Oxford Artist Ron Dale Showcases Retrospective at UM Museum

Regional events celebrate pottery talent from across north Mississippi

Crask, 2001 by Ron Dale. Polychrome on wood and ceramic. Piece is on loan from the artist

OXFORD, Miss. – “Recollecting: 1980-2012,” works by Ron Dale, is on display at the University Museum through Jan. 11.

The exhibit showcases the Oxford artist’s works in ceramics and mixed media from a career spanning more than two decades, and coincides with a celebration of pottery talent from artists across north Mississippi.

“Ron is a leading figure in contemporary American ceramics arts. We have watched with growing awe as he has installed these intelligent, playful and dramatic works,” said Robert Saarnio, museum director. “We encourage our entire community to help us celebrate his career by coming to view the exhibition.”

Growing up in Asheville, N.C., Dale credits the annual exhibitions of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild for sparking his interest in ceramics.  He obtained his B.A. at Goddard College and his M.F.A. at Louisiana State University.  He taught at Ole Miss from 1980 until his retirement as emeritus professor of art in 2005. He owns and runs Irondale Studio, which was built in 1995.

To enhance the exhibition, Dale will conduct an Artist’s Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum. He will also take part in the museum’s annual membership party on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

Complementing Dale’s exhibit is “New Fired Art: North Mississippi Master Potters” at the Bozarts Gallery in Water Valley. This show runs through Oct. 12, with a reception scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.  These events are free and open to the public.

The University Museum is located at the intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Street in Oxford. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. General admission to this special exhibition is $5, admission for seniors (62+) is $4, and admission for students (ages 6-17) is $3.  Admission is free for UM students, UM Museum members and children under the age of 5. Special group rates are available for tour groups. To book a tour, contact esdean@olemiss.edu.  For more information, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu or call 662-915-7073.