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MUSEUM NEWS | HEY! Ceramique.s – Paris, France | Chris Antemann, Crystal Morey, Mara Superior

MUSEUM NEWS | HEY! Ceramique.s – Paris, France | Chris Antemann, Crystal Morey, Mara Superior

Paris, France

Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre | Paris, France
on view through August 14, 2024

In this newsletter we introduce you to our colleague in France, Anne Richard, founder, author & curator of HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture. In 2023, she invited 30 international ceramic sculptors to HEY! CÉRAMIQUE.S  her latest and current exhibition on view in Paris at La Halle Saint Pierre Museum. A specialist known for discovering new genres, graphic art and pop surrealists, Anne was inspired to curate exhibitions that highlight figural sculpture in ceramic media.

Two ambitious 2022 exhibitions Anne curated introduced internationally known sculptors from Ferrin Contemporary. HEY! LE DESSIN featured recent works by Sergei Isupov and Jason Walker in Paris and the exhibition  Esprits Libres at La Fondation d’Enterprise Bernardaud in Limoges featured new works by Crystal Morey and Mara Superior. The three artists featured in HEY! CÉRAMIQUE.S  are Chris AntemannCrystal Morey, and Mara Superior.

 Each of the HEY! exhibitions present multiple works by the artists introducing them to new audiences.They are each documented by extraordinary, fully illustrated publications accompanied by commissioned essays. In the current edition, Maria Porges has written about Crystal Moreyand Lauren Levato Coyne about Mara Superior.



“Reflecting the visual and stylistic language of the 18th century, Chris Antemann’s art aims at transforming the status of the object while making parodies of social norms and taboos. Gender roles are often reversed, gestures and expressions are based on time-worn themes of passion, power and jealousy.” – curator essay by Anne Richard.

Chris Antemann, Kissing Booth, 2023, 17”h, photo Kendrick Moholt.


“From there, [she], like many of us, sees the news, imagines the future, and find solace in the triumphant artworks of the past. She is chronicling our time, a unique and strange mix of hope in the ace of humanities greatest collective threat— ourselves.” –  Mara Superior, Chronicling our Collective Hopes– essay by Lauren Levato-Coyne

Mara Superior, Birth of Venus (After Sandro Botticelli), 2021, 17.5” h, photo: John Polak.


“Quotations from eighteenth-century painting and sculpture, as well as from the extraordinary richness of that period’s porcelain, all come together in Pop/Surrealist figures of astonishing delicacy and beauty.”– Crystal Morey, Shaping Interconnectedness – essay by Maria Porges

Crystal Morey, RePlanting: Over the Land (Mt. Lion and Unicorn), 2022, 17.5″ h, detail.


Author, publisher, curator, founder of HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture

Anne Richard has been working in the art world under three pseudonyms (Anne & Julien, Anne de HEY!, Rosita Warlock) since 1986. Her knowledge of pop subcultures, as well as a solid involvement in alternative arts, have made her a key player in the cultural landscape, thanks to her national and international achievements. In 2010, she co-founded the multidisciplinary structure HEY! modern art & pop culture, which she has directed ever since.

Photographer, Projects and Development Manager

Zoé Forget has been a member of HEY! modern art & pop culture since 2012. Initially a photographer, she is now also in charge of publications and exhibitions curated by Anne Richard. A graduate in photography from ENS Louis Lumière, she also holds a doctorate in Aesthetics, Science and Technologies of the Arts and is a lecturer at Paris 8 University. In parallel, she has been developing a personal photographic practice, focusing in recent years on hair and femininity.


Includes beautiful artwork photos, essays, and installation content of and about the exhibition. 

Released September 15, 2023
Edited by Anne Richard Bilingual (French/English)
250 pages
28 x 24.5cm
Published by HEY! PUBLISHING


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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



Posted by AxelJ in Blog, News, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR
MUSEUM NEWS | Mara Superior

MUSEUM NEWS | Mara Superior

MUSEUM NEWS | Mara Superior

Mara Superior is an American visual artist who works in porcelain. A native New Yorker, Superior made good use of her proximity to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visiting constantly. From an early age, her life has been spent in the pursuit of art, beauty, history, and travel.

Her work demonstrates a thorough grasp of historical precedents with an added twist of her enchanting reinterpretations. She is known for her detailed narrative sculptures and wall reliefs with subject matter ranging from the personal to the political and environmental.

Superior has received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts fellowship and numerous individual artists grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, most recently in 2017. She is included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and her work can be found nationally and internationally in many public and private collections.

In 2018, through the generous support of the Kohler Foundation, gifts of art by Mara Superior were made to fifteen museums throughout the USA. Since 1970, the foundation has donated thousands of pieces of art to more than 300 museums and non-profits across the country, in addition to preserving in situ art environments. Kohler Foundation’s mission is to support the arts and education, with a focus on art preservation.

Cool Clay: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Ceramics
Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, CA | July 21, 2019 – December 31, 2020

Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay
Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA | September 7, 2019 – March 14, 2021

Major Work On View at the PEM
Peabody Essex Museum of Art in Salem, MA | Currently on View, New Wing Opened in September 2019

A Legacy of Firsts: The Everson Collects
Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY | November 16, 2019 – January 3, 2021

People’s Choice Exhibit
Bennington Museum | Bennington, VT | July 3 through November 3, 2020

ON VIEW in the Rowland Gallery
Chazen Museum of Art| Madison, WI

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, On View

Mara Superior On View at the Peabody Essex Museum of Art in Salem, MA


Peabody Essex Museum of Art in Salem, MA | Currently on View, New Wing Opened in September 2019


In 2018, through the generous support of the Kohler Foundation, gifts of art by Mara Superior were made to fifteen museums throughout the USA.

This generous gift has opened opportunities for scholarship and public exhibitions. Several museums are currently showing works they received in this generous gift and plans are underway for a comprehensive career survey of the two artists’ works at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.



Mara Superior & Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Mara Superior & Roy Superior, “Sea of Plenty” 2008, wood, paint, porcelain, glaze, gold luster, bone, ink, egg tempera, 10 x 10 x 3.5″.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News
Mara Superior in “ART FOR DARTMOUTH: CELEBRATING THE 250TH”, August 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

Mara Superior in “ART FOR DARTMOUTH: CELEBRATING THE 250TH”, August 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

Art for Dartmouth: Celebrating the 250th

On view from August 31, 2019 –January 12, 2020.
Hood Museum of Art , Hanover, NH

Dartmouth now has a beautiful structure for displaying art—everything from Japanese netsuke to enormous contemporary paintings look great in our new galleries. With Art for Dartmouth: Celebrating the 250th, the Hood Museum has sought to channel the bounty of goodwill that made the building renovation possible into renewed enthusiasm for the art collection at the heart of the museum. As part of this initiative over the past few years, the Hood Museum has received numerous gifts of true significance to the collection. Many of these will be featured throughout the fall of 2019 to celebrate the continuing passion of Dartmouth for the arts and of our alumni for their beloved college.

Click to Read More in the Dartmouth Fall Quarterly

More about Mara Superior.



Mara Superior’s “Angelo Da Vendemmia—Castle Vase”, 2002, High-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the Kohler Foundation, Inc.; 2019.14.2 “Art for Dartmouth: Celebrating the 250th”, August 31, 2019 –January 12, 2020.



Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News
MARA SUPERIOR featured at Project Art during HOST

MARA SUPERIOR featured at Project Art during HOST

featured at PROJECT ART during HOST
June 23 & 24, 2018

Join us at the




June 23 & 24 throughout the hilltowns


Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art will be featuring local artist Mara Superior during the first Hilltown Artist Open Studio Tour (HOST). Mara will be on hand to demonstrate her painting technique on porcelain relief platters during the two-day open house.

Click here for more about Mara Superior.


Small works by Mara and other artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary are available in our Square Shop.

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Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov,Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott will be on view along with selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions.

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HOST is presented by the Hilltown Arts Alliance. This is the first year and it’s an ambitious one. 26 artists at 24 locations throughout the hilltowns, with a group show at the Cummington Community House Gallery. Visit working artists’ studios, many of which are located in unique architectural settings with beautiful gardens to explore.

Click here for more information and the map.


MEANDER TIMELESS BACKROADS … Get a glimpse into both the creative process and physical work which make up the daily lives of these visionary artists who live amongst  mountain views, streams, and Western Mass rural splendor. Eight studios in Cummington include Beckie Kravetz, June Ferrin, Jeanne Johns, Frances Henry & Walter Korzec, Leni Fired, Judith Bowerman, and Larry Slezak.

Don’t miss studio potters Mark Shapiro in Worthington and Michael Melle in Plainfield.

Click for more on HOST TOUR MAP.

DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Click for more.

Coming up in Cummington, MA, HOPS+POTS on July 28 and PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE on July 28 & 29. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV will be among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Opens June 24.
Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News
Summer Events at Ferrin Contemporary & Project Art 2018

Summer Events at Ferrin Contemporary & Project Art 2018

Summer Events at Ferrin Contemporary & Project Art 2018


on view through July 22
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams

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Click to view more work by Sergei Isupov.


Hilltown Open Studios Tour (HOST)
June 24–25

26 artists show their work in 24 locations in the Hillltowns of Western Mass.
Mara Superior is the featured artist at Project Art.

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Click to view more work by Mara Superior.


Thursday, July 26, 2018
Preview during DownStreet Art in North Adams
Cristina Cordóva’s solo exhibition, Del balcón
on view through September 16.

Click to view more work by Cristina Cordóva.


July 28–29, 2018
Open House at Project Art
52 Main Street, Cummington
Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary,
private collections, and current projects.

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July 28–29, 2018
Backroads, summertime, great pots.
Download the map and schedule.

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Sat, July 28, 2018, 6:00–8:30pm
Local Beer, Food, Pottery, Music
Benefit Party and Sale for Studio Potter
Project Art, 54 Main Street, Cummington, MA

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Click for more about Studio Potter.


Let us help you organize a group itinerary to visit the Berkshires and get behind the scenes with artists, curators – now scheduling fall 2018 and spring 2019 tours for museum and collector groups.

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in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA Campus

Start or end your day at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY while you explore the world of MASS MoCA and Downtown North Adams for more local art, food, and, of course, beer.

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


The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh

Group show of contemporary artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques. In 2017, artists were invited to respond to and produce new works that reference the art, objects, and social history of the collections.

Chris Antemann, Robin Best, Stephen Bowers,Bouke de Vries, Ed Eberle, Evan Hauser, Steven Young Lee, Beth Lipman, Crystal Morey, Kadri Pärnamets, Peter Pincus, Justin Rothshank, Paul Scott, Cindy Sherman, Kate Roberts, Caroline Slotte, Dirk StaschkeMara Superior,and Kurt Weiser.

Click here for more about the exhibition.

 photo: Kurt Weiser


Go Figure
group show at The Clay Penn
511 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond
The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh
Click here for more about the exhibition.

Click here for more and available works.

Demonstrating Artist

at NCECA Conference
Convention Center Ballroom B
Thursday, March 15, 9am–12pm
Friday, March 16, 1–4pm

“I will demonstrate the construction of a large scale torso through the use of slabs. Utilizing proportional references the building strategy will involve developing individual elements that will later stack into a four- to five-foot-tall piece.” 

solo exhibition at Alfred University Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY

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Revive, Remix, Respond
The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh
Click here for more about the exhibition.

Onview at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Eberle Studios
229 East 9th Ave, Homestead, PA

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Structures of Atmosphere
group show
7800 Susquehanna St (5th floor), PIttsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond
The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh
Click here for more about the exhibition.


Collaboration Companions
group show at Union Project
801 N. Negley Avenue, PIttsburgh

711 South 21st Street, Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond
The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh
Click here for more about the exhibition.

Click here for link to available works.


Supermud / Futuremud
group show of Penn State alumni and faculty
Union Project
801 N. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh
Click here for more about the exhibition.

Click here for more and available works.

at Brew House Association

group show curated by Alexandra Jelleberg and Brad Klem connecting contemporary ceramics and the thriving craft beer movement

RECEPTION: Friday, March 16, 6-10pm
711 South 21st Street, Pittsburgh

Click for more on Brew House Arts.
Click for tickets and more about Growlerfest.

NCECA National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, annual conference is in Pittsburgh, PA.  Each year the host city provides collectors and artists the opportunity to see regional museum collections, explore established and pop-up galleries and meet up with colleagues.  The exhibitions of ceramic sculpture and studio pottery are mounted throughout the city and provide an opportunity to survey current trends and discover young artists.

Click for link to exhibition guide.
Click for link to conference program.

Posted by AxelJ in Events, News, Past events
Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond: 
Contemporary Ceramic Artists and The Frick Pittsburgh

February 17–May 27, 2018

Revive, Remix, Respond

Showcases contemporary artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques. Contemporary ceramicists were invited to respond to and produce new works that reference the art, objects, and social history of the collections at The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

photo: Mara Superior, “Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty/ A Collection” 2018.

Remix Your Friday Exhibition Preview

Friday, February 16, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for a happy hour in The Frick Art Museum to celebrate the opening of this exhibition, Be among the first to see this unique exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists. The evening will also feature gallery talks from exhibition curator Dawn Brean and exhibited artist Beth Lipman (pictured).
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photo: Beth Lipman working at John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News