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Visiting Artists in Ceramics

Date: Time: 2:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 218
Additional Info: RH
Contact: (402) 472-5522
With support from the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Series, the UNL Clay Club presents three emerging artists in ceramics: Bri Murphy, Jana Evans, and Lauren Karle. The three artists will give consecutive lectures beginning at 2:30 p.m. on September 22 in Richards Hall 218.

Bri Murphy
Bri Murphy grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, where she began her career as an artist selling her drawings to her mom for 25¢ apiece. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned bachelor degrees in ceramics, art education, and a minor in art history. After graduating in May of 2013, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her year-long residency she assumed the role of Education Program Coordinator at the LUX. She recently accepted the position of Gallery Director and continues to work in her studio. Her work exists in the space between science and art, with her application of 3D medical imaging software to slipcast porcelain forms. Bri has always been compelled by the relationship of our physical selves to our psychological beings and her work draws on the resulting tension of this dynamic.

Jana Evans
Jana Evans’ work revolves around the familiarity that is inherent in handmade vessels. She generates an intimate relationship of use by reaching out to others in the form of a handmade cup, bowl or jar. She uses the implications of these objects to generate sociability and signal identity. She communicates to the user through form, function, surface and relationship. The designs and patterns decorate her pottery to affect and alter the reality of the viewer’s daily experiences.

Lauren Karle
After teaching for two-and-a-half years in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Lauren found that her heart was only half fulfilled; she changed the focus of her career and started her journey in clay. Lauren was a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for two years before completing her MFA at Kansas State University in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship to complete a two-month internship at Talavera Uriarte in Puebla, Mexico. In 2015, she continued to research the Talavera tradition as the artist in residence at Escuela de Arte Talavera in Spain. Her work has been included in the 2015 NCECA Biennial, the MBK Graduate Student Exhibition at the Clay Studio, Strictly Functional, and Crafts National among other shows. She was recently awarded the Betty Woodman Prize and will participate in the Future of Food thematic as artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has published five articles in Ceramics Monthly. From surface to form and the ways in which her work is used, she sees pottery as her vehicle to build understanding and compassion between diverse people and cultures. She is excited and motivated by the belief that her work can make a difference in the world.

Lauren Karle, Arroz con Leche with Adriana

Additional Public Info:
Richards Hall is located on the corner of Stadium Drive and T Street on UNL’s City Campus.

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This event originated in Hixson Lied Visiting Artists & Scholars.