University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Hunting and Gathering: The Ceramic Work of Barbara Frey

September 18, 2012
Gathering #7
Gathering #7

Belton, Texas –The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Department of Art are pleased to present Hunting and Gathering, an exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Barbara Frey, noted Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The exhibit opens on September 27 with a reception and talk by Frey at 5 p.m. in the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery on the UMHB campus.

Barbara Frey is a ceramic artist whose unique hand-built porcelain teapots have earned her a national reputation.  Her recent works highlight a design strategy of using multiples and creating sculpture by ordering the accumulated “parts.” Her work has been widely published in books on ceramics and is included in both private and public collections including The Diane and Sandy Besser Teapot Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco; The Kamm Foundation Teapot Collection, Sparta, NC; the Ichon World Ceramic Center, Kyonggi Province, Korea; the Permanent Collection of Purple Sand Factory #5, Yixing, China; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; the Jacqueline and David Charak Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; the Kohler Co. Permanent Collection; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Permanent Collection.

“The hunting and gathering impulse manifested itself very early in my life,” Frey said. “As a young child in Indiana, I was a collector. One of my favorite pastimes was fossil hunting in the creek bed in the woods behind the house.”

“The principles of sorting and organizing are fundamental to my sense of design, and the structuring of the component parts is brought about through specific actions: fitting, piling, stacking, nestling,” she continued. “Meaning is inherent in how things fit, how they touch or do not touch. These organizing actions transcend design and process and become eloquent carriers of content.”

The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is located on the corner of 9th and Shine and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Hunting and Gathering exhibit will continue through October 20.