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PR # 210 April 17, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College?s Visual and Performing Arts Department will present The Remains of the Day?An Exhibition of Work by Ceramics IV Students , April 29-May 11. The exhibition is on view in the RVCC Arts Building Showcase and Mini-Gallery at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The exhibition of unique ceramic work features projects created by students in the College?s advanced ceramics class, taught by Professor Ann Tsubota. The 14 students in the class also acted as curators for the show.

The public is invited to attend an open reception Monday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m., in the Mini-Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition features work by the following artists: Doris Aufschlager, Val Bolan, Gisele Egbert, Jean France, Rob Giordano, Fran Hargadon, Laura Ilsley, Susanna Kopchains, John Pilshaw, Carol Piscatelli, Deirdre Rosinski, Bonnie Rowan, Blanche Somer and Konstantin Zingerman.

Although the show?s title, Remains of the Day , recalls memories of the acclaimed Merchant Ivory film (which was based on Kazuo Ishiguro?s Booker Prize-winning book), it actually refers to the clay trimmings and carvings that are left over when a ceramic artist is finished working for the day. The detritus is collected, combined and reinterpreted. Through reflection, imagination and a desire to waste nothing, the new work is created.

Each artist?s interpretation varies wildly: from Val Bolan?s large, brightly glazed ?waste bin? to Doris Aufschlager?s small, stained, puzzle blocks there is a full range of exploration and analysis in search of innovative forms and structures. Fran Hargadon?s loosely deconstructed lighthouses contrast sharply with John Pilshaw?s carefully arranged compositions. Carol Piscatelli?s vessels are conceptually different from the sculptural assemblies of Konstantin Zingerman.

For additional information, call the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876. The Mini-Gallery will be open during school operating hours.

The Raritan Valley Community College Arts Building is in North Branch, NJ at Route 28 and Lamington Road. From Route 78, take Exit 26 and turn south onto Lamington Road toward North Branch. Follow signs to RVCC; the College entrance is on the left. Parking is available in Lot 4. Enter through the front of the Arts Building. The gallery is at the end of the hallway, through the double doors and then to the right.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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