MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery will showcase the artwork created by Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman, Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 12. A reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, from 5-8 p.m.
The exhibit will feature sculptures and ceramic artwork created by Gregg and Coleman. Inspired by the Asian influence and the use of mythical defense mechanisms used in art and architecture throughout history, the works exemplify how mythical sculpture has played a meaningful role in religion and life.
“We are emphasizing the aesthetic beauty over the purpose,” said Gregg.
The exhibit features pieces that utilize sculpted industrial brick with glazed ceramic adornment. Through the combination of ceramic techniques and architecture, Gregg and Coleman reinvent historical ideas and styles through sculpture.
“We are interested in how this technique can be scaled up and down and how it can be applied to permanent projects, public art and architecture,” said Gregg.
Gregg will teach a beginning clay course this fall at the University of Idaho as a visiting artist and will introduce students to the use of architectural ceramic. Gregg earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in ceramics from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in fine arts in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught art and ceramics to children and adults.
“The exhibit is a wonderful way to meet the visiting artist in the Art & Design program,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director. “Visiting artists add energy and vitality. Alexis’ presence will meet the needs of students interested in ceramics. The exhibit gives an opportunity for the university and community to understand what Alexis and Tanner bring to Moscow.”
Coleman draws inspiration from human relationships with natural surroundings and each other. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in sculpture from the University of Georgia.
The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St., on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow.
Admission is free. Additional information is available at http://www.uidaho.edu/galleries> .