January 6, 2000
Contact: Jill Hartz, Director, 804-243-8854

Bayly Art Museum Presents 
"Expanded Visions: Ceramic Art in the 1970s-80s"

Friday, January 21, the Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia opens the special exhibition "Expanded Visions: Ceramic Art in the 1970s-80s." On view through March 19, the exhibition organized by Suzanne Foley, Museum curator, features ceramic pieces from the collection of Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason of Richmond.  

Twelve artists are represented in this exhibition, each selected for their innovative work in ceramics. These artists all added greatly to the popularity of ceramics, from the elegant minimal forms of Steven Montgomery, to the complex sculptural grids of Arthur Nelson and the colorful work of Ron Nagle.  Richard Shaw's fascination with everyday objects has lent greatly to his work, while the ghostly near-fetishes of Lucian Pompili give insight into his artistic imagination.  Another storyteller, Jack Earl, uses whiteware and china paint to "make a picture three-dimensional and put it in some kind of situation," according to Foley. David Gilhooly, whose art is grounded in myth making, centers his work around a frog world, for which he has created a humanistic civilization. Much of Viola Frey's focus was on life-sized figures; an early example of this concentration is Grandmother Figure (1978-80). An avid collector of recycled materials, Ken Little has used articles such as leather from jackets or boots, or even pieces from plates and cups in his work. Michael Lucero's work has ranged from making shard figures and stringing them onto a skeletal armature, to creating a series of totems in which the heads were skewered on steel rods.  Robert Brady has incorporated life experiences and images from the mythical past into his own distinct vision. Focusing more recently on faces, Judy Moonelis, communicates raw emotion through their dynamic expression in her work. All of the works in the exhibition were selected to both delight topically and communicate universally.

The public is invited to a gallery talk given by Ms. Foley and the collectors, Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason, on Sunday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m.  The exhibition will also be on view during the Museum's First Friday Reception on February 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Bayly Art Museum is open to the public, without charge, Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Limited parking is available behind the Museum, which is located on Rugby Road, near the Rotunda.  The Museum is handicapped accessible.  For more information please call 804/924-3592.