Visiting Artist Lecture with Chris Gustin


Thursday, May 16, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

Chris Gustin working on a large sculptureJoin us for an evening with world renowned ceramic artist Chris Gustin as he shares both his work and reflections on the founding of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. This event, in honor of Watershed, will begin in conversation with Ceramics Program Instructor and long-time Watershed supporter, Claudia Olds Goldie in Gallery 224 where an exhibition featuring sculptural works made at the Ceramics Program – many under the guidance of Olds Goldie. Gustin will then reflect on his own work and the making of Watershed.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please sign up below to reserve your seat.

30 years ago, Gustin along with ceramists Peg Griggs, Lynn Duryea and George Mason saw an opportunity to create an informal creative community for ceramics exploration and art making: Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle Maine. Today it provides collegial residency experiences for ceramics artists from across the country on its pastoral campus. Throughout its evolution, Chris Gustin has provided guidance and support to Watershed—continuing the focus spawned early on by its founders to give artists the opportunity and freedom to explore and create.

Chris is a studio artist and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Chris received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975, and his MFA from Alfred University in 1977. He lives and works in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Chris’ work is published extensively, and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, Korea, American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Currier Museum of Art, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

With over fifty solo exhibitions, he has exhibited, lectured and taught workshops in the United States, Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships, and four Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships, the most recent in 2017. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2016. He was awarded the Masters of the Medium award from the Renwick Alliance in 2017.


Watershed Logo