University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND Ceramics Centennial Celebration Kicks Off April 8

The ceramics program at The University of North Dakota is alive, thriving and 100 years old.  The centennial celebration will begin with pre-symposium workshops with Jim Ulmer, an early 1970's clay student at UND and owner of Springwood Pottery in Minnesota, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 8 and 9, in the Hughes Fine Arts Center.  Jim’s show at Muddy Waters Clay Center (2014 13th Avenue North, Grand Forks, N.D.) will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 9.

The celebration will continue with workshops by internationally recognized clay artists Robert Archambeau and John Glick, and the dedication of the newly developed Myra Fine Arts Foundry and Kiln Yard will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 16.

The opening of "50/50: The Cable Years/The Contemporary Years" is April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is in two locations. “The Cable Years” is at the Columbia Mall (West Wing, 2800 Columbia Road) and is hosted by the University of North Dakota and the Columbia Mall. “The Contemporary Years” is at the North Dakota Museum of Art (Campus Drive, UND campus) and is hosted by UND and the North Dakota Museum of Art.  The exhibition will highlight the spectrum of clay work that is and has been done by our former and present students. The North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society will hold their convention in Grand Forks June 10, coinciding with the close of the exhibition.

The Ceramics Centennial events will highlight the historic and contemporary ceramics program at UND, and additional events are being planned.  All activities are free and open to the public.  For a full schedule of events, times and places, visit  For more information, contact Donald Miller, professor, Art and Design, at 701-777-2904 or

-- Art and Design

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