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March 11, 2005

Ceramics Artist From Bowling Green Will Speak At UI March 25

John Balistreri, a ceramics artist and member of the faculty at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, will present a slide lecture on his works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Balisteri's talk will be free and open to the public.

Balistreri comes to the UI campus as a guest of the ceramics area of the School of Art and Art History. During a two-day visit, Thursday and Friday, March 24-25, he will build ceramic sculptures and meet with students in the UI ceramics.

Balistreri is a nationally and internationally known ceramic sculptor and is also well known in the field of ceramics for assisting the late artist Peter Voulkos in constructing and wood firing his ceramic artworks.

Oh his Web page at BGSU, Balistreri comments, "My recent work has been a continuation of my involvement with the ancient process of wood firing... I have built objects from our mechanized, industrial world, which are obvious and recognizable to the viewer; such as barrels, anvils, wrenches and jugs. The construction and firing of these objects transform them into contemporary artifacts, which ties geologic and human history to our contemporary condition. They also serve as specific commentary on the genre of wood firing."

Balistreri's work has been included in the Ceramic International Exhibition at the Zanesville (Ohio) Arts Center, the Scripps Invitational in Claremont, Cal., the Great Lakes Annual Ceramic Show at the Lill Street Gallery in Chicago and the inaugural show at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Recent publications include articles in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft and American Ceramics. His work is included in public and private collections throughout the United States.

Currently the head of the ceramics area, Balistreri has been a faculty member at BGSU since 1996.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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