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"Spirit of the West” Exhibit at County College of Morris

Work of Local Artist and Professor Creates a Place of Serenity

Barry Zawacki of Mountain Lakes brings the “Spirit of the West” to the East in a solo exhibition at the County College of Morris (CCM) gallery.

The exhibit features pottery, paintings and sculpture inspired by the forms, textures, colors and landscapes of Colorado and the desert southwest. A sense of serenity fills the gallery through the simplicity and understated elegance of each piece created by Zawacki.

“Simplicity is the core of my approach,” says Zawacki, who teachers ceramics at CCM. “In my painting and pottery, the visual relationships of color, proportions and form are the primary focus. It is a conviction to the strength of a simple visual statement. Visual clutter, social innuendoes and psychological metaphors play no role in my visual images and forms. Each piece is open to personal interpretation by the viewer.”

Along with the exhibit, Zawacki has created a video about his work that can be found on YouTube.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and on display through the month of January. The gallery is located in the Learning Resource Center (library) on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road.

Zawacki earned his B.A. in art education from the University of Northern Colorado and his MFA in painting from the University of Denver. He has done extensive post-graduate studies in illustration and ceramics at the Parson’s School of Design and at workshops and residencies at Bennington College, Montclair State University and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado.  A gallery of his pottery can be found at