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The Boneyard: The Ceramics Teaching Collection at LSU Museum of Art

  • 100 Lafayette Street, Fifth Floor Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge, LA 70801
  • LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts
  • July 8, 2021 - February 11, 2022
  • Recurring every week day
  • Price: Adults, 13 and older:$5 | Children, 12 and under: Free | Members: Free | University student with ID: Free | Veterans and their families: Free with military ID The FIRST Sunday of every month is FREE admission. Every Friday night from 5-8 p.m. is also FREE.
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The Boneyard: The Ceramics Teaching Collection

On view at LSU Museum of Art:

July 8, 2021–February 13, 2022

LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA) in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to open on July 8, 2021,

The Boneyard: The Ceramics Teaching Collection - Inspired by the visiting artist tradition

The Boneyard: The Ceramics Teaching Collection presents the energy and legacy of ceramics demonstrations through bisqueware. Bisque refers to the state achieved after a wet clay demo is completed and then fired once. What remains is a porous, unglazed record of the visiting artist’s creative process that can be referenced year after year by professors and students. Included in this exhibition are over 200 bisque works that provide a valued resource for LSU School of Art’s top-ten ranked ceramics program.

The ever-growing collection will be displayed at LSU MOA to imitate the classroom use of the boneyard. The “boneyard” refers to bisque works and how they are stored in studio spaces for teaching and ceramics demonstrations. It's known for its unique display on high shelves in the studio, with many bisque works together, showcasing a variety of techniques, improvisation, and skill. Faculty and instructors pull bisque objects from the shelves in order to highlight specific techniques and attributes of form, only to return the bisque back to the shelf so they can grab another set of objects.

This exhibition will feature rotating displays and a demonstration space that will be activated by MFA students, local artists, and visiting artists to allow museum visitors to share in the boneyard tradition—to watch clay transform and to see artist-specific techniques shared in the openness of the craft tradition.

Artists featured: Andrew Martin, Kristen Kieffer, Jen Allen, Joanna Powell, Doug Peltzman, Lisa Orr, John Gill, Jeremy Brooks, Lauren Gallaspy, Kevin Snipes, Mike Jabbur, Mike Helke, Matt Mitros, Sam Chung, Matt Towers, Kim Dickey, Mary Louise Carter, Joe Bova, David Eichelberger, Matt Metz, Kensuke Yamada, Tip Toland, TJ Erdahl, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Jeremy Hatch, Jason Bige Burnett (additional artists may be added to this exhibition). 

This exhibition is a collaboration between:

  • LSU Museum of Art
  • LSU School of Art 
  • Curated by LSU Ceramics Associate - Professor Andy Shaw
  • LSU MOA Curator Courtney Taylor
  • LSU MOA Educator Grant Benoit


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