Reception for Mata Ortiz ceramics May 17 at WFMA
Filed under Public Information on 5/14/2019 by Author: .

The Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts and the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts will present, in partnership with Zavala Hispanic Cultural Initiative, a Mata Ortiz Ceramics Workshop with guest artist Noe Quezada. The workshop is supported in part by a grant made possible by the City of Wichita Falls as administered by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. The workshop will take place May 13-17 from 9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and from 2-5 p.m.

An exhibition will be open to the public at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas from May 14-17 and will end with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on May 17. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

Mata Ortiz is a small town in Mexico that is known for its reinterpretation of Casas Grandes ceramics, a pre-Columbian pueblo and artistry that is attributed to the Mogollon culture. The Quezada family are known to have brought this ceramic art form back to prominence in the 1970s and have been making and exhibiting the art form and hosting workshops since the early 1980s. Their work has been covered in various books, doctoral theses, and periodicals and can be found in major museums in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Dr. Martin Camacho, Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts, is expecting a positive artistic outcome from the event. “The workshop will provide an opportunity for MSU students and artists from the community to learn and experience a new technique, and the public will have the opportunity to enjoy unique and beautiful pieces. I am happy that MSU and Zavala are working together to bring this art form to Wichita Falls,” Camacho said.

Steve Hilton, Professor of Art in ceramics at MSU, said that it was exciting that this artist would be on campus working with students for a week. “Workshops like this help our students develop an aesthetic sensibility while reinforcing a cultural awareness that we all are a part of one global society,” Hilton said.

For more information, contact Camacho at 940-397-4243 or

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