Presented by Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Join us in welcoming Professor Janna Longacre for a lecture on her work and career. Janna joins the Ceramics Program this semester as a Visiting Critic in the class "Input/Output". As a sculptor and installation artist, Janna identifies herself as a narrative artist, using clay/ceramics with other manufactured and found materials to tell abstract stories. Her own personal portfolio also includes tableware design solutions and mixed media sculpture using neon.
Being raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania with a Mennonite father and Catholic mother is the main source of inspiration for everything Janna does. Extensive world traveling has also been a major influence on her ideas and work. The intention of most of Janna’s work is to shift the viewer’s perception or offer another way of thinking about any given situation.
Janna’s work has exhibited throughout the USA including the Laumeier Sculpture Park, Smith College Museum, Bruce Museum, Montclair Museum and Newport Art Museum and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artist Foundation. Her work has been published in the Art in America, American Ceramics, Sign of the Times, New York Times and Boston Globe.
Janna has been a long term dedicated faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she has taught for 39 years. In this time, Janna has developed a number of courses which combine technical instruction along with cultural, environmental, and social issues. Her most recent course, Objects that Change Lives, addresses problems and solutions related to food, water, sustainability, health and shelter. Because of her interest in culture and history, Janna has also developed a number of international courses in which she takes Mass Art students to Cuba, and in the past to Vietnam and Brazil.
Along with being a teacher, community activist and working artist, Janna is also an author, curator and speaker. In the 1980’s and 1990’s. Janna assisted her mentor and friend, Rose Slivka, in many global projects. Her article, “Mirages”, about her African experiences was published in Craft International Magazine. She is also the author of Alexander Corazzo / Le Roy Turner: American Abstract-Creation; An Exhibition Organized by Gerome Kamrowski.
Janna earned her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, where she received the Outstanding Award in Art History, and her MFA at University of Michigan.
This event is free and open to both the Harvard and general community. Seats are limited so please RSVP below or email Kathy King, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.