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Celebrating Ceramic Art in Alfred

University's Museum has a wide range of items within its collection.

ALFRED, N.Y. — The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, located in Alfred, New York, has a rich and storied history that dates back several decades. The ceramics program at Alfred dates back over 100 years. The museum was established in 1978 as a showcase for the exceptional ceramic artistry and craftsmanship that emerged from the renowned ceramics program at Alfred University.

The museum's roots can be traced back to the mid-20th century when Alfred University's School of Art and Design became a pioneering institution for ceramic arts education. Under the leadership of esteemed ceramists and educators, the program flourished, attracting talented artists from around the world.

As the reputation of Alfred University's ceramics program grew, so did the need for a dedicated space to exhibit the remarkable works created by students, faculty, and visiting artists. This led to the establishment of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, which provided a platform to showcase the diverse range of ceramic art forms, from functional pottery to sculptural and experimental pieces.

Over the years, the museum has expanded its collection through generous donations and acquisitions. It now houses an extensive array of ceramic art, including ancient artifacts, contemporary masterpieces, and significant works by influential artists. These treasures reflect the evolution of ceramic art and its enduring impact on various cultures and artistic movements.

Today, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum continues to be a vital hub for ceramic arts education, exhibition, and research. It hosts rotating exhibitions, offers educational programs and workshops, and serves as a source of inspiration for both aspiring and established ceramic artists.

With its rich history and dedication to the ceramic arts, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum stands as a testament to the transformative power of clay and the enduring legacy of ceramic artistry.  The website is www.ceramicsmuseum.alfred.edu.

It's open over the summer, too!

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