Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
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Visiting Artist Lecture: Wednesday, March 27, 1:00 p.m., Auditorium 150

Reception with Made at MCAD: Thursday, March 28, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with Claytopia, the NCECA 2019 (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) annual conference, March 27–30, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Edith Garcia ’98 has long embraced the various histories of ceramics in her unconventional figurative and more abstract sculptural projects. For the site-specific commission Fabricating the Real, she pushes her practice even further by exploring ideas of transience, the status of the object in contemporary art and theory, and the notions of the sublime. The environment she creates will reference the Minnesota landscape in color palette and form, bringing together a range of media including sculptural ice, slip-cast objects, hand-built figurative pieces, unfired porcelain, and engraved wall drawings in an attempt to see the familiar in unfamiliar ways.

Garcia creates site-specific installations and sculptural objects, focusing on the minimal occurrences that transpire each day while addressing wider contemporaneous issues. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe in spaces such as Transmission Gallery, San Francisco; the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Mexico City; and Gimpel Fils, London.

Garcia’s drawing and sculptural research practices also inform her curatorial and writing projects, which include the book Ceramics and the Human Figure (2012) and other online and print journals. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MFA from the California College of the Arts, and MPhil at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2015-16 Garcia was awarded the Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Currently, she continues to teach at CCA and the University of California, Berkeley.

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