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CLAY AND THE ACADEMY

Regina clay was in many ways a product of the ceramics program at the University of Regina. The symposium “Clay and the Academy: Perspectives on Ceramics at the University of Regina” examined the lineages and legacies of ceramic instruction and practice at the university since the inception of the ceramics program in 1965. The first part of the symposium featured summaries of the catalogue essays by Sandra Alfoldy, Assistant Professor of Historical and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and exhibition curator Timothy Long. Their presentations were followed by responses from current University of Regina ceramics professors, Ruth Chambers and Rory MacDonald, with input from emeritus ceramics professors Victor Cicansky and Jack Sures. Questions discussed included: “How has the interdisciplinary history of ceramics in Regina shaped practices and perceptions?” and “What does it mean to teach ceramics?” The second part of the symposium featured summaries of catalogue essays by David Howard, Associate Professor of Historical and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Julia Krueger, independent scholar from Calgary. Their presentations were followed by further responses from the university ceramics professors (past and present). Questions discussed included: “What is the potential of clay as a resistant practice in relation to regionalist and feminist discourses?” and “Why is clay always discussed in relation to its ‘potential’ – when other media are not?” The symposium, a joint production of the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the University of Regina Department of Visual Art, was held in the Shumiatcher Theatre of the MacKenzie Art Gallery on Tuesday, January 24, 2006.



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