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Global Perspectives

Baltimore, Maryland - January 24, 2013- Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host  Global Perspectives, a curatorial thesis exhibition by Jaimianne Amicucci, an MFA graduate student of the Curatorial Practice Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). This exhibition runs March 2 through April 13, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 2, from 6 to 8PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

Amicucci, who holds a BFA in Ceramics from Finlandia University, had volunteered at Baltimore Community College's Refugee Youth Project and developed an interest in the diverse cultural backgrounds of the teens she had met there. With her love of ceramics, she embarked on a journey to explore and research traditional pottery making in the native countries of the refugees she met. She traveled to the Kingdom of Bhutan and Nepal in South Asia, as well as Ethiopia and Tanzania in Africa to study the methods and pattern making of local artisans.

With the help of Baltimore Clayworks' Community Arts Program, Amicucci shared the pottery making traditions of these countries with the teens of the Refugee Youth Project. After showing photographs from her travels and explaining how a group of artisans would share several roles in order to produce hundreds of pots and vessels to sell to locals and tourists - Amicucci and teachers from the Clayworks' Community Arts Program asked the youth to create functional ware with the same mentality. As well as working on individual projects, the children worked as a group - implementing the communal fundamentals that they had learned about from Amicucci. Teens were shown pottery making techniques and encouraged to use patterns and designs to explore their identity.

 Global Perspectives will showcase artwork and narratives of ceramic artisans from these countries which will be accompanied by ceramic work created by teens of RYP. This exhibition will create an artistic bridge between the refugee communities in Baltimore and the ceramic artwork of their homelands that they left behind when coming to the United States.  Global Perspectives will also provide the general public the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the rich cultural and authentic traditions of ceramic pottery from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Photographs of craftspeople taken by Jaimianne Amicucci during her research as well as objects and narratives - translated into several languages - will be displayed throughout the exhibition and galleries. 

As part of the programming, Global Perspectives will include a curator's talk and panel discussion. Please refer to the Baltimore Clayworks' web site for dates and times.

Baltimore City Community College's Refugee Youth Project is committed to assisting newly arrived refugee youth by providing extra academic, social and emotional support through mentoring and after-school programs. To learn more about RYP, visit refugeeyouthproject.org or call 410-558-3194.

In the Solo Gallery:  KYLE BAUER

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another.  This organization offers classes, artists’ spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.  For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410-578-1919 or visit our website, www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

 

Media Contact:

Mary Cloonan
Exhibitions Director
(410) 578-1919 ext. 18
Mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org 

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21209
T. 410 578 1919  F. 410 578 0058
www.baltimoreclayworks.org