Joseph Bennion, Ceramics Representative, Presents at Art Insights
For Immediate Release: August 27, 2007
(Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah) The SUU Department of Art and Design will feature Joseph Bennion in this week’s Art Insights, Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Thorley Recital Hall in the Music Building. Bennion will present “Life, Pottery, and Place,” a slide lecture which illuminates his artistic philosophy and describes the ways his environment shapes his work.
Bennion’s pottery, which he describes as simple, quiet and understated domestic ware, is created by hand on a foot powered treadle wheel. He spent time in Japan 12 years ago, working as part of a Symposium of American Potters in a cultural exchange with Japanese potters. His work shows a clear Japanese influence through his simple glazes, designs, philosophy, and signature chop.
Bennion holds both an MFA and BFA in ceramics from Brigham Young University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he was the recipient of an NEA Fellowship grant in 1990. Bennion has presented workshops and lectures in Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Japan, Canada, Jamaica and throughout the United States.
Susan Harris, SUU Professor of Art & Design states, “In Joseph Bennion’s work, aesthetic, lifestyle, process and product are so well married, and so true to the potter’s tradition that to change one would change everything.”
Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the Fall and Spring semesters by the Art and Design faculty. In Art Insights students and community members meet weekly to attend gallery openings and experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights.
Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.
For more information on SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at 435.865.8800 or visit www.suu.edu/arts.