KATHY ERTEMAN: MONOPRINTS AND CLAY



November 3 - December 17, 2009

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Kathy Erteman creates art with a sense of confidence and style that has evolved over a lifetime of creative experiences, diverse influences, and a great deal of world travel. Her parents were Dutch and Austrian refugees who moved to California to escape the Nazi occupation. In the 1960s and 1970s, she came of age in Los Angeles, when design and studio art were rapidly merging with the world of fine art. In the 1980s, she had already made a name for herself with her well-known black and white studio ceramics.

As demand for her work increased, Erteman would travel to factories in Thailand and Peru to oversee production of her designs. Over three decades, she has designed for such companies as Tiffany, Dansk, and Crate & Barrel. Her artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts. Recently she lectured at the United Nations headquartersin New York City and worked as a design consultant to ceramic artisans in Tibet through the United States Agency for International Development.

At mid-career Kathy Erteman freely works in two and three dimensions. Her art includes architectural installations, encaustic painting, printmaking, and even an occasional ceramic funerary urn. Within this wide range of expression,she consistently makes reference to her cultural and artistic influences: Bauhaus design, Minimalist sculpture, and Japanese printmaking. In 1994 she moved from Northern California to Manhattan, where she continues to live and work.

The current one-person exhibition entitled Kathy Erteman: Monoprints and Clay is featured at Kean University’s Karl and Helen Burger Gallery from November 3 through December 17, 2009. Paintings on ceramic tile, monoprints, and vessel installations from 2005 through 2009 are the focus of the show.

On behalf of Kean University, I thank Kathy Erteman for her efforts in the planning of this comprehensive exhibition, as well as for lending all the works being shown. For the installation of this show, we are grateful to our graduate assistants Christopher Clark and Kelly Murphy. Special thanks go to Kean University President Dawood Farahi, Vice President Mark Lender, and Holly Logue, Acting Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. We appreciate their support for the growing exhibition program and for this opportunity to investigate the work of Kathy Erteman.

Neil Tetkowski
Director of University Galleries