Minot State University ceramics professor Linda Olson will trace the development of Chinese ceramics in a presentation for the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater, MSU. Her talk, “The Chinese Ceramic Continuum,” will follow Chinese ceramic developments from Neolithic slip-decorated ware through the refined porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, with a look at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, and an exploration of societal developments that influenced the ceramic continuum. “China’s ceramic roots are strong and deep,” Olson writes in a summary of her lecture. “Chinese artisans developed and mastered techniques and artistry that set the standard of excellence in ceramics throughout the world.Olson plans to lead a ceramics-themed study tour of students and community members to China in the summer of 2016, to visit ancient kiln sites, museums, and important cultural sites including the Porcelain Road and Terracotta Amy.
Olson currently teaches ceramics at Minot State University, where she has taught since 1990. She is director of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. Olson was raised in McHenry County, North Dakota, and holds degrees in art from Minot State University, the University of Montana and University of North Dakota. Olson is well known for her rock art documentation, and several of her illustrations have been included in publications.
The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the program. Parking in campus lots is unrestricted after 4:30 p.m.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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