Released: April 4, 2012
Lincoln, Neb. - Lauren Mabry's MFA Thesis Exhibition, titled "Transcendent Materiality," will be on display April 16-20, 2012, at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's city campus. An opening reception will be held April 20 from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
The show will highlight her abstract, painterly, ceramic objects ranging from cylindrical paintings to large curved planes installed on the walls. Her work integrates objects and paintings by combining active, colorful surfaces on minimal, pared down forms. There is a playful sense of movement and drama in the depth of her glazes and complex surfaces.
Originally from Madison, Wis., Mabry received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007. She has studied abroad in Kecskemet, Hungary, at the International Ceramics Studio. She is the recipient of a Hixson-Lied Fellowship in UNL's Department of Art and Art History.
Before graduate school she also studied ceramics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and completed a year-long residency at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colo.
Mabry has recently exhibited in international and national exhibitions at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics Arts in Helena, Mont., The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Pa., and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, where she won a Juror's Award in the "Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition." She has work in permanent collections at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan., where she is having a concurrent exhibition, titled "Lauren Mabry - Cylinders," which runs April 13-July 15.
Mabry will also be participating in a group exhibition, titled "Chromamania," at The Clay Studio of Philadelphia April 20-May 27.
Mabry has been invited to be a resident this summer at the prestigious Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts.
Last summer, Mabry won Best in Show for her piece, "Cylinder," in "The Eighth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition" at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She also won Best in Show at the "Third Annual National Cup Exhibition" at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln.
She was also the recipient of two Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Grants in December 2011, and March 2012.
To see more of her work and for more information on other exhibitions, please visit www.laurenmabry.com.
Gallery hours for this thesis exhibition are Monday-Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment at (608) 345-0911. The Eisentrager-Howard Gallery is on the first floor of Richards Hall, which is located at Stadium Drive and T streets, directly south of Memorial Stadium. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.