Ryniker-Morrison Gallery to host Red Lodge Clay Center exhibit

Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Karl Schwiesow, "Brush, ok", 2019

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Kelsey Bowen, "On Your Grave", 2019

Rocky Mountain College’s Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will host an exhibit of work by Red Lodge Clay Center artists in Tech Hall on the RMC campus from Feb. 7 through Feb. 28, 2019. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit features four permanent artists from the Red Lodge Clay Center; Kelsie Bowen, Crista Ann Ames, Emily Nickel, and Karl Schwiesow.

Kelsie Bowen studied at the California College of Arts and Ceramics. She has been featured in exhibitions at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts, located in Los Angeles. Bowen began work with the Red Lodge Clay Center after earning her undergraduate degree. Bowen’s work is inspired by the truth and fairy tale elements in child imagery.

"To dwell within the naivety of childhood is to simultaneously exist within both a fairy tale and a nightmare,” said Bowen.

Crista Ann Ames captures myth, animals, and the female figure in her sculptures. Her mediums include clay, textiles, and wood. After earning a B.A. in ceramics with a minor in art history and disability studies, Crista attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in ceramics. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana.

"In bridging the gap between myth and experience,” said Ames, “I utilize my artistic practice to create altogether new stories that tell contemporary tales of trauma, joy, and womanhood.”

Emily Nickel earned her M.F.A. at Indiana University and has been exhibited across the world from Baltimore, Md. to Kyoto, Japan. Currently, she is an artist and art educator at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Her recent work focuses on ceramic figures of magical animals with humans beside them.

“My sculptures reference Portal Fantasy: a literary genre featuring a protagonist’s journey through a magical passageway to another world,” said Nickel.

Karl Schwiesow earned a B.F.A. in sculpture and ceramics from Sierra Nevada College in 2012. He went on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of Montana in 2017. Schwiesow has exhibited works in Calif., Nev., Wash., Mont., and Pa. His work captures the breakdown of objects as he reconstructs them.

“The work is both formal and object-based dependent upon the viewer’s engagement and cultural understanding in order to appreciate them as art objects,” said Schwiesow.

The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday, except during College holidays.


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