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Kevin Snipes: Uncontained
Start Date: 2/8/2015Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/8/2015End Time: 5:00 PM
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Event Description:
Kevin Snipes embellishes his unconventional ceramic forms with an inventive array of drawn and painted imagery. Using traditional pottery surface techniques such as mishima and sgraffito, both of which involve carving away part of the surface of the porcelain clay body, he suggests multi-layered narratives. His animated drawings, implied narratives, humorous juxtapositions, and complex surfaces explore the concepts of identity and otherness. Like contemporary artists such as Aaron MacGruder, creator of The Boondocks comic strip and British artist, Grayson Perry, Snipes inscribes the rarified medium of porcelain with a vernacular language that is at once confessional, urban, idiosyncratic, and ironic.

Snipes was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After pursuing graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003, Snipes participated in numerous artist residency programs, including at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; and A.I.R. in Vallauris, France.  He received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana in 2008. In 2014, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; AKAR Design, Iowa City; and Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis; and Jingdezhen, China.

Kevin Snipes, Animal
Porcelain, glaze, underglaze oxide wash
9 x 4 x 3 inches.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

This exhibition is a part of the Black History Month series of events for 2015. Please see the Black Cultural Center's website for more information on this and other events.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center
Room: List Gallery
Contact Information:
Name: Elizabeth Lee
Phone: 610-328-8488
Open To
The Public

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