Human form born from clay

The Art Department’s latest exhibition, “The Human Form in Clay,” is a stunning portrayal of humanity captured in richly-colored clay. The exhibit is on display in the Third Floor Gallery in the Fine Arts building until Sept. 19.

The exhibition combines the work of artists Tom Bartel and Janis Mars Wunderlich in a single gallery.

“They complement each other very well,” said Gallery Director David Knight.

“The Human Form in Clay” is just as it sounds – an array of body parts, formed in clay with the artist’s unique perspective built right in.

“It has a quirkiness to it,” Knight said. He noted that some have even described it as “macabre.”

According to Knight, this particular exhibition was chosen after a typical one-to-two-year selection process. The decision, made by the Gallery Committee, was based on several factors, including artist availability and the inclination of the department to rotate exhibited mediums.

“We wanted a ceramics-based exhibition. It had been a while,” Knight said. “Ceramics can be very interpretive, and it’s nice to see something other than a bowl in a pot.”

Gallery Hours are Mon. through Fri., 9a.m. to 9p.m. in the Fine Arts building, located on the third floor.

An artist reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 4.

Knight expects at least one of the artists to attend the reception, to be honored and for guests to speak about these unique and mysterious works of art.