Marlboro College

News MALCOLM WRIGHT AND MICHAEL BOYLEN CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF CERAMICS AT MARLBORO COLLEGE WITH JOINT EXHIBIT

Marlboro, VT -- (February 3, 2010) -- The Drury Gallery at Marlboro College will present, "Retrospective," a joint exhibit by Malcolm Wright and Michael Boylen, from February 12 to March 12.

The exhibit brings together the two faculty members responsible for the ceramics program at Marlboro College. Wright, a Marlboro College alumnus, established the program as a part-time professorship in 1970. Boylen was hired as Wright's sabbatical replacement in 1980, only to assume the reins of the program as it evolved into a full-time position over the next 30 years. Boylen will retire from his teaching career at the end of the spring 2010 semester.

An artists' reception will take place in the Drury Gallery from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 13. Boylen will present new and previously-displayed stoneware plates and tiles that relate to landscapes or abstractions from landscapes. Wright will display fired clay stoneware sculpture using extruded clay forms, combining and interest Western minimalism with the restraint and functionality of Japan.

Michael Boylen has a bachelor's degree in European history from Yale University, where he took courses in the history of art and studied color with Josef Albers.  He began his work in ceramics studying with Frans Wildenhain and Hobart Cowles at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology.  After working for a year with potter Abraham Cohn, he entered the graduate studio art program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied with Harvey Littleton and Don Reitz. He received an M.F.A. degree in ceramics and glass blowing in 1966. His work is part of public collections in numerous museums across the United States and Europe, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, the Corning Museum of Art and Glass and the Glas Museum in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

After graduating from Marlboro College, Malcolm Wright went on to obtain an M.F.A from George Washington University. He then moved to Japan to apprentice with 12th-generation potter, Tarouemon Nakazato. Wright and his wife, Marjorie, established The Turnpike Road Pottery in Marlboro upon their return. His work is part of public collections in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Denver Art Museum, the Bennington Museum and Tokyo's Idemitsu museum, among others.

The Drury Gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday while the college is in session. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.

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