SRU-related exhibits on display at Hoyt Center

ceramic forms created by dick wukich

Feb. 21, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A trio of exhibitions with ties to Slippery Rock University are being featured through March 24 at the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle.

"Art as Activision: The Ceramics of Richard Wukich" includes more than 50 years of artistry by the former SRU art professor. Throughout his career, Wukich has been promoting art as a means of empowering disadvantaged students; recognizing the contributions of arts educators; and providing clean water in third world countries while sharing his passion for art-making. The exhibit features a retrospective of his ceramics alongside a display of water filters and a selection of vessels benefitting Lawrence County's 4th Annual Empty Bowls dinner.

Additional exhibits with SRU ties include "Prints by Potters," on loan from SRU's permanent collection, and "Convergence in Landscape."

The "Prints by Potters" collection was inspired by famed potter Daniel Rhodes' visit to the University in 1984. Then art professor Glenn Brunken, a noted printmaker, expressed to Wukich that he wished he had asked Rhodes to make a print. From that time forward, the pair collaborated to ensure that each subsequent visiting potter did so. The collection grew to include works from some of the best American ceramicists that visited SRU in the 90s, including: Akio Takamori, Eva Kwong, Ed Eberle, Paul Soldner and David McDonald.

"Convergence in Landscape" represents a collaboration between academic departments, showcasing the combined efforts of Patrick Burkhart, professor of geology, geography and environment, and Katherine Mickle, associate professor of art.

For years, the duo has led their respective students to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota to conduct field research and hone their artistic skills in a collaborative effort to synthesize research and the communication of ideas through creative work. Results of their joint ventures have been presented at numerous conferences and symposiums. Their 2015 expedition is represented by photography, mixed media, ceramics and paintings on display.

A reception for SRU students, faculty and alumni is at at 6 p.m., March 2 at the Hoyt Center. For additional information, call: 724.652.2882.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robert.king@sru.edu