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STLCC-Meramec Hosts High School Ceramics Exhibition

January 14, 2015

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“Memory House” by Frank Ballard will be featured in
“High School Ceramics Exhibition” at the Meramec
Contemporary Art Gallery Jan. 22-Feb. 13.

The St. Louis Community College-Meramec Art department presents “High School Ceramics Exhibition” Jan. 22-Feb. 13 in the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery on the campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.

The exhibition is a regional, juried, thematic exhibit of the best of high school student artworks in ceramics. High schools represented are Chaminade College Prep, Christian Brothers, McCluer North, Fox, Hazelwood Central, John Burroughs School, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway South, Parkway West, St. Joseph's Academy, Soldan and Incarnate Word Academy.

Jim Ibur, ceramics professor, is the curator for the exhibition. Ibur suggested this exhibition by proposing a juried high school ceramics exhibition to the Meramec Art Department Gallery Committee around the theme of “memory.”

“The work could only be in ceramic or ceramics and mixed media, and be around the theme, but could be tiles, pottery, figurative sculpture, architectural ceramics -- anything in clay,” he said.

Ibur also proposed the exhibit because of the space in the gallery and wanted to get a wide range of perspectives.

“It opens up possibilities of a narrative for ceramics that I believe will surprise a lot our audience,” he said. “I think it will also create a nice energy when all those students from different schools come together around a common theme. It is so important that high school students come out and see Meramec. This show is a great way for high school students to celebrate and be celebrated for their great emerging artwork and potentially see where their next step might be.”

There will be an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. The reception and gallery exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.

For more information, contact the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery Hotline at 314-984-7278.