Of Earth and Sea: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection

Exhibition Dates:  March 12, 2015 – August 2015
Curated by Lily Benedict, Curatorial Fellow

The complementary exhibition titled Vessels was in the Museum’s Herman Melville Room.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum organized a landmark exhibition featuring some of the nation’s leading Ceramic Artists tasked with creating contemporary works in response to the Museum’s Collection. The National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA)  held its annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island in March 2015. This exhibition coincided with the NCECA conference, showcasing original work inspired by the material culture of this region’s storied history from the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  Of Earth and Sea featured commissioned work from 8 acclaimed artists: Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, and Seth Rainville. These artists were selected to showcase the local world-class talent in the ceramic arts. All residents of New England, the artists were invited to visit the Museum frequently to study the vast collection with the generous help of the Museum collections staff.  Works created were on display in the Braitmayer Family Gallery and throughout the  Museum’s other exhibition galleries from March through August 2015.

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