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Current Show: Rich Freiwald "Just Clay: From Porzellan to Pop"

The show, titled "Just Clay: Porzellan to Pop," is comprised of over one hundred pieces of clay sculpture and pottery selected mostly from the Art Nouveau Period and going back 150 years.
"I get this crackling sensation imagining myself as a time-traveler walking with Athena, the goddess of pottery, or standing on the shoulders of the giants of the Ceramic Arts. They elevate me as I create, and inform me as I collect these magical objects. When I work, I feel like I’m sharing the room with the great masters represented in this show. I’ve been a collector of ceramics for over forty years. This began when I was very young; during the summer months in the Poconos, I remember shopping with my mother in a country store where there were some small collections of porcelain objects that caught my eye. With some pleading, completion of chores and being a good citizen, Mom caved and bought me the two small porcelain dogs statues that I wanted. Another clear influence was my grandmother’s collection of fine porcelain that she displayed with the respect you would expect in a museum. There is no doubt that this influenced my desire to become an art maker and collector. Historical and contemporary collecting has focused for me the importance of history, the canon and becoming an artist who teaches. This show is the culmination of a dream of mine to share my passion for collecting and my work with my students and colleagues. At the turn of the 20th century, the “Cult of Beauty” represented through the arts emphasized a move away from manufacturing to handmade objects. I hope to “full send” this idea of a cult of beauty into our community and beyond." - Richard Freiwald

Before becoming an art teacher at Pingry, a position he has held for nearly 30 years, Mr. Freiwald taught fine arts at a number of colleges, such as Rutgers, Rider, and Montclair University, among many others.

At Pingry, he is involved in many annual community service efforts at the school, such as Pingry Potters for Peace and the Make a Wish Foundation, both of which receive artwork from Pingry for resale to benefit their organizations. Since 1989, he has also participated in the annual Independent Senior Project (ISP) Art Show.

Outside of Pingry, Mr. Freiwald is an award-winning ceramicist who regularly presents his work at regional exhibitions.

Photographic Works from the Permanent Collection

The Hostetter Gallery is exhibiting selections from Pingry’s Permanent Collection through December 9th, 2016. The exhibition will feature photography by artists Lucien Clergue, Harold Feinstein, Donna Ferrato, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney, and Mary Ellen Mark.

Pingry is proud to present this museum quality exhibition with works by international artists who had shaped and defined modern photography. Lucien Clergue, close friend of Pablo Picasso, received the highest honor bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture as a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and was featured in a solo show at the MoMA. Harold Feinstein helped define the “New York School” of photography and Donna Ferrato ignited a national discussion about sexual violence and women’s rights. Surrealist photographer Ralph Gibson is included in important collections including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center for Creative Photography. Alen MacWeeney’s photographs are in permanent collections at the MoMA, the MET, the Philadephia Musueum of Art, and the Art Institure of Chicago, to name a few. Mary Ellen Mark is recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers of her generation. She has published 18 books and published photo-essays and portraits in LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. She has received worldwide attention for her work, which is included in over 50 major museum collections.

Current Show

Previous Exhibitions at the Hostetter Gallery

Harry Allen
Pavel Banka
Frances Barth
Tom Birkner
Avy Claire
Tim Daly
Ed Fausty
Kathleen Gilje
Robert Goodyear
Elizabeth A. Demaray
David Hayes
Adam Kalkin
Zoe Keramea
Gary Komarin
Robert Lobe
Scott Loikits
James Mullen
Joshua Reiman
John Ruddy
Jon Sarkin
Jim Toia
Jindra Vikova
Jack Youngelson