"Platter" (detail) 1987 by Robert Sperry


Vision and Persistence: 30 Years of Ceramic Excellence at
Utah State University

February 2 - March 2, 2016

Neil P. Estrick
Teapot, 2015
procelain with incised and layered glazes
Courtesy of the Artist
Image Courtesy of the Artist

Vision and Persistence is a survey of works created by over 50 artists connected to the ceramics program in the Department of Art + Design at Utah State University over the last 30 years. The ceramics program at USU is internationally recognized for a commitment to excellence rather than a particular look or style, and its alumni have established careers at locales across the nation and around the world. Vision and Persistence showcases a cross section of this alumni community and furthers the legacy of the USU ceramics program.

Vision and Persistence is co-organized by Rebecca A. Dunham, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) and Todd Hayes, Ceramics Studio Coordinator for the Department of Art + Design at USU. NEHMA is the first venue for Vision and Persistence; the exhibition will travel and be displayed concurrently with the 50th anniversary conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Kansas City, Missouri, from March 16-19, 2016.

Kait Arndt
Nicholas Bonner
Alix Brodeur
Cory Brown
Danny Brown
Tony Clennell
Sunshine Cobb
Danny Crump
Larry Davidson
Trevor Dunn
Seo Eo
Neil P. Estrick
Suzanne Fluty
Bobby Free
Dennise Gackstetter
Ernest Gentry
Dennis Gerwin
Perry Haas
Susan D. Harris
Todd Hayes
Jason William Hess
Jennifer Hill
CJ Jilek
Julie Johnson
Ashley Kim

Shasta Krueger
Heidi Kreitchet
Ben Krupka
Joshua Kuensting
Jill Lawley
Forrest Lesch-Middleton
Scott McClellan
Daniel Merkel
Megan Mitchell
Robert "Boomer" Moore
J. Daniel Murphy
Ted Neal
John Neely
Lindsay Oesterritter
David Peters
Louis Reilly
Brad Schwieger
Wil Shynkaruk
Joe Singewald
Kari Smith
Karin Solberg
Mandy Stigant
Careen Stoll
Brian J. Taylor
Jason Walker
Alex Watson

A Matter of Taste: Art, Kitsch, and Culture
January 23 - May 7, 2016

A Matter of Taste explores the complex relationship between art, kitsch, and culture. While a gift shop may seem the more likely place to find kitsch in a museum, A Matter of Taste turns this expectation upside down. Showcasing a wide range of kitsch, kitsch-like, or kitsch-inspired objects dating to the 20th and 21st centuries, this exhibition reveals the permeable and porous boundaries between fine art, kitsch, and popular culture.
Including artworks from NEHMA's collection, such as works by Frank McEntire, Jean Lowe, Richard Pettibone, and Jeffrey Vallance, the exhibit also includes reproductions of famous paintings and loaned objects, such as works from the LDS Church History Library, original paintings from Thomas Kinkade's estate, and an installation about 'turbofolk' to provide an international perspective. Each work may be characterized as art or as kitsch, as challenging our understanding of art, or even playing with definitions of art.

Be sure to look for the various interactive areas, including the Kitsch Exchange where visitors can bring an object for display in the museum and take an object that someone else has left, celebrating the necessity of shared experiences for kitsch to exist. While the exhibit seeks to challenge preconceived notions about art or even the art museum, it also reminds us to retain a sense of humor. Please join us, learn with us, and have fun with us!

This exhibition is curated by Rebecca Dunham, NEHMA Curator of Collections and Exhibitions; Katie Lee Koven, NEHMA Executive Director; and Dr. David Wall, Assistant Professor of Art History in the USU Department of Art + Design.

Frank McEntire
Vendora, 2003
mixed media
Charter Member Endowment Purchase
Image, Courtesy of the Artist


Transcendence: Abstraction & Symbolism in the American West
Sept. 1, 2015 - May 7, 2016
                                                                                                                 To view a virtual tour of this exhibition, click here.

Lee Mullican
The Ninnekah, 1951
oil on linen
Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Gift

Showcasing NEHMA's important collection of art from the American West after World War I through the present day, Transcendence: Abstraction and Symbolism in the American West includes over sixty works by artists spanning painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, pottery, video, and mixed media. The exhibition surveys both American Indian and and non-native artists who employ abstraction and symbolism to convey their experiences and interpretations of the American West. Complementing Abstraction and the Dreaming, the exhibition explores how these artists utilize these conceptual processes to convey responses to place, spirituality, and cultural identity.

Many works in the exhibition have been acquired for the Museum through the generous support of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, Kathryn Caine Wanlass Foundation, Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, and David and Terry Peak.

Thomas Akawie
Emil Bisttram
Richard Bowman
Robert Brady
Harold Cohen
Edward Corbett
Werner Drewes
Larry Elsner
Gordon Onslow-Ford
Jean-Pierre Hébert
Patrick Hogan
Robert Boardman Howard
Robert Irwin
Raymond Jonson
Helmi Dagmar Juvonen
Adaline Kent
Karen Kunc
Mark Kuzio

Gaell Lindstrom
Robert McChesney
Don Martin
Julian and Maria Martinez
Timothy Moore
Lee Mullican
Fanny Nampeyo
Judy Natal
Maude Oakes
Wolfgang Paalen
Deborah Remington
David Shaner
Henrietta Shore
Don Suggs
Sibylle Szaggars Redford
Cady Wells
Takako Yamaguchi
Unknown Hopi Artist

On View in the Study Center
Small selections of printmaking, photography, and drawing are presented in the Study Center as independent mini-exhibitions. These exhibitions are shown in drawers to provide viewers an intimate experience.

Gray Areas: Graphite, Ink, and Charcoal Drawings from the Permanent Collection
September 24, 2015 - May 2016

Theodore M. Wassmer
The Odd Couple, 1985
ink on paper
Gift of Dolores Chase

North American Indian Cultures
September 15, 2015 - March 2016

Conrad Buff
Catching Wild Horses, no date
Charter Member Endowment Purchase

ew Acquisitions 2014
November 12, 2014 - February 2016

Hy Hirsch
Untitled (Net), ca. 1940
gelatin silverprint
Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation Gift