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Jeanne Quinn to give Spring 2015 Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture at ASU Art Museum Brickyard, April 9

Jeanne Quinn (pictured). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

April 08, 2015

Tempe, Ariz. – Celebrated ceramic artist Jeanne Quinn, known for her installations, will give a free public lecture at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture Series, which has provided the community and campus multiple opportunities to interact with distinguished women ceramic artists and professionals. 

Quinn has exhibited widely, including at the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Kemper Museum for Contemporary Art, Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark; Sculpturens Hus, Stockholm; the Korean Ceramic Biennale, and the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the EKWC, the International Ceramics Center-Denmark, the Archie Bray Foundation and many others; she has also lectured widely at institutions such as UCLA, the Kansas City Art Institute, Columbia University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado.

Curator of Ceramics Garth Johnson, who says he is “a great fan” of Quinn’s work, is especially excited to add Quinn to the line-up of artists and scholars. “Jeanne Quinn is creating contemporary work that is deeply rooted in the history of ceramics. She is also a legendary educator, so having her interact with ASU’s students is an incredible opportunity.”

Quinn’s recent works draw inspiration from baroque, decorative wallpapers to recreate patterns that not only reflect her skills in the craft, but also allow viewers to apply their imagination to it. In her work, Johnson also finds a sense of humanity and humor that makes Quinn’s unique installations connect with the viewer. “There is a thread of wonder that ties all of her work together that everyone who attends the lecture should be able to follow,” he says.

Quinn’s lecture will be presented in conjunction with the opening reception for “Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion,” which will be held from 6:30¬–8:30 p.m. on April 9 at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard location (with a members and alumni preview at 5:30 p.m.).


Named in honor of Jan Fisher, an art history graduate student and active CLA (Ceramics Leaders of ASU) member who passed away in February 2006, the lecture series brings to the Phoenix community both established and emerging women ceramic artists. While on campus, all of the participating artists meet with art students and become acquainted with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts programs. Support for this series is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Cole Fisher and their family. 


The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787, or visit

Location/Parking: The museum has three locations across the metro Phoenix area: the ASU Art Museum at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, on ASU’s Tempe campus; the ASU Art Museum Brickyard at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, in downtown Tempe; and the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios, in downtown Phoenix. Designated parking is available at all three locations.

Admission: Free at all three locations.

Hours: The ASU Art Museum is open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year) and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The ASU Art Museum Brickyard is open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Both locations are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program in downtown Phoenix at Combine Studios is open by appointment.

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