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Alumnus installs his 'Masterworks in Clay' in Schein-Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art

Alfred University’s (AU) Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art will host “Chris Gustin: Masterworks in Clay,” a retrospective exhibition of the works of the ceramicist and AU alumnus this fall, Thursday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Binns-Merrill Hall.

There will be a museum reception, open to the public, Sept. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. Gustin will also give a gallery talk on Friday, Sept. 20, at noon, in the museum. This, too, is open to the public. The Schein-Joseph Museum is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For information call 607.981.2421.

Curated by Sherry Leedy of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, for the Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA, the exhibition includes many pieces from several series produced by Gustin over 38 years. Susan Kowalczyk, collections manager at the Schein-Joseph, notes the museum is borrowing from more than 20 lenders for this exhibition, including from the personal collection of AU alumnus Marlin Miller, a University trustee and former chairman of the board. The exhibit will move to the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, MO following the Alfred visit.

Gustin earned a master of fine arts degree from the University. He has received various awards for his work, including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and is recognized for his excellence and innovation in ceramics. His work is displayed worldwide in various public and private collections. Gustin has long been committed to the use of biomorphic forms, vessels, and the Anagama wood-firing process.

Gustin earned a bachelor of fine arts degree the Kansas City Art Institute. After teaching for 23 years at Boston University, the Swain School of Design, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where he is now professor emeritus, Gustin decided to devote his full energies to his ceramic work.

There is a 160-page companion catalog, “Chris Gustin: Masterworks in Clay,” available for purchase. The publication, funded through the Windgate Foundation, includes photos of Gustin’s work 1975-2012.

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art is a teaching and research facility whose study collection, exhibitions, events, and publications provide opportunities for hands-on appreciation of both contemporary and historical pieces. The museum houses nearly 8,000 ceramic and glass objects, ranging from small pottery shards recovered from ancient civilizations to contemporary sculpture and installation pieces to advanced ceramics reflecting the cutting edge of ceramic technology. The museum is a teaching and research facility.