Chad SteveCraig Clifford- Containment

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition runs October 2-30, 2015

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Craig Clifford's ceramic works explore where high and low culture intersects through his transformation of mundane objects. His finished ceramic pieces are made from the assemblage of hundreds of slip cast kitsch or low art memorabilia found in commercially produced molds made for the weekend handy-crafter market. He is very interested in building a visual density that confuses the eye and detracts from the original intention of the individual objects. His finished compositions in turn become a great deal more mysterious and curious than the original forms would otherwise be on their own.

Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as exhibitions at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University and is currently the head of the ceramics program as a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Craig was a part of the 2013 Building & Burning exhibit at the Clay Studio of Missoula in conjunction with the Ceramics Festiva at Flathead Valley Community College where he was a guest artist. He has also been an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Containment will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from October 2-30, with an opening on Friday, October 2 from 5:30-9pm.

Gallery events are free and open to the public.

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November: UM Graduate & Post-Bacc Exhibition
December: Holiday Sale & Exhibition


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MT Arts Council

These events are supported in part by the Montana Arts Council, a state agency funded by the State of Montana and the National Endowment for the Arts