In Place showcases a range of contemporary, sculptural ceramic works produced in short-term artist residency programs. This exhibition focuses on the impact that concentrated time to work in artistic communities can have on the artistic process. In Place features ceramic works that were produced during residencies at the Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA), the Anderson Center (Red Wing, MN), John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT), Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC), Guldagergaard (Gråsten, Denmark), and Zentrum Fur Keramik (Berlin, Germany).
In Place features a range of contemporary and experimental ceramics with a focus on non-functional pieces. True to the Anderson Center’s mission to support interdisciplinary works, In Place includes some mixed-media pieces that feature ceramics integrated with other materials. For example, Scott Carter’s Dummies recreates amp stacks down to functional electronics, with each speaker head made from vitreous china. From abstract geometric works to representational pieces, the works of art in this exhibition represent the diversity of residency programs and the artists they support.
In Place explores the idea of residency programs as a temporary utopia for artists and residency as a place and time for transformation of artistic process. As participating artist Jennifer Johnson attests: “I did a year of work in two months at Guldagergaard.” Exhibition didactics will include maps and information about each program alongside the exhibited ceramics in order to further conversation about the role of residency programs – those short, highly productive bursts of studio time – in an arts ecosystem and on individual artists’ careers. True to its title, In Place also contemplates the particularities of each residency location, and how it might impact the artists’ work.
Anderson Center gallery hours are 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 2-4pm.