Noted ceramic artist and sculptor Jeannine Marchand shared her knowledge with dozens of Brookdale students, faculty and local community members on March 24 as part of the 2014-15 Visiting Artist Program.
Marchand, a Puerto Rican studio artist based out of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, first earned her BA degree from St. Joseph’s University before receiving an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
She was a resident artist at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado and a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, before receiving a Cultural Envoy Grant from the U.S. Department of State in 2009 to teach, lecture, and jury the National Ceramics and Sculpture Biennial in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Marchand’s work has been exhibited nationwide and can be found in public and private art collections internationally, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.
On March 24 she sat down with a large group of students and faculty in the Center for Visual Arts to give a guided demonstration of her unique approach to artistic creation.
From raw clay to the wheel, the slab and the oven, Marchand encouraged the students to remain open to new ideas and to experiment with their art whenever possible.
“The way I see it is that I am still a student,” she told the group. “I always want to keep learning.”
As part of the Visiting Artist Program, Marchand will also offer a free lecture to members of the public in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery on Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 7 pm.
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The Visiting Artist Program is co-sponsored by the Brookdale Arts Society, the Monmouth County Arts Council, Liquitex, Winsor Newton and private donors.