Sculptures by Elaine Quave will be on display Sept. 5-Oct. 13 in Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building, on the campus of Furman University. Quave, ceramic instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH), will present a talk about her work during a reception Friday, Sept. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. in the gallery. Regular Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Her exhibition, Anthro/Botanical, is free and open to the public and is presented by the Furman University Department of Art.
In a statement Quave says, “My ceramic sculptures evoke a garden, one reminiscent of a bleached coral reef in which the reflection of our own human nature is both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Porcelain bones are arranged to resemble plants, each implying their own unique stories of our personal interactions with them. The work calls for us to recognize loss of biodiversity and the extinction that is quietly happening around us in the current geological age – referred to as the Anthropocene – an age characterized by the impact of human related activities on the ecological balance of nature.”
Quave, an adjunct faculty member at SCGSAH, previously worked as an instructor for the SCGSAH’s Summer Academy and Summer Discovery Programs. As a Statewide Guest Artist for South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, she traveled to dozens of schools to present “The SC Butterfly Collaborative,” a project that uses her artwork and the commissioned community work as a catalyst for an integrated science and art lesson.
From 2009-2012, Quave was gallery director for The Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Ky. where she managed gallery exhibitions and programs, and orchestrated outreach programs for area schools in coordination with art exhibits.
Quave has shown her work widely across the United States in solo and group exhibitions. She holds an MFA in ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and a BFA (crafts/ceramics) from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
For more information about the exhibition, contact the Furman University Department of Art, 864-294-2995. Or visit the artist’s website at http://www.elainequave.com/.