Art from Alabama and its neighbors featured in exhibition of fine ceramics at Auburn art museum

Published: October 14, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will hold its first juried exhibition of fine ceramics as a part of the "2014 Alabama and Neighbors Ceramics Exhibition" on display through Nov. 2 in the Grand Gallery. The exhibition represents 14 regional artists drawn from applicants across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. During the closing weekend, the public will have an opportunity to purchase select items from the exhibition as well as other items created by the artists.

"The exhibition and sale celebrates handmade, locally wrought works of art and the sense of community that is fostered through how the pieces are made and used," said Jessica Hughes, curatorial assistant at the museum. "Guests will experience both functional vessels and sculptural forms fired in homes and studios throughout the South, often with locally sourced materials. These works are particularly relevant to this museum and this community because the artists share a regional experience with us."

The collection was assembled by exhibition juror Christopher Staley, an active ceramic artist and a professor of ceramic art at Pennsylvania State University. Staley's artwork is featured in the exhibition.

Visitors and community members are invited to purchase tickets for a reception and preview sale on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at which time the juror will assign awards for best in exhibition and outstanding bodies of work. A public sale will also be held Nov. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preview sale tickets are $15 and can be purchased via the Auburn University Marketplace. Those who purchase a ticket by Wednesday, Oct. 29, will be entered to win a $100 credit toward a purchase. For more information, go to

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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