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Artists to be present for 'Fired Up' closing at SFA

November 2, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The three ceramicists whose work is included in "Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay" will be present during Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art's closing reception for the exhibition at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

The show, which opened on Sept. 24, includes works by Ken Baskin of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Barbara Frey of Texas A&M Commerce, and Janet Kastner of the University of Texas at Austin.

"We are pleased to bring these exceptional artists to campus and to give East Texans an opportunity to meet them at the reception," said Alisa Steed, SFA interim director of galleries.

Baskin joined the McNeese faculty in 2005 after receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Taiwan and throughout the United States and has been published in Ceramics Monthly, "500 Ceramic Sculptures," "The Spirit of Ceramic Design" and "The Spirit of Clay."

Frey, who received her Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University, has over 200 exhibitions to her credit. Her work has been widely published in books on ceramics and is included in both private and public collections.

She has conducted numerous artist residencies, including one in Yixing, China, and a 2006 Arts/Industry residency at Kohler Co.

Kastner studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Banff Fine Arts Center in Canada before receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Fine Arts from the State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in New York.

The recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Kastner has had solo and group shows in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas.

The exhibition is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art, and is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

Griffith Gallery is located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.