This website is best viewed in a browser that supports web standards.

Skip to content or, if you would rather, Skip to navigation.

Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 20, 2016

DeLuce Art Gallery to feature ceramist during February exhibit

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will feature the work of ceramist Kate Roberts as its February exhibit in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens with a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Roberts’ work has been exhibited at colleges and galleries throughout the country. She also has held residencies with the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana; the Ferrin Gallery in Cummington, Massachusetts; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Kohler, Wisconsin; the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado; and the Cite International des Arts Fellowship in Paris, France.

Roberts was nominated last year by the International Sculpture Center for the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. She is a winner of the Professional Development Grant from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University during the last two years.

Roberts draws inspiration from historical objects, architecture and personal relationships while using a variety of materials that include clay and porcelain.

“Accumulation and deterioration, solidity and transparency, entrapment and protection, order and chaos are material and organizational polarities that cause the work to teeter on the edge of viability in a perpetual state of in-between,” she writes in an artist statement. “This push and pull, back and forth, parallels our relationship with the natural world. Nature bares life, nature takes life away, humanity resists, but nature in the end has the final say. And without question the cycle begins again. In questioning the consequences, I create work to find the beauty and the unrest in this temporal state.”

For more information about Roberts and her work, visit

The Olive DeLuce Art Gallery is open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Appointments also are available by calling the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 660.562.1326.

Exhibits feature professional artists who offer cultural perspectives and provide students and community members with opportunities to enjoy unique artwork in Maryville. For more information, visit

Remaining exhibits this spring will feature ceramist Kyle John, March 7-25, and the student juried exhibit, April 4-29.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468