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

April 8, 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. Jeanne Quinn (pictured). Photo courtesy of the artist. Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Download Full Image

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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Top journalism students to lead in-depth marijuana report at ASU

April 8, 2015

Top journalism students from 19 universities will lead an investigation into the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana as part of the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national multimedia investigative reporting initiative.

Headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, News21 was established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to demonstrate that top journalism students can produce in-depth reporting and multimedia innovations. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and ASU alumna Jacquee Petchel Download Full Image

Students selected as News21 fellows conduct in-depth reporting on critical national issues, traveling the country and using innovative digital reporting techniques. Past projects have investigated veterans’ issues, voting rights, food safety and transportation safety in America.

Last year’s project, which examined gun rights and regulation, was published by more than 60 media partners, including The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today. The investigation received a prestigious EPPY Award from Editor & Publisher magazine and was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters & Editors competition.

Students participating in the 2015 project are spending the spring semester researching and reporting on marijuana issues as part of a seminar taught in person and via video conference by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post and Cronkite’s Weil Family Professor of Journalism.

Downie said the investigation will examine the legalization of marijuana – both medical and recreational – in states across the country. He said it will look at the politics of legalization, the medical and recreational marijuana businesses, the cannabis culture and law enforcement issues.

“We chose the legalization of marijuana this year because it is a historic change, debated in election referenda and legislatures in states across the country,” Downie said. “And News21, with student journalists at universities throughout the nation, is uniquely able to dig into all the issues that legalization poses.”

Following the seminar, students move on to paid summer fellowships during which they work out of a newsroom at the Cronkite School and travel across the country to report and produce their stories. The fellows work under the direction of News21 Executive Editor Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former senior editor for investigations and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle.

“Not only will we be investigating the scope of the marijuana legalization movement and its many political and practical intricacies, we also will be presenting this project with original data and multimedia elements conceived and designed by the fellows in ways that push and promote enterprising storytelling on a national level,” Petchel said.

Twenty-nine students, including nine from ASU, have been selected for fellowships from nominations submitted by journalism deans and directors from across the country.

The ASU News21 fellows are: Tom Blanton, Jayson Chesler, Clarissa Cooper and Dominick DiFurio, all of whom are supported by funding from the Reynolds Foundation; Kelcie Johnson, Sean Logan and Anne Shearer, who are supported by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; Alexa Talamo, supported by the Hearst Foundations; and Jessie Wardarski, supported by Louis A. “Chip” Weil.

For a full list of all participating students and universities, visit