Faculty debuts artworks for spring semester
By Jasmine Ross
Every semester the Art Department puts on display a wide variety of artwork.
The show featured at the start of 2008 spring semester was a gallery opening for the work of professors James Biederman and Stephen Robison.
The unique styles of Biederman’s painting and Robison’s pottery complement each other well.
Robison, for a month during the summer, worked on his pottery using the fire kiln his students constructed.
Robison said he had been working on pots since 1982.
The process for this show took 30 plus hours of constant wooding at degrees that ranged from 2,300 to 2,400 degrees.
“Look at them (pottery) for the balance and use,” Robison said about how he wants guests to view his art.
An element that played a big role in creating the pottery was the ash from the burning wood. Robison’s pottery was one of the first things in the room that captured the eye.
The porcelain pieces were so shiny and beautiful, with colors such as a light blush pink and ivory.
Biederman, however, has been working on the pieces put on display for over a decade.
The oldest piece in the room dated back to 1993.
He said he can’t predict anyone’s view of his art.
He said his inspirations range from literature, poetry and the relationship he has with his son.
He is a visiting professor at UNCP.
Biederman said he is really excited about the next Art Gallery show featuring 23 New York painters titled Shape Shifters.
The show opens on Jan. 28.