WCU to Host Exhibit Featuring Clay, Paper, and Fiber

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 10, 2013 - The Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey University will host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit “Transformation: Three Women, the Alchemy of Friendship: Clay, Paper, and Fiber” on Thursday, January 17, from 5-6 p.m. The exhibit, which is on display January 14-31 (except January 21 for a holiday),  features ceramics, works on paper, and fiber art by Claudia Cartee, Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, and Amanda Lovitt-Call. The reception and exhibit are open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment (601) 318-6192.
Claudia Cartee, Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt and Amanda Lovitt-Call have been friends and fellow artists for over 25 years.
Claudia Cartee, who received her BFA in ceramics from California State University at Fullerton, has been a professional studio clay artist since 1970. She and her husband, Troy Cartee, own The Ka Pottery Studio in Seminary which is filled with her work. Claudia also exhibits her work in the gift shops at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Her pottery is entirely handmade, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, and she uses no molds or other commercial techniques.

Claudia’s work consists of functional pottery, such as dinnerware, serving, and decorative pieces, and also larger, more sculptural forms. She received a MAC Fellowship for clay in 2011, was featured in the book by the Mississippi Craftsman Guild entitled, “I AM CRAFTSMAN: 40 at 40,” and was featured in an article in Our South magazine. Claudia has shown her work nationally in gallery and museum exhibits and has received numerous awards at regional art festivals.

Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt has exhibited her work consistently for 25 years in biennial solo exhibitions and multiple yearly group invitational and juried exhibitions. Her work, which is produced at Bodhi Kiote Studio, includes both drawings and sculpture. She draws with colored pencils on vellum embellished with beads and threaded rods, and she sculpts with red stoneware fired with opalescent or crystalline glazes, and enhances these with beads, ribbons fabric, and feathers. Barbara-Ann’s work draws from global story telling traditions learned from her Canadian upbringing and her extensive travels through Okinawa, Japan, Pakistan, Korea, Kenya, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia – places where she sometimes lived for a year or more.

Barbara-Ann received her BA degree in English at Marianopolis College, University of Montreal. Graduate study continued in English literature at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, with additional post baccalaureate work in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and drawing at California State University-Hayward, and with sculpture/printmaking at the University of Houston. She completed her MFA in sculpture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has served as visiting faculty for The University of Southern Mississippi and as the C.W. Woods Art Gallery Director at USM. She has also acted as core faculty artist, planning educational opportunities in the arts for the Forrest County Detention Center and Pine Belt Adolescent Offenders Program.
Amanda Lovitt-Call has been a weaver, textile artist and teacher of fiber design for the last two decades. A master weaver introduced her to the loom in 1974 and she has been weaving structures of color and light ever since. Her design skills were honed at Parson’s School of Design in New York and Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts in California. Amanda looks to women weavers of ancient civilizations who fashioned functional fabrics for beauty’s sake alone for inspiration. She works in honor of her mother, grandmother, and all those weavers who came before her.

Amanda has been a recipient of numerous awards and grants, some of which include the John Arthur Payne Grant for a glass/ fiber installation; a Certificate of Excellence in the Fiber Arts Show in San Francisco on two separate occasions; the Peter R. MacArthur Grant to study at Parson’s at Lake Placid, New York; “fellow status” with the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild; the Samuel and Flora Taylor Foundation Grant to create “glass weavings” for an installation at the one of the Pavilions in Indianapolis, and the “Honored Artist” award from the Mississippi Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in the Wacoal Ginzu Art Space in Tokyo and she has work in many collections in not only the United States, but also England, France and South America.

For more information about the exhibit, call (601) 318-6524. 

Pictured left to right are “Transformations: Three Women, the Alchemy of Friendship: Clay, Paper, and Fiber” artists Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, Amanda Lovitt-Call, and Claudia Cartee. The exhibit will be on display at the Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey University January 14-31, with the gallery closed on January 21 for a university holiday.