November 15, 2016-January 14, 2017
This exhibit will highlight the unique ceramic works of four Southern artists: Allen Chen, John Gargano, John Oles, and Lee Renninger.
Allen Chen was born in Taiwan and moved to California at age twelve. He earned a BFA from San Jose State University and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Allen has been a long term artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center, Red Lodge Clay Center and Lawrence Arts Center. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
John Gargano is a ceramic sculptor and professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned a BFA with Honors from The Center for Creative Studies in 1992 and an MFA from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
John Oles was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts. He received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1998. After teaching high school ceramics for several years, he attended the Penland School of Crafts in 2004, and later completed his MFA in ceramics at Tulane University. John currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.
Lee Renninger is a ceramic artist, residing in Gulfport, MS. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Kohler Company in Wisconsin, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France and the McColl Center for the Visual Arts in North Carolina.