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Photos: Pottery artwork by Summer Carmack (top right), Jocelyn Howard (middle left), and Kirk Jackson (bottom right). [photo credit Red Lodge Clay Center]
Ryniker-Morrison Gallery to host Red Lodge Clay Center resident artists January 8-28
BILLINGS, December 11, 2014 – RMC's Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will begin 2015 with an exhibit by resident artists from the Red Lodge Clay Center. The exhibit will open with a reception on January 8, 2015, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, located in Tech Hall on the RMC campus. The exhibit is free to the public and will run through January 28. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"We are fortunate to have the Red Lodge Clay Center return to the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery for a third visit," said Sally McIntosh, director of the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery. "Their residents bring incredible clay work for our students and faculty to view and study. They visit Rhett Moak’s ceramic class at the beginning of the semester and inspire students all semester long."
This exhibit will feature three artists-in-residence and their artwork from the Red Lodge Clay Center, located in Red Lodge, Mont. The artists include Summer Carmack, Jocelyn Howard, and Kirk Jackson.
"All the residents come to us as artists, but they are discovering and experimenting more throughout their residency with us," said Andrea Moon, communications and residency coordinator for Red Lodge Clay Center. "This exhibit at Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will be a documentation of them working outside of the box more."
Summer Carmack is a long-term resident from Oxford, Miss. "My love for clay lies within an appreciation of the inherent qualities of the material," says Carmack. "The strength of clay, balanced with its fragility at certain states, informs the method of creation of an object and entices me to create."
Carmack's artwork is a reflection of some of her fondest childhood memories, from beautiful gardens to a kitchen table full of food on holidays. "My memories speak of my wistfulness for childhood through tea parties, porcelain doll collections, and dressing up in my grandmother's rollers and old dresses," explained Carmack. "Simultaneously, they speak of womanhood and the femininity that has shaped the person I am now."
Jocelyn Howard is a new resident from Chesapeake, Va. "I use the figure in my work as a vehicle for narratives that involve themes of sexuality, gender identity, religion, adulthood, and play," said Howard. "I utilize fairy tale whimsy in order to reveal a deeper, sometimes darker struggle."
Howard believes that each circle in society requires some level of conformity, which is either accepted or denied. "We present a carefully curated portion of ourselves to the world," explained Howard. "I seek to expose hidden complexities and struggles. In contrast to the demands of conformity, the internal truths of each person can create a sense of marginalized isolation." Howard hopes that her artwork will reflect the feeling that someone experiences when confronting their individuality.
This is also Kirk Jackson's first year as a resident with the Red Lodge Clay Center. Originally from Lewis Center, Ohio, Jackson finds inspiration for his work from the objections and possessions people choose to collect, such as coffee cups, and the rituals that are generated from those articles. "For me, I have an internal need to control and organize the things around me," said Jackson. "The many crucial steps and the time it takes to work with clay, enables me to impose absolute control over the objects I create."
These three artists will be artists-in-residence until July 31, 2015, after which they can renew their application for a second-year residency. During their residency, the artists will help run the gallery, prepare the monthly loft gallery exhibitions, and host visiting artists.
The resident artists will also lecture in RMC Art Instructor Rhett Moak's ceramic class on January 8 from 8:30 - 11:15 a.m.
"The Red Lodge Clay Center is such a significant art center for this region, and they generously share their knowledge with us,” said McIntosh.