The Hillman-Jackson Gallery is a showcase exhibition space for both professional artists and faculty, as well as a curricular hub where students can engage in artist’s talks, class critiques, and installation participation.
Students have the opportunity to submit their work to an Annual Group Show in the gallery, and display class work in the Student Gallery—all in the heart of the Daniel Arts Center.
Bard College at Simon's Rock is pleased to present SHE SAID, HE SAID, a ceramics-based exhibition by Boston artist Kathy King and New York artist Matt Nolen, curated by Ben Krupka. The show opens January 28, 2019 and will be on view daily January 29 - March 8, 2019 in the Hillman-Jackson Gallery located in the Daniel Arts Center. Artist slide talk and reception will be held on Monday, January 28 at 5:30 pm in the McConnell Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
SHE SAID, HE SAID focuses on narratives embedded in the medium of ceramics by artists Kathy King and Matt Nolen. King’s cameo-like wall reliefs allude to traditional jewelry and portraiture, combining ceramic and metalwork in sculpture resembling woodcut prints. Each piece presents a tongue-in-cheek vignette exploring histories of gender and sexuality, using humor and pop references as entry points into broader topics such as love and life as a woman. Similar to King, Nolen’s figures reshape traditional art historical canons, combining aesthetics of classical busts and antiquated vases with dreamlike prints. The work explores fluctuations between psychological dichotomies such as frailty and resilience, failure and triumph in convoluted compositions representing the perpetually transitioning internal landscapes of the self. For both artists, narrative lies at the core of their practice, told with the physical and historical properties of ceramics, and forms the crossroads where their work intersects.
Kathy King is currently an active studio artist in the Boston area and is an Instructor and the Director of the Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard in Allston, MA. She has taught at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA and was an Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia until 2007. Her undergraduate work included the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and she received her BA in Studio Art with a major in Ceramics from Connecticut College, New London, CT in 1990. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 1998. She has given workshops and lectures at over seventy-five colleges, schools, and art centers throughout the USA.
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has featured King as an Emerging
Artist in 1999, a Demonstrating Artist in 2002, a co-juror with Mark Burns for the
2012 National Student Juried Show and been a lecturer and panelist. She was recently
awarded a Brother Thomas Fellowship by the Boston Foundation, Boston, MA. Her work
can also be found in numerous publications and periodicals including Ceramics: Art
and Perception, Studio Potter, Clay Times, Art Papers, and Ceramics Monthly.
Matt Nolen is a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections including: The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC., The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC., The Newark Museum, NJ., The Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX., The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. and The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
Nolen's work has been written about and reviewed in many periodicals and books including The New York Times, American Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, Masters of Craft, Confrontational Clay, Postmodern Ceramics, and Painted Clay.
Nolen has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Foundation (regional NEA) Fellowship and international residencies in Israel and China. His residency at the Kohler Co.'s Art/Industry Program resulted in a handmade public washroom that has been named "Best Restroom in America" by the Cintas Corp. and among "The 10 Best Bathrooms in the World" by the Travel Channel.
He has recently served as President of the Board of Trustees for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine and is Adjunct Professor of Art at New York University, Hunter College, and Ceramics Area Coordinator at Pratt Institute.