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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 14, 2017

Northwest to host visiting artist, ceramist Mitchell Spain

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Ceramist Mitchell Spain and his work will be featured in a new exhibit in Northwest's Olive DeLuce Art Gallery, beginning Feb. 20.

Ceramist Mitchell Spain and his work will be featured in a new exhibit in Northwest's Olive DeLuce Art Gallery, beginning Feb. 20.

Northwest Missouri State University will welcome ceramist Mitchell Spain to its campus Monday, Feb. 20, for a lecture and demonstration of his work.

Spain’s free lecture at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building coincides with an exhibit of his work in Northwest’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery. Spain also will conduct demonstrations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Fire Arts Building, located southeast of the Fine Arts Building.

“Our visiting artist talk is going to enrich the art and art making of our area,” Bobby Tso, assistant professor of art, said. “It will not only help students understand how to become professionals in their field, but also prepare them to be ready in the world after academia. The event is not only good for our students and faculty, but for our community members who are interested and curious about our unique, diverse Northwest culture through the fine and performing arts.”

A Des Moines, Iowa, native, Spain grew up on a farm and spent much of his childhood rummaging through junk discarded in old barns. He is now an accomplished artist crafting high-quality ceramic works using a trompe l’oeil technique that mimics rustic findings.

He received his bachelor’s degree in ceramics at the University of Iowa in 2012 and his master’s degree in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2015. His work has been featured in exhibitions in Missouri, Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio, Virginia and Texas.

Spain received a Ceramics Art and Perception Technical Merit Award and a third place overall graduate from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Student Juried Exhibition. He received honorable mention at Big Fish, a Small Pot International Exhibition. He also received second place overall and the Margaret Harlow Collection Purchase Award at the It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Completion and Exhibition.

“As a young professional in the field of contemporary ceramics, Mitchell is a great example for our students to understand and learn about how to become successful without the protection of academia, and also learn the process of setting up his own studio and continuing to be active in his field,” Tso said.

The exhibit of Spain’s work will remain open through March, and the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery’s 2016-2017 visiting artist series concludes with an exhibit featuring the work of Natasha Hovey, opening April 3.

The Olive DeLuce Art Gallery is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays or by appointment. For more information about the gallery visit

For more information about Spain and his work, contact Tso at 660.562.1324 or, or visit

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