CCM Exhibition Features the Fruits of Two Years of Collaboration

Opening Reception for ‘Unity of the Spheres’ Takes Place on October 9 – Posted 10/3/14

County College of Morris (CCM) is hosting a new exhibition featuring the results of two years of collaboration between one of CCM’s adjunct professors and numerous artists.

“Unity of the Spheres” will be on display from Monday, October 6, through Saturday, November 15, in the recently renovated CCM Visual Arts Gallery at the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. A reception, open to the public, will be held on October 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.

The exhibition, operating under the unifying principle that beauty lies in diversity, brings together more than 70 regional artists in collaboration with artist Barry Zawacki, adjunct professor at CCM. For the exhibit, Zawacki created a large number of ceramic spheres, platters and disks employing a range of techniques and media onto his saggar-fired pieces. He then presented the pieces to many of his artist colleagues to join him in a collaborative artistic expression of his spheres.

“Each sphere is unique, as the process creates varying blushes of color and visual textures on the surface of the clay,” Zawacki explains. “The uniqueness of each sphere served as the inspiration to challenge the artists to elicit the true character of each one, while the spherical form provided a consistent theme connecting all the pieces. Working on a new surface encouraged the artists to freely express their creative perspectives in methods they might not ordinarily try.”

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Photo: A sneak peak of “Unity of the Spheres,” a new exhibition held in the recently renovated County College of Morris (CCM) Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibit features the results of two years of collaboration between one of CCM’s adjunct professors and more than 70 artists.