Posted by Kim in Artist News, News, Press Coverage

5 Must-See Ceramics Shows You Can View Online, Artsy, April 29, 2020

“While galleries have temporarily closed worldwide due to COVID-19, we can still get inspired by the work of contemporary artists. As part of Artsy’s Art Keeps Going campaign, we’re featuring exhibitions that you can access via Artsy, with insights from the artists and our writers. This week, we’re sharing a selection of shows featuring ceramics at galleries from Los Angeles to Helsinki…”

“Nature/Nurture” Installation View, Crystal Morey, Mara Superior, Kardi Parnamets, 2020.

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