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Modern and Contemporary Ceramics

March 4, 2023–June 30, 2024

Gallery 222 & 223

In 1881, contemporary ceramics were among the first works of art acquired by the newly founded Cincinnati Art Museum. Large, densely packed display cases, filled with freshly created pottery, greeted museum visitors when the original building debuted in 1886. Works by independent local ceramic artists and those from the Rookwood Pottery and other Cincinnati art potteries were displayed next to contemporary British and French wares. And so it began, the museum’s dedication to collecting exemplary works in clay by current makers.

This gallery features a small selection of the museum’s collection of ceramics made over the last seven decades by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. Each has had a profound impact on the field of ceramics as educators and creators. Working with a material born of this earth—clay—they adeptly manifest and explore countless ideas and issues, including artistic hierarchies, human emotion, gender, memory, myth, and the environment.