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New work by ceramics faculty at Simon’s Rock Gallery


January 28, 2013

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

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GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—A ceramic sculpture exhibit featuring work by Ben Krupka, faculty in the arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, opens Wednesday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. with an artist’s talk and reception. The exhibition runs through February 22, 2013 in the Hillman-Jackson Gallery in the Daniel Arts Center.

According to Krupka, “This exhibition is the culmination of work produced during and after my first sabbatical, taken after 8 years as a ceramics professor at Simon’s Rock.” He spent his sabbatical as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana from January - July 2012. The show is made up of several sculptural works as well as more traditional functional pieces such as cups and bowls. Tying all the work together are references to symbols and colors that have gained meaning to Krupka through his travels. He says this body of work explores “the fragility of the foundational certainties we build our lives on” by making references to umbrellas, houses, cages and wheels.

An Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Simon’s Rock since 2005, Krupka has held several positions as a Visiting Faculty or as a Resident Artist, notably at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Montana and the University of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He has extensive experience in kiln building, three of which he has built at Simon’s Rock to augment the ceramics program. Krupka’s work has been showcased in several publications about ceramics and his work has been collected both by private collectors and public institutions.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.