Ceramics exhibition opens Nov. 13

A photo of a ceramic piece by Malcolm Mubotu Smith.

November 05, 2018

VINCENNES, Ind. - An exhibition featuring ceramic works by Malcolm Mobutu Smith will open November 13 at Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery of Art. The exhibition will run through December 7. An artist talk and reception will take place in the Gallery on November 29 at 11 a.m. (EST), followed by a ceramics workshop in the Ceramic Studio from 2-5 p.m.

Smith’s work is guided by improvisations that merge volumetric form with graphic flatness. His clay work is inspired by the intersections of graffiti art, comic books, and playful, organic abstraction driven by his passion for hip-hop and jazz.

The Shircliff Gallery of Art is located in Room A103 of the Shircliff Humanities Center at the corner of First and Harrison streets on the VU campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Details are available by contacting Arthur Fields, gallery director, 812-888-4316, or


A photo of Malcolm Mubotu Smith.Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996 and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University where he earned his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lectures, and residencies, including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Robert McNamara Foundation in Maine. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections including The Luise Ross Gallery, New York City, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Indiana State Museum, and the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum in Beijing, China.


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