Monday, March 7, 2011

Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery presents Post University Art Professor John Rohlfing’s work

Post University Art Professor John Rohlfing has exhibited his colorful ceramics from New York to L.A., Korea, and Japan. And most recently, he's brought his artwork to our own backyard.

You can see it on display now at the “Two Ceramic Sculptors” exhibition in the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College, Farmington, Conn. The show also features pieces from Peggy Steinway, an art teacher at The Gilbert School in Winsted, Conn.

The two artists are exhibiting 60 sculptural ceramics and drawings at the show. An opening reception was held Feb. 17, and Professor Rohlfing took some pictures to share on our blog.



Professor Rohlfing is an accomplished ceramic artist who has taught ceramics, painting, drawing, and photo courses at Post University since 2001. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

Professor Rohlfing's artistic approach is to use ceramic vessels to explore the idea of the container as a metaphor. He is very interested in the painted surface and how it wraps around form.

His honors and awards include two-time Honorable Mentions at the Ceramic Biennial International Competition and World Ceramic Exposition in Korea, and an Honorable Mention at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan.

In 2010, his work was featured at the Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia with the National Conference for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. In 2009, his work was included in a group exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and a one-person exhibition at the ArtSpace Gallery in Hartford, Conn. He is currently working towards a one-person exhibition at the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery.

You can see Professor Rohlfing's work at the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery until March 14. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment.