This exhibition highlights recent work by the inaugural artists in residence in the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio. This residency program will serve to connect professionally established, nationally known, and regionally practicing ceramic artists to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity through workshops, critiques, open studio, and a public presentation.
Though unique in the way they treat surface, form, and content, both Megan Mitchell and Nick Devries execute their ceramic work with strong artistic vision and keen attention to craftsmanship.
Megan Mitchell received an MFA in ceramics from Utah State University in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center, North Dakota State University, and the Northern Clay Center, as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor of ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. Currently she is a studio artist in St. Joseph, Minnesota and teaches at the Northern Clay Center and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Nick DeVries has been working in ceramics for the past 14 years. He studied at St. John’s University where he finished a bachelor’s degree in art in 2001 with a concentration in painting and ceramics. Since his college years, Nick has worked as a production potter for a Minneapolis-based pottery, taught courses at the Edina Art Center and Northern Clay Center, and currently pursues his own studio ceramic work.
City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.View Exhibition
Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.View Exhibition
Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.View Exhibition
While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.View Exhibition