The Sella-Granata Art Gallery presents a dual exhibition of art works by Ashlyn Pope and Chris Staley, November 3 through November 22. Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Art Night, November 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.Ashlyn Pope at work in her studio. Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Ashlyn Pope’s exhibition is titled Conversations. Pope is a ceramic and printmaking artist from the Atlanta area. Currently she works as an instructor in ceramics at the ART Station, a non-profit, professional arts center that brings arts to citizens of all social, cultural, ethnic, and economic standing. Pope received the BFA in ceramics and printmaking from Kennesaw State University in 2013 and the AA degree in fashion design from Bauder College in 2007. More information about her work, photos of Ashlyn Pope’s process with finished pieces and her website are here. Ashlyn Pope’s visit is generously sponsored by UA’s Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Gender and Race Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Chris Staley’s exhibition is titled Coming and Going. Staley is a Distinguished Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University. He was selected to be the Penn State Laureate for 2012-2013. He received the BFA from Wittenberg University in Ohio. He was rejected by every graduate MFA program he applied to and then attended the Kansas City Art Institute for a year as a special student. He then was accepted to Alfred University and earned the MFA degree. Staley has traveled extensively as a visiting artist from Bezalel Academy in Israel to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants. His work is in many museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Archie Bray Foundation and the Board of Trustees at The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He is currently serving as President for NCECA, the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts. His website is here. Staley will also be presenting a lecture and workshops on UA campus.Chris Staley

NOV 10 Visiting Artist Chris Staley events:

Ceramics Workshop, Bureau of Mines #5, UA, 9:30-11:30 am
Ceramics Workshop, Bureau of Mines #5, UA, 3:45 – 5:15 pm
Artist Lecture by Christopher Staley, “Why Art Matters: A Potters Search for Meaning,” Bryant Conference Center, Rast Room A, 7 pm

Chris Staley’s visit is generously sponsored by UA’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Continuing Studies, and the Department of Art and Art History.

Image Credits: all images courtesy of the artists
Contact: Assistant Professor Matt Mitros, Chair, Sella-Granata Art Gallery: matthew.t.mitros@ua.edu or (205) 348-1889.

Funding support for the Sella-Granata Art Gallery comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available here:http://bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information/. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-1891 or go to http://art.ua.edu/gallery/sgg/.