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McNeese presents Crucible Project

McNeese presents Crucible Project

Crucible Series 12Visitors will have the chance to view an ongoing collaborative studio effort - The Crucible Project - involving four ceramic artists in the production of pieces and listen to several presentations about the project Oct. 10-13 at McNeese State University.

The project team includes: Kenneth Baskin, McNeese assistant professor of art in ceramics; Richard Hirsch, professor of art, the School for the American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York; Scott Meyer, professor of art at the University of Montevallo in Alabama; and Virginia Scotchie, professor and head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Each artist in this team has a well-established identity in the field with instantly identifiable work, according to Baskin.

"This project seeks to apply these separate sensibilities to unified sculptural statements," Baskin said. "This process offers a rare window on the nature of a shared creative endeavor. Dialogue, challenges, problem solving, give and take all structure our studio experiences quite like musical improvisations."

Baskin said it is more than ironic that the group selects the crucible as its form of focus. "With its thick walls and connotations of heat and transformation, the crucible offers infinite opportunities for visual and conceptual interpretation," he explained.

The artists will work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Shearman Fines Arts Annex each day and Baskin encourages those interested to come by and observe their work.

Several presentations will also be open to the public in Room 113 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex:

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.
Scotchie and Bri Kinard, Master of Fine Arts student at the Rochester Institute

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m.
Devine Curtin, 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Rochester Institute, and Zack Blosser, Master of Fine Arts student at Rochester Institute

Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
Hirsch, Meyer and Baskin


Baskin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. He is a recipient of a Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist Award by the National Council on Education, and an essay he wrote about his creative research, titled "20th Century Artifact Series," was published and featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly Magazine in 2009. His work has also been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Scotchie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. She exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia. She has lectured internationally on her work and been an artist-in-residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands. Her clay forms reside in many public and private collections and reviews about her work appear in prestigious ceramic publications.

Meyer received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in art education from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. In 2000, Meyer constructed a large anagama kiln at the University of Montevallo that influenced his work with projects ranging from large installations addressing elemental process to ceramic sculpture assemblages displaying surfaces scorched by the kiln. He has written a book on one of the project team members - "Richard Hirsch, With Fire: A Life Between Chance and Design," due out in spring 2012. His work is exhibited in university, gallery, museum and art center venues and he has won his state's Award of Excellence in Fine Art.

Hirsch received his bachelor's degree from State University of New York at New Paltz and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School for the American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is among the leaders in the contemporary ceramic arts movement and has received international recognition for his art work in the Raku medium, which explores the evolution of the vessel form through a contemporary twist on various cultural traditions, as well as for his many exhibitions, publications, workshops and lectures. He is a recipient of a William J. Fulbright Research Scholar Award and has received several individual artists grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

For more information, contact the visual arts department at 475-5060. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu