JANUARY 15 – MARCH 14, 2010
The 2010 Jerome Artists Exhibition featured the work of Jane Gordon, Cynthia Levine, and Roberta Massuch, each of whom was awarded a 2009 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant by Northern Clay Center. The awards recognize artists who have displayed strong artistic development to this point and promise further growth during the term of the grant and in the future. An opening reception for the artists was held on January 15 from 6 – 8 pm.
Jane Gordon received a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Over the past few years, she has created several outdoor installations, which explore the relationship between nature and humans. She incorporates her site-specific ceramic multiples into particular outdoor environments and combines them with elements of plant and animal life. “Installation work is exciting to me,” she states. “I enjoy its flexibility, involvement with site, and ability to immerse the viewer physically in the work.”
Cynthia Levine received a B.A. in French with a minor in studio arts from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Following a residency with Richard Bresnahan at St. John’s University Levine discovered the dramatic effect that flashes of soda or drips of ash had on her coil-built vessels. “At this time,” she states, “the primary focus of my work is the coil-built vessel, which provides me with a defined arena from which I can explore my sculptural and formal interests.” For this project grant she focused on translating her ideas about volume, space, and containment into a more vertical format. In 2005, she received a Jerome Artist Project Grant from NCC, as well as an Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Roberta Massuch received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and was a studio assistant and artist-in-residence at the Worcester Center for Craft in Massachusetts. She was a 2008 Fogelberg Fellowship recipient and maintains a studio at NCC, where she taught both adult and children’s classes. In August 2009 she received a two-month studio assistantship from Penland School of Crafts. Massuch’s work incorporates soft and firm slabs of earthenware, which are combined by pressing and folding each component together, creating tension with the form. These soft, playful forms evoke feelings of childhood and comfort.
Support for this exhibition and the individual artist’s grants is provided by the Jerome Foundation, St. Paul.