Central's Mills Gallery to feature ceramics exhibit

PELLA — An exhibit featuring current resident artists of the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio will run from Oct. 21 to Nov. 20 at the Mills Gallery in the Lubbers Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Central College.

The exhibit is titled "(un)comfort" and will feature two pieces by eight artists. One piece will showcase their typical work, while the other pushes their boundaries. The eight artists are Aaron Moseley, studio manager; and Ellen Kleckner, executive director; Max Haugh-Ewald; Riley McManus; Molly Becker; Alex Schiechen; Hank Hugen; and Woodrow Kielas-Jensen.

The Mills Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"This is a great opportunity for students and the community to see work from emerging artists and to learn something about artist residencies," says Brian Roberts, professor of art at Central. "Some of the artists aren't much older than my students, and it will be great for them to learn about artist opportunities and to hear from these artists about how they ended up at the ceramics center in Cedar Rapids."

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio is a non-profit, community art organization dedicated to ceramic and glass art in Cedar Rapids. ICCGS is the premier public access ceramics and glass studio in the region, serving eastern Iowa. In addition to hands-on studio classes, it presents expectational art exhibitions, educational outreach programs and a national resident artist program impacting more than 25,000 individuals the past 10 years.

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio can accommodate up to seven resident artists in ceramics or glass. The purpose of the artist residency program is to provide emerging ceramic artists with the space, facilities, time and professional interaction that will further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as ceramic artists. Residencies are typically one year. Resident artists teach classes and perform general studio upkeep like firing kilns and making glazes. Each artist has a personal work space, 24/7 access to the center's facilities and their residency culminates in an exhibit in the center's Chadima Gallery.

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