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Ceramic artist Robert Briscoe to speak at museum

May. 20, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome artist Robert Briscoe as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in May.

Briscoe will speak about his work in ceramics at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Admission to this public presentation is free. An exhibit of work by Briscoe will be on view at HMA from Tuesday, May 21, through June 30.

Briscoe will present a three-day workshop at HMA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 24-26. Call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information.

Born in Kansas City, Kan., in 1947, Briscoe has worked as a studio potter since 1967. He apprenticed with functional potter James Vandergriff in Zarah, Kansas (1967-68) and later received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Kansas State University (1980).

Briscoe was a founding member of the Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour -- now an annual destination for collectors nationwide -- and remains one of the event's principal organizers. He has received awards, including a McKnight Artist Fellowship (2001 and 2007) and a grant from the Jerome Foundation (1987). Briscoe has lectured and conducted ceramics workshops across the country. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and The Art of Contemporary Pottery. He is represented in public collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.); the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe), and numerous private collections around the world. He lives and works on 31 acres of woods and fields in Harris, Minn.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum's Gropius Addition as well as the Gropius Studios.