Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will feature the works of Craig Clifford and Debbie Kupinsky in the exhibit “Recent Ceramic Sculptures” September 9 – October 11. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Viewings can be arranged outside or regular hours by checking out a key from the University Center Information Desk.
Kupinsky is Uihlein Fellow in Studio Art, Ceramics and Foundations, at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She describes her work as objects and images that explore “the interior lives and narratives that lie hidden beneath the surface of every day experience."
She adds, “My work investigates the role of objects and images as carriers of meaning and how they relate ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed in words. Through the exploration of the subconscious and the narratives that lie beneath the surface of everyday life, I hope to both understand my own experiences and connect to the experiences of others. The figure allows me to get at these ideas and emotions by acting as a proxy for the self that becomes layered with meaning when overlapped and embedded with other objects and images."
Kupinsky has had solo and two-person exhibitions on college and university campuses around the country and in contemporary ceramic exhibitions in Jingdezhen, China. More information and photos about her work can be found on her website, www.debbiekupinsky.com
Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as exhibitions at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. Recently he completed an artist residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana working towards a solo exhibition at the gallery at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit Michigan. He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University and is currently the head of the ceramics program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.