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Visiting ceramic artists to open exhibit at Burke

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Visiting ceramic artists Darien Johnson and Casey McDonough will present a two-person exhibition of their work titled, Connection: Formation through Disconnect, at Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery.

The exhibit will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. The exhibit will be up through March 15.

McDonough will also work with students to create a site-specific ceramic installation in the gallery. At 6 p.m. he will lead an informal discussion of the work on display and his experiences as an artist and educator.

McDonough creates expansive installations that fill space to varying degrees of density, while Johnson makes very inclusive work, distilling an intense amount of information into a single object.

Johnson received his bachelor's from Saint Cloud State University. He completed a year of post-bachelor work at the Kansas City Art Institute and received a master's at Arizona State University. He is an Assistant Professor of ceramics at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y.

McDonough has a bachelor's in Marine Biology and Studio Art from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla., and a master's in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design. He is a visiting professor at the University of Central Arkansas. In addition to maintaining an active exhibition record, McDonough has given numerous lectures and workshops at academic institutions across the country and was a panel presenter at the 45th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in 2011.

There will be a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with a lecture by Johnson in Smith Hall room 154 at 6:30 p.m.

The Birke Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6-8 p.m. Monday. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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