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McPherson College’s Art & Design Program Hosts World-Class Artist For Summer Workshop

Doug Casebeer artMcPherson College will offer a unique opportunity to Kansas high school art instructors and top high school art students when it hosts Doug Casebeer to lead a three-day workshop this summer at the college. Casebeer is one of the leading ceramicists in the United States and recently completed a 6-year appointment as the resident artist at the Oklahoma University School of Visual Arts in Norman.

The workshop is scheduled for June 17-19, 2024, at McPherson College’s Hess Fine Arts ceramic studio. Space for the workshop was limited to just 20 participants. Thanks to generous financial support, the workshop is offered at a highly reduced fee for participants.

Casebeer, a Salina, Kan. native, was the artistic director for ceramics at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for 34 years. Anderson Ranch, located in Snowmass, Colo., is non-profit arts organization founded in 1966. It hosts an artist-in-residency program, workshops, and classes by artists during the summer and offers studio space for ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

Casebeer’s artwork is in collections worldwide, including a permanent installation at the Yingge Museum of Ceramics in Taiwan. He was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. His most recent solo exhibition was at the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia, where he was awarded The Walter Gropius award for excellence in the arts.

He received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and his BFA from Wichita State University. Casebeer teaches, lectures, builds kilns, and exhibits his artwork worldwide. He has served as a pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government. He has been involved in outreach to rural Jamaican schools, offered technical support and assistance for Nepali potters, and advised art centers in Chile and Hawaii.

An exhibition of his work, titled “A Sense of Place the Prairie Landscape,” is showing at the Birger Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg through July 21. Casebeer will present a talk on June 18, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandzen Gallery. The event is free, organized by the Arts on the Prairie Committee, and supported in part by the Patterson Family Foundation and the Kansas Arts Commission. The Birger Sandzen Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, with donations appreciated.