Metal sculptures by artist Hunter Creel. On view now in our 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition.
We love when our Artists-in-Residence leave our program and go out to do amazing things in the world. One of our local AIRs has continued to bring beauty and art to the St. Louis community, in part by opening up her own gallery in the Cherokee Street Arts District.
Reese Gallery was established by ceramic artist Ruth Reese in the spring of 2014. The gallery occupies the first floor (the Electropolis audio and sound design studio can be found on the second floor) of an historic building that underwent an extensive 2 year renovation. After putting in a lot of love and hard work, the building at 3410 Wisconsin Street has been brought back to life and adds another creative outlet for the thriving Cherokee Street neighborhood.
Ruth hopes to use her gallery space to bring together local and national artists whose work, though different, inspires dialogue about their complementary practices. According to Ruth, the gallery will exhibit “artists with a sensitive understanding of materiality and across disciplines - within the context of contemporary art and culture.” With her own background in ceramics, we can likely expect to see a good deal of contemporary art made with clay on display over the coming months (including local artists Eric Hoefer, Phil Finder, and Jim Ibur). Ruth’s own work can currently be seen in our Grand Center gallery in the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, alongside fellow AIRs Hunter Creel, Jenna Jacobs, Barbara Knuth, Evan Wagman, and Ed Carroll & Vita Geluniene.
The next exhibition at Reese Gallery will be Dismantle: Phillip Finder and Rafael E. Vera, opening with a free reception Friday, August 15 6:00-9:00pm.
Matthew Johnson: Cities and Networks, on view now at Reese Gallery in the Cherokee Arts District.
Currently on view at Reese Gallery: Ceramic work by former Artist-in-Residence Eric Hoefer.
Reese Gallery was recently opened in the Cherokee Arts District by another of our past Artists-in-Residence, Ruth Reese. Stay tuned for a longer blog post on Ruth, her work, and her new gallery!
Ceramic sculptures by Artist-in-Residence Evan Wagman.
Wearable art by Seattle-based artists Barbara Knuth.
Ruth Ann Reese, Question: What are we pretending not to know? Reply: …that we are powerful beyond measure.
Our 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition will be opening this Friday in our Grand Center gallery. The work created by this year’s resident artists was truly exceptional, and we can’t wait to show it off. The work will be on view June 13 - August 24, 2014. The artists on display are: Hunter Creel, Barbara Knuth, Evan Wagman, Ruth Ann Reese, Jenna Jacobs, and Ed Carroll & Vita Geluniene.
CA Katy recently visited the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA to check out their new exhibition Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics. The works pictured are just a few of the standouts from the exhibition, but there are many more great pieces on display. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, this show is definitely not to be missed. For more information, you can check them out at their website or right here on Tumblr.
Meet Robert Thomas Mullen! Robert will be our second Metals Artist-in-Residence this year, taking over for Audrey Peck from March - August 2015. Robert received his BFA in metalsmithing and photography from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his MFA in metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he completed an artist residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Robert’s work incorporates natural elements into the framework of metalsmithing. His wearable art reflects his own history and ties to the natural world. He looks forward to continuing this artistic investigation while also exploring new materials and pushing the boundaries of contemporary metalsmithing during his time at Craft Alliance.