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POSTPONED: We have made the decision to postpone our Artist Talk with John Balistreri. We want to be sure we are keeping our patrons and artists safe and felt uneasy asking John to travel to Omaha for the event. We hope to reschedule soon and will be in touch when we do. Our team at the KANEKO will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will be communicating on social media and our website about upcoming events and our gallery hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope to see you at the KANEKO soon!
Enjoy an evening of enlightenment and behind-the-scenes information on John Balistreri’s career, including several bodies of work Balistreri has generated spanning thirty years, the comparison and contrast of the educational philosophies of his mentors with current trends in art education, and how the Jun Kaneko Studio and the city of Omaha have served as an important crossroads in his own development as an artist.
Balistreri is best known for his large-scale ceramic sculpture as well as his innovations using digital technology to create ceramic objects using ceramic 3D printing techniques and has been awarded several patents related to this technology.
KANEKO’s NEW quarterly artist-talk series features creators both locally and nationally who are tied to KANEKO’s programming, exhibitions, educational workshops, or mission. Please join the KANEKO staff in welcoming featured artist John Balestrieri as our next artist-talk lecturer.
Karen Linder is founder and CEO of Tethon3D, a privately held company based in Omaha, Nebraska that develops materials for ceramic 3D printing and provides modeling, scanning and printing services. Notable projects include producing ceramic materials for artificial reef ecosystems, unique construction materials, and a ceramic resin composite for use in stereolithography 3D printing.
“Jim and I filed the corporate formation documents for Tethon Corporation in December of 2011 within a couple of weeks of meeting John Balistreri, the Omaha studio manager for ceramic artist Jun Kaneko. John gave a lecture at the KANEKO on his academic research in ceramic 3d printing that he worked on with Greg Pugh at Bowling Green State University. We were blown away by the technology!” – Karen Linder, Silicon Prairie News Interview READ ARTICLE
About John Balistreri:
John Balistreri is a Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University, where he has been the head of the Ceramic program since 1996. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986, his MFA from Kent State University in 1988, and received the Emerging Talent Award at the 1995 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. Balistreri also served on the Board of Directors of the Archie Bray Foundation. His articles have been published in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and American Craft and his work has appeared in many books and ceramic art.
He has conducted over fifty workshops and lectures throughout the United States and China, has had many solo exhibitions of large-scale ceramic work, and has participated in many national and international group exhibitions. Balistreri’s work is also included in numerous corporate, private and museum collections, including the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), The American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA), The Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH), The Daum Museum (Sedalia, MO), The American Ceramic Society (Columbus, OH), The Shiwan Treasure Pottery Museum (China), and the Foshan Ancient Kiln Museum (China).
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