Visiting Artist Series - Greg Stahly, Artist Lecture
Greg Stahly is a ceramic artist and Professor of Ceramics at Central Michigan University where he’s taught since 2007. Greg also teaches digital fabrication utilizing the university’s Makerbot Innovation center and laser cutting facilities. He received his BA from Goshen College and his MFA from Indiana University Bloomington. He produces both vessels and sculptures, which have been exhibited internationally at such places as the Museo El Blanqueo in Mexico. Greg has conducted residencies at places such as Watershed Centers for Ceramic Arts in Maine, and the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Stahly’s mixed-media sculptures address ideas of progress, sustainability and both natural and man-made landscapes.
“I am intrigued by the perpetual state of progress that has come to permeate every aspect of our lives. These systems and structures directly influence our environment, guiding the current evolution of society and, therefore, ourselves. The natural landscape is being reallocated and altered by these systems which deal with and provide electricity, water, and food to an ever more demanding public. My work deals with our connection to these systems and the implicit dichotomous nature of their impact on society—simultaneously supporting and destroying. My work provides an opportunity to step back and evaluate how we utilize and participate in these systems and structures, in terms of both the impact they are having on contemporary life and the impact they might have on the future.”