Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Inc.
Press Release

Species & Specimens March 19 – May 25

Group show featuring artists spanning generations of faculty and alumni of the UWM Ceramics program

Milwaukee, WI – The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee is pleased to present Species & Specimens, on view March 19 – May 25, 2014 with an opening reception the evening of Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. with a special members only preview from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Karen Gunderman curated the exhibition that features eleven artists spanning several generations of faculty and alumni of the UWM Ceramics program. An artists talk with participating artists will be held opening night, Thursday March 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Species & Specimens Description
Species & Specimens brings together the work of eleven artists spanning several generations of faculty and alumni of the UWM Ceramics program. Their work comments on human interaction with the natural environment, using strategies from installation to small intimate objects. The Villa Terrace site and its unique interface with the urban and natural environment, its formal gardens and Lake Michigan, provides a counterpoint for multiple viewpoints the invited artists bring to the exhibition theme.

Species & Specimens coincides with Milwaukee’s hosting of the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from March 19-22, 2014. Major conference exhibitions are taking place at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Inova, MIAD, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and numerous other culturalinstitutions in the region. The conference expects 4500-5000 attendees and the Species & Specimens exhibition at Villa Terrace will be part of the exhibition bus tour that kicks off the conference on Wednesday March 19th. The exhibition opening follows on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. with an artists talk at 7:00 p.m.

Species & Specimens Artists:
John Ty Bender, Angela Biederman, Dana Childs, Christopher Davis-Benavides, Karen Davis, Karen Gunderman, Namim Kim, Deborah Rael-Buckley, Barbara Reinhart, Charles Timm-Ballard, Linda Wervey-Vitamvas

Coinciding with the Species & Specimens exhibition
Jeff Noska, a ceramic artist from Dousman, Wisconsin will mount a separate exhibition, The Space Between, in the courtyard and exterior terrace on the second floor outside the upstairs galleries, in conjunction with the Species & Specimens show.

About the Villa Terrace
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923.  Originally the home of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through to the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, a formal garden and changing exhibitions.  The Museum is located at 2220 N. Terrace Ave.  Public hours:  Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m.   General Admission:   $7/adult, $5/student, senior (62+) and veterans, Free for museum members, children 12 & under, and active military More information available at (414) 271-3656 or visit us at


NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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