Origins: UMW Ceramics Faculty and Alumni

duPont Gallery, University of Mary Washington

February 6- March 29, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6th 5-7 pm

Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 1-4


UMW Galleries is pleased to present Origins: UMW Ceramics Faculty and Alumni, on view in duPont gallery from February 6th until March 29th.  This retrospective exhibition showcases the diverse artwork of faculty and alumni from the University of Mary Washington’s ceramics program over the past 50 years.  It is also a concurrent exhibition for this year’s National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), to be held in Richmond Virginia in late March.

By bringing together a variety of expressions, techniques and processes, the exhibition highlights the success of our former students and the strength of our department while illustrating the range and depth of contemporary ceramic art.  From sculptural objects and installations to functional pottery, Origins celebrates our community, and reiterates Mary Washington’s identity as an institution grounded in the liberal arts.


Katie Sleyman


Misha Sanborn


Diana Faris


Beth Sperlazza


Debra Balestreri


Participating Artists

Debra Balestreri, ‘03, faculty: 2009-present

Christina Bendo,  ‘13

Diana Faris, ‘92

Trey Foster, ‘13

Teruo Hara, faculty

Hadrian Mendoza, ‘96

Jon McMillan, faculty: 2011-present

Lorene Nickel, faculty: 1981-2011

Misha Sanborn, ‘00

Tracy Shell, faculty, 2019

Katie Sleyman, ‘13

Beth Sperlazza, ‘07

Maria Stone, ‘13

Neal Reed, ‘85

Sarah Spencer White, faculty: 2017-present