Doug and Susan Casebeer at CSU University Art Museum
The University Art Museum at Colorado State University
is featuring an extensive exhibition of contemporary ceramics, Collaborations, Affinities, and Friendships: The Collection of Doug and Susan Casebeer, now open through Dec. 14, 2012. General museum hours are Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and admission is free.
When Doug and Susan Casebeer arrived at the Anderson Ranch, the renowned art residency and educational center in Snowmass, Colo., they had little knowledge that their affiliation and careers would beget an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary ceramics. This collection was formed, in great part, through the close friendships and collaborations they established at the Ranch.
A celebrated artist himself, Doug Casebeer offered visiting artists, those with already established reputations and the up and coming, the expertise, facilities, and freedom to take risks and experiment with clay. Many innovations in pottery came out of these sessions.
The exhibition samples work from the stellar Casebeer collection which represents many of the most important artists working in pottery in the late 20th –early 21st centuries: Ken Price, David Shaner, Ron Nagle, Andrea Gill, Ron Nagle, Linda Sikora, and Ken Ferguson.
The exhibition is also a visual profile of the husband and wife collectors. A few pieces from Doug Casebeer’s beloved collection of early American pottery are on display, along with work of his own. An example of Susan Casebeer’s mother’s 19th century English porcelain collection is included alongside an engineering blueprint of a potter’s wheel, the only piece Susan has of her father’s work.
Collaborations, Affinities, and Friendships is especially welcome by the University Art Museum as both Susan and the Casebeer’s daughter are Colorado State University alums, and their son is currently majoring in visual art at CSU.