Stephanie Lanter, an assistant professor of ceramics at Emporia State University in Kansas, will present her exhibit, "See Threads," at University of the Ozarks from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19 in the Stephens Gallery.
The exhibit is part of the University’s Artist of the Month Series. There will be a closing reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 in the gallery, followed by an artist talk at 7 p.m. in the Boreham Business Building. Both events are free and open to the public.
Lanter has been an artist and educator working in clay, fiber, and other media since 2000. She said her exhibit, "See Threads," examines contemporary modes of connectivity.
Stephanie Lanter, a professor of ceramics at Emporia State University, will present her exhibit "See Threads," from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19 in the Stephens Gallery.
"Incredibly enriching and even life-saving, contemporary modes of connectivity can also miss the mark," Lanter said. "Sometimes they end up a mess. A tangled cord, a dangling phrase, a feeble synapse, a knotted net. Through ever-webbing and deepening systems however, we keep reaching out, casting lines, seeking intersection. Sometimes we overlap. We treasure that tingling dopamine blast at the ting of a message arrival: it could change our lives, love is near, an answer awaits."
Lanter said her clay and mixed media artworks "grapple with the ambiguous tensions of negative spaces---between bodies and minds, places and times---and the habitual devices and modes we use to navigate them. They examine and celebrate the shifting power of phrases and the invisible threads of context behind acts of communication. Hopefully, they make the virtual visceral."
Before joining Emporia State, Lanter taught at Washburn and Wichita State universities. She was one of the founding resident artists at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana in 2006, and also has had residencies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, and the Mendocino, California Arts Center. In 2004 she was the first Jentel/Archie Bray Foundation "Critic at the Bray" in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Helena, Montana.
Along with exhibiting sculpture across the country, she has written for and been featured in journals such as Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics, Art and Perception. In 2010, she received a Kansas Arts Commission Collaboration Grant to support the interdisciplinary installation, community outreach, and publication series, The Waiting Room Projects, an ongoing and internationally exhibited collaboration led by Marguerite Perret and in conjunction with Bruce Scherting, Robin Lasser, Sarah Smarsh, and others.
She received an M.F.A. from Ohio University in 2002 and her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in 1998.