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Current Perspectives – Ceramist and Art Activist Richard Notkin
February 2, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Hear Visiting Artist Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) reflect on his artwork, career and art activism on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Epperson Hall.
American ceramist Richard Notkin studied under Ken Ferguson at KCAI, earning a BFA in 1970 and under Robert Arneson at the University of California, where he earned an MFA in 1973. He has won several awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships in 1981 and 1988, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1991 and a Jerry Metcalf Foundation Artist Fellowship in 1999.
Notkin has produced art to express his feelings about technology, war and the environment ever since he was a student in the 1970s. The artist reuses many images in his work such as hearts, skulls, lightbulbs, and dice. In the 1980s he began to mold teapots in the ancient Chinese Yixing tradition of pots that promoted conversation and discussion. This is a style that the politically and socially conscious artist has returned to throughout his career.