2023-2024 Ceramics Biennial: Bold

Monday, November 20, 2023 – Saturday, February 10, 2024

  • Reception:  Thursday, November 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
  • Galloway and Oberman, on Thursday, November 30, at 1:15 pm, William M. Staerkel Planetarium 
  • Artist Lecture by Donté Hayes, on Wednesday, January 24 at 10:30 am in the William M. Staerkel Planetarium and via Zoom, Click here to register for the Zoom stream
  • Music by Ms. M and the Jokers
  • Demonstration/Walk-Thru by artists/curators Galloway & Oberman: Friday, December 1, 10 am – 12 pm

This dynamic exhibition, curated by Julia Galloway and Jill Oberman, represents a cross-section of contemporary ceramics by artists who use innovative approaches and provide bold and unexpected ways of experiencing the medium.   

Galloway is a potter with an active studio practice and a professor of ceramics at the University of Montana, Missoula. She is a recipient of a United States Artist Grant and a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Montana. She is also the 2023 Artist of the Year by the Ceramics Arts Network and Ceramics monthly publication.

Jill Oberman is the Curator and Gallery Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. She has been the Executive Director of the Carbondale Clay Center, the Clay Studio of Missoula, and Programs and Administration Director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and a resident artist at numerous art institutions, notably the Anderson Ranch, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts.    

Donté Hayes graduated from Kennesaw State University, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Printmaking and an art history minor. He received his Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts with honors from the University of Iowa. Hayes' work is informed by researching traditional African heirlooms and initiation rites of birth, adulthood, marriage, eldership, and ancestry, which he feels are essential to all human growth and speak to the greater African diaspora. Recent exhibitions include group shows at the Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey, and the 2021 Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia. Awards for the artist include the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grant Award in 2022. He is also a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artists and Artaxis Fellow, the Grand Prize winner of the "Coined in the South: 2022" exhibition at the Mint Museum, and the 2019 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art from the Gibbes Museum of Art.

To see more of Donté Hayes' work, visit dontekhayes.com. Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida, also represents him. 

The exhibit participants are comprised of artists and faculty from the United States including  

Shae Bishop, residing in Bakersville, North Carolina; Brandi Lee Cooper, residing in Edinburg, TX; Raheleh Filsoofi, residing in Nashville, Tennessee; Del Harrow, residing in Fort Collins, Colorado; Donté Hayes, residing in Cliffwood, New Jersey; Mike Helke, residing in Stillwater, Minnesota; Sydnie Jimenez, residing in Chicago, Illinois; Lauren Mabry, residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Alleghany Meadows, residing in Carbondale, Colorado; Brad Miller, residing in Venice, California; Bobby Silverman, residing in Long Island City, New York; Alex Zablocki, residing in Alma, Michigan; and Soojin Choi, @soojinchoiii, residing in Philadelphia.

Please note: Construction is ongoing to the outdoor area north of the gallery. Therefore, we recommend using the B7 parking lot (X2 entrance). Once inside the building, turn left, then follow all the upward ramps and signs to the gallery.


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Giertz Gallery acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a Section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2338 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu.