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Renowned ceramicist Stephen Carter to present demonstration and lecture at Georgia Southern

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University will host nationally renowned ceramicist Stephen M. Carter for a variety of workshops and lectures on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 13. Carter is currently associate professor of art at the University of Vermont, where he has been a member of the art faculty since 1989.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Carter will conduct a demonstration with ceramic students from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Ceramic and Sculpture Studio, 236 Forest Drive. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, he will present a lecture on pottery in African-American history at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2016 of the Fine Arts Building. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

‘We are delighted to have a visiting artist of Steve Carter’s ability and experience here to inspire our student artists,” said Professor Jane Pleak, who heads the ceramic arts program at Georgia Southern. ‘In his artwork he experiments with texture, color, and temperature, and his creative process is inspired by a love of history.”

Carter writes in his artists’ statement ‘My current work focuses on my heritage as an African-American male, both in the context of my family and as a member of the larger community.” His work, often constructed from a variety of pieces, is influenced by the quilts created by his mother, grandmother, and aunts.

Carter has been part of many national group exhibitions, including ‘Diversity in Unity” at the Baltimore Clayworks and ‘Bald-Headed Potters of America” at the Dean Johnson Gallery in Indianapolis, Ind. His recent solo exhibits include ‘Legacy” at the Art Center at Old Forge, N.Y., and ‘Mirrors in Myth and Symbols” at the Charlie Cummings Art Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

For more information about Carter’s visit, contact Jane Pleak at 912-486-7461 or at jpleak@georgiasouthern.edu.

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