The Once and Future: New Now


As part of the influx of ceramics exhibitions in Kansas City for NCECA, a new show has opened at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. The show features Professor and Chair of the KCAI ceramics department Cary Esser, as well as various other previous and current faculty, and alumni, including George Timock, Chris Gustin, Bobby Silverman,  John Balistreri, Christa Assad, Linda Lighton, Misty Gamble, Arnie Zimmerman, and Richard Notkin, in addition to Sunkoo Yuh, Jun Kaneko, Steven Young Lee, Gerit Grimm, Tip Toland, John Souter, Nathan Prouty, Annabeth Rosen, Rain Harris, Dan Anderson, Eva Kwong, Peter Pincus, Michael Lucero.

Sherry Leedy describes the show by saying “Traces of shared DNA are found in the work of all ceramic artists and form the foundation of an ever-changing legacy of evolution and revolution. Ceramic genealogy continues to mutate and transform with each generation of promising new talent as the influence of makers and mentors continues to alter, shift, and evolve into the new, unexpected aesthetics of today. The exhibition, The Once and Future: New Now reflects the arc of that experience from the early pioneers to their heirs. Ceramics has been defined by the relationship between makers and mentors as the emphasis on community continues to thrive. Scheduled to coincide with a national ceramic conference, NCECA, the New Now exhibition is a concise display of the gallery’s dedication to representing ceramic artists for the past 30 years. Exhibiting the work of ceramic masters alongside newcomers to the field, The Once and Future: New Now embraces the theme of NCECA’s 50th anniversary conference: Makers, Mentors,and Milestones.”

The show will be on view through March 19, 2016.