CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "The Lawrence Auld Collection: Ceramics from the UNI Permanent Art Collection," from Monday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South on the UNI campus. Auld (B.A. English '55) is a North Carolina-based collector.
An opening reception is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, in KAB, Room 111. This event is sponsored in part by the UNI Foundation.
Co-curated by professor of art JoAnn Schnabel and gallery director Darrell Taylor, this exhibition features work by Richard Aerni, Sandra Blain, Tara Dawly, Adam Egenolf, Doug Hanson, Mark Hewitt, Shawn Ireland, Ben Jensen, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Sequoia Miller, Hank Murrow and Ben Owen III among others.
Recently, Auld stated, "In collecting pottery, I apply the following criteria: is the piece attractive to me, i.e., is it a piece that I would enjoy seeing often and handling? If yes, I move to the second criterion, is the price one that I'm willing to pay in order to see it frequently and to handle it? If yes, I add it to my collection. If no, it will remain on the shelf awaiting some other buyer. Note that investment is not a criterion, nor is the question of authenticity." In other words, collecting functional pottery is a personal and hands-on endeavor, ceramics collected are works of art to be touched and used.
The UNI Gallery of Art will also present a new UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, titled "Myth & Narrative: It's All in the Telling," which will run through Saturday, Dec. 21. Co-curated by Charles M. Adelman and Taylor, this exhibition represents an ongoing collaboration between the gallery and upper-level art history students. Featured works are by Romare Bearden, Salvador Dali, Honoré Daumier, Reuben Nakian and Gladys Nilsson. Students from Adelman's Myth & Narrative class will present didactic materials for each object.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Sept. 2 to recognize Labor Day.
For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/home.html or call 319-273-3095.