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Ceramics artist to lecture at Averitt today
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The public is invited to an artist’s lecture and a meet-and-greet at the Averitt Center with Juan Granados, Thursday at 5:30 in the Center’s Main Gallery.


Granados’ exhibit “In Time, En Tiempo” opened at the Averitt Center in the Main Gallery in early September and features some of his most recognized works, including his image-transferred ceramic pieces. Considered a leader in the field of integrating imagery into ceramic surfaces, Granados’ work has been recognized in several publications, including “The Ceramic Book Design” and “Art in America.”


Averitt curator Sheila Stewart-Leach says that Granados’ work reflects his adolescent relationships and his family’s unique history as migrant farm workers.


“His work is about his history — imagery and narratives focus on the memories of his youth,” she said. “His family’s love is carved and depicted throughout every piece.”


Born in Floydada, Texas, Granados spent his youth traveling with his family following the harvest of various crops throughout the southern United States. Growing up with little money, and being able to carry all of his family’s possessions in one car, Granados learned to appreciate the natural world at a young age.


Although his work is fueled by his rich history, Stewart-Leach suggests that Granados is also compelled toward the future.
“His work is technologically on the leading edge of photo-transfer techniques, which illustrates a progressive creativity in his medium,” she said.


Granados, currently an associate professor of art at Texas Tech University, received his MFA at Ohio State University in 1991, and has since been in 23 solo exhibitions.


While in Statesboro, Granados will teach a ceramics workshop at the Averitt Center on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. Granados will demonstrate the decorative techniques of hand building and photo transfers, guiding participants as they create their own unique pieces of art. Price for workshop is $35 and includes the cost of materials. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787 or purchase online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.

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