Sunday, March 16, 2014

Renowned ceramist Sadashi Inuzuka to visit Michigan Tech March 17, 18

HOUGHTON -- Sadashi Inuzuka’s transcendent ceramic art is celebrated for exploring the overlap between the natural world, science and society. Over the past 20 years, Inuzuka has exhibited his work to national and international audiences.

After having been deemed legally blind, Inuzuka was discouraged from pursuing a career in the arts, but he used his visual impairment as a motivation to reach out to other disabled individuals and to help develop their own artistic identities.

Inuzuka has been awarded a University of Michigan Thurnau Professorship, the highest award for undergraduate teaching. Inuzuka is considered a pioneer in the design and implementation of community engagement courses. He has created courses that enable students to see first-hand the role art can play in social change.

At Michigan Tech, he will help students move beyond their perceived creative limitations in an open, brown bag luncheon discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. TOMORROW, Monday, March 17, in Walker 202. He will share images of his diverse artwork to help lead the discussion. The event is free, and all are welcome.

Inuzuka will also meet with Michigan Tech students in courses such as Creative Ceramics, Art Appreciation and Creative Drawing.

He will discuss his current artistic endeavors, especially "Whaletown" Project, at a lecture free and open to the public from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building G002.

Support for the visit comes from Michigan Tech's Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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