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K-State Today

May 17, 2024

'Party Mix' exhibition by visiting artist Cori Crumrine

Submitted by Jessica Buckman

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The Kansas State University art department presents "Party Mix," an exhibition by Cori Crumrine, visiting instructor and artist-in-residence in the ceramics program at K-State. The exhibition will take place from May 20-24 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

"Utilizing a medley of saccharine palettes and confectionary forms, I create small-scale sculptures exploring the intrinsic details of ambiguity," Crumrine said. "The work is presented as a simple, single-serving 'eat me' temptation. Each piece emanates an individual curiosity; a need to determine whether the work is fresh or stale, artificial or organic, sweet or savory. The forms reference familiar shapes yet are ambiguous enough not to conjure an immediate label. Their bite-sized scale invites you to ponder their potential ingredients and intentions."

Crumrine studied ceramics at Bowling Green State University and the University of Montana, where she recognized her desire to pursue teaching. Crumrine has continued her creative studies through assistantships and residencies at the Penland School of Craft, Das Keramikkünstlerhaus Neumünster, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the New Harmony Clay Project and Queen City Clay. 

The exhibition is funded in part by the Student Governing Association Fine Arts Fee.