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Current Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibition


William Underhill: Casting a Legacy

Opening April 21, 2022

On April 21, 2022, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum will open an exhibition of sculptor William Underhill's extraordinary work. In large measure it focuses on vessel forms made from early 1960 to early 2000.

Underhill is quite clear: I make metal bowls, bronze vessels cast by the lost wax process. The vessel is a primary form, irreducible and complete. To this he adds: Our subconscious speaks in poetry, in metaphors endlessly rich and varied. We are always making equivalents through all the senses, all media –movement, sound, light and color. Making metaphors, analogies – these are all poetry.

With roots deep in the cultural soil of California of the 1950's, Underhill came East eventually to teach at Alfred University from 1969 to his retirement in 1997. Underhill studied with the legendary ceramic artist Peter Voulkos and developed a close, inspiring friendship with the renowned ceramic artist Stephen De Staebler. He worked with the celebrated architect Buckminster Fuller at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Architecture where he also studied with designer Charles Eames. Underhill has written that if Voulkos was my guru for the pot as sculptural expression, Buck Fuller was my guru for the pot as engineering marvel. Underhill was much inspired by Fuller's geodesic dome and led a student design team to construct a geodesic dome as a bird sanctuary for the Oakland California Park Department. The dome was the first of its kind to be built on the West Coast. Underhill was on site studying and working with Voulkos when he made his first cast, bronze sculpture. At that time, Underhill began to turn clay work into bronze vessels eventually establishing a unique path for himself as an artist.

William Underhill's work is held in numerous permanent collections including the Carnegie Institute Pittsburg, PA; the Oakland Art Museum, CA; the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; the Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; the Cooper–Hewitt Museum, NYC and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Underhill's King Alfred, bronze figure, is sited at the central campus of Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

Past Exhibitions

  • 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Mat Karas
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Saturday – Tuesday, April 25 – 28, 2009

    • Kala Stein
      Convivium: Palladian Room
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Saturday - Tuesday, May 2 – 5, 2009

    • Seth Payne
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Friday – Monday, May 8 – 11, 2009

  • From The Permanent Collection
    January 23 – April 17, 2009

  • The Interpreted Figure
    October 17 - December 7, 2007

  • KleinReid
    Porcelain by James Klein and David Reid
    June 6 – September 28, 2007

  • 2007 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Melody Owen
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 21-24, 2007

    • Eric Mirabito
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 28 - May 1, 2007

    • Sarah Britten-Jones
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      May 4-7, 2007

  • Norm Schulman
    A Life in Clay
    January 24 - March 30, 2007

  • Satoru Hoshino
    Beginning Form - Spiral
    October 18 - December 8, 2006

  • Receptive Volumes
    June 1 - September 29, 2006

  • 2006 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • David R. Hicks
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      May 5 - 8, 2006

    • Tammy Renée Brackett
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 29 - May 2, 2006

    • Dawn
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture
      April 22 - 25, 2006

    • Lee Somers
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 15 - 18, 2006

  • Viktor Schreckengost
    National Centennial Exhibition
    March 18 - June 26, 2006

  • Robert Winokur
    January 25 - March 31, 2006

  • Eva Kwong
    Love Between the Atoms
    October 12 - December 16, 2005

  • Conjunction: selections from the Corsaw, Fox and Krevolin Collections
    Curated by Susan Kowalczyk
    June 1 - September 30, 2005

  • 2005 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Alexandra Lakin
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 9-12, 2005

    • Del Harrow
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 16-19, 2005

    • Hisao Ihara
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 23-26, 2005

    • Fei Jun
      MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 30 - May 3, 2005

    • Jesse Small
      MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Ceramics
      May 6-14, 2005

  • William Parry (don't forget to) Wonder: ceramic sculpture from the Museum collection
    December 1, 2004 - April 1, 2005

  • Pondered Resource: on loan from the personal collections of Currier, Andrea and John Gill, Wayne Higby, Walter McConnell, and Linda Sikora
    Guest Curated by John Gill
    May 26 - November 12, 2004

  • 2004 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Seong-Whan Park
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      May 7-15, 2004

    • Chadwick Augustine
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramic Art
      April 24 - May 2, 2004

    • Evangelos Courpas
      MFA Thesis ExhibitionElectronic Integrated Arts
      April 17-19, 2004

    • Michael D. Hart
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass
      April 9-13, 2004

  • Installation 188
    Common Ground World Project by artist Neil Tetkowski
    January 28 - April 2, 2004

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