“Consuming the View,” by Tina Vu (Ohio University School of Art + Design)
“Consuming the View,” by Tina Vu (Ohio University School of Art + Design)

New Exhibit Reflects OU Students’ European Travels

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The Ohio University School of Art + Design is presenting an exhibition co-curated by MFA candidates Seana Higgins and Steph Wadman, on view Oct. 20 through Nov. 16 in OU’s Trisolini Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Baker Center.

This exhibition, featuring ceramic art objects, photographs and videos, is meant to synthesize the experiences of Ohio University students during a month-long artist residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, and travels through Romania, last summer.

Traveling from Ohio, a state which has a long tradition of ceramics and was once the ceramic capitol of the U.S., Higgins and Wadman were excited to be immersed in a culture where traditional modes of making in clay and other folk arts were so prevalent.

“We discussed ways in which an arrangement of works could communicate the singular experience of traveling and making artwork in Hungary and Romania,” the pair stated.

Using photography and video gathered while traveling in Hungary and Romania, they recreate the breadth of this cultural experience in an attempt to encapsulate individual perspectives.

“Last night I dreamed of all the beautiful places we’ve seen. My mind was full with beautiful colors of flowers and fabrics and architecture,” wrote Ohio University student Kate Hockbrueckner.

Photographs of traditional Romanian craft and painted monasteries illustrate Hockbrueckner’s recollections and lead the viewer through the gallery to find ceramic works made in Hungary by OU graduate and undergraduate students using its famous fine Hungarian porcelain.

Participating artists include Allison Cochran, Kelsey Duncan, Madeline Fowler, Tag Hauschild, Seana Higgins, Kate Hochbrueckner, Ellen Kleckner, Mary Mitchell, Amanda Morris, Katie Schwendeman, Tina Vu and Steph Wadman.

Trisolini Gallery, located on the 4th Floor of Baker Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

A special event that will consist of artist talks and a demonstration will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m.

This College of Fine Arts event is made possible through support from Arts for Ohio.