Gallery 224: Current Exhibition

Gallery 224

Gallery 224 engages the public with exhibitions that showcase the work of emerging and established ceramic artists, research through academic collaboration, and the talent within our studio community. Under the same roof as the Ceramics Program Studio at 224 Western Avenue in Allston, Gallery 224 offers a stunning 680 sq. ft. space with a full street-side view. All programming for Gallery 224 is led by Ceramics Program Directors Shawn Panepinto and Kathy King. When studio is in operation Gallery hours are: weekdays, Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm; weekends, 10 am – 5 pm or by appointment.

Upcoming Exhibitions

"Chemical Addiction | Exemplary Ceramic Surfaces from the Rosenfield Collection" and
"Polyfunctional | George Bowes"

Monday, June 20th - Friday, August 12th 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 2016, 5pm - 7pm (click here for photos from the reception!)

Exhibition Descriptions:

“Chemical Addiction – Exemplary Ceramic Surfaces from the Rosenfield Collection”

This exhibition, curated by visiting artist George Bowes with Louise Rosenfield celebrates the vast collection of contemporary ceramics amassed by David and Louise Rosenfield of Dallas, Texas. Through their generosity, a selection of work featuring dynamic glaze surfaces and surface techniques will be featured in the gallery. This exhibition was conceived to serve as a study collection to enhance participants' experience in the workshop “Ceramic Surfaces for the Visual Artist” facilitated by George Bowes. For this collection to be shared with the public is a unique opportunity to appreciate the artistry of some of the most talented voices in contemporary ceramic art today.

Artists featured in the exhibition: Mary Barringer, Peter Beasecker, Joan Bruneau, William Brouillard, Rebecca Chappell, Andrea DennistonDeidre Daw, David Eichelberger, John GillJim Gottuso, Daphne Hatcher, Michael Hunt/Naomi DalglishMatt Hyleck, Sarah Jaeger, Gail Kendall, Kirk Mangus, Andrew Martin, Jeffrey Nichols, Sean O'Connell, Mark Pharis, Judith SalomonYoko Sekino-Bove, Kari Smith, Holly Walker, Adero Willard, gwendolyn yoppolo.

A selection of the vast collection of David and Louise Rosenfield can be seen at

Photos: gwendolyn yoppolo (top left), Yoko Sekino-Bove (top right), Kari Smith (middle left), Deidre Daw (middle right),
Joan Bruneau (lower left), Daphne Hatcher (lower right).

"Polyfunctional | George Bowes"

polyfunctional, (english) Adjective

  1. (chemistry) Having multiple different or same functional groups in the same compound

This exhibition features unique pieces or grouping of objects that can serve multiple functions when their directional orientation is changed. In one example a fruit bowl when reversed can be a fruit podium. When a water reserve is placed below the form it becomes a flower brick. When the water reserve is reversed it becomes a cheese plate and when placed in side the fruit bowl it becomes a cracker basket.
As diverse as the functions of the works so are the materials. Forms are rendered in Cone 10 Porcelain, Cone 10 Stoneware, Cone 6 Porcelain and Cone 04 Red Earthenware. They are fired in a wood kiln, reduction and oxidation atmospheres. Observing what happens in each temperature and atmospheric conditions, connections have been made to unify the varying surface techniques and processes. 

Artist Bio
George Bowes was born in 1961 in Toledo, Ohio and lives in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA, 1984) and the University of California, Davis, (MFA 2001). He has received multiple Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and an Arts Midwest / NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award. His works reside in public and private collections that include the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art. George imbues both functional vessels and sculptural objects with bold pronouncements on the many ironies of humanity, society and politics. Occasionally biting, endlessly quick-witted, the sentiments always elicit lively reactions. His distinctive use of bold color and vivid pattern on vessels for home use speak of his ideas of beauty and vitality and live as a refreshing island in the landscape of functional art.

See images from this exhibition on our Flickr page here.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Salvador Jiménez Flores - 2016-2017 Artist in Residence Exhibition
August 29 - September 24

Exhibition Proposals

Gallery 224 accepts submissions from artists and curators on an ongoing basis. Submissions receive thoughtful consideration and those of particular interest may be followed up with further correspondence and a studio or gallery visit as appropriate.

Submissions should include a CV, support material (on CD/DVD, Dropbox or Google Drive), one page gallery proposal that states desired dates of exhibition. Please email information to with the subject line “Gallery 224 Proposal” or mail to Gallery 224, Ceramics Program – OFA Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02478.

For more information about Gallery 224, please email Shawn Panepinto, Director of Studio Operations at and Kathy King, Director of Education at or call 617-495-8680.