Visiting ceramic artists’ work on display at Birke Art Gallery

Visiting ceramic artists Darien Johnson and Casey McDonough are presenting a two-person exhibition of their work titled Connection: Formation through Disconnect at the Birke Art Gallery. The joint exhibit opened Feb. 26.

McDonough worked hands-on with students before the exhibit opened to create a site-specific ceramic installation in the gallery.

“Both Darien Johnson and Casey McDonough approach the medium of ceramics through a mixed-media lens,” said Frederick Bartolovic, assistant professor of ceramics. “They harness two-dimensional elements in their work to supplement the three-dimensional forms or installations they create. In this way, the work of these ceramists is uniquely accessible to people interested in all different media.”

Darien Johnson received his B.F.A. from Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota in 2002. He completed a year of post-bachelor’s work at the Kansas City Art Institute and received an M.F.A. at Arizona State University in 2009. He is currently an assistant professor of ceramics at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y. Johnson’s work has been in national exhibitions such as “Ink and Clay 34” in California, “Concordia Continental ” in Minnesota and “Generously Odd: Craft Now” in Kentucky. He has also been published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Surface Design for Ceramics and Ceramics Monthly. Johnson’s sculptures are part of public collections including the Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, Ariz.) and California State Polytechnic Collection (Pomona, Calif.).

Casey McDonough holds a B.S. in marine biology and studio art from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.). He is currently 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, including Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Hunter College (New York), and was a panel presenter at the 45th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Tampa, Fla., in 2011.

A closing reception for the exhibition will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Johnson will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Smith Hall, room 154.

Connection: Formation through Disconnect will be on display until March 15. The Birke Art Gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.


Photos: RGB by Darien Johnson (porcelain, mixed media; 2011) and If this is all that exists how can there possibly be anything else? by Casey McDonough (ceramic, mixed media; 2011) are among the works displayed at the Birke Art Gallery.