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visiting artist at utah state university

updated tue 28 feb 06


John Neely on mon 27 feb 06

Sorry for the short notice, but I thought it would be good to spread
the word. As is always the case with visiting artists at USU, lecture
and workshop are free and open to the public.

John Neely

John Neely, Head
Department of Art
Utah State University
4000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4000 USA

Utah State University press release for 2-21-06:


LOGAN - Norwegian potter Elisa Helland-Hansen is the next
guest at Utah State University as part of the Department of Art Visiting
Artist Program from Feb. 27-March 7. She will present a public lecture
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center, room 216.
Helland-Hansen will show slides and discuss her artwork.

In her artist's statement, Helland-Hansen said she has a
passion for pots. "They challenge me," she said.

"Ms. Helland-Hansen's work is unique in the world of
contemporary ceramics," said John Neely, art department head and noted
ceramicist. "Informed by elegance of modern Scandinavian design, her
wood-fired pottery also echoes the warmth of English domestic ware and
the charm of Asian folk art. Her visit to the Utah State University
campus gives our students and the community a rare opportunity to become
of acquainted with one the world's best potters."

Helland-Hansen has taught at Gothenburg University in
and at the National College of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway. She has
exhibited her artwork in many juried exhibitions, including the
International Masters Exhibition in New South Wales, Australia; the
Pyrochromatics Exhibit at the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville,
N.C.; and she was an exhibiting artist at the International Woodfire
Conference in Iowa. Her work can be found in numerous major collections
including the National Collections of both Norway and Sweden.

In addition to presenting slides of her work at the public
lecture, Helland-Hansen will meet with students in ceramics classes at
USU and meet one-on-one with advanced students to talk about their work.
She will present a workshop March 1-2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in FAV 121 on
the USU campus. All events are free and open to the public.

"Our program brings artists working in a variety of media
and with varied backgrounds to USU," said Marilyn Krannich, program
director. "Now, with both nationally and internationally know artists,
we can broaden our students' view of the art world and create a larger
world context for them and their artwork."

Additional Visiting Artist Program guests this spring
include printmakers Sean Caulfield and Akiko Taniguchi from Alberta,

The guest artists in the program have been selected for
their national and international reputations, and the ways in which
their art reflects diversity with respect to the media used, and their
diverse backgrounds, Krannich said.

The Visiting Artist Program is supported by a grant from
Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. The Utah Humanities Council, an affiliate
of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Utah Arts Council,
an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts, provide additional

For more information about the Visiting Artist Program at
USU, contact program director Krannich, (435) 797-7373.