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Whittier to Present First Exhibition of 2018

Jan 8, 2018

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Sleeth Gallery will host the exhibit “Something Between You and Me” by Kansas City ceramic artist Casey Whittier as the opening show for 2018. The exhibit opens on Thursday, January 11 with a reception from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and an artist talk immediately following. The show will run January 11 – February 2. This event is free and open to the public.

Utilizing a variety of forming methods and clay bodies, Whittier recreates elements from nature, unites the landscapes of her reality with the landscapes of daydreams, exploits the visceral qualities of clay, and ponders the power of shared experience. The physical expressions that come through rolling, tearing, squishing, dipping, pushing, pinching, molding, casting, and scratching become representations of touch, of thought, of time spent.

“My work is based in my need to better understand sense of place and our relationships to the objects, spaces, and histories that surround us,” Whittier’s artist statement reads. “I see each sculpture and installation as a way to advocate for a direct and tactile relationship with the world.

“Through the use of representational objects that are culled from my environment and remade in clay, I create symbolic relationships between seemingly disparate elements. When objects’ material differences and functionality are negated, these elements take on new meanings and create new possibilities for evaluation and interpretation.”

Whittier received her bachelor of fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work investigates the fine line between the need to preserve and a desire to re-imagine, re-configure, and re-contextualize the world around her. She is an advocate for community engagement through the arts. Whittier teaches ceramics and is program head of social practice at the Kansas City Art Institute. She works from her home studio.

Her work can be found at and

The Sleeth Gallery, located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment.

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