February 8 – April 14, 2019
Center for Art and Dance Corridor
This site-specific installation for St. Olaf College’s Center for Art and Dance draws upon and upends the tradition of the commemorative plate. Artists Jeni Hansen Gard and Forrest Sincoff Gard are working with the St. Olaf College community to create a series of hand-thrown ceramic plates with portraits of unrecognized or under-recognized community members, nominated by students. Drawing on the artists’ ongoing exploration of the ceramic vessel as a form of social practice, this exhibition supports St. Olaf College’s renewed commitment to “creating a campus that welcomes difference, invites dialogue, and builds community.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jeni Hansen Gard received her MFA from The Ohio State University, MA in Art Education from the University of Florida, and BA in Art Education from Hope College. She uses craft as an avenue to pursue her research interest in ethnobotany (the human plant relationship) and exploring the ceramic vessel as a form of social art practice. Forrest Sincoff Gard earned his MFA from Louisiana State University, and BFA at Ohio University. His interactive installations aim to evoke the feeling of creative play for visitors. Together, the two run Gard Clay Studios where they make a line of functional, well-crafted ceramics and operate a small artist residency program. They reside in Macon, Georgia for an artist residency at Wesleyan College.
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