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May 22, 2014 to August 3, 2014

Wayne Higby: “Infinite Place”

The PAA is pleased to present Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby. Higby is an innovative figure in the second generation of artists to emerge from the post-WWII American studio ceramics movement.



Infinite Place has been organized by Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University. The exhibition includes work from the 1960s to the present, offering a full view of Higby’s stylistic development. Higby's trajectory in ceramics has intriguing parallels with multidisciplinary movements such as environmental and land art in the 1960s and '70s. The exhibition will highlight Higby’s earlier raku-fired ceramics and later groundbreaking large-scale architectural wall installations, as well as his study drawings. Reflecting on the five decades of his work, the artist says, “My work is a meditation on the relationship between spirit and matter. It is not about landscape.”

Higby lives and works in Alfred Station, New York, and holds a professorship and The Robert Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at Alfred University. He is the recipient of the American Craft Movement Visionary Award from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, as well as the Master of the Media Award and the Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Higby is also Honorary Professor of Art at Shanghai University and an Honorary Citizen of the “Porcelain City” of Jingdezhen, China.

Peter Held is the editor for the accompanying publication, a 216-page color monograph, published and distributed by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany. Illuminating essays by scholars and writers Tanya Harrod, Ezra Shales, Henry Sayre, and Helen W. Drutt English, among others, provide insightful analysis of Higby’s work. Infinite Place is currently on a two-year national tour. It has traveled to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and it will also head to the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania., the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconin, and the Memorial Art Museum in Rochester, NY.

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