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Following the Rhythms of Life: The Ceramic Art of David Shaner

September 05, 2007

Organized by the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and made possible by support provided by the Shaner Family; the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design; Friends of Contemporary Ceramics; The Zaltec Familian and Lilian Levinson Foundation; Marlin Miller, Jr. Foundation; and other generous supporters.

Following the Rhythms of Life presents a comprehensive retrospective on the ceramic art of David Shaner (1934 – 2002), which includes 60 works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and other public and private collections. His works from graduate school at Alfred University, his tenure as director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (1964-1970) of and his studio years in Bigfork, Montana (1970 – 2002), provide and in-depth overview his career as a ceramist.
Shaner was much beloved in the ceramic arts community and, over the course of his remarkable career, pursued an uncommon vision, following the rhythms of life, while leaving a visual legacy for future generations. A 124-page color catalogue is available at the museum’s store for $35.

Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 28, 7–9 p.m.
Book signing with Peter Held and Jack Troy: Friday, Sept. 28, 7–9 p.m.
Gallery talk by Ann Shaner: Friday, Sept.28, noon–1 p.m.

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, northeast corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe. Free parking in museum-marked spaces.

September 22, 2007 – January 6, 2008


Public Contact

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787 or

Media Contact:
Peter Held
Curator of Ceramics