Ceramics featured in UW-L gallery exhibit

Ceramics artwork.

Artwork by Minnesota artist Phillip Ahnen will be featured in an upcoming UW-L Gallery Exhibit.

Ceramics.

Artwork by Massachusetts artist Rachel K. Garceau will be featured in an upcoming UW-L Gallery Exhibit.

‘Levels and Degrees’ opens Oct. 19

The ceramic work of two artists will fill the UW-La Crosse University Art Gallery.

Ceramics by Phillip Ahnen of Minnesota and Rachel K. Garceau of North Carolina will be featured in “Levels and Degrees.”

The exhibit opens with a free artists’ talk at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in 116 Center for the Arts. A reception follows from 5-7:30 p.m. in the University Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 10.

Ahnen’s work is based in the forms of traditional functional pottery and process, yet it challenges notions of how serviceable a vessel might be. A gifted potter and master at trompe l’oeil surfaces, his work exemplifies the range of form and content available the realm of contemporary ceramics.

Garceau’s work is elegant in its simplicity and use of combined materials. Using celadon and brass, she crafts forms that are at once identifiable as a marriage of disparate materials and a deft handling of that uncommon union.

The two artists offer an engaging exploration of materials, process, content and individual notions of ceramics and craft in the realm of fine arts.

The University Art Gallery is on the first floor of the UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets. Regular gallery hours are noon -8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and when events are held in Toland Theatre. Appointments may be made by calling 782.8230. Admission is free.

If you go—
Who: “Levels and Degrees”
What: Ceramics by artists from Minnesota and Massachusetts
When: Friday, Oct. 19- Saturday, Nov. 10.
Where: University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts
Admission: Free. Regular gallery hours: noon -8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays