Fine Arts Library Hosts Trailer Ceramics Show

Feb. 22, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The Artstream Ceramic Library, a unique art exhibition featuring the work of 13 nationally recognized ceramic potters, will be hosted by the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin through Thursday, March 31.

Similar in structure to a literature-based library, the Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade cups for seven days. Borrowers from the Ceramic Library are required to take a digital photograph of the cup in use, though other art forms are encouraged as well, including music, video and visual art. The photographs and art based on the loaned items will be posted online.

The borrowing program is limited to University of Texas at Austin faculty, staff and students.

The Artstream Ceramic Library is an extension of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Housed in a vintage 1967 silver Airstream trailer, the library travels across the country to libraries and organizations interested in sponsoring this project so people from coast to coast may participate in this distinctive cultural exchange.

A reception highlighting the 40 cups available for checkout will take place Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Lisa Orr,  a local potter and one of the Artstream artists, will speak at 5:30 p.m. about the Artstream project.

On Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. there will be a demonstration by Orr and Austin potter Ryan McKerley in the ceramics studio in the Art Building 2.410.

For more information, visit: www.art-stream.com/library.

For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512 495 4644.