Visiting Artist Lecture with Mark Burns


Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Join us in welcoming Mark Burns to the Boston area as our 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at the Ceramics Program. Mark will take us on a visual journey of over four decades of "making strange marriages between disparate sources. Mythologies, manifest spiritual tropes, historical truth and historical lies, sexuality, television, movies, music, literature, and the ravenous beast we call pop culture." We urge you to attend this lively talk by a true legend of contemporary ceramics.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; RSVP here to Kathy King at

Artist Biography:

Mark Burns, an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and maker. He has held teaching positions all over the country working at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Rhode Island School of Design, among others. He most recently taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was head of ceramics and chair of the department. Burns' work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is held in numerous public and private collections. Burns has a keen sense of ceramic history and pop culture, which he uses to express complex cultural notions of sexuality and identity.