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Higby retrospective at Renwick Gallery; artist to join conversation of work Nov. 21

“Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby” is currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. through Dec. 8, 2013.

The retrospective of contemporary ceramic work includes some 60 pieces representative of Wayne Higby, Alfred University professor of ceramic art and Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art, College of Ceramics. The works range from vessel forms and tiles to sculpture and architectural installations.

On Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., in McEvoy Auditorium, lower level, Higby will join Smithsonian American Art Museum Senior Curator Eleanor Harvey and Henry Sayre, professor of art history at Oregon State University, as they explore the western American landscape and its relationship to Higby’s ceramic vessels. The conversation will be webcast at:

The Renwick Gallery, open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, is on the first floor – 1661 Pennsylvania 17th Street, NW.

“Infinite Place” is organized by the Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ. Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum, organized the Higby retrospective. Major funding was provided by an Artist’s Exhibition Series grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation with additional support by Marlin AU ’54 and Regina Miller, the AU Robert C. Turner Chair Endowment Fund, Alfred University, and the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics. The James Renwick Alliance supports the presentation at the Renwick Gallery. 

The Washington, D.C. stop is the second on a national tour for “Infinite Place.” The retrospective opened at ASU April 27 and was on view through July 20. Upcoming during the next year and a half will be the Reading (PA) Public Museum; the Philadelphia (PA) Art Alliance; the Racine (WI) Art Museum; and the Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, NY.