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Al Souza, John Tilton, Blair Meerfeld at Martin Museum of Art

Sept. 4, 2008

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will host exhibitions by contemporary artists, Al Souza, John Tilton, and Blair Meerfeld, September 4 through October 11.

Souza is a Houston-based artist who has for decades been delighting viewers with his transformations of ordinary materials, including paper and jigsaw puzzle pieces, into extraordinary abstractions.

Al Souza has shown his work internationally since 1973, and is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Souza's work is included in numerous collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Yale University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas as well as Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France and Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Ceramicist, Blair Meerfeld, grew up in the Colorado communities of Akron, San Luis, and Alamosa, and received a BA in Art Education from Adams State College in Alamosa. He attended the University of Maine, Farmington, and Montgomery Community college in Rockville, Maryland. He worked for 10 years as a ceramic engineer for companies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in the Washington, DC area. Blair has operated his own studio and gallery, Meerfeld SALT GLAZED STONEWARE since 1988 and his work has been included in national and international exhibitions and collections.

John Tilton was a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Florida when he was introduced to clay as an artistic medium in 1968. He subsequently took up Ceramics as a profession, earning his M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of South Florida in 1972. He has taught classes in Mathematics at the University of Florida and in Ceramics at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL, and has been a self-supporting studio artist since 1972. In 1999, he was selected for inclusion in Marquis Who´s Who in America for his work with crystal matte and other art glazes.He is a member of the American Craft Council.

Meerfeld and Tilton will present slide lectures and do clay demonstrations on Monday, September 15. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled. Admission is free and the public is invited. Contact the Department of Art at 254-710-1867 for more information.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday, and 12-5pm on Saturday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public, unless specified. For more information call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum


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