Posted at 11:20 a.m., Sept. 23, 2014

Pottery takes flight

With plenty of new things to do at Laramie County Community College as the fall semester begins, the Julia Galloway exhibit in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery should be at the top of the list.

Galloway’s exhibit features beautiful, contemporary and functional ceramics. The pieces, created by hand by Galloway, a professor of ceramics for Montana State University, are on display through Sept. 30.

“Julia is a recognized authority in ceramics,” said Matt West, an art instructor at LCCC. “The art department chose her pieces to be displayed here because we want students to see a variety of contemporary art trends, and she does so in her ceramics.”

With porcelain clay as her medium, Galloway’s passion is to create with her hands. “It’s soft and manipulative at first, but then fire makes it permanent,” Galloway said.

The display in the gallery is a full wall of turquoise cups, each with a bird etched and painted along the side. The exhibit is interactive, with audio boxes built inside the wall encompassing bird calls corresponding to the bird on the cup. However, the gallery is just a small segment of the entire show, with more than 1,400 cups included in the entire gallery.

“There is a real similarity between birds and cups, and I tried to emulate that in this show,” Galloway said. “They are both delicate.”
Born and raised in Boston, Galloway earned her bachelor’s of fine arts at the New York State College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown all over the United States, Canada and even Asia, including an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

“I’ve only been to Wyoming a few times, but never Cheyenne,” Galloway said. “My main interest and goal is to explore and work with students and colleges in the Northwest.”

With an artist reception at noon Sept. 29, Galloway is looking forward to coming to LCCC. “I’m thrilled and excited to visit the school! Never been there, and I’m happy I get to meet with students who are looking for a career in this field,” she said.

For more information about Julia Galloway, her website offers more insight into her as an artist and photos of her numerous galleries throughout the years. The gallery is situated in the Fine Arts Building and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.