In the Loop
Press Release : Mar 11, 2015

National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Artwork Comes to UF in Currents: IMPACTS March 9-27th

University Galleries is pleased to present a new exhibition, Currents: IMPACT, on display in Focus Gallery March 9, 2015 through March 27, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A public reception will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition speaks to the physical impact artists have on clay. Bending, folding, wedging, throwing and scoring, the artist’s mark making is immediate and literal. Through content, use and integration into society, this concept can be far more abstract or suggestive. Ceramics artifacts have chronicled cultural growth, existence and decline. Currents: IMPACT is a national juried exhibition of contemporary ceramic artworks that explore social, conceptual, psychological and physical notions of the word impact.

Currents is an annual exhibition of contemporary ceramic artwork sponsored by H.O.T. Clay, the University of Florida (UF) School or Art + Art History ceramics student organization. The show was open to anyone nationwide 18 years of age or older. Submitted works were required to be at least 50 percent clay, and must have been completed within the past two years. Michael Strand, North Dakota State University professor and department head, and 2015 Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year, is the juror of this exhibition.

To learn more about Currents: IMPACT, visit More information about H.O.T. Clay is available at

About University Galleries

University Galleries is comprised of three art galleries at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Fla., and is an integral part of the programs and curricula of the School of Art + Art History.

University Gallery, located at the intersection of SW 13th Street and SW 4th Avenue, provides high-quality, thought-provoking exhibitions changing every two to 12 weeks that engage the university and wider community in stimulating dialogue facilitated by contemporary visual language and culture. For the past 12 years the University Gallery has collaborated with myriad UF colleges, community and regional entities in creating a trans-disciplinary venue for the visual arts. Exhibitions feature internationally-recognized artists, an annual faculty exhibition, a juried student art show and two MFA graduating thesis project shows. The 3,000 square foot space is a lively, exciting venue that is utilized for many events throughout the academic year. University Gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturdays: 12 p.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays, Sundays and holidays.

Focus Gallery is an 850-square-foot space that presents monthly exhibitions of student-curated exhibitions featuring student and alumni artworks. Focus Gallery is located adjacent to the lobby of the School of Art + Art History’s Fine Art Building C. Focus Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays.

Grinter Gallery is located in the lobby area of Grinter Hall. Established by an endowment from Linton and Constance Grinter, its primary mission is to present international and multicultural artwork through student curated exhibitions. Grinter Gallery is open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays.

Parking Information
Daytime parking is available in reserved spaces between Fine Arts Building C (FAC) and Inner Road. From SW 13th Street, enter campus on Museum Drive. Turn right on Newell Drive, then right on Inner Road. Turn left into the parking lot behind FAC. The first three spaces on the left are reserved for gallery use. Parking permits are issued to gallery visitors in the University Gallery.

For more information, please contact the University Gallery at (352) 273-3000 or visit our website at

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University of Florida College of the Arts
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