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Ceramicist Trisha Coates at the Museum of Art's Brown Bag Lunch Series

February 23, 2011

"Double Chambered Endive Teapot" Trisha Coates 2009, stoneware, 7 x 10 x 4.

A slide lecture by exhibiting artist and alum Trisha Coates will be presented by the Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 2, at noon in room A219, Paul Creative Arts Center. Two of the artist’s ceramic teapots are included in the current exhibition, “ReView: Recent Work by UNH Alumni.” The lecture, part of the museum’s “ArtBreak: Brown Bag Lunch”series, is open to the public free of charge.

Coates received her bachelor’s of fine arts in 2005 and has been featured in exhibitions nationally, including “The Art of Tea” at The Meyer’s Gallery, Muddy’s Studio, Santa Ana, Calif. in 2009, and “The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar”atthe Holter Museum of Art; Helena, Mont. in 2006. Her work is also on view at the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA, where she is represented.

"Cleo's Famous Sprouts Teapot," Trisha Coates 2009, stoneware, 9" x 6" x 6.

Her work centers largely on one-of-a-kind ceramic teapots, inspired by the meditational aspects of the Chinese tea ceremony, as well the naturalistic details found in traditional Yixing ware. The teapot forms are drawn from common items found in the kitchen and garden, used in unexpected ways — a winding garter snake becomes a handle; Japanese eggplant stems, a spout.

“ReView: Recent Work by UNH Alumni” features new works by alumni from across the country and was juried by New Hampshire artists and UNH alumni James Aponovich and Gary Haven Smith.

Running concurrently at the Museum of Art is the exhibition“Legacy: Works by Distinguished Former Faculty,” featuring former studio faculty members of the department of art and art history, including Sigmund Abeles, Arthur Balderacchi, Christopher Cook, Richard Merritt, Daniel Valenza, and Melvin Zabarsky. Works by former faculty member John Hatch are also included in the Museum of Art’s Focus Gallery.

Both exhibitions run through April 6, 2011.

The Museum of Art is open during the academic year Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed Fridays and university holidays, including March 11 through March 20. 

Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713. 

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