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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Silvia Lugo, School of Arts and Communication
(619) 421-6700, ext. 5895 or slugo@swccd.edu

SWC Art Gallery to offer dynamic view of contemporary ceramic art

Photos of ceramic art: Stephen Robison's Flask and Funnel and Scott Ziegler's Optimist.

CHULA VISTA -- The School of Arts and Communication Art Gallery proudly presents “Travel Size: A Ceramic Visit with Artaxis.org,” an exhibition showing the broad field of contemporary ceramic artwork and ranging from functional pottery to abstract sculpture, figurative sculpture and installation.  

Organized by SWC Art Gallery co-director John Oliver Lewis, this Oct. 13-Nov. 8 exhibition will highlight the diverse studio work of a select group of artists that share the virtual exhibition space of artaxis.org, an evolving independent network of contemporary artists and their work.

The gallery will host two opening receptions on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., with an Artists Talk at 12 p.m. in the Art Gallery Patio.

Regular gallery hours are 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Admission to the gallery -- as well as the opening day receptions -- is free. (Campus parking is free for the evening opening reception only.)

Confirmed participating artists: Ian Thomas, John Chwekun, Brian Jones, Sasha Reibstein, Kelly Schnorr, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Joanna Powell, Stephen Robison, Dylan Beck, Dave Zdrazil, Peter Morgan, Nathan Betschart, Linda Swanson, Scott Ziegler, Steve Hilton, Craig Clifford, Debbie Kupinsky, Adam Welch, Steven R Schaeffer, Holly Hanessian, Backa Carin Ivarsdotter, Linda Lopez, Waleed R. Qaisi, Jake Allee, Daniel Bare, Sarah Gross, Blair Clemo, Joe Page, Hope Rovelto, Novie Trump, Shannon Sullivan.

The goal of artaxis.org is to create an online community of artists that is focused on supporting the outreach of the artists and providing a direct path to the artist and his or her work. By compiling the work of many different artists as well as providing links to the artists' personal websites and e-mail, artaxis.org is a resource that can be used by academia, the general public and the artists themselves. The artaxis community also promotes discussion, interaction, and collaboration.

Artaxis.org was founded during the summer of 2005 and by an initial group of 10 artists. The site has grown to more than 200 artists and has been responsible for numerous exhibitions and other opportunities for its community.

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