Mercer Gallery to showcase new exhibit

The Mercer Gallery is presenting the exhibition Fractured Gatherings, showcasing clay works by the Wichita State University ceramics department from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

The exhibition includes the work of faculty members and of seven graduate students who are studying sculptural and functional ceramics, and will feature a wide range of artwork by a diverse group of artists at different stages in their careers.

A First Friday opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, featuring live music from the GCCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble (Ron Carlson, Clay Wright, and Joe Lowry).

Also, a ceramics demonstration by Wichita State University Masters of Fine Arts candidates Allison Burch and Chuck Purviance is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the GCCC Clay Studio.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Chuck Purviance graduated from Edinboro University in 2013, then became a resident artist at Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) in Brockway, Penn.  In 2015, Chuck was asked to stay on at BCAT as the teaching artist and managed daily events of their ceramic department.  He also oversaw and maintained the studio and resident artists, mentored teens in the after-school programs, and taught at the local community college. Currently, Chuck is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate at WSU, where he is exploring new ideas through sculpting organic forms and figurative forms while creating and evolving a body of work.

Allison Burch is a WSU visual arts student who makes hand built vessels that are reminiscent of the human body. The surfaces are adorned with pattern, movement, and texture.

The Mercer Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

The Mercer Gallery will be closed Nov. 19th – 23rd during the Thanksgiving Holiday.