A piece by Richard Nickel, which will be featured in the Dairy Barn Arts Center’s Contemporary Ceramics 2017 exhibition. (WOUB/Emily Votaw)

Contemporary Ceramics and Visiting Artists Headed to Dairy Barn

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The Dairy Barn Arts Center announces our most recent exhibition, Contemporary Ceramics 2017, open to the public Saturday, September 23 at 12 p.m. The exhibition is curated by Brad Schwieger, Professor of Ceramics, Area Chair at Ohio University and will feature 30 top national artists working in the ceramic medium.

“Established artists who collectively articulated a diversity of materials, processes and ideas were the criteria for selecting work for this exhibition,” said Schwieger. “These sculptures and vessels by thirty artists will captivate, entertain and challenge you.”

The opening reception of Contemporary Ceramics 2017 will be held on Friday, September 22 from 5-7 p.m. at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. The show will run until November 25 with gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 and free all day on Wednesdays.

This year, the Dairy Barn is participating in National Clay Week from October 9-15, featuring photo galleries, hands on clay collaborations and open studios. Check out all the free, open-to-everyone, clay-centered events at

The Barn will also host several visiting artist lectures and workshops from September to November. These workshops will include Contemporary Ceramics artists Richard Nickel, Bill Wilkey & Jennifer Allen. In addition, Dale Hague from The Clay Center of Ohio will teach a wild clay workshop and Mary Jo Bole, Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibitor, will lead a bus tour throughout Southeast Ohio. For more information on all of these workshops, please visit

For a list of participating artists along with more information on National Clay Week and any of our visiting artist workshops and lectures, please visit or email