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2/24/2009 Linfield professor curates clay exhibition



         McMINNVILLE – “21st Century Iconographic Clayworks,” an exhibit featuring 26 ceramic artists, has been organized by Linfield College art professor and ceramist Nils Lou.

         The exhibit will run March 4 through April 8 in the gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

         The artists selected for the exhibit represent a variety of individuals known for their specific ceramic skills, according to Lou.

         “They are icons in the clay world as they have had major influences on whole generations of ceramic students and artists,” he said.

         The artists featured include Val Cushing, Phil Cornelius, Malcolm Davis, David Furman, Jim Tanner, Clayton Bailey, Al Tennant, Bede Clark, Karen Karnes, Robert Piepenburg, Richard Zakin, Toshiko Takaezu, Jeff Shapiro, Randy Schmidt, Don Bendel, Eva Kwong, Jim Melchert, Richard Notkin, Vince Pitelka, Paul Soldner, Rudy Autio, Janet Mansfield, Richard Shaw, Jim Leedy, Paul Dresang and Yukio Yamamoto.

Lou, a Linfield professor since 1987, is the author of “The Art of Firing,” now in its fifth edition. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a founding member of the Oregon Potter’s Association. He is also a member of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, Art Advocates, Artist's Equity and American Mensa.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed for Spring Break March 21-28. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For a campus map, go to Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.

            For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit