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The company Documentary Educational Resources released three films about Peter Voulkos that span a period of nearly 40 years. DER is offering the videos for home streaming rental or licensing for larger institutions. You can read more about that here.
The clip comes from the 1972 film, Voulkos and Company, directed by Susan Fanshel. Here we see Voulkos working on a large bronze sculpture.
A portrait of the artist at work on the final stages of a monumental cast bronze sculpture commissioned for the San Francisco Hall of Justice. In whatever medium he worked, Voulkos always pushed boundaries. His bronze work is less familiar than his clay work, but for almost two decades his creative energies were channeled through metal. This impressionistic film brings to life the special atmosphere of his warehouse studio during the “bronze years.” The film follows the substantial demands placed on Voulkos and his crew as they complete the 30-foot high sculpture and its complex installation.
Another film, Working in Clay (1992, Ann Voulkos) captures the artist in his Oakland studio as he creates plates, tea bowls and a large stacked volume. Perhaps the most exciting of the bunch is Voulkos at Archie Bray (1955, Maxine Blackmer). This early nine minutes of footage shows Voulkos at the wheel, perfecting one of his stacks.
Assistant Professor Sought at NKU
Northern Kentucky University sent us a notice about a job opening for an assistant professor of ceramics (minimum education: MFA). Below is the text of the job posting. Please visit NKU’s page for information on how to apply.
The Visual Arts program in the School of the Arts (SOTA) at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a full time tenure track position in Ceramics beginning Fall 2017. Ceramics is part of a Spatial Arts program that offers an approach to art making which is media diverse and emphasizes both technical skill and conceptual development. The Visual Arts program offers the BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art.
Established in 1968, NKU is a 15,000 student, nationally recognized, metropolitan university located seven miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati offers an outstanding quality of life, a vibrant arts community, and an affordable cost of living. NKU is committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky /Greater Cincinnati region of over two million people.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach three classes per semester, maintain active research and exhibition activities and serve on university committees. Candidates should have the ability to teach all levels of Ceramics, including clay and glaze formulation, as well as integrate into the Spatial Arts program.
Additional responsibilities include student advising, ceramic studio management, curriculum development, portfolio review, and to provide direction and guidance for advancing the University’s strategic priorities of inclusive excellence, student retention, and graduation. Spatial Arts is located in a separate facility from the Fine Arts Center and includes both wheel throwing and hand building areas, glaze room, clay mixing room, and gas, electric, and wood fired kilns. Also housed in the facility are a complete wood shop, metal shop, and a foundry. Spatial Arts has a full time technician.
Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. in studio art, design or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice including a strong exhibition record, demonstrated knowledge of ceramic techniques and processes, and being well versed in contemporary and historical visual arts.
Previous teaching experience preferred.
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