Project Tag: Paul Scott

50 Years in the Making: Alumni Exhibition

50 Years in the Making: Alumni Exhibition

June 13th – September 1st, 2024

At The Clay Studio
Philadelphia, PA

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


INSTALLATION IMAGES

This Alumni Exhibition showcases artwork to reflect the current practice of the over 150 artist who have participated in The Clay Studio’s Resident Artist Program, Guest Artist Program, and Associate Artist Program over the 50 years since its founding. 

The artists who work within the walls of The Clay Studio are the creative engine that keeps the organization going and focused on supporting professional artists at all levels, emerging, mid-career, and established. We are thrilled to bring together over 100 of the artists who have had meaningful, sometimes career-altering experiences at The Clay Studio while also sharing their creativity and inspiration with our entire community.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


& FEATURED WORK

Estonian-American, b. 1963 Stavropole, USSR,
lives and works between Cummington, MA, USA and Tallinn, Estonia

Sergei Isupov
“Game Changer”
2023
porcelain, underglaze, glaze
17.5 x 8 x 6.5″.

American, b. 1985, Cincinnati, OH
lives and works in Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Mabry
“Glazescape (Molten Cloud)”
Ceramic, glaze
16 x 23 x 11″

English, b. 1953, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott
“Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Philadelphia/06. 02/14/04/24.”
Transfer (screen print) on shell edge pearlware platter
18 x 14.5″

PAUL SCOTT at the Albany International Airport Gallery

PAUL SCOTT at the Albany International Airport Gallery

May 10 – December 31, 2024

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERY

737 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING


CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE: Transferware by Paul Scott

Concourse A Gallery is located post-security in the main terminal’s Concourse A. It consists of five walls featuring curated exhibitions of regional artists that change twice yearly. A selection of Paul Scott’s New American Scenery series is now on display in conjunction with his solo exhibition, CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.

English, b. 1953, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian-based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.

Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of UK museums as well as public places in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large-scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark.

A combination of rigorous research, studio practice, curation, writing and commissioned work ensures that his work is continually developing. It is fundamentally concerned with the re-animation of familiar objects, landscape, pattern and a sense of place. He was Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) from 2011–2018. Scott received his Bachelors of Art Education and Design at Saint Martin’s College and Ph.d at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design in Manchester, England.

His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award, Ferrin Contemporary, and funding from Arts Council England. More on New American Scenery, here.

ABOUT THE ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERY


The Albany International Airport Gallery is located on the third floor of the main terminal, and is fully accessible and open to the public daily. It hosts curated exhibitions featuring regional artists and museum collections that change twice yearly.

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERY

737 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

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Additional works may be available to acquire, but not listed here.

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CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE

CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE

MAY 11 – OCT 20, 2024

SHELBURNE MUSEUM

6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING


CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE: Transferware by Paul Scott

The first in a series of “interventions” by contemporary artists features works by British artist Paul Scott, known for his provocative reinterpretation of 19th-century transferware. Plates, platters, and jugs by Scott will be displayed alongside objects from the Museum’s collection creating “segues” that spark dialogue between the old and new.

EVENTS


Important Dates:
May 11, 2024 – Opening
Oct. 20, 2024 – Closing


Opening Reception:
June 7, 2024 | 3pm
Free and open to the public


Public Artist Talk:

Friday, June 7th, 2024 | 3pm
Auditorium, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as artist, author, curator, and gardener Paul Scott discusses his artistic practice, which includes provocative reinterpretations of 19th-century transferware. Scott will pay special attention to the work he produced for the 2024 Shelburne Museum exhibition Confected, Borrowed & Blue: Transferware by Paul Scott. This show is the first in a planned series of “interventions,” in which contemporary artists respond to Shelburne Museum’s outstanding collections. Plates, platters, and jugs created by Scott—including a special commission exploring the role of the sugar industry in the Museum’s founding—are displayed alongside historical ceramics in the Variety Unit, sparking dialogue between past and present.

Talk will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes, followed by an audience Q & A. The Museum will remain open until 7:30 p.m., allowing attendees time to visit the exhibition after the talk.

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Study Day with American Ceramics Circle:

June 7, 2024 | 10 – 5pm
Fees: $50 for members; $60 for guests
(admission and lunch are included)
Limited to 20

Join the American Ceramics Circle for a day of private, curator-led tours and programs at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont to explore the ceramic collections and a private tour of “Confected, Borrowed & Blue: Transferware” with the artist Paul Scott.

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PRESS


Paul Scott’s Provocative Ceramics Reinvent Transferware Traditions

Seven Days | June 19, 2024
Article by Pamela Polston 

A recently opened exhibition at Shelburne Museum, titled “Confected, Borrowed & Blue,” presents a selection of the internationally known British artist’s transferware updated for modern times.

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English, b. 1953, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian-based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.

Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of UK museums as well as public places in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large-scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark.

A combination of rigorous research, studio practice, curation, writing and commissioned work ensures that his work is continually developing. It is fundamentally concerned with the re-animation of familiar objects, landscape, pattern and a sense of place. He was Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) from 2011–2018. Scott received his Bachelors of Art Education and Design at Saint Martin’s College and Ph.d at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design in Manchester, England.

His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award, Ferrin Contemporary, and funding from Arts Council England. More on New American Scenery, here.

ABOUT THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM


Shelburne Museum is an unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art, and design. Designed to allow visitors the pleasure of discovery and exploration, the Museum includes thirty-nine distinct structures on forty-five acres, each filled with beautiful, fascinating, and whimsical objects. Come play in our gardens and open our many doors. You are welcome here.

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SHELBURNE MUSEUM

6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482

INQUIRE


Additional works may be available to acquire, but not listed here.

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RIVERS FLOW/ARTISTS CONNECT

RIVERS FLOW/ARTISTS CONNECT

In Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, American artists from the 1820s to the present day explore and illuminate our profound, symbiotic relationship with significant rivers across the globe, from the Hudson and the Susquehanna to the Indus and the Seine.

The cultural, societal, and spiritual significance of rivers is universal, as proven by their lasting presence in art and our collective imagination. In Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, American artists from the 1820s to the present day explore and illuminate our profound, symbiotic relationship with significant waterways, such as the Hudson River, the Susquehanna, and the Missouri, as well as symbolic representations.

The Hudson River Museum’s new West Wing galleries, basking in a dramatic view of the Hudson River and the Palisades, are an opportune setting for this exhibition. It features works by more than forty exceptional artists exploring various aspects of river subject matter from diverse perspectives and heritages. Together, the artists demonstrate—through painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and video—their role in recalling and reinforcing our instinctive connection with rivers.

The exhibition considers these bodies of water through aesthetic, functional, spiritual, and ecological lenses. The Allure of the River section addresses the interrelation of scenic beauty and our attraction to rivers. In Sustainer of Life, artists investigate the essential need for access to rivers for water, food, and transportation—our daily infrastructure—as well as profound sacred connections. Finally, Endangered Rivers: A Call to Action reflects on urbanization, industry, and the critical need for continued conservation and activism.

RIVERS FLOW/ARTISTS CONNECT


At the Hudson River Museum | Yonkers, NY | Feb 2 – Sep 1, 2024

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


In many ways, the artists and the rivers they depict are kindred spirits. Just as rivers shape the land and surmount obstacles on their inexorable journey to the sea, artists also boldly confront barriers and challenges, from land access to environmental change. Their creative expressions help us see rivers with new eyes, and perhaps even a renewed sense of wonder, connection, and purpose, as we consider our own community’s rivers and our own responsibility for stewardship.

The exhibition is co-curated by Laura Vookles, Chair of HRM’s Curatorial Department, and guest curator Jennifer McGregor.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Norman Akers • Joe Baker • James Bard • Bahar Behbahani • Karl Bodmer • Daniel Putnam Brinley • Lorenzo Clayton and Jacob Burckhardt • James & Ralph Clews • Samuel Colman • Betsy Damon • John Douglas • Joellyn Duesberry • Robert S. Duncanson • Elaine Galen • Scherezade Garcia • John Hill and William Guy Wall • Daniel Ridgeway Knight • Courtney M. Leonard • Rejin Leys • Maya Lin • Mary Fairchild Low • Ellen Kozak • John Maggiotto • James McElhinney • Frances McGuire • Alison Moritsugu • Tammy Nguyen • Don Nice • Jon Louis Nielsen • James Prosek • Winfred Rembert • Alexis Rockman • Shuli Sadé • Charlotte Schulz • Madge Scott • Paul Scott • Francis Augustus Silva • Joseph Squillante • Jerome Strauss • William Villalongo • Jason Walker • Mansheng Wang • Susan Wides • Tom Yost

b. Shinnecock, 1980
lives and works in Northfield, Minnesota

More on Courtney M. Leonard

English, b. 1953
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

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American, b.1973, Pocatello, ID
lives and works in Cedar City, UT

More on Jason Walker

PROGRAMMING


Gallery Talk with Artist Courtney M. Leonard

Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 1:30pm

NEW AMERICAN SCENERY: The Art of Paul Scott

NEW AMERICAN SCENERY: The Art of Paul Scott

CURRENT LOCATION


Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT (US)

May 11 – October 20, 2024

NAS | GUIDE & GLOSSARY


New American Scenery has been exhibiting internationally since 2019. 

Initially guided by the images depicted in the historic transferware, Paul traveled to cities, explored natural landscapes, met collaborators, and produced a body of work now known as PAUL SCOTT: New American Scenery. First shown in the newly renovated porcelain room at RISD Museum curated by Elizabeth Williams, the exhibition traveled next to Albany Institute of History & Art in 2022 and selected works featured in exhibitions at other locations in both the USA and UK and four open now in the USA.

Paul Scott is a leading figure in the international field of ceramics and print. He is known for his manipulation of transfer-printed designs on factory-made domestic tablewares, which thus become vehicles for socio-political commentary. New American Scenery is permeated with his response to the ‘American’ transfer-printed tablewares that were produced in Staffordshire during the first part of the nineteenth century, exclusively for export to America. They have a common format of a central motif framed within an ornamental border and are decorated with imagery that celebrates the new republic. Scott’s New American Scenery work often maintains the same traditional format, while his surface imagery highlights a range of contemporary themes and issues. On the reverse of each piece can be found his maker’s mark, information about the printed edition to which it belongs and his signature; several pieces also offer substantial narrative accounts of the subjects depicted.

Paul Scott: New American Scenery, was made possible by an Artist In Residence grant from the Alturas Foundation, with additional support from Ferrin Contemporary, RISD Museum, Arts Council England, and Albany Institute of History & Art.

In New American Scenery, Scott scrutinizes the American landscape from a contemporary perspective, one that grapples with issues of globalization, energy generation and consumption, capitalism, social justice, immigration, and the human impact on the environment. The images that Scott creates for his ceramics depict unsettling views of nuclear power plants, aging urban centers, abandoned industrial sites, wildfires, and isolating walls. As representations of the American landscape, they suggest a subversion of the picturesque aesthetic—the unpicturesque picturesque—and a new, disturbing norm.

“NAS” includes the following bodies of work, many of which were conceived on location and/or with insights from significant collaborators. Each highlighted title below represents a sub-series containing multiple iterations and/or designs.

New American Scenery Expanded Series & Information:

Across the Borderline


Series of platters depicting the border between the US and Mexico using imagery culled from the Wedgwood archive and popular media to address the theme of immigration.

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Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Trumpian Campaigne, Legacy No:1, (Across the Borderline, Portland, Black Lives Matter)”, 2021, in-glaze decal collage on pearlware platter (after Enoch Wood), 15.4 x 12.2 x 2″, 39 x 30.5 x 5cm.

Paul Scott, Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Across the Borderline (4) (Trumpian Campaigne), 2020

The Angola 3


souvenir plate drawing reference to inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary who were held in solitary confinement for the longest period in American history. It is suspected that this unethical treatment was retaliation for the inmates’ connection to the Black Panther Party.

Paul Scott, “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Angola 3″ 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 11 x 11 x 1”.

Paul Scott, “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, The Angola 3″ back, 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 11x 11 x 1”

Albany (Souvenirs & Views of New York)


souvenir plate of an urban landscape viewed through a roadside screen of trees and brush.

Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, “View of Albany”, 2019, In-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 11 x 11 x 1″, 28 cm dia.

Paul Scott, “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Near the Oxbow (after Thomas Cole)”, 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal), on shell-edged pearlware platter c.1850, 13.5 x 16.75 x 2″.

Fleur.de.Sel’s New York


series of souvenir plates depicting New York City streetscapes drawn from the Instagram account @Fleur.de.Sel that appear timeless, illustrating the small businesses and cultural diversity that are increasingly at risk with the city’s dangerously inflated wealth gap.

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“New American Scenery, New York and Transferwares”

In the early part of the nineteenth century, tens of thousands of printed blue and white tablewares from England were exported to North America. Scenes of the newly independent United States were used in a myriad of designs and were characterized by a deep blue semiotic. Alongside printed wallpapers and textiles these transferwares formed part of the new media of their day. Pictorial in nature, their vitrified designs remediated prints from book or magazine illustration, melding them with floral and botanical borders. By the end of the century, they became highly collectible and the subject of a number of books, including RT Haines Halsey’s classic ‘New York on Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery’. Published in 1899, the limited edition tome plotted the history of the genre, illustrated by sumptuous photogravures in blue depicting a comprehensive range of pictorial transferwares. 120 years later, in my New American Scenery series of artworks I updates some of these early subject matters of New York using 21st century alternatives.

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Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, “Fleurs.de.sel’s New York”, 2019, (set of twelve plates), In-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze., 11 x 11 x 1″, 11″ or 28 cm diameter (each plate)

Stop, Keat’s & Palm Too… 511 Too… Chicken Place…Mexicana… Laundry Project 23, ChelseaHypermarket, Chelsea Square… Canal Street…. Stairs 361… Hot Dogs…. Village Pizza… Pizza Park… Ray’s Pizza, Jakes Saloon, Meatballs.

California Wildfires


souvenir plate addresses ecological precarity by referencing the most severe wildfire season in California’s history that occurred in 2020.

Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, California Wildfires No:1″, 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on partially erased ‘Beauty Spots of California’, Staffordshire souvenir transferware plate, 9.75 x 9.75 x 1.25”.

Back of Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, California Wildfires No:1″, 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on partially erased ‘Beauty Spots of California’, Staffordshire souvenir transferware plate, 9.75 x 9.75 x 1.25”.

“Cup Plates”

In the early part of the nineteenth century, transfer printed blue and white tablewares from Staffordshire were exported to North America in their tens of thousands. Pictorial in nature, their vitrified designs remediated print from book or magazine illustration, melding with floral and botanical borders. Scenes of the newly independent United States formed a significant part of this material. These transferwares included ‘Cup Plates’, tiny coasters used to protect furniture from marks whilst the diner drank coffee or tea from the cup’s accompanying saucer. Measuring between 9 to 11 cm (3.5 to 4 inches) across, the plates are characterised by deep cobalt blue prints melted into a pearlware glaze. Images and patterns were sometimes specifically designed and made for the small form, others (above) were collaged from tissue print details of larger patterns. Because of their small scale, flaws in the prints or their application are more obvious than on larger wares and they have their own aesthetic.

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Cumbrian Blue(s), Indian Point cup plate, 4/50. Transferware print on pearlware cup plate, 104mm. dia. Collaborative work with Paul Holdway (former head of engraving at Spode). Tissue print transfer taken from a copper plate engraved by Paul Holdway, Paul Scott 2021.

Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Indian Point (detail)

“New American Cites, Flint, Belle Island & The Ghost Gardens of Detroit”

I grew up in Birmingham, Britain’s ‘Motor City’, where the local economy relied on car manufacturers…. Austin, Morris (later British Leyland), Mini, Rover and all the associated motor suppliers. As a student in the early 1970’s, holiday working included ‘industrial cleaning’ in the huge Austin works in Longbridge… then two summers were spent in an engineering factory in Balsall Heath, assembling brake pipe adjuster clamps (amongst other things). When car production eventually ceased in the city, unemployment, and the impoverishment of communities swiftly followed. I clearly recall the dereliction, then later demolition of huge industrial sites, and the yawing empty spaces. A few years later, similar scenes also became familiar to me in the Staffordshire pottery towns as the British ceramics industry all but collapsed. I was thus well aware, from first hand experience, of the effects of deindustrialisation on urban environments and communities. A series of early Cumbrian Blue(s) artworks reflected the ruin and decay of my home town in prints and tiled panels…

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Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Detroit Ghost Gardens No:2″, 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 12 x 12 x 1.25”, 30.48 x 30.48 x 3.18cm.

Paul Scott, “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Belle Island Bridge, Detroit” 2019, in-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 11 x 11 x 1″.

Pattern Samplers


Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Pattern Sampler No:4 (Adams)”, 2019, in-glaze decal collage on shell-edge, pearlware platter c.1820, 10 x 13 x 1.5″.

Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Pattern Sampler No:1″, 2019, in-glaze screenprint (decal) on pearlware shell-edged platter c.1820, 11.75 x 14.75 x 1.5”

Posy Vases


Cumbrian Blue(s) New American Scenery, Set of five posy vases. Comprising, Fleurs de Sel’s New York Canal Street & Village Pizza, Souvenir of Portland (Black Lives Matter) & Selma, Broken Treaties & Leonard Peltier, No Human Being is Illegal & Across the Borderline San Antonio, Fracked & California Wildfires. Each vase 165mm x 125mm x 85mm. Paul Scott 2022.

NAS | PROGRAMMING


NAS | TOUR SCHEDULE


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PAUL SCOTT | CURRENT & RECENT

NEW AMERICAN SCENERY IN THE US


Visit these museums in the US that have recently acquired work from Scott’s American Scenery series.

Birmingham Museum of Art
Boston MFA
Brooklyn Museum
Carnegie Museum of Art
Chipstone Foundation
Crocker Art Museum
Hood Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Mount Holyoke Art Museum
Newark Museum
RISD Museum
Shelburne Museum
Yale Art Museum

IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


ADDITIONAL US COLLECTIONS

Alturas Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
Copeland Borough Council Collection, Oregon College of Art and Craft Collection, Portland, OR
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Denison University, Granville, OH
Kohler Company, Kohler, WI
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA
RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

NAS | AT MUSEUMS


PAST EXHIBITIONS

Paul Scott is internationally known for his provocative ceramics that highlight political and cultural issues. Familiar designs associated with traditional domestic tableware are subversively manipulated to comment on our life and times. The exhibition includes exciting new work inspired by the blue and white ‘American’ transferware-printed earthenware that was made in Staffordshire during the 19th century and decorated with celebratory views of the emergent American republic.
Many of the pieces on display have resulted from periods of travel and research in the USA, where Paul’s activities were, in his words, ‘driven by issues and institutions as much as a desire to experience particular landscapes.’ He studied examples of American transferware in museum collections and visited many of the locations depicted, subsequently producing up-dated views that reflect current events as well as historical, environmental and social change. These ceramics have often involved a high degree of technical wizardry, whereby visual motifs are magically altered and meanings are transformed. The exhibition marks 20 years since Paul Scott first showed his work in the Ceramics Gallery at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Research in the USA supported by the Alturas Foundation.
Research in the archives at Wedgwood, Spode and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, supported by Arts Council England.

This installation juxtaposes early 19th-century Staffordshire ceramic transferwares drawn from the shelves of the RISD Museum storage with new Cumbrian Blue(s) artworks. Replacing the porcelain works typically on view in the Lucy Truman Aldrich gallery, New American Scenery melds historic printed tablewares, altered antique ceramics, and reclaimed Syracuse China plates with new screenprints to update early transferware subjects for the 21st century.

In the early nineteenth century, imported Staffordshire blue-and-white printed transferwares formed part of the new media of their age. Collected at the beginning of the twentieth century as iconic depictions of the early, independent United States, many were later donated to public art museums inspiring a new wave of pictorial wares.

Over the last five years, Paul Scott has been investigating these transferwares as well as the contemporary landscape of the United States. An ongoing dialogue between documentary, historical, travel and artistic research has led to the creation of a new substantive body of artwork, New American Scenery.

In it, Scott references archives, objects, the motives, and thinking of original collectors as well as the post-industrial landscapes of twenty-first-century America. The new work deals with issues surrounding globalization, energy generation and consumption, capitalism and immigration, and other legacies of history. The artwork includes antique tablewares re-worked by selective erasure, re-glazing, and the addition of newly printed decals. Others involve the re-use of cut, broken fragments using collage and traditional restoration processes, as well as prints and other works on paper.

– RISD installation photography by Erik Gould. All other photography by John Polak.

NAS | PAST


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

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Courtesy of The Bowes Museum

THE BOWES MUSEUM


Barnard Castle, County Durham, England | September 26, 2020 – April 11, 2021

New American Scenery showcases the latest ceramic works by the contemporary Cumbrian artist Paul Scott, featuring works of historical transferwares that have been updated for today’s audience.

Scott spent five years investigating early blue and white transferwares that were shipped from Staffordshire to the United States in the 19th century. He works with familiar blue and white ceramics, which were available cheaply so more commonly used than collected, to tell modern stories based on his trips around America. He reworks antique wares, erasing, adding and recreating new patterns by reusing cut and broken fragments or adding newly printed decals.

The exhibition will allow visitors to see the contrasts between the old and new shapes and forms and think about decoration and what it means.

Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege: Artwork by Paul Scott

Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege: Artwork by Paul Scott

October 27, 2022 – February 26, 2023

LSU MUSEUM OF ART

Shaw Center for the Arts
100 Lafayette Street, Fifth Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING


Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege: Artwork by Paul Scott

Paul Scott transforms factory-made tableware with subversive imagery and commentary. He replicates traditional porcelain designs developed by late 18th-century English artisans, such as the Willow pattern or Spode’s Blue Italian. These early ornamentations included appropriated motifs copied from hand-painted blue and white wares imported from China, and were mass-produced using printed glaze transfers applied on porcelain and pearlware blanks.

At first glance, Scott’s contemporary redesigns are indistinguishable from manufactured originals. This intentional mimicking is the result of years of studio practice and academic research into the lost history of British and European transferware. The resulting objects seamlessly blend modern and conceptual imagery, posing compelling observations on current issues such as environmental destruction, racism, gentrification, and social injustice.

The series New American Scenery is the result of a multi-year grant from the Alturas Foundation that enabled Scott to travel and conduct research throughout the United States. He studied transferware in museum collections and visited many of the sites illustrated on their surfaces. The historic originals were not made in America. The objects were supplied by British companies that plied the burgeoning post-Revolution market with decorative and luxury goods. In the early 1800s, factory owners and agents traveled to the New Republic, meeting with merchants and taking orders for British-made ceramics. Local artists were often commissioned to sketch subject matter, including idyllic landscapes, dignitaries, landmarks, and historical sites, which, as engravings, would be used to decorate tableware earmarked for export. These highly prized English objects, initially marketed to an expanding upper class, were available in varying consumer levels. Popular mass-produced designs were sold to an ever-growing merchant and middle class who had the funds to afford decorative objects, while wealthier households commissioned their own patterns, often printed on finer bone china or porcelain

In this exhibition, Scott’s artworks are paired with objects from the LSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection to provoke further contemplation on the issues presented by the artist.

PROGRAMMING & EVENTS


Important Dates:
Oct. 27, 2022 – Opening
Feb. 26, 2023 – Closing


Art at Lunch: Angola Plantation

Wednesday, February 15 at 12 PM

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Join us for the special WEDNESDAY Art at Lunch, as Dr. John Bardes, Assistant Professor of History at LSU, provides a historic overview of Angola Plantation. Bring a lunch—we’ll supply the water and sodas. Third-floor LSU MOA offices. FREE.

  • LSU Museum of Art100 Lafayette Street, Third FloorBaton Rouge, LA, 70801United States (map)

Video: LSU LECTURE | “Cumbrian Blue(s): New American Scenery, Transferwares for the 21st Century” Sunday, November 16, 5:00 pm Paul Scott, ceramics artist, will give a Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture to the College of Art & Design on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in 103 Design Building Auditorium.

Artist Gallery Talk: Paul Scott  

Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Meet Paul Scott, the featured artist of Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege, and learn about his innovative printmaking techniques. FREE.

LECTURE | “Cumbrian Blue(s): New American Scenery, Transferwares for the 21st Century”

Past Event | Sunday, November 16, 5:00 pm

Paul Scott, ceramics artist, will give a Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture to the College of Art & Design on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in 103 Design Building Auditorium.

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English, b. 1953, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian-based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.

Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of UK museums as well as public places in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large-scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark.

A combination of rigorous research, studio practice, curation, writing and commissioned work ensures that his work is continually developing. It is fundamentally concerned with the re-animation of familiar objects, landscape, pattern and a sense of place. He was Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) from 2011–2018. Scott received his Bachelors of Art Education and Design at Saint Martin’s College and Ph.d at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design in Manchester, England.

His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award, Ferrin Contemporary, and funding from Arts Council England. More on New American Scenery, here.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION LENDERS & SPONSORS


Paul Scott is the Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture Series Visiting Artist. This exhibition is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design, the LSU School of Art, and the LSU Museum of Art.

Support for this exhibition and all LSU MOA exhibitions is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Exhibition Fund: Louisiana CAT; The Imo N. Brown Memorial Fund in memory of Heidel Brown and Mary Ann Brown; The Alma Lee, H.N. and Cary Saurage Fund; Charles “Chuck” Edward Schwing; Robert and Linda Bowsher; Becky and Warren Gottsegen; LSU College of Art + Design; Mr. and Mrs. Sanford A. Arst; and The Newton B. Thomas Family/Newtron Group Fund.

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Baton Rouge, LA 70801

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Additional works may be available to acquire, but not listed here.

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Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


One of the earliest and best-preserved areas of artistic production across the globe, ceramics remains a vital field of expression and experimentation into the present. Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection explores the medium through 14 case studies, placing historical works in visual dialogue with contemporary examples to illuminate symbolic meanings, technical achievements, and resonances throughout time. The exhibition examines how artists working today relate to international artistic traditions of the medium, both through deliberate references to the past and by engaging with aspects of clay materiality that have inspired makers over the centuries. Drawing from LACMAs wide-ranging collections, the exhibition also highlights many recent contemporary acquisitions, including works by Nicholas Galanin, Steven Young Lee, Courtney Leonard, Paul Scott, Mineo Mizuno, Elyse Pignolet, and more.

AT LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART


Los Angeles, CA | August 7, 2022 – May 21, 2023

ABOUT LACMA


Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 147,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the regions rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMAs spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.

MEDIA


Five artists featured in the show discuss their artistic practice in these short videos.

IMPRINTED: ILLUSTRATING RACE | Norman Rockwell Museum

IMPRINTED: ILLUSTRATING RACE | Norman Rockwell Museum

June 11, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Featuring work by Paul Scott, Garth Johnson, Elizabeth Alexander,  and objects from the Ferrin Contemporary Collection.
Additional works & collections featured in the exhibition Our America/Whose America?


Online Symposium: September 23 – 24

Zoom Webinar: Sep 23, 7pm – 8:30pm
Presentation and Panels: Sep 24, 10am – 3pm
More details below.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Imprinted: Illustrating Race examines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. Over 300 artworks and objects on view of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from the late eighteenth century to today, which have an impact on public perception about race in the United States. The exhibition will explore stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon us through the mass publication of images. It culminates with the creative accomplishments of contemporary artists and publishers who have shifted the cultural narrative through the creation of positive, inclusive imagery emphasizing full agency and equity for all.

Co-curated by University of Delaware Professor of Visual Communications, and Interim Director of the MFA in Illustration Practice program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), guest Curator Robyn Phillips Pendleton, who has written and spoken widely on the theme of this exhibition, and by noted scholar in American illustration, the Museum’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. They are joined by a distinguished National Exhibition Advisory Committee of 10 academic scholars, curators, and artists with expertise related to the focus of the exhibition’s thesis.

MORE ON THE NORMAL ROCKWELL MUSEUM

The Norman Rockwell Museum illuminates the power of American illustration art to reflect and shape society, and advances the enduring values of kindness, respect, and social equity portrayed by Norman Rockwell.

Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum, which is accredited by the American Association of Museums, is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

Having spent its first 24 years at the Old Corner House on Stockbridge’s Main Street, the Museum moved to its present location, a 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, in 1993. Internationally renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern designed the Museum gallery building.

One of the great charms of the Museum is its location. Many of Rockwell’s world-renowned images were drawn from the surrounding community and its residents. “The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, must be one of the most popular museums in the world,” wrote author Paul Johnson, “crammed from dawn till dusk with delighted visitors crowding round the originals of much-loved paintings. And one of the further pleasures of this enchanting place is that in the nearby little towns you can recognize among the locals the children and grandchildren of those whom Rockwell painted with dedicated veracity.”

EXHIBITION CATALOG


The Imprinted: Illustrating Race catalog is available for purchase through the Norman Rockwell Museum Store

Exhibition catalogue featuring essays by noted scholars and curators and designed by Hollis King

Imprinted: Illustrating Race Exhibition Catalog by Robyn Phillips-Pendleton and Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. Illustration has been at the forefront of defining events in the United States from the Civil War and Reconstruction Era to the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today. Imprinted: Illustrating Race examines the role of the published image in shaping attitudes towards race and culture over the course of more than three centuries. This landmark volume accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition on the theme, tracing prolific stereotypical representations of race circulated through mass publication, and highlighting the efforts of twentieth- and twenty-first century artists who have worked intentionally to shift the cultural narrative, emphasizing full agency and equity for all.

PROGRAMMING


ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: Illustration and Race: Rethinking the History of Printed Images

September 23 – 24, 2022

Compelling conversations with illustrators, art directors, authors, and scholars will explore more than three hundred years of racial representation in published art and the role of mass-circulated imagery as a force in shaping public perception about people and groups of people. Presented in conjunction with Imprinted: Illustrating Race, the Museum’s current exhibition, this symposium will spark dialogue about the ways that art, advertising, and systems of publishing have helped to frame public opinion, and how the art of illustration has become a force for change today.

Join us for all or part of the symposium.

More information can be found here.

Welcome and Opening Program
September 23, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight: Illustrated Ceramics and American Identity
September 23, 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Moderator: Leslie Ferrin
Panelists: Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, Paul Scott

Hidden in plain sight, illustrations on porcelain and ceramic ware have, throughout history, transformed functional objects into message-bearers for a wide range of political and propagandistic causes, whether exchanged by heads of state or acquired for use or display in domestic settings. Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary will discuss the imagery, drawn from popular nineteenth century prints, that was reproduced on widely distributed ceramics portraying historical events, indigenous people, and notable explorers, inventors, and politicians through a white European lens. The panel will explore how these seemingly ordinary objects have helped to establish firmly held beliefs about American identity. Artists Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson and Paul Scott will discuss their work in contemporary ceramics, which reject systems of racial oppression and invite reconsideration of the sanitized version of history that was presented for generations.

Symposium Presentation and Panels
September 24, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm