Shenstone, Beyer, Chytilo Embark on 'Explorations in Clay'

Alumni and professor present ceramic works; Feagin’s ‘Testament’ also on exhibit

"Finding a Way In: Explorations in Clay," on exhibit until Oct. 10, 2014 in Bobbitt Visual Arts Center's Munro Gallery.
The Munro Gallery. Exhibits in Bobbitt have extended Homecoming hours: Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 1, 2014

Shell: "Nebula" (2012) by Ken Shenstone, '84
Shell: "Nebula" (2012) by Albion College class of 1984 alumnus Ken Shenstone.

Albion College alumni Ken Shenstone, ’84, and Anne Beyer, ’10, and ceramics professor Lynne Chytilo demonstrate three approaches to one medium with "Finding a Way In: Explorations in Clay," currently on exhibit in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center's Munro Gallery. Photography by visiting assistant professor Ashley Feagin is also on exhibit in Bobbitt's Dickinson Gallery. Both shows run through October 10.

Although the three ceramic artists have been colleagues and friends for several years, Chytilo notes that she, Shenstone, and Beyer will all exhibit very different types of work. “Some of this work is mixed media, and we all have different interests,” she said. “Hand-formed clay is an art form that goes back thousands of years and there are countless ways to approach it.”

Along with presenting her works, Beyer will also give a lecture at Homecoming on Saturday, October 4 in Bobbitt Auditorium. Her talk, scheduled for 1 p.m., is titled, "Introduction to the Form, Function, and Process of Ceramic Art." A reception will follow from 2-4 p.m.

Feagin’s “Testament” addresses her struggle to integrate her adult life with her religious upbringing. ”With this body of work, I write my own testament, built on the freedoms I now claim,” she reports in her artist statement. Feagin has taught at Albion since 2013 and holds a master’s degree in photography from Louisiana Tech University.

Galleries in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, located at 805 E. Cass St., are free and open to the public Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Normal Friday hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and normal Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During Homecoming weekend, the galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to  9 p.m. on Friday, October 3, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. For more information, contact the Art and Art History department at 517/629-0246 or Jessica Merrild at .