Beach Institute Presents: Contemporary African American Ceramics and Glass



On Sunday, May 17, 2009, the Beach Institute continues its series, Images of Ourselves: A Contemporary View with an exhibit of works by clay artist and glass blower, Dr. Clifton Pearson.

The opening reception will take place at 3pm in the West Gallery of the Beach Institute with a gallery talk by the artist.

Mr. Pearson’s stoneware designs focus on the human form and draw elements from Asian, African, and European pottery and sculpture.

Pearson states, “My glass works are playful excursions,” and after thirtyfive years he is, “still fascinated and delighted with the fluidity, color and immediacy of hot glass.”

For over three decades his work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the Southeastern U.S. Today he serves as professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Montevallo University in Montevallo, Alabama.

In a continuing effort to expose local youth to the arts and the process of working artists, students from Hodge and Gadsden Elementary will participate in a ceramics workshop lead by Dr. Pearson. This event is free and open to the public.

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