Archive for October, 2008

JFMLS starts its season!

The Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture Series is named in honor of Jan Fisher, an art history graduate student and active CLA (Ceramics Leaders of ASU) member who passed away in February 2006.  The lecture series brings to the Phoenix community both established and emerging women ceramic artists.  This series is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Cole Fisher and their family.

Tomorrow evening Annabeth Rosen will start off this season’s lecture series at 7pm at the Coor Building Room 120 at Arizona State University.  She will talk about her fascinating work and ceramic techniques and process.  After the lecture there will be an informal reception at the Ceramics Reseach Center where you can chat with the artist, see the fabulous ceramics collection in open storage and experience the Midstream: New Ceramics from the Heartland installation currently on exhibit.  It will be a wonderful evening, I hope to see you there!

— Mary-Beth

October 15, 2008 at 8:43 pm

ASU Art Faculty Show opening soon!

ASU Art Professor of Printmaking Mary Hood

ASU Art Professor of Printmaking Mary Hood

I had the pleasure of meeting artist and ASU Professor Mary Hood as I walked through the gallery this morning. She was viewing her work that’s just been hung for the upcoming Art Faculty exhibition and we had a lovely chat. You can find more about Mary on the Herberger College website.

The exhibition opening reception is next Friday, October 17, 7pm – 9pm. It’s open to the public, it’s free, there’s free parking, there’s great art and there’s wine. Plus you get the added bonus of our other opening, the video installation by Nadia Hironaka, which has turned one gallery into a pseudo-abandoned drive-in theater. It’s black. And it’s cool. Really, what more could you ask for in one night?

Both exhibitions run through January 25, 2009, so you have plenty of time. But you’re missing a party if you don’t come on Friday. Just so you know.  :)

— Diane

October 9, 2008 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment


part of the gift shop

part of the gift shop

You may not know this, but our museum has a spectacular gift shop! Filled with really unique items and fun gifts for the kids, our store is a beautiful addition to the museum.

We have a wonderful group running the store but we really need more volunteers! In return for your help, you’ll get a ten percent discount on store merchandise as well as the opportunity to make new friends, meet international visitors to the museum and interact with artists. Volunteers greet customers, work with an easy-to-use cash register and need to be able to work three-hour shifts.

The ASU Art Museum Store is in the Nelson Fine Arts Center at 10th Street and Mill Avenue. Free parking for volunteers is available! Our hours are: Tuesdays (during the school year) 11am – 8pm; during the summer – 11am – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5p

For more information or if you know someone who would like to volunteer, please come into the museum or call us at 480-965-2787.

beautiful gifts at ASU Art Museum Gift Shop

beautiful gifts at ASU Art Museum Gift Shop


October 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Seattle Trip!

Contemporary Art Encounters
Feb. 22 – March 1, 2009

The Emerald City: Seattle, Washington

Coming in February, join the ASU Art Museum and the Ceramics Research Center curators on a trip to one of the country’s most active and eclectic art centers. The trip will include exclusive tours of private art collections, studios, galleries and museums where we will meet with artists, dealers, curators and collectors. Our itinerary will explore the range of media and formats employed by contemporary artists, from ceramics and glass, to video and mixed-media installation. We will stay in a boutique hotel in the center of the city, surrounded by restaurants, galleries, unique shops and local sites. Please check back soon for a detailed itinerary and pricing information. Space is limited!
For more details, visit:

— Diane

October 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

Artist Stella Lai in Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

In 2005, the ASU Art Museum presented the first solo museum exhibition of the work of artist Stella Lai, an exhibition titled Let’s Stop Pretending (

Lai has a current solo exhibition which opened last weekend at F2 Gallery in Beijing, for which I was fortune to have been invited to write an essay for the exhibition catalogue – an 80 page publication that includes an interview conducted by Danielle Shang, with all text presented in English and translated into Chinese.  I thought I would share these installation images from the current exhibition which Lai shared with me.

In talking to Bradley McCallum last week during our installations, it turns out F2 Gallery is the same space that premiered Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry oil on canvas and toner on silk series, many of which are featured in the current ASU Art Museum exhibition of the Weithorn’s collection. (

— Curator John

October 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Preparing for New Exhibitions

We’re getting ready at the museum for the next exhibition openings. On one side of our first floor we have the light and bright gallery for our Faculty Art Exhibition 2008-09. Time to see just how good our ASU instructors are! (hint: they’re fabulous!)

On the other side, the blacked out gallery for Nadia Hironaka’s The Late Show. This is unusual for us to do, but her setting of an abandoned drive-in theater requires blocking out all that light. With full surround sound and multi-channel video, this is something you don’t want to miss.

Opening reception is Friday October 17, 7-9pm. As always, it’s all free and open to the public. The last one was a great party with about 600 people, so don’t miss the next one!
(Both exhibitions run through January 25.)

Annmarie paints the gallery white for the Faculty Exhibition

Fausto (and other preparators in the background) painting the gallery black for Nadia Hironaka’s The Late Show. Fausto is actually blacking out the windows!

— Diane

October 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Jurying in Utah

Spiral Jetty, 2008

Spiral Jetty, 2008

I have just returned from Salt Lake City where I was invited by the Utah Arts Council to be a juror for the Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition, which is scheduled to open October 17 at the Rio Gallery.  The quality and number of works submitted to the call made the process extremely enjoyable.  I departed for Salt Lake City a few days early, making an extended weekend with my wife and two month old son.  On Sunday we ventured up to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, so I thought I would share the view.  Apparently, as you can see from the image, my wife and I enjoyed the experience a bit more than our son!

— Curator John

October 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

My new prized possession

I was finally able to get a parking permit for the lot on campus that is nearby the Art Museum, thanks to the very friendly and totally helpful Rebecca, who works at the ASU Transit Office.

You, oh lucky museum visitor, have no such concerns! Free parking for you is available just outside of the Ceramics Research Center on 10th Street & Mill Avenue, across from the main museum building.

(sorry, Rebecca! There’s no flash on an iPhone…)

— Diane

October 1, 2008 at 10:30 pm

State Press Story

Thanks to ASU’s own State Press newspaper for covering our Season Opening reception and The Other Mainstream ll exhibiton. Writer Channing Turner and photographer Morgan Bellinger did a really nice job!

Exhibit (09-29-08)
Artists Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. Photo credit: Morgan Bellinger/The State Press

— Diane

October 1, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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