Ceramic Exhibition and Workshop at McMurry University

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, January 23, 2017 10:00 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dallas clay artist Rebecca Boatman will present her work “Transitions” in the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery at McMurry University with an opening reception and gallery talk from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017.

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 Boatman will conduct a hands-on workshop, Reliquaries in Clay for both students and the local community. Participants will create a personal container using slab and other hand building techniques after a brief introduction and demonstration. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience in clay.

Boatman’s work consists of abstract figurative pieces that address the idea of power and the sacred. She is influenced by diverse artworks found throughout art history including medieval reliquaries, nkisi nkondi, and goddess figures. After the pieces are built she fires them using primitive methods for special effects and often combines each piece with other objects and materials.

Rebecca Reagan Boatman received her graduate degree in ceramics from Texas Woman's University. Until her retirement in 2014 she combined working as an artist with teaching all levels including Coppell High School, the Art Annex, North Lake College, Collin College, and Richland College. Her studio is located in east Dallas and every October she participates in the White Rock Lake Artists’ Studio Tour, the oldest artist’s tour in the Metroplex. Her sculptures are included in collections throughout the U.S. including Orton International Cone Box Collection, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox Corporation, Eastman Kodak, and Volunteer Hospitals of America.

For more information, contact Rebecca Boatman at 214-354-3104 or by email at, or contact Jennifer Nichols, Ryan Gallery director, at 325-793-4958 or by email at

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