/ De Pree Art Gallery

Juried Student Show

November 27–December 8, 2017

Guest juror: Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Indiana University (Bloomington)

The exhibition is being dedicated in the memory of Billy Mayer, a long-time member of the art faculty who died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Nov. 11, at age 64. A professor of art, Mayer was head of the college’s sculpture and ceramic programs, and had taught at Hope since 1978.

Open to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work.

Juror's Talk

4–5 p.m. on Monday, November 20
Cook Auditorium, De Pree Art Center and Gallery

Closing Reception

5–6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9
De Pree Art Center and Gallery

Guest Juror

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996, and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University, where he received his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities involve workshops, lectures and residencies including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are in numerous private and public collections including The Luise Ross Gallery (New York City), the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum (Beijing, China) and Indiana State Museum.

Smith is guided by improvisations that merge form with graphic flatness. His clay work is inspired by the intersections of graffiti art and graphic structure, as well as formal relationships via comic books and playful organic abstraction via jazz. His works rely on wheel-thrown and hand-built elements — most commonly presented as abstractions of cups, bottles, and vases — as well as an interest in drawing and 3D printing,