College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

Ting-Ju Shao to show her ceramic work at WOU

Courtesy of Ting-Ju Shao.

MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University will host an exhibit of internationally known Taiwanese ceramics artist Ting-Ju Shao’s work from April 4 to 27. The ceramic installation is titled “Age of Greed, Against the Light” and consists of five figures (approximately 2’ each) hauling a large bag over his shoulder.

The opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the gallery. An artist lecture will immediately follow from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 101 of Campbell Hall. Shao will hold an artist workshop and demonstration, open to the public, on Thursday, April 5 from 12:30 to 3:30 in the Santiam Room of Werner University Center.

Shao, born in Taipei, Taiwan, has immersed herself in creative ceramic art for 27 years. Jo Lauria, formerly the decorative arts curator at the Los

Courtesy of Ting-Ju Shao.

Angeles County Museum of Art, described Shao’s work as universal, humanistic, and histrionic. Lauria said the primal forces that are played out in Shao’s work are human: vulnerability, folly and hubris. When staged in a Shao visual drama, these forces are buffered with a deeply felt belief in the integrity and redemption of humanity.

Her work has been displayed in 95 selected exhibitions and 12 solo exhibitions around Europe, Asia and America. More than 34 pieces of her work have been collected by museums and foundations. Since 1989, she has written articles for “Ceramic Art” in Taiwan, and “New Ceramics” in Germany since 2006. In 2001, she was selected to be a member of the International Academic of Ceramics.

About the gallery
The Cannon Gallery of Art is located in the heart of Western Oregon University’s campus in the beautifully renovated Campbell Hall. Campbell Hall was built in 1871 and is the oldest building still in use the Oregon University System. The gallery has approximately 700 square feet of exhibition space and holds six exhibitions during each academic year. Thematic and media-specific exhibits by regional and nationally acclaimed artists are included in each annual schedule.

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Courtesy of Ting-Ju Shao.

Contact for media:
Paula Booth
Curator, Cannon Gallery of Art
503-838-8607 or boothp@wou.edu

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