MISSOULA – Unique, handcrafted ceramic pieces will be on sale at the University of Montana just in time for the holidays.
The UM Ceramic Artists group of the UM School of Art will hold its 33rd annual Holiday Sale and Art Exhibition Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9, in the UM Art Annex.
The sale features ceramics and sculpture by UM School of Art students and faculty. The show will take place in the Off Center Gallery of the Art Annex, and student work created over the past year will be considered for awards. The event is free and open to the public.
A grand opening celebration with live music will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and an awards presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The sale continues Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
This fundraising event was initiated 33 years ago after the Ceramics and Sculpture divisions were relocated to Schreiber Gym for a year due to a fire in the Art Annex. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships, student travel to conferences and wood for kiln firing. The proceeds also fund visiting artists who benefit the School of Art and the community.
Students formed the clay club UMECA to help raise visibility and funds for the program. UMECA has funded a variety of sculpture projects over the past 30 years.
For more information call the School of Art office at 406-243-4181.