Professor and Alumna Juried into National Exhibition

Wade MacDonald, “FC/Other Side of Darkness #4,” 2020, porcelain, stoneware, wood, vinyl, acrylic paint, foam, 26 x 20 x 6 inches

Recent MFA graduate Nasrin Iravani and Assistant Professor Wade MacDonald had work accepted into The Clay Studio National 2020, an annual juried exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Penn. The exhibition runs July 10 through August 9, 2020 and the gallery will allow visitors with certain restrictions for safely viewing the artwork.

“The Clay Studio National is a very competitive juried exhibition and one of the more important ceramic shows in the country,” MacDonald said. “This is great exposure for our ceramics program.”

Jurors were Lauren Sandler, who heads the ceramics program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University; Kukuli Velarde, Peruvian-American ceramics artist and filmmaker; and Sana Musasama, internationally known clay artist and adjunct professor at Hunter College.

Nasrin Iravani, “Until Infinity, Life,” 2020, ceramic, 18 x 20 x 10 inches

Nasrin Iravani‘s ceramic work, Until Infinity, Life (shown here), was selected by jurors for the exhibition. Iravani received the MFA in ceramics and sculpture in 2020. Her thesis exhibition, Magnanimous Moment of Departure, was on show in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art in April and May and can be viewed online here. Iravani has participated in ceramics exhibitions internationally, in Milan, Italy; Madrid, Spain and Tehran, Iran, and in the United States. Recent exhibitions include The Millennial Show Juried Exhibition, Dayton (Ohio); Clay: A Southern Consensus, New Orleans; 33rd Annual Alabama Clay Conference; The Ritual Table (Corning, New York); and Vitreous, New Orleans. She has been accepted to an artist residency at Baltimore Clayworks.

Wade MacDonald‘s work, FC/Other Side of Darkness #4, was selected by jurors for the exhibition. MacDonald has taught in the department of art and art history since 2015 and as assistant professor since 2019. His work explores the intersection of ceramics, digital fabrication, furniture design and architecture. He has been profiled in American Craft Magazine and received the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist Award in 2018. MacDonald has been included in juried exhibitions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wis.; Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio; Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Clay Center of New Orleans; and the NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, among many others. He received the MFA from Michigan State University.

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