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Gropius Master Artist Workshops

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The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum's Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth's son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Virtual Ceramic Symposium

Workshop: – November 5 – November 8, 2020
Public Presentation: Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 7 p.m. ONLINE
Exhibit: September 5 – December 6, 2020

Location: ONLINE

Virtual Ceramic Symposium

Chris Gustin, Cloud Jar, #1815, 2018, Stoneware, Anagama wood fired; 21 x 15 x 14 inches. Photo courtesy of Dean Powell Photography, Harvard, Mass.

The Huntington Museum of Art has announced plans for a virtual Walter Gropius Master Artist Ceramic Symposium on Nov. 5-8, 2020. The Symposium will feature six ceramic artists – Linda Christianson, Justin Donofrio, Sanam Emami, Chris Gustin, and Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish of Bandana Pottery.

The symposium begins on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 7 p.m., with a free online public video lecture series, featuring all six Walter Gropius Master Artists.

A free virtual symposium workshop will take place on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 10 a.m., featuring videos of the six ceramic artists demonstrating their process.

The Symposium concludes Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m., with a free virtual gallery walk of the Walter Gropius Master Artists’ exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art. This exhibition will be on display at HMA from Sept. 5, 2020, through Dec. 6, 2020.

This free online lecture series will be narrated by HMA Visual Artist in Residence Kathleen Kneafsey.

To view these virtual programs, visit or the Huntington Museum of Art’s Facebook page.

Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jessica Drenk

Workshop: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 4 – June 6, 2021
Public Presentation: Thursday, June 3, 2021 – 7 p.m.
Exhibit: May 8 – August 1, 2021

Jessica Drenk

Jessica Drenk, Circulation. Books, wax; 40" diameter. Image courtesy of the artist.

"The Altered Book: Repurposing Old Books as a Catalyst for Creativity"

Creativity doesn’t always have to flow from inside you, it can come in response to what’s in front of you. In this workshop, Jessica Drenk will demonstrate her approach to using books as artistic material, turning the written word into works of art. Through a series of exercises and discussions, participants will engage in a creative process that emphasizes experimentation and discovery through material manipulation. Don’t get rid of those old books on your shelves – turn them into curious objects of art!

Workshop fees

There are no fees involved to view any of the virtual programs for the Walter Gropius Master Artist Virtual Ceramic Symposium.

The Jessica Drenk Walter Gropius Master Artist Workshop fee is $325 for non-members; $275 for Museum Members; $250 for teachers; and $200 for students. Teachers and students should contact HMA Museum Educator George Lanham at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 311, or [email protected] for information on workshop registration. Meet-and-greet, first-day breakfast and daily lunch included in the workshop fee.

How to enroll

Advance enrollment is not necessary for the Walter Gropius Master Artist Virtual Ceramic Symposium.

Registration for the Jessica Drenk Walter Gropius Master Artist Workshop must be received at least 3 days in advance of the class starting date. All checks should be made to the Huntington Museum of Art. Most major credit cards are accepted by fax, phone, mail or in person. For more information, contact George Lanham at [email protected] or call him at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 311.