November 25, 2014:

February 8, 2010

Kate Elliot
Communications Specialist

Ceramic Artists Share Visions with Campus

VALDOSTA -- Beau Raymond and VSU alumnus AJ Argentina -- both artists at the prestigious Roswell Art Center West -- will share their ceramic techniques and artistic visions with the public on Monday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The two will hold a free ceramics demonstration 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in the Fine Arts Building, room 136. Argentina, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from VSU in 2000, said he works within a functional format informed by ceramics rich history. His recent work includes thrown vessels vapor fired in a soda kiln.

“At its best, my work reflects upon these vast traditions and adds an interesting layer,” Argentina said. “I strive for my pieces to transcend their utilitarian boundaries. I am interested in composition, surface and craftsmanship as well as utility; and for the composition of these elements to create a dialogue between maker, user and object.”

Raymond, who earned a Bachelor of Art from Louisiana’s Nicholls State University, teaches ceramics and is a resident artist at the Roswell Art Center West, a ceramic arts educational facility run by Roswell Visual Arts in conjunction with the Roswell Clay Collective -- a volunteer group of students, instructors and professional artists. Raymond’s work focuses on the figure in a range of narratives.

The joint lecture, sponsored by the VSU Art Department, will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Art History Lecture Room 2004 in the University Center.

For more information, go to the ceramic program Web site at or call Associate Professor of Art Michael Schmidt at 229-249-4913 or e-mail him at