PC Galleries present...
WITH TOMOKO ABE, CHAD D. CURTIS & HANNAH THOMPSETT
AND CURATED BY JAIMIANNE AMICUCCI
March 11 – March 28, 2015
Public Reception as part of NCECA Bus Tour: Friday, March 27, 5 – 7pm
PC Galleries are pleased to present Maker’s Studio, an exhibition highlighting the processes
and productions of three contemporary artists working with clay. Organized by guest
curator Jaimianne Amicucci in conjunction with the National Council on Education for
the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 2015 Conference in Providence, Maker’s Studio highlights
the productions of three contemporary artists working with clay and utilizing new
technologies, studio processes and presentation modes to approach ceramics and sculpture.
Demonstrating the evolutionary qualities of rigorous studio investigations, Maker’s Studio
features objects and installations alongside sketches, models and videos which illustrate each
artist’s unique process. Tomoko Abe’s interdisciplinary material explorations with ceramics,
drawing, printmaking and other media blur the lines between that which is ‘in-development’
and/or a final product; a large-scale installation of ceramic multiples and cardboard
constructions by Chad D. Curtis is bolstered by timelapse videos documenting generative
phases of the artwork; and the design-inspired work of Hannah Thompsett manipulates
various sets of information into shape-shifting images and forms. In bringing together
the formal, conceptual and temporal workings of these artists, this exhibition, as well as
Amicucci’s curatorial framework, creates a dynamic view of the back-and-forth exchange
between studio experimentation and ultimate output.
Related Public Programs
Artists Forum: Ceramics Mini-Symposium
Friday, March 27 at 3pm, Smith Center for the Arts
Join Providence College Adjunct Assistant Professor and ceramic artist Kim Wimprine and
visiting artists Nicole Aquillano, Jessika Edgar and Bobby Tso for a series of short lectures and portfolio presentations on new ceramic artworks. Registration required by Wednesday, March 25th; email
firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Public Reception as part of NCECA Bus Tour
Friday, March 27, 5 – 7pm
For bus route information, please visit: http://nceca.net/2015-providence/exhibition-guide
Class and Group Tours
PC Galleries offers guided tours for classes and groups of all ages. Class and group tours are
free of charge but require reservation. For more information, to discuss the specific needs
and interests of your class or group, and/or to schedule a tour of Maker’s Studio, please
contact PC Galleries at email@example.com.
About the Artists
Tomoko Abe is an artist living and working in Rye, New York. Abe works with a range
of media but currently focuses on ceramic installations influenced by the evolving and
decaying elements of nature. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has
received various awards, including a First Class Honour Prize for Distinguished Work
and the Helen A. Rose Bequeath at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, United
Kingdom. Her work has been featured and/or discussed in 500 Raku, The New York Times
and Ceramics Art and Perception, among other publications. Abe holds a BA from the
Edinburgh College of Art and attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Salamanca, Spain as
part of ERASMUS.
Chad D. Curtis is an artist and technologist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Curtis’s work, drawing inspiration from both digital technology and homebrew DIY makers,
examines the abstract qualities of materiality in this digital age and the effects of high
technology on human beings’ relationship with the natural environment. He has exhibited
nationally and internationally, and his work has been featured and/or discussed in Ceramics
Art and Perception, Neue Keramik, Seramik Turkiye, and the books Breaking the Mould:
New Approaches to Ceramics and Tangible: High Touch Visuals. Curtis holds a BFA from Minnesota State University, a MFA from Alfred University and is currently an associate
professor at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Hannah Thompsett is an artist living and working in Alfred, New York. Using paper, clay,
and photography, Thompsett’s work explores how a definitive set of parameters can have
infinite potential of form and image. She has exhibited nationally, and was a multi-year
artist-in-residence at the Genesee Center for Arts and Education in Rochester, New
York. Thompsett holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and is
currently a 2016 MFA candidate at Alfred University.
About the Guest Curator
Jaimianne Amicucci is an independent curator and the owner of The Gray Gallery in
Winchester, Virginia. She has organized several contemporary craft exhibitions, including
Global Perspectives at Baltimore Clayworks and Sweet and Subversive: Contemporary
Feminist Craft at Arc Gallery in San Francisco. She is National Chair of the Young Women’s
Caucus of Art, a board member for Baltimore Clayworks and Executive Officer of the
Creative Crafts Council. Amicucci holds a BFA in Ceramics from Finlandia University and a
MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art