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Visual Arts hosts ceramics artist

Visual Arts hosts ceramics artist

TeapotThe McNeese State University Department of Visual Arts will host the Debi and Bill Mixon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Jan. 23-24, featuring Sam Chung, a ceramic artist from Tempe, Ariz.

Chung will present a ceramic workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Room 119 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex. He will also give a lecture about his work at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 113 of the SFAA. Both events are open to the public.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Chung received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. He taught at Northern Michigan University and is now teaching at ASU in Tempe.

Chung's work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally as well as published in various periodicals and books.

A consistent point of departure for Chung's work has been the ceramic vessel and grappling with the balance between form and function. He is interested in the way that pots have the unique ability to serve a multitude of roles and functions.

"They can be decorative, they can create nostalgia, they can reference history or places, they can bring attention to more tactile or ergonomic concerns, and of course, they can be used," explained Chung. His interest is in the challenge of creating pots that reflect a contemporary time while drawing from the vernacular of pottery shapes that have lasted for ages.

The Debi and Bill Mixon Visiting Artist Lecture Series is sponsored by an endowment through the McNeese Foundation by Debi and Bill Mixon.

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