Artist Talk with Ché Rhodes, Corey Pemberton and SaraBeth Post
February 25, 2022 at 6pm
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St., 40202
Join us for an exciting artist talk with three of the featured artists in our current “Crafting the Vernacular" exhibition.
Local glass artist and University of Louisville professor Ché Rhodes, who organized “Crafting the Vernacular” alongside KMAC Curatorial Director Joey Yates, will be joined by Pittsburgh-based glass artist SaraBeth Post, who earned a BFA from the University of Louisville in 2015, and Corey H. Pemberton, a multimedia artist living in Los Angeles and Director of the non-profit organization Crafting the Future. Rhodes, Post, and Pemberton will discuss topics such as their respective practices and links between their work, the state of contemporary glass art in America, and their experiences of being members of the broader glass art community.
This program is free and open to the public, and should run approximately one hour. Face coverings and proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test are required for all guests.
Currently serving as an Associate Professor and Head of Studio Glass at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, Ché Rhodes (b. 1973, Philadelphia, PA) earned a MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Art from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While as Centre, Rhodes studied under the late internationally known glass artist, Stephen Rolfe Powell. In 2020, Rhodes was named Louisville Visual Art’s “Educator of the Year.”
Rhodes was formerly a member of the Glass Art Society’s Board of Directors as well as the Penland School of Craft’s Board of Trustees, and previously taught at the Tyler School of Art and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before arriving at the Hite, where he originated the glass program. Since 2010, Rhodes has exhibited at sites such as the Huntsville Museum of Art (Alabama), the Muskegon Museum of Art (Michigan), Louisville’s Portland Museum, and KMAC Museum as part of “Reflect, Reframe, Remake, Remodel: 40 Years of Recrafting KMAC.
SaraBeth Post (b. 1990, Harrisburg, PA) earned a BFA in 3D Studio with a concentration in Glass from the University of Louisville, where she also minored in Creative Writing. Currently enrolled in the Core Fellowship program at the Penland School of Craft, Post’s glass practice is rooted in the exploration of emotion, metaphysics, and nostalgia, focusing on the notion of identity in a constant act to heal others.
A Virginia native currently living in Los Angeles, Corey Pemberton (b. 1990, Reston, VA) received his BFA with a concentration in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, and has since developed a practice that includes glass blowing, painting, and mixed media work. Since 2016, he has held residencies at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Penland School of Craft, and the smART Kinston City Project Foundation (Kinston, NC).
Pemberton’s first solo show on the West Coast, entitled home/body, opened in September 2021 at UNREPD (Los Angeles, CA). He has exhibited recently at the Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC), the Green Hill Art Center (Greensboro, NC), Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (Blowing Rock, NC), and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Pemberton’s professional experience includes positions at the Joe Caritari Industries and LA Glass Center (Los Angeles, CA), the Penland School of Craft, John Geci Glass (Bakersville, NC), and Møhl Drivsholm Glass (Denmark).
February 26, 2022 at 2pm & 3:30 pm
Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E Main St., 40202
KMAC is excited to partner with the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute to present two public glassblowing demonstrations conducted by three artists currently featured in KMAC’s “Crafting the Vernacular” exhibition!
Join local artist and University of Louisville professor, Ché Rhodes, and artists SaraBethPost and Corey H. Pemberton as they create various glass forms and discuss the history and process of glassblowing, as well as its relevance to contemporary artistic production regionally and nationally. As three artists who maintain connections throughout the year, Rhodes, Post, and Pemberton are sure to provide a compelling and entertaining experience for anyone who has ever wanted to witness glass art being made!
Attendance to view the glassblowing is free and open to the public. Face coverings and proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test are required for all guests.
NOTE: These glassblowing demonstrations takes place at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts located at 100 E Main Street. The Cressman Center is the University of Louisville’s downtown gallery and hotshop space, administered by the Hite Art Institute.
Any questions about either program can be directed to KMAC’s Director of Engagement, Hunter Kissel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.