Applying Infuences: 2017 Invitational Ceramic Exhibition

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February 2, 2017 all-day
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55431

February 24 – March 31, 2017

Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs

Curated by Ernest Miller.

Panel Discussion: Friday, February 24, 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Artistry is pleased to present Applying Influences its tri-annual Invitational Ceramic Exhibition. Guest curator, Ernest Miller selected this year’s theme which focuses on contemporary ceramic artists and their unique expression of inspiration into clay.


Applying Influences

Monica Rudquist

Curator’s Statement:
The exhibition Applying Influences seeks to illuminate the various facets between functionality and pure expression with pottery. Clay, the material of pottery, has an innate ability to record and preserve the influence of the potter. It documents the physical application of the hand, tools, firing technique, and idea. Whether working within the parameters of utility or personal expression, the maker inevitably creates something influenced by what they look at, experience, or feel. This exhibition brings together various potters depicting the diverse interpretations of the pot. The exhibitors of Applying Influences all have allegiance to tradition. Using this as a starting point they instill personal interests or surroundings into their work. For example, absorbing Minnesota and Eastern influences, Will Swanson expresses himself with the simplicity of clean lines. The role of his pottery is evident in its unquestionable functionality. In contrast, Monica Rudquist sets aside her functional pottery parameters to create gestural ceramic pieces. She is cutting pots into sections and assembling new sculptural compositions speaking to abstract expressionism. The balance between personal expression and traditional functional pots is represented by Jason Trebs as the texture of landscape is integrated into the surfaces of his rugged usable pots.

About the Curator:
Ernest Miller is a ceramic artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL) and an associate degree from Olney Central College (Olney, IL). His body of work was selected in 2015 to be included in the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. In 2016 he was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota state Arts Board. Ernest can be found teaching the craft and art of making pots at Fired Up Studios in Golden Valley, MN and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, MN. You can find more information about Ernest and his work at


Inez Greenberg Gallery Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

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