Steve Reynolds: Serial Investigations in Sculpture

January 10th, 2011


Curated by Catherine Lee

“Steve Reynolds:  Serial Investigations in Sculpture” is an examination of trajectories in the remarkable career of Steve Reynolds (1940-2007), an internationally admired artist especially well known for his tour-de-force explorations in sculpture and ceramics.

This exhibition presents examples from groups of works produced in studios around the world and includes examples of the many private works, never before exhibited, that Reynolds made for his beloved wife, Daphne, when traveling to lecture and attend residencies, inspiring others in their creative endeavors.  In his forty-year career, Reynolds worked intuitively but also serially, methodically and systematically. Reynolds kept the strong belief that clay is a powerful artistic tool, but by no means the only one to be employed in the service of art.   The many series range from both large-scale wall pieces composed of figurative and abstract elements and sculptural totems to smaller sculptures that extend traditional vessel forms into fascinating explorations of ceramic materials, pigments, shapes, and textures.  Sensitive clay gestures become delicate birds, energetic figures, and wonderfully odd objects that are simply creative forms in their own right.  Organized over a two-year period by the artist Catherine Lee during breaks from her own international schedule, this exhibition offers viewers a rare opportunity to examine how artists create individual works of art while also thinking in the broader dialogues that exist among elements in a series.

Reynolds was Professor of Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio for 28 years.  He served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for 8 years and served as President in 2001-2002.  His commitment to national and international art communities has been profound.  A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 19, 6:00-8:00 pm.  UTSA Art Gallery, Main (1604) Campus.  Free parking is available in Lot 13 during the opening reception.

When: The exhibition will run from January 19—February 23, 2011.

The gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10:00 am–4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm, and by appointment.  The Exhibition is free and open to the public.

Where: UTSA Art Gallery, Arts Building, UTSA Main Campus, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249

Driving Directions: The UTSA Art Gallery is located in the Art Building on UTSA’s Main (1604) campus. From I-10, take Exit #557 to UTSA Blvd. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Valero Drive. Turn left onto East Campus Drive and then make an immediate right into Lot 13. Shuttle buses travel directly to the Art Building.

For more info, please contact: Laura Crist at or 210-458-4391.

Image: Porsgrund Porcelain 1, 4” x 4.25” x 3.25”, porcelain with gold and silver dust, 1995

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