Drafting Dimensions at the Canton Museum of Art

An exhibition curated by the School of Art’s gallery director, Anderson Turner, will feature assistant professor of ceramics, Peter Christian Johnson as well as five other artists who live in the Midwest.  “Drafting Dimensions” will be on view at the Canton Museum of Art from May 3 through July 21, 2019.  An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 3 from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The exhibition also features Malcolm Mabutu Smith, John Balistreri, Lesley Baker, Katie Parker and Guy Davis.

"Drafting Dimensions" features artists who live in the Midwest and primarily make work in ceramics but also use painting, drawing, or printmaking as either a part of their design process or as a way to inform their work.

Artists who make work with ceramics often find themselves pigeonholed by the material. Pre-conceived notions of what the purpose or use of what an object is or might be abound. The motivation behind this exhibit is to push beyond the traditional thought process for clay and to embrace a more modern approach of using the material as a way to communicate a message or form more than any purpose or use.

All of the artists included in "Drafting Dimensions" are widely known for their clay work. However, they often use, make, and show work made from other materials and sources. This exhibit seeks to give a more complete picture of each individual artist and their studio practice.

-Anderson Turner, Curator