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Art at the Projects Gallery is To Die For


To Die ForAn art exhibit that is “To Die For.” You need to see it to believe it. 

Hey, art-lovers! The 44th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference kicks off on this Wednesday, March 31. And conference-goers may want to keep an eye out for a one-of-a-kind exhibit called “To Die For.” 

Scratch that. If you’re going to the conference (and you should), you need to stop by this exhibit. 

The haunting display, created by Philadelphia’s own Projects Gallery, is literally “To Die For,” including a collection of distinctive pieces related to death, spirituality, and mortality. 

“To Die For” is just one of 95 exhibitions to be presented at NCECA 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This year, all exhibits are recognizing one common theme that is essential in the art world: independence. 

To Die ForOn display from March 31 to May 1, 2010, “To Die For” is a unique ceramic collection connecting the meaning of life, afterlife, and everything in between. The artists have successfully molded mortality, death rituals, and ghosts into their unforgettable pieces. 

The “To Die For” exhibit is in a group titled, From the Community, which is just one of four different exhibition groups at NCECA 2010. From the Community recognizes artwork developed by artists—both individuals and those in groups, commercial galleries, non-profit and alternative spaces, and students. The remaining three groups recognize NCECA exhibitions, The Clay Studio exhibitions, and Concurrent Independent exhibitions. 

The space that is responsible for creating the “To Die For” exhibit, Projects Gallery, is located in the diversely vibrant neighborhood of Northern Liberties. Representing the best in contemporary art, Projects Gallery is dedicated to the idea of artists practicing figurative expressionism and individualism. 

This year, the NCECA is celebrating independent spirits, new ideas, and groundbreaking artists, which goes hand-in-hand with the ideals at Projects Gallery. 

Helen Meyrick, owner and director of Projects Gallery, would know that best. Meyrick said that the exhibit is special because it is “independent of the norm.” Projects Gallery strives to go outside of the boundaries. “We’re in Philly, but we don’t have the traditional figurative representational art that you’d expect,” said Meyrick. 

Though most of the artists are Philadelphians, Projects Gallery is involved in international art fairs as well as local shows. Recently Projects Gallery was the only Philadelphia gallery to show in the Miami International Art Fair and Philly2Philly.com covered it. To read more, click here.

Meet the artists of “To Die For” on First Friday in Northern Liberties on April 2nd from 6-9 p.m. The reception, located at 629 N. 2nd St., is free and open to the public. 

Jacalyn Clay is a recent Temple U. grad striving to make a difference in the professional media world. Contact her at jacalynclay@gmail.com or find her on Twitter@jacalynclay


(Right) Richard Shaw, Still Life with Skull and Glass, 6" x 10.5" x 9.5", porcelain with overglaze decals and blown glass 

(Left) Richard Cleaver, Cult of the Tzar III, 21" x 14" x 7", hand-built ceramic, fresh water pearls, garnets, labradorite, Swarovski crystals, wood, metal, wax, gold leaf, painted in oil

(Photo Gallery) Kathy Ruttenberg, Grounded, 32" x 56.5" x 26", ceramic