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Murray State ceramics students create ‘Quarantainers’ art project; will exhibit works virtually

Ceramics students in the Murray State University Department of Art & Design have collaborated on a project called “Quarantainers” and plan to exhibit their works virtually.

The students, under the direction of Murray State Art & Design professor John Utgaard, designed images that Utgaard then turned into decals and fired onto tea bowls and mugs that he made. 

“I wanted to find a way for students to work with me remotely and still end up with a physical object to keep,” said Utgaard, who plans to present the students with their “Quarantainer” when face-to-face instruction resumes.

Ceramics students in the Murray State Department of Art & Design have collaborated on a project called “Quarantainers” and plan to exhibit their works virtually. (MSU photo)

Malcolm Fife, an art major from Bowling Green, appreciated the creativity of the project. “I enjoyed that this assignment is very relevant and timely,” he said. “I also enjoyed getting to collaborate with such a wonderful and creative artist like Prof. Utgaard. Although it is difficult to take art classes, such as ceramics, and put them online, Utgaard has come up with interesting projects such as this to make it possible and meaningful.”

“I enjoyed being able to try some new imagery and just have fun with the project,” said Sarah Cox, an art major from Greenville. “I think being an art student during this pandemic has been helpful since it allows me to battle any boredom, but it gives me a chance to find new ways to be creative and make art from home.”

Students at Murray State have been completing coursework via distance learning since their return from spring break in March. 

“Being an artist requires you to come up with creative solutions all the time,” said Troian M.G. Cummings, a post-baccalaureate student from Murray. “With social distancing, supply shortages, and trying to stay sane, creative solutions are essential during this pandemic.

“Also creating, building and making anything, not just art, really helps you feel more in control of your life.”

The virtual exhibit is available at quaran-tainers.org.

From Murray State University

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