‘Appalachian Dirt’ exhibition to open at Visual Arts Center

Titled “Appalachian Dirt” and featuring work from more than 20 ceramists from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, a new exhibition up at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center aims to break the mold on the thought that ceramics is limited to pottery alone.

“‘Appalachian Dirt’ shows the breadth of how contemporary ceramists are working and, in particular, highlights how ceramists in our region are working with the medium,” said Frederick Bartolovic, associate professor of ceramics at Marshall. 

Stack by Lauren Herzak-Bauman“In this way, my hope is that the exhibition will showcase a variety of visual explorations within the medium of clay, from the most practical and functional pot to the least practical,” he said.

Pieces in the show range from mere inches to a 13-foot wall installation titled “Big Wind” by Bob Shay.

“It’s a feisty and very contemporary show,” said Courtney Childers, a recent graduate from the ceramics program at Marshall. “There are pieces such as a Hellenistic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle by Brett Kern, a whiskey jug with Donald Trump’s face stenciled on it by Frederick Bartolovic, a felt and ceramic installation by Alex Hibbitt, and a ceramic airplane with ‘grabber green’ wings by Mike Bowen.”

The Dying Gaul by Brett KernChilders spearheaded the planning and execution of “Appalachian Dirt” with the assistance of Bartolovic and Megan Schultz, gallery director for Marshall’s School of Art and Design.

An opening reception for “Appalachian Dirt” will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Marshall’s Visual Arts Center, 925 Third Ave. in Huntington. The exhibition will be on display to the public until July 22.


Photos: From top, Interference by Amy Sinbondit , Stack by Lauren Herzak-Bauman and The Dying Gaul by Brett Kern are among the works in a ceramics show titled “Appalachian Dirt” at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center.