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City of Pittsburgh High School Students
Thursday, March 12, 2015

ClayPlace at Standard will host an exhibit of works by students from the City of Pittsburgh Public Schools on Thursday, March, 12. Potter Brett Kern will act as juror for the event.

A native of West Virginia and a graduate of the renowned ceramics program at West Virginia University, Kern is currently a faculty member at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. He teaches classes at the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins and at the Augusta Davis and Elkins’ Heritage. Before earning his MFA at WVU in 2010, he traveled to Jingdezhen in the People’s Republic of China, where he studied ceramics in an exchange program run by WVU's Shoji Satake. He was awarded an Artist-In-Residence position at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, from 2010 through 2011.

Kern’s work reflects the pop culture of his generation, with sculptural pieces of realistic inflatable toys and dinosaurs. He describes his artistic vision:

“Something has survived,” reads the tagline for the 1997 movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Undeniably, something has survived: the infatuation I have with the pop culture of my formative years, during the late eighties and the nineties. It is through these “cultural glasses” that I continue to view and interpret the world, which influences the subject matter and purpose of my work. My predilection for producing collectible objects comes from my training as a potter and my persistent preoccupation with collecting toys, pop memorabilia, and nostalgic items from my youth.

Kern shows his work both regionally and nationally, with recent exhibits at Taylor Books in Charleston and The White Room in Thomas, West Virginia, and at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California. Brett received Best in Show in the HxWxD juried sculpture show at the Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering, Ohio and has work in the 5th annual Beyond the Brickyard show at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.

Visit Brett Kern’s website, at www.brettkernart.com