The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Clay with a Capital T. Tea Pots, Trays, Tureens” by The Clay Cartel as the first show of its 2015-2016 season. The exhibit of ceramics, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, will be on display through Sept. 18. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
The Clay Cartel is a group of ceramic art educators who began showing together in 2014. The group includes Andy Corcoran, Debi Cox, Michelle Jeffries, David Long, Dylan Seeney and David Self.
Each artist brings his or her own concept and vision to each exhibit, with a central idea or theme as the basis of the work. “Teapots, Trays, and Tureens” is an exhibition focused on three classic pottery forms that have traditionally found their existence in the functional realm. The Clay Cartel presents this idea in each artist’s individual concept – some have approached it with tradition in mind, with others challenging the norm and role of each piece.
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.