FIRE AND SMOKE:WOOD,RAKU,SAGGAR, PIT FIRED CLAY... CURATED BY MARY URBAS
Fire and Smoke: Raku, Wood, Saggar, Pit Fired and Alternative Fired Clay
Curated by Mary Urbas
September 22 – November 4, 2022
Artist Reception and Raku firing demonstration: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6-9 p.m.
45 local, regional and national artists will exhibit 281 works in clay that incorporate various kiln firing techniques.
The Gallery at Lakeland presents several art exhibitions each year. Highlights include the annual "from Woman…" exhibition, which is the largest exhibition of women artists in the region; the May Show Juried Art Exhibition; and the crowd pleasing, pop culture related exhibition, The Skull and Skeleton in Art. These exhibitions support and advance recognition of Lakeland's fine arts academic programs; diversity efforts at the college; community arts groups; and local, regional and national artists.
Lakeland students, employees, community members, and local and regional artists are encouraged to submit artwork for consideration in various gallery exhibitions, visit the gallery during regular gallery hours, and celebrate artistic expression during artists' receptions.
To provide a learning environment that fosters aesthetic literacy and expressive capability through the cultivation of artistic techniques and skills and the exploration of creative traditions and possibilities.
Meet the Director
Mary Urbas has been the gallery coordinator, exhibition curator, and installation designer for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland since 2005. During this time, she has installed numerous exhibitions and has created the highly successful "May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition" featuring local and regional artists and "from WOMAN. Created by women, of women & about women" show that celebrates Women's History Month every March.
Mary Urbas has 40 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, and an award-winning exhibiting fiber artist. Mary received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Textile Design and Silk Screen Printing, with minors in Weaving and Printmaking. She was the Gallery Manager and Shipping/Receiving Manager at Sylvia Ullman's American Crafts Gallery in Cleveland, for over 17 years. During this time, Mary showed her silkscreened wearables, wall hangings and fabrics in Juried Exhibitions and Art Fairs throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards. She opened her own gallery in 1997, called The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, which featured contemporary Fine Art and Fine Crafts. She became the gallery curator and assistant director at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls in 2001, taught classes to adults and summer art camps for children, before becoming the gallery coordinator and exhibition curator at Lakeland Community College. Mary has also served as a juror and prize judge, for local and regional juried art competitions and outdoor art fairs, and sits on the board of local nonprofits.
During the summer months when Mary isn't knee deep in her garden or rose beds you'll find her scoping out the local and regional art fairs looking for artists for future exhibitions. As an exhibited fiber artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.
Mary has taught classes at The Cleveland Institute of Art, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Brecksville Center for the Arts, Lakeland Community College, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College and The Valley Art Center.
The Gallery at Lakeland boasts over 2,400 square feet of floor space and over 3,200 square feet of wall space in atrium, hallway and internal gallery areas. We are continuously seeking out ideas for future exhibitions. To submit a proposal for a group (minimum of 10 artists), email the Gallery Coordinator your curator's statement, description of the proposed exhibition, and your CV. Include with the CV 5-7 digital images from each artist.
Current Exhibition Samples
The following images are a sample of the excellent artwork currently on display in our gallery. We welcome you on campus to see the full exhibition.