Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University Associate Professor of Art Scott Dooley leads a double life – that of a university professor and that of a professional artist. Results from the professional artist will be on exhibit at the Springfield Museum of Art from Saturday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, April 4. An Opening Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
The show, titled “FORM FIGURE FUNCTION: Contemporary Ohio Clay,” will feature sculptural, figural and functional work produced by 17 Ohio ceramists. Both well-known and emerging artists have been chosen to participate.
Curated by Springfield Museum of Art Curator Charlotte Gordon, along with the curator of the Canton, Ohio, museum, the exhibit will travel to the Canton Museum of Art and the Zanesville Museum of Art during 2010.
“There is a broad array of work,” Gordon said. “This exhibition was curated to present the depth and breadth of contemporary Ohio ceramics, so there is some of everything.”
Colorful sculptural forms that demonstrate forms unified by surface and texture, decanters that appear to be watering cans and figural ceramics that may be abstract or lifelike.
Dooley’s work incorporates elements from metal objects such as mufflers, oilcans, silos and funnels.
“I find these objects amazingly simple in form and construction, as well as incredibly beautiful,” Dooley said. “The essential characteristics of these objects are used as my basis for construction. The cylinders and cones, as well as seams and rivets become incorporated into the making of teapots, bottles, pitchers and ewers.”
Dooley’s ceramics artwork bridges both the sculptural and functional sides of ceramics and has been exhibited throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and internationally as well. His work is represented in many private and permanent collections, including the Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China and Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Manises, Spain.
His artwork has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Claytimes and Pottery Making Illustrated and was recently selected to be included in the ceramic textbook Clay and Glazes for the Potter.
Dooley joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2000 and is currently director of the Ann Miller Gallery in Koch Hall on campus. He has also spearheaded Wittenberg’s popular annual Empty Bowls fundraising event since joining the faculty. His students and volunteers threw more than 800 bowls for the sold-out 2009 event, which raised more than $27,000 for local food banks.
Written by: Phyllis Eberts