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Blue Porcelain: Resident Artist – Ceramics Adrian Quintanar

March 5, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Adrian QuintanarIn his new body of work, Arkansas Arts Center Resident Artist Adrian Quintanar explores beauty and color without neglecting form and craftsmanship. This show embraces functional forms inspired by aspects of daily life: waking up to a hot cup of coffee, the view of vases brimming with fresh flowers, and a cool nightcap on a warm summer evening.

The summer before I graduated from art school, I was searching for a part time job close to the local art community. By chance, an open facilities position at the Arkansas Arts Center was a perfect fit. For six months I worked throughout the AAC building; knowing one day I would be creating art within the Museum School studios (instead of refilling towels).

Immediately after completing my BFA at UA Little Rock, I joined the work study program in the ceramics department. At that moment I was a full-time studio potter. A year and a half later, after countless hours of practice and study, I was hired as the resident artist for 2018. Getting a first-hand look at what it takes to run a large studio facility has helped me grow as an artist and gain skills to further my career as a potter.

With a new body of work, a broadened range of teaching experience, and new technical skills on kiln repair and firing, I am ready and excited for the next chapter of my artistic career. I can’t express how thankful I am for the people I have met during this short time.

With this body of work, I want to project my ideas of beauty and color without neglecting form and craftsmanship. As a potter, functionality is key. This show embraces functional forms inspired by aspects of my daily life: waking up to a hot cup of coffee, the view of vases brimming with fresh flowers, and a cool nightcap on a warm summer evening.

Beyond the forms’ importance, I consider the impact of color on human emotion. I have taken these objects that give me great joy in life and assigned them a color that emits a feeling of calm or quiet. As the viewer becomes immersed in this same color, my hope is that the work creates a tangible experience of that feeling.

Adrian Quintanar

Resident Artist – Ceramics
Arkansas Arts Center Museum School

Featured Works from the Exhibition


Adrian Quintanar, 2018, porcelain

Adrian Quintanar, Blue Footed Jar, 2018, porcelain, cone 9, oxidation, 6 x 7 1/2 inches.

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