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Paper, porcelain take viewers on a journey both abstract and personal

November 12th, 2018

"Always Only" by Stephanie Lanter

This week is the last chance to see Stephanie Lanter's "Terms," in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Dec. 7, with the artist reception Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-8 pm. 

Regier Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 22-25). There is no admission charge.

“Like rows of a spider’s web or sentences in a journal, these works on paper and porcelain text forms are built layer by layer by hand,” Lanter says in her artist statement for “Terms.”

“They intimately investigate the evolving complexities of communication, tracing the evolution of virtual thought into visceral object.

“Beginning with ambiguous words, phrases or symbols, they explore the abstraction of language, while remaining deeply personal. …

“As in the one-ear-to-another, whispered ‘telephone game,’ these works are maps, journeys, and sometimes surprising destinations. Perhaps a single phrase can be an entire landscape, full of nuance and possibility.”

Lanter has been an artist and educator working in clay, fiber, mixed media and words since 2000.

She is currently assistant professor of ceramics at Emporia State University, where she has taught since 2011. She has also taught at Washburn University, Topeka, and Wichita State University.

She was one of the founding resident artists at the Red Lodge (Mont.) Clay Center in 2006, and has also done residencies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colo., and the Mendocino (Calif.) Arts Center.

In 2004,  she was the first Jentel/Archie Bray Foundation “Critic at the Bray” in Sheridan, Wyo., and Helena, Mont.

Along with exhibiting artwork internationally, Lanter has written for and been featured in journals such as Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics, Art and Perception.

In 2010, she received a Kansas Arts Commission Collaboration Grant to support the interdisciplinary installation, community outreach, and publication series “The Waiting Room Projects,” an internationally exhibited collaboration led by Marguerite Perret, with Bruce Scherting, Robin Lasser, Sarah Smarsh and others.

She has a B.A. in ceramics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, and an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University in Athens.

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