UM Hosts Ceramic Artist Esther Shimazu

April 09, 2015

MISSOULA – Ceramic sculptor Esther Shimazu will demonstrate her techniques and give a lecture on her work Thursday, April 16, at the University of Montana. Both events are free and open to the public.

Demonstrations will run from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Art Annex ceramics studio, located adjacent to the Grizzly Pool on the UM campus. The lecture will take place at 5:10 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.

Shimazu is a Hawaiian artist who is best known for her stoneware sculptures of oversized, bald, Buddha-like Asian women constructed with hand-building techniques. Her work is represented in numerous galleries internationally, including the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California, the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago and the Kunstforum Solothurn in Switzerland.  

She received the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award in 2001 and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in 1995.  

Shimazu’s visit is sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund and the UM School of Art. For more information call UM art Professor Beth Lo at 406-243-5893 or call the School of Art office at 406-243-4181.  

Contact: Beth Lo, professor, UM School of Art, 406-243-5893,