Strand Guest Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center
April 28, 2011
Michael Strand, head of NDSU Visual Arts, has been selected to present an exhibition and lecture during his residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, May 1-15. The residency is centered on his project titled Cuplomacy: Function, Form and Mediation.
Strand’s practice over the past two years has focused on concepts of benevolence and mediation. His projects utilize functional hand-crafted ceramic ware, which through common and/or shared use, create actual physical social networks.
Strand straddles the line between journalist, social-scientist and activist potter. The work for Cuplomacy questions and seeks answer to issues of public and private accessibility, the relationships between religious and political factions, and the deployment of art and craft in culture through art delivery systems that create bridges of communication. He approaches all of these processes with the optimism that humanity has great potential to prevail over the destructive division that exists today.
Strand will bring four NDSU Visual Arts students with him to the Red Lodge Clay Center, each with specific projects focused on interacting with the community. Students accompanying Strand include Josh Zeis, Meg Roberts, Lenaya Kerlin, and Maren Shallman.