Tyler Art Gallery to feature Zakin's ceramics work

Richard Zakin“Retrospective Reflections,” an exhibition covering decades of ceramics work by Richard Zakin, professor of art at SUNY Oswego, will open Feb. 1 at the college’s Tyler Art Gallery. UPDATE: Due to weather, the opening reception has been postponed.

The exhibition will range from Zakin’s early ceramic pieces to those recently fired and will include both works in clay and on paper.

The public is invited to a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Tyler Art Gallery, with Zakin talking about his work at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Kristen Jorgensen on flute and Trevor Jorgensen on clarinet.

Zakin earned his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and a master of fine arts from the SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred. Having taught ceramics at SUNY Oswego since 1967, he has been invited to give numerous lectures and workshops throughout the United States, has visited various schools as an artist-in-residence and has exhibited his work widely.

Interested in the technical problems found in the various firing temperatures of clay, Zakin has written several articles on the subject for Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Review and has written books on the subject that include “Electric Kiln Ceramics,” “Ceramics: Mastering the Craft,” “Hand-formed Ceramics” and “Ceramics: Ways of Creation.”

“The surface of a clay form has, for me, a very rich personality and takes imagery very well,” Zakin said. “Unlike the imagery on a flat surface, a drawing on a three-dimensional form is not readable all at once. The viewer must move around the form. Only then can the imagery unfold in the viewer’s imagination.”

“Retrospective Reflections” will run concurrently with “A Visual Exploration of Memory,” an exhibition tying into the college’s Arts and Memory series. Both exhibitions will run through March 12.

All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. On weekends, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge. For additional information and for persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the gallery, call 312-2113.

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CONTACT: Laurene Buckley, 312-2113

(Posted: Jan 16, 2008)