University of Oklahoma ceramics students show work

University of Oklahoma ceramics students have an exhibition of their work on display in the Lightwell Gallery at the OU School of Art and Art History in Norman.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 15, 2014
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“Okie Funk,” a Red Clay Faction student ceramics exhibition, is on display in the Lightwell Gallery at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History. The exhibit runs through March 28.

The exhibition features various works in clay made by students from the Red Clay Faction, a registered OU student organization.

The OU ceramics program and Red Clay Faction organized “Okie Funk” to encourage ceramics students to broaden their artistic perspectives and engage with new topics.

“The ‘funk’ part of the exhibition’s title stems from the West Coast ceramics arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s, and the ‘Okie’ is for Oklahoma,” said ceramics professor Stuart Asprey. “The concepts and driving spirit of the art created (in that movement) were non-functional ceramics that included absurd humor and often used or referenced everyday objects.”

Robert Arneson is considered a leader of the movement, with artists such as David Gilhooly and Patti Warashima continuing the tradition, Asprey said.

The movement was followed by and is often associated with Pop Art.

The Lightwell Gallery is on the second floor of the OU School of Art and Art History at 520 Parrington Oval. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.