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FMU to host Ceramics Symposium, March 5

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host three world-renowned artists at the figurative ceramic sculpture symposium titled “Figure It Out.” 

Funded by an FMU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) grant, the symposium will feature Cristina Córdova, Puerto Rico; Sergei Isupov, Ukraine; and Janis Mars Wunderlich, U.S. 

At the event, the artists will conduct workshops for art education and visual arts students, lecture on their work and participate in a panel discussion on the topic of developing personal imagery. Doug Gray, FMU professor of art (ceramics), will serve as moderator of the symposium and Howard Frye, FMU assistant professor of art and coordinator of the Art Education Program, along with three senior art education students are organizers of the event. 

The evening sessions will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium and is free and open to the public. 



Cristina Córdova is a studio artist living in Penland, N.C., who was born and grew up in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez and went to earn her Master of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2005, she concluded a three year residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Córdova's exhibition at Hodges Taylor was named by Creative Loafing as a Best of Charlotte A & E Critic's Picks, 2009. She is one of 10 artists who have been commissioned to create artworks for The Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte. The purpose of this special assignment titled “Project Ten Ten Ten” is to commemorate the recent opening of the museum. 

Sergei Isupov was born in Russia, grew up in the Ukraine, and graduated from the Ukrainian State Art School and later the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia, where he was awarded both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. He immigrated to the United States in 1993. One of the most exciting contemporary figurative ceramic sculptors, Isupov's artwork has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions and his work has been collected by numerous museums, including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, N.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. He currently lives in Cummington, Mass., and is represented by the Ferrin Gallery.  

Janis Mars Wunderlich received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University in Utah and a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University. As a full-time, at-home artist and mother of five, Wunderlich has spent many years trying to balance art and family matters. She draws upon her family, as well as nursery rhymes and fairy tales for inspiration. Her sculptures are whimsical, sometimes with a dark edge. She was featured in the documentary, "Who Does She Think She Is?" produced by Academy Award-winning producer, Pamela Tanner Boll. She is a three time recipient of the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant. Wunderlich's artwork has been featured in hundreds of national and international exhibitions. 


Last Published: February 16, 2011 8:57 AM
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