Tuesday, 22 December 2015

McKnight Artist in Residence: Kathryn Finnerty



Residency: January – February 2016
Artist lecture: January 19, 2016

Join us in welcoming McKnight Residency recipient Kathryn Finnerty, who will be with us in January and February, 2016. Finnerty was invited to the McKnight Residency program through a nominative process involving past resident artists and other leaders in the field of ceramics. While in residence, Finnerty will provide a free lecture about her work on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm in NCC’s Library. 

Finnerty’s work draws inspiration from 19th century English pottery, particularly Victorian majolica, with classically inspired designs, raised-line relief, and sprig and sgraffito images. Her current body of work is evolving through an “abstracted landscape narrative,” and involves larger, slab-constructed vessels; her use of bright, harmonious colors is evident throughout.

Kathryn Finnerty has owned Pleasant Hill Pottery in Eugene, Oregon since 2000, where she also teaches at Lane Community College. Finnerty has recently had solo exhibitions at Schaller Gallery and Red Lodge Clay Center. She has contributed to many other exhibitions, including at Santa Fe Clay, LUX Center for the Arts, James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the American Pottery Festival at NCC. Her work is carried by AKAR Gallery, Pewabic Gallery, and The Clay Studio Philadelphia, and several others. Finnerty’s exquisitely decorated surfaces have been featured in Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface (Robin Hopper, 2004) and others, including 500 Teapots (vol. 1, 2002, and vol. 2, 2013) and 500 Pitchers (2005).

We hope you will join us January 19 for this lecture, and to welcome Kathryn Finnerty to NCC!  Refreshments will be provided.

This program is sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and reflects the Foundation’s interest in supporting outstanding individual ceramic artists who have proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.
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Minneapolis, MN  55406              
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