Hunger Awareness Month culminates with two exhibitions and a benefit (E-News 10-2-2014)

Exhibitions “Conscious Clay” and “Empty Bowls” raise hunger awareness through clay, community, and conversation

Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White (detail), 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artist

Steven Young Lee, Red, Blue and White (detail), 2013. Porcelain, cobalt inlay, copper inlay, white slip, aluminum, glass, 46 x 50 x 4 in. each. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artist

Two exhibitions at Wichita State and a number of community events open a local dialogue to explore how to end hunger worldwide in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Month.

Conscious Clay is the start of this dialogue, an exhibition examining innovative solutions to hunger awareness through clay, community, and conversation. This exhibition features works by American ceramicists Steven Young Lee and Jennifer Hansen Gard, two ceramic activists who strive to make a difference in their respective communities. On view October 3 through December 14 in the Ulrich Underground. Opening Reception, 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, October 16.

The WSU Ceramics Guild presents Empty Bowls, an exhibition of ceramic bowls created to raise awareness of local food insecurity by WSU Faculty, Alumni, and Ceramics Guild members. This exhibition serves as a reminder of the empty bowls in the Wichita community. On view October 13-17 in the WSU Rhatigan Student Center’s Cadman Gallery. Opening Reception, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, October 16.

The work in Empty Bowls will be available for purchase in a silent auction at the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off event at Wichita State’s Henrion Hall on Saturday, October 18. One hundred percent of sales proceeds will be donated to the Kansas Food Bank.

Rave against hunger with free community events for Hunger Awareness Month

build a bowlFrom a Build A Bowl event tomorrow and Family Fun Day with clay this Saturday to a Chili Cook-off benefiting the Kansas Food Bank on October 18, the Ulrich invites you to observe Hunger Awareness Month by joining a free community event.

Learn about social activism through art with Conscious Clay exhibition artists Jennifer Hansen Gard and Steven Young Lee in two Artist Workshops October 15 and 16.

Following the Opening Receptions for Conscious Clay and Empty Bowls, join a Panel Discussion moderated by WSU Ceramics Instructor Brenda Lichman on World Food Day, October 16.

A fundraiser to benefit the Kansas Food Bank takes place with the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off at Wichita State’s Henrion HallOctober 18. View hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls and sample chili from local restaurants and donors. For a $20 donation, choose a ceramic bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. A free screening of the documentary A Place at the Table starts immediately afterward at the WSU Campus Activities Center Theater.

Programs are co-sponsored by the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, the WSU Ceramics Guild, and the WSU Hunger Awareness Initiative.

All programs are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit ulrich.wichita.edu/events.

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding to read at WSU Reading Series “Writing Now, Reading Now”

Paul HardingJoin author Paul Harding for the second program of this year’s WSU Reading Series “Writing Now, Reading Now” on Thursday October 9. A reception for Mr. Harding begins at 5:30 p.m. with a fiction reading to follow at 6 p.m.

Paul Harding’s novel Tinkers won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His second novel, Enon, was published in 2013. He was a 2000-2001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His short stories have appeared in Shakepainter and The Harvard Review.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the WSU Creative Writing Department.

Wichita Symphony offers presale for arts patrons to BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE with Samuel Ramey and glass artwork by Dale Chihuly

Wichita SymphonyThe Wichita Symphony (WSO) will present six large-scale glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly on stage with Samuel Ramey, one of the most celebrated operatic basses of our time, to illuminate the dark secrets of BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE on March 13 and 15, 2015.

These magnificent sculptures will tower the stage as high as 14 feet, and are only shown in concert with Bela Bartok’s one-hour opera, BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE. The Wichita Symphony is only the fifth American orchestra to present the production with these masterpieces, and the ONLY orchestra to present it with the world-renowned Samuel Ramey next to Chihuly’s artistry.

PRESALE: October 6 – 12
As a Wichita arts patron the WSO is offering you the chance to reserve your seats for these performances before tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 13. Beginning Monday, October 6 at midnight, BUY PRESALE TICKETS HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

For more information, visit: ulrich.wichita.edu/events.
All programs are free and located at the museum unless noted otherwise.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY ART MAKING: Build A Bowl
110 Henrion Hall

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1–3 P.M.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Henrion Hall

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION;  6 P.M. FICTION READING
WRITING NOW, READING NOW: Paul Harding

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15
10:00 A.M. REFRESHMENTS; 10:30 PROGRAM BEGINS
SENIOR WEDNESDAY:
CONSCIOUS CLAY ART MAKING: Ceramic Bowls Pt. 2

110 Henrion Hall

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY CERAMIC WORKSHOP: Jennifer Hansen Gard
110 Henrion Hall

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY CERAMIC WORKSHOP: Steven Young Lee
110 Henrion Hall

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4–5 P.M.
OPENING RECEPTION: Empty Bowls
Cadman Gallery, WSU Rhatigan Student Center

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4:30–6 P.M.
OPENING RECEPTION: Conscious Clay
Ulrich Museum of Art

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6–7:15 P.M.
CONSCIOUS CLAY PANEL DISCUSSION: World Food Day
210 McKnight West

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL: BRUCE CONNER FILM SCREENINGS
For more information, visit www.tallgrassfilmfest.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.
EMPTY BOWLS CHILI COOK-OFF
A Benefit for the Kansas Food Bank

Henrion Hall

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2:30–4 P.M.
FREE FILM SCREENING: A Place at the Table
WSU Campus Activities Center Theater