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Baber Room Exhibitions

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
August 22 - September 20, 2018

Baber Room & Third Floor Exhibit Area
CMU Libraries

Presentation by Marie Woo - traveling exhibit curator
September 13, 2018
Park Library Auditorium
Reception following in Baber Room

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As China rushes headlong into modernization, folk pottery struggles for existence. Dragon kilns that operated for centuries are cold and threatened by extinction.

This exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. The objects on exhibit were collected between 1995 and 2009, while kilns and pottery in remote regions were documented. The works are a cross-section of products by Tibetan, Dai, Miao, Bai and Han potters.

The exhibition examines pottery from three different perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics. While some of the techniques used in production are widespread throughout China, others are localized to specific areas or ethnic communities. Mass-produced plastics which have flooded the commercial markets in the last twenty years have reduced demand for folk pottery, posing a challenge to artisans from rural areas with these specialized skills and knowledge. In many cases, once thriving pottery villages with multiple kilns, home to numerous families of skilled potters, have shrunken to a single potter.

Throughout the 8,000 years of China's ceramic history, the vast majority of pottery produced has been utilitarian objects created for the average consumer. Ceramics on exhibit in museums and collected by connoisseurs often represent only the objects produced for the elite and economically powerful members of society. Objects of daily use have often been overlooked for critical appreciation of the techniques and aesthetics.

This exhibition presents a window of diveristy and the rich tradition in Chinese folk pottery.

Following Marie Woo's presentation and the Chinese Folk Pottery exhibit reception:

Opening Reception 
Thurs. September 13, 4-6PM

Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2018

September 14 – October 6, 2018

University Art Gallery - Main Gallery 

Members of the Department of Art & Design faculty exhibit their current work. Exhibition features work in painting, photography, graphic design, animation, ceramics, sculpture and installation by faculty: Chad Bierdeman, Jeremiah Davis, Jesse Dominguez, Anne Gochenour, Alyson Pouls, Jonathon Russell, David Stairs, Lee Vanderkooi, Al Wildey,


Fiber Art

Sally Rose

January - February, 2019

 Baber Room – CMU Libraries

(check back for details) 

A Weaver's Notebook of Endangered Wildflowers

Carol Irving

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Baber Room - CMU Libraries


  Artist Presentation

April 9, 2019

3PM Park Library Auditorium

followed by reception in Baber Room


-In celebration of Earth Day-

The weavings of Carol Irving

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Baber Room Mission Statement


The Baber Room provides students, faculty, staff and community members a place to experience thought-provoking artworks as well as a place to read and study. Towards that end, exhibitions of individuals and groups as well as curated projects of professional artists are on rotating display throughout the academic semesters. Library related items outside of the fine arts are also considered for display at the discretion of the Library Art Committee. The Baber Room also provides a platform for student enrichment, as well as alumni community outreach through educational programming such as artist lectures and gallery talks. The library encourages proposals for exhibitions, exhibits traveling shows and develops exhibitions.

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All exhibits are free and open to the public
Questions? Contact Janet Danek 
University Libraries Exhibit Coordinator