Dinnerware Artists Today
Exhibition Celebrates the Later Years of Dinnerware Gallery Artists
With its new exhibition Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003, the Temple Gallery continues its celebration of the artists’ cooperative gallery that helped define Tucson’s art scene from the 1980s through the early 2000s. The exhibition, which will run from March 4 to May 4 will highlight artworks by 21 Tucson artists who were members of the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during the second half of its 24-year history. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on March 4.
Dinnerware Artists Today is a two-part exhibition. The first part (Dinnerware Artists Today: The Early Years), which featured work by 28 Tucson artists from the first half of Dinnerware’s history, was shown at the Temple Gallery in January and February.
The artists to be featured in the Second Decade exhibition, opening on March 4 are: William Blomquist, Linda Caputo, Michael Chittock, Hoge Day, Steven Derks, Pat Dolan, Betina Fink, Mirle Freel, Nadia Hlibka, Alan Huerta, Monica Jost, Ann Keuper, Lorin Labardee, Joe Labate, Kevin McLaughlin, Catherine Nash, Richard Shaeffer, Lisa Sprietsma, Herb Stratford, Gary Swimmer, Ann Tracy and Eric Twachtman. The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.
In the early days of Tucson’s art gallery scene, local artists struggled to find exhibition space. So in 1979, when a Tucson attorney offered to share her office space in the downtown Dinnerware building, 13 artists leapt at the opportunity to exhibit their art there. They started the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (later the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery), a nonprofit organization that became a foundation of Tucson’s arts community, in part because the gallery grew beyond the typical cooperative mission of showcasing only member artwork.
Dinnerware’s roster of almost 100 alumni reads like a “Who’s Who” of Tucson artists. Dinnerware provided different things to different artists. For some young artists, their Dinnerware exhibition was their first exhibition. For other artists, Dinnerware provided a place to share exciting ideas about art, and many members developed lifelong friendships at Dinnerware. Ann Tracy, who was a Dinnerware member from 2000-2003, says, “Dinnerware helped me learn new skills like how to install exhibits and write grants. It was a supportive place for Tucson artists to be truly creative and experimental.”
Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003, offers both a diverse exhibition of art by contemporary Tucson artists and a unique slice of Tucson’s past garnered from the local arts community.
Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003, runs from March 4 – May 4, 2017. Temple Gallery is located at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in downtown Tucson. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Daphne Srinivasan at the Etherton Gallery, (520) 624-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.