Oct. 22, 2003
Kate Doody, resident artist of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, comes to the Wildwood Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College for a three-day residency. She is the second of four artists from HACC's current gallery exhibit visiting HACC presenting lectures and demonstrations for the public. Doody will discuss historic and contemporary tile works at her artist's lecture and slide presentation at 7pm Tuesday, October 28, in Whitaker Hall room 214. She will demonstrate her tile design style, and tile fabrication - flat, pattern cutting, image transfer, sgrafitto and inlay - 10am to noon on Wednesday, October 29, in the ceramics studio of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center (room 127). The public is welcome at both the lecture and demonstration.

Doody is interested in "how things fit together," in both the physical and conceptual sense. She takes a modular approach to her medium, using repeated shapes and structures to create small-scale installations. The work investigates relationships, not only between parts and the whole, but also between the work and the viewer as well as "artists and their culture." She strives for work that "compels the audience to interpret and act" and "experience the piece." Doody is a recent graduate of Alfred University.

Divergence: Contrasting Views in Clay, is the group exhibit of works by Doody and five other resident artists from The Clay Studio of Philadelphia at HACC's Rose Lehrman Arts Center Gallery. The exhibit continues Monday-Friday through November 21. As the exhibit title suggests, the conceptual and aesthetic approaches of these six artists are extremely diverse, ranging from functional vessels to conceptual installations.

The Clay Studio is a non-profit educational arts organization dedicated to promoting the ceramic arts and work of new clay artists through its gallery, school, outreach programs, studio space and lecture series. Located in Old City, Philadelphia, The Clay Studio will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. The Resident Artist program is a five year professional development program, and is integral to the Studio's mission of providing support to professional ceramic artists.

The schedule for the remaining three artists visiting HACC includes: Julie York, mold and decal making, November 4 at 7pm and November 5 1pm to 2pm and Rain Harris, form and surface design, November 11 at 7pm and November 12 and 13 from 10am to noon.

Funding for this series of visual arts residencies came from the HACC Foundation. The grant provides an opportunity for HACC students as well as the community to experience a wide range of concepts and techniques, presented by some of the best up-and-coming ceramic artists working today.

Divergence: Contrasting Views in Clay runs Monday-Friday, through November 21. All Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am - 3pm and during selected performances in the Arts Center. For information call (717)231-ROSE.

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