Richard Notkin, Artist Talk
Richard Notkin, “Ceramics, Activism, and the Bay Area: A Personal Journey”
Sunday November 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Arts Benicia classroom
The event is open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation.
Richard Notkin is one of the featured artists in the exhibition Bay Area Clay – A Legacy of Social Consciousness, October 14 – November 19, 2017, curated by Lisa Reinertson.
Born in Chicago, Richard T. Notkin earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, studying under Ken Ferguson. In 1973, he received his MFA from the University of California, Davis, where he studied under Robert Arneson. He is well known for his sculptural re-interpretations of teapots, “a universally recognized object, with strong associations to domesticity and tranquility” which he uses as a “hook to lure the viewer — who must then decipher the narrative imagery — the not-so-hidden message in my teapots.” He has held visiting artist positions and conducted over 300 workshops worldwide. Among his awards are three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and in 2008, the Hoi Fellowship from United States Artists.