Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum celebrates new facility with the opening of Core Sample

Photo: Photographer Brian Oglesbee captures a night-time exterior shot of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, the newest addition to the Alfred University campus. 
Alfred - To celebrate its move to a new building at Alfred University, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum will open its doors to the public with an exhibition entitled Core Sample, featuring highlights from its permanent collection.
The opening gala reception, scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, is open to the public, free of charge.
Core Sample will include a number of pieces that have not been on view in years,” said Wayne Higby, an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and educator who is the director of what is now known as the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.
“This is the first of many ambitious projects slated for the Museum, which will reveal essential aspects of the Museum’s collection, as well as chart new directions in ceramic art and scholarship,” said Higby.
The new museum was built with a gift from Dr. Marlin Miller, Jr., chairman emeritus and member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees since 1972, and his wife Ginger. It is the first permanent home for the museum, which has its roots in the first “study collection” created in 1903 by Charles Fergus Binns, founding director of what was then the New York State School of Clayworking at Alfred University.
Beginning Nov. 1, the hours of operation for the Museum, located on Pine Street on the AU campus, will be:
            Mondays: closed
            Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
            Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
            Thursdays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.      
            Fridays: 10 a.m.-5 5 p.m.
            Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
            Sundays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission for adults (18-54 years old) is $7; for those 55 and older, $5; and local residents (those whose home zip code begin with 148), AAA members and military, $3.
Alfred University and Alfred State College faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with ID, as will Alfred-Almond Central School students.