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Archie Bray Days

Nov 20 2012
Three ceramic artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena will demonstrate their technique and lecture on their work Tuesday, Nov. 20, during the annual Archie Bray Day at The University of Montana.
Events will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Artists Jonathon Read, Sean O’Connell and Sunshine Cobb will demonstrate their work from 10:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:10 to 4:45 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of UM’s Art Annex, located south of the Adams Center. A lecture and slide show of the artists’ work will be held from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.
Read received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2005. He has taught ceramics and sculpture at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago, the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, and has exhibited his artwork internationally. His sculptures and installations feature large-scale human figures combined with dynamic, gestural and emotive drawing.
O’Connell earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from School for American Crafts/Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. He has held teaching positions at local colleges and art centers. O’Connell creates “functional pottery based on the idea that beauty and purpose should be a part of everyday use.”
Cobb received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State in Logan, Utah, and has taught ceramics at California State University in Sonoma and at the University of the Pacific in California. She is a functional potter, primarily using earthenware clay, who uses brightly colored surfaces to enhance loosely thrown and hand-built forms.
Archie Bray Day is sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund and the UM School of Art. For more information call UM art Professor Beth Lo at 406-243-5893 or call the School of Art office at 406-243-4181.