PITTSBURG, Kan. – Mayumi Kiefer, assistant tutorial professor of ceramics within the Pittsburg State College Division of Artwork and an award-winning artist, is exhibiting her work within the College Gallery by means of Aug. 18 in an exhibit referred to as “The Evening Earlier than.” It’s free and open to the general public.
The gallery is positioned in Porter Corridor and is open Monday by means of Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kiefer grew up in Japan, the place ceramics have been a part of on a regular basis life, however creating artwork with clay was one thing finished by males, not girls — and positively not younger women. Kiefer lately took on the function of heading up the college’s ceramics program and studio.
“My journey started with the message, ‘Ladies don’t do this’,” she mentioned, “and it appears I’ve spent a lifetime proving ‘them’ incorrect.”
Now a Japanese-American, Kiefer is a clay artist with a ardour for passing on to others what she has discovered in hopes of creating a distinction.
Her exhibit contains signature items for which Kiefer has turn into identified within the world of ceramics. One among them, a life-sized Samurai warrior in armor with helmet and boots, is a nod to Kiefer’s mom’s household and the civil struggle between their clan and a dominant rival a whole bunch of years in the past.
She has an affiliate’s diploma in engineering, a bachelor’s diploma in 3D studio artwork, and a grasp’s diploma in ceramics, has finished artist residencies overseas, and her awards are prolonged and different.