UAA Ceramics Club
Inlet View Elementary School PTA member, Petra Wilm, contacted the UAA Art Department with interest in developing an after school ceramics program for Inlet View students. Jade Aldridge, Victoria LaCroix and Viola Armistead, UAA Bachelor of Fine Arts majors, created an after school ceramics club for the last 5 weeks of the spring 2017 semester. 28 kids ages 5-8 gathered on Monday afternoons at Inlet View School and experimented with clay. The UAA students worked to create a curriculum that would allow the elementary kids to create their own narrative sculptures, learn the possibilities and limits of clay and use 2d drawing skills to create 3d works. According to Ms. Wilm, “The whole experience turned out wonderfully. Many parents have approached me and expressed how much their child enjoyed the opportunity.” UAA looks forward to future collaborations to promote interest in the visual arts.
A newly minted painter, art student James Temte has been on a roll this year. With notable exhibitions at the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Middleway Cafe and Bean's Cafe, Temte has embraced his passion for painting.
Lukas Easton began taking art classes as a student at Homer High School. With the
encouragement of his family, he enrolled in the Fine Arts Program at UAF and eventually
transferred to UAA in 2015.
Lukas has worked incredibly hard developing his skills, intellect and creative capabilities. He began as a potter but has branched out into making mix media sculptures.
In 2016, his work was accepted into the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts National Student Juried Exhibition. (there were over 700 applicants with only 70 works accepted!) In the same year, he was one of five students awarded a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana as a part of the Advanced Student Project Network, which provides young artists with a place to explore new ideas, exchange techniques, and deepen their professional development in Ceramics.
Lukas just received his BFA degree which culminated in an exhibition of his thesis work in the Kimura Gallery entitled, “Visceral Visions”, a series of large scale vessels with carved narrative that depict the depravities of the war, politics, and society. Lukas was awarded a UAA Undergraduate Research Grant which he used to purchase tools and supplies need to complete his thesis. He presented a lecture about his work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in late April.
In the fall of 2017, Lukas will begin studying as a post baccalaureate student in ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology.