John Gargano’s "Bushnell's Urchin"

Artist Gargano Visits Hartwick for Demonstrations, Lectures

April 4, 2012

Ceramic Artist John Gargano will visit Hartwick College next week to give two demonstrations and a lecture on his work. Demonstrations will be offered April 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2-5 p.m.  He will offer a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on April 10. All demonstrations will be held in Room 122 of the Anderson Center for the Arts on the College campus. Gargano will offer a lecture on April 10 at 6 p.m. in Room 18 of the Anderson Center for the Arts.

Gargano holds a master of fine arts from The Ohio State University. He was the winner of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, the Merit Award and Purchase Prize from Lincoln Arts Center, and two Ohio Arts Council fellowships, among other awards. He has staged solo exhibitions at Café des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA, Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, and Underground 245 Gallery, Detroit, MI. Gargano has participated in group exhibitions since 1990, most recently The Fifteenth Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art: SOFA Chicago 2008, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

"The ideas behind my work stem from a fascination with the primary quality of Pre-Columbian pottery, mechanisms and forms of the human body and objects from the industrial world," Gargano explained. "These elements are intuitively mixed and mashed to generate universal forms that have familiarity and feel new, yet retain a link to the past and a hint of identity. New work seems to grow from the previous and possesses some unknown function. That mystery captures my interest and gives the work a chance for dialogue or interpretation."

Gargano's visit is sponsored by the Hartwick College Clay Club and the Department of Art and Art History. For additional information, contact Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene at 607-431-4833 or

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