Space 204: Career Highlights: 40 Years in Clay by Vanderbilt lecturer Susan DeMay
10/22/2013, All Day
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Ingram Studio Art Center Gallery (Google map of this location)
The Vanderbilt University Department of Art proudly welcomes an exhibition celebrating four decades of art by Susan DeMay, the art department's long-time senior lecturer in ceramics. Career Highlights: 40 Years in Clay will be on display in Space 204 from Thursday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Nov. 22, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.
DeMay will give a gallery talk at 3 p.m. prior to the opening reception.
Recognized for her distinctive glazes and glazing techniques, DeMay's show brings together more than 40 works from public, private and the artist's collections and includes vessels and wall pieces, sculptural ceramics, and her recent mixed media work. Also on display will be the burial urns of friend and mentor Sylvia Hyman. Hyman, who died late last year, had years ago requested DeMay create her burial urns, incorporating the ashes from her cremation into the glazes.
DeMay, an educator at Vanderbilt since 1985, has conducted workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the region. The author and subject of numerous articles for national and international publications, her work is featured in five different Lark Book series. The preface of the latest book, The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay, includes this statement: “Sixty-four prominent contemporary ceramic artists served as jurors for this special edition, each selecting what he or she found to be the most technically masterful, stylistically inventive, and historically important pieces featured in the Lark’s 500 Series.”
DeMay is also the owner of a studio production company, Made by deMay, which she started in 1985 after completing her master's degree in Art at Tennessee Tech's Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. "The supportive and nurturing environment there help me me realize I needed to set up my own operation," DeMay says. Several lines from Made by deMay have been sold through the Smithsonian Museum stores.
Originally from upstate New York, DeMay received her undergraduate degrees in art and education from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl. and her MS degree from George Peabody College in Nashville, the last class before the college merged with Vanderbilt in 1985.
Space 204 is the second floor gallery of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 1204 25th Avenue South at Garland on the Vanderbilt campus. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Department of Art, all Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. Metered parking is available on Garland Avenue, alongside the Ingram Art Center. For more information, contact The Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or visit www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.