Hartwick Welcomes Artist for Ceramic Percussion

January 18, 2011

This January, Hartwick College has welcomed Artist in Residence Thomas Kerrigan. Artist Kerrigan has seen his work shown across the country and throughout the world, and during January Term at Hartwick, he will be working with art students to create a site-specific installation of a series of ceramic forms to be used as percussion instruments. In the spring, Hartwick percussion students will compose a recital to be performed in April, when Kerrigan returns to campus.

After completing his MFA degree at Ohio University, Kerrigan continued to be a producing artist during the six years that he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the 25 years that he taught at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. During his artistic career, Kerrigan has explored five distinct series of work, each springing from a different well of inspiration.

Kerrigan's home and studio are now in Tucson, AZ, from where he travels extensively to conduct workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has lectured in China and Germany and has been a guest artist in Latvia and Uzbekistan. He also has been artist-in-residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada; the National University in Canberra, Australia; and the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.

His work is in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

"I think of art as physical manifestations of vibrations of the soul," he said. "My current body of work is a reflection on the essence of desert. For the past 15 years my primary residence has been in Arizona and during this time period I have assimilated the various phenomena of the desert into my work. The desert is a source of spiritual sustenance for me and I find that the grand simplicity of it speaks to a primordial cord within me."

Kerrigan is working with students in Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene's January Term class, "Claystallation." Assistant Professor of Music Jason Curley's percussion ensemble will compose and perform the recital on April 7 in Foreman Gallery, Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. Kerrigan also will give a lecture on the same date. Both events will be free, and the public is invited to attend.

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